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August 13th, 2013
06:08 PM ET

Analysis: The politics of voter ID laws

Want to know if Hillary Clinton is really running for president in 2016? Just ask New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner. He fielded a question about his wife, a close aid to the former Secretary of State on Monday.

"Do you know what her role in Hillary's 2016 campaign is going to be?" Buzz Feed's Ben Smith asked Weiner.

"I do," Weiner replied.

"And what will it be?" pressed Smith.

"I'm not telling you," said Weiner.

That would kind of suggest that she's running.

CNN contributor and Democratic strategist Donna Brazile said the Clintons' annoyance with Weiner is probably "off the charts" right now.

"Anthony Weiner will likely soon be history. Given the recent revelations, I don't think anybody is going to take him seriously," said Brazile. "He's now running against the establishment. But voters have some excellent choices up there. I'm sure they will pick a winner and it will not be Anthony Weiner."

Hillary Clinton herself got political Monday, traveling to San Francisco to give a speech and talk about voter ID laws, like the one North Carolina's governor signed into law this week.

"She's keeping her name out there, easy for her to do because any time she speaks she gets a crowd, she gets news media," said Washington bureau chief for USA Today Susan Page. "It seems to me she's leaving the door open to run."

North Carolina Republican Governor Pat McCrory defended the voter ID law, saying, "Both Democrats and Republicans joined together to require a valid government issue ID at your corner drug store to buy Sudafed ... Our right to vote deserves similar protection."

Many people thought comparing a right guaranteed and enshrined in the Constitution, with the right to buy a drug was preposterous, and view the law as a reason to disenfranchise voters.

"The challenge is when you're putting forward a voter ID law, can you also make the case that you're allowing folks to get an ID, free, very easily, so that you're not on the wrong side of that balance between how do you protect voter integrity, plus how do you protect people's right to vote," said Republican srategist and vice president of The Winston Group Kristin Soltis Anderson.

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