EMILY’s List president Stephanie Schriock implored pollsters Thursday to include more potential female candidates for president in their 2016 samples as part of her group’s push to elect the first female commander-in-chief.
In response to a question about a new national Quinnipiac University poll showing Hillary Clinton with a 52-point edge in the Democratic primary, Schriock noted that the rest of the contenders listed were all males.
“It is a very nice list of Democratic male candidates. I’d like to today challenge any national polling organization to start testing some of these other great women whether they are secretaries or they are senators, because the truth is, this is a wide open race is Secretary Clinton doesn’t decide to do this,” Schriock said at an event at the National Press Club. ”I think it is right for all of us to really look at the full pool of potential candidates and that does include a list of strong women.”
In prepared remarks, Schriock name-checked the following women as part of the “deep bench” of 2016 contenders:
- Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
- Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano
- Former Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire
- Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar
- New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
Later, Schriock declined to say whether she has had conversations with any of the women she named about a 2016 run.
“I will not talk about the conversations I have had or not had with women who are thinking or are not thinking about running for president,” she replied.
But common sense would lead one to believe if she’s had any such conversations, they would involve the women she listed.