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James Carville: 90% of Dems Want Hillary Clinton

Win McNamee/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s decision about whether to run for president in 2016 will be key to the makeup of the Democratic and Republican fields in 2016, ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd said Sunday on ABC News’ “This Week.”

And James Carville – former strategist for President Bill Clinton – said Democrats are relishing the possibility that she’ll enter the race.

“I think that, whether or not other Democrats run, it’s all going to pivot off of her.  And even the Republicans to a degree are going to pivot off what she does.” Dowd said.

With Clinton’s popularity across the board surging in the four years after her first run for the presidency, Carville says that the consensus among Democrats is that Hillary Clinton would give the party its best chance to win.

“I don’t know what she’s going to do, but I do know this:  The Democrats want her to run.  And I don’t just mean a lot of Democrats.  I mean a whole lot of Democrats, like 90 percent across the country,” Carville said. “We just want to win.  We think she’s the best person and shut it down.  And that’s across the board.”

But Republican political adviser – and Carville’s wife- Mary Matalin said it’s unlikely the Secretary of State would be able to clear the field.

“I wish she would run. But it defies human nature to think that Democrats, even though they are redistributionist and utopians, would not be competitive, that [Virginia Senator Mark] Warner or all these other Democrats who’ve been waiting in the wings are going to have a dynasty, since Democrats are always complaining about these dynasties, they’re going to have another Clinton step up, and everyone’s going to go, yeah, step back?  I don’t think so,” Matalin said.

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Analyst on 2012 GOP Race: ‘It’s A Two Person Race’

Ethan Miller/Jessica McGowan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- There have been many highs and lows for the GOP presidential candidates, but political strategist Matt Dowd said Thursday he thinks that the race has come down to two people.

“Now I think it’s a two person race, fascinating, between Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney after all that has gone on over the summer,” Dowd, an ABC News consultant, said on Good Morning America.

Gingrich has more staying power than the other Republican candidates who have risen and fallen in the polls, according to Dowd.

“One, [Gingrich has] national campaign experience. Two, he’s been under the spotlight before and so knows what to do. And three, he’s done very well in all of these debates. That’s why I think he is where he is today,” he said.

Gov. Rick Perry’s latest message of reforming Washington is “pitch perfect,” according to Dowd, but too little too late. And what some perceived as a flub on Herman Cain’s behalf on the topic of Libya hurt him, Dowd said, leaving Romney and Gingrich to fight it out.

But the former Speaker of the House has come under scrutiny for earning close to $2 million from Freddie Mac, Bloomberg News reported. Gingrich dismissed the work, saying he was hired as a “historian” and gave “strategic advice.”

Dowd had words of caution for Gingrich, saying that it is going to be difficult for the campaign to turn the Freddie Mac story into a positive.

“He’s trying to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear in this case,” Dowd said.

“You can’t be a sort of insider’s outsider. Right now his support is coming from the Tea Party and from very conservative voters.  And there’s a fine line between…understanding Washington and being part of Washington. If this conveys he’s part of Washington it’s a problem for those voters.”

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