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Wall Street would 'love' Hillary Clinton vs. Jeb Bush in 2016


Hillary Clinton may be heavily favored to become the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, but she's not without her baggage. Most alarmingly to liberals, Clinton has appeared downright chummy with big business and Wall Street in her long political career, raising concerns about whether she would ignore white collar malfeasance to the detriment of the middle and lower classes.

That concern isn't unfounded, either. And in the latest sign of Clinton's coziness with moneyed interests, an in-depth story from Politico on Monday reports that Wall Street has three favorite candidates in the early 2016 jockeying. Those candidates, in preferred order: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — and Clinton.

"If it turns out to be Jeb versus Hillary we would love that and either outcome would be fine," a "top Republican-leaning Wall Street lawyer" told Politico.

This is why progressives are so antsy for a populist candidate to get in the race. Clinton is hardly a "corporations are people" type of politician, but she's no fire-breathing leftist, either.