By Tracey Webb Follow @WebbWriterguru
Get your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, December 19, 2013.
1. Hillary Clinton: Check back with me next year. Hillary Clinton says she will decide in 2014 whether she'll make a White House run in 2016. In an interview with ABC's Barbara Walters, the former Secretary of State called the decision to run for president a "difficult" one that she was not going to rush into. "Obviously, I will look carefully at what I think I can do and make that decision sometime next year," Clinton said.
2. Biden "dead meat" in Iowa. The Democrat who stands to benefit if Hillary Clinton decides to stand down in 2016 shouldn't bother to campaign in the state that holds the nation's first presidential contest, according to Iowa's Republican governor. “Biden is dead meat out here," said Gov. Terry Branstad. “He is not going anywhere.” Vice President Biden has been dropping hints that he's interested in succeeding President Obama in the Oval office in three-and-a-half years.
3. Christie's immigration deal. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is praising an agreement he struck with state Democratic lawmakers that would allow in-state college tuition for New Jersey students who are living in the country illegally. "What we're doing is taking a step forward today that allows folks that we have heavily invested in to be able to avail themselves of in-state tuition rates, which will mean a significant savings to them." The move is likely to bolster Christie's credentials on the issue of immigration reform, an issue over which the national Republican Party has struggled.
4. Defending Duck Dynasty. "Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson got a show of support from Republican Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin after he was suspended from the show because of anti-gay remarks he made during a GQ magazine interview. Jindal praised Robertson and his family as "great citizens of the state of Louisiana," and said "the politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with." In a message on her Facebook page, Palin wrote "Those 'intolerants' hatin' and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us." "Duck Dynasty" is about a family-run duck call fabrication business in Louisiana.