US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton disembarks from her plane upon arrival at Paya Lebar Air Base in Singapore, November 16, 2012.
The 2016 US presidential campaign has already kicked off, as the newspaper The Buffalo News has endorsed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The newspaper, which is published in the biggest city in upstate New York and wholly owned by billionaire investor Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway investment company, made the announcement in an editorial on Wednesday.
"We've barely finished a bruising, expensive campaign for president, but it's not too early to be thinking about who would make an excellent candidate for the presidency in 2016 -- particularly if there is a conspicuously capable individual already on the political scene," the editorial said.
"There is such a candidate, and it should surprise no one that her name is Hillary Clinton," the paper added.
Buffett also endorsed Clinton as his preferred presidential candidate for 2016 on Wednesday, saying he hopes she will become the first female US president.
“I don’t see how you could have anybody better qualified,” he told CNN, adding, “I like what she believes in.”
Clinton is expected to resign as secretary of state early in the second term of US President Barack Obama.
She has not said that she plans to run for president in 2016, but she would be 69 in four years, and many pundits say that would make it difficult for her since the younger generations have a tendency to vote for a younger candidate more attuned with their world view.