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Would Clinton Be Madame President? The Dos And Don’ts Of Honorifics In Politics

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A delegate wears a hat with a bubble-head doll of Democratic Presidential candidate Sec. Hillary Clinton during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Monday, July 25, 2016.

A delegate wears a hat with a bubble-head doll of Democratic Presidential candidate Sec. Hillary Clinton during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Monday, July 25, 2016.

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Hillary Clinton is referred to as Mrs. Clinton, Madame Secretary, Former Secretary of State, Senator, Former Senator, and Former First Lady. Which is correct? Which is the most accurate? And if she wins the presidency, how should the American people refer to her and Bill? 

We get answers from a man who literally wrote the book on the subject. Robert Hickey is the Deputy Director of the Protocol School of Washington and author of Honor & Respect: The official Guide to Names, Titles, & Forms of Address.

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