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Clinton allies worried about 'Obama's third term' attacks

Anonymous sources with close ties to Hillary Clinton are reportedly worried about the former secretary of State being tagged with the "Obama's third term" label, should she run for president in 2016.

[S]ome Clinton associates — all of whom requested anonymity to speak candidly — have quietly expressed concern that one of the most effective critiques could be that her presidency, should she run and be elected, would be nothing more than President Barack Obama's third term.

The Clinton friend and former aide told CNN last week that the best way to go after Clinton is to use this against her: "If you like Obama, you will love Hillary." [CNN]

President Obama's approval rating is 41 percent.

Clinton has recently distanced herself from Obama on foreign policy, a rightward shift that has led some — like The Week's Michael Brendan Dougherty — to argue that the president whose third term she offers is not Obama, but George W. Bush.