Former top Obama campaign aides to advise Clinton effort
July 10th, 2013
12:01 AM ET
1 year ago

Former top Obama campaign aides to advise Clinton effort

(CNN) – The group already pushing a 2016 Hillary Clinton bid for president announced Wednesday it was bringing aboard the services of two former aides to President Barack Obama's own successful White House campaigns.

Ready for Hillary, which has raised money and held rallies at events where Clinton is speaking, said they had partnered with 270 Strategies, a consulting firm run by Mitch Stewart, the director of battleground state strategy for Obama's 2012 campaign, and Jeremy Bird, who was Obama's national field director in last year's contest.

"Ready for Hillary has sought out the most talented people in the business to harness the energy of everyday Hillary supporters and lay the groundwork for 2016," Ready for Hillary senior adviser Craig T. Smith wrote in a statement. "There is no one that better understands grassroots presidential politics than the team that won the last two presidential elections."

The pro-Hillary group , formed at the beginning of the year, already has the backing of some major Clinton confidantes, including James Carville. Clinton herself, however, has not said whether she'll pursue another White House run.

270 Strategies will be responsible for Ready for Hillary's field and volunteer training, along with recruiting supports to join the cause.

"We know from years of leading the Obama organization that empowering people and engaging grassroots volunteers are the most critical components of building a winning, 21st century campaign," Bird said. "That's why we're pleased to be working with the Ready for Hillary team to help tap into the organic grassroots energy we're seeing around the country from voters of all ages who are already inspired by the notion of a potential Clinton candidacy."

CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • President Obama
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. freedom

    Hilary's a fraud, liar, and not worthy to be the first female president. She isn't dignified, honest, trustworthy, or presidential.

    July 10, 2013 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  2. Chris

    WHAT Difference Does It Make.

    July 10, 2013 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  3. Name Uche Agonsi

    This team should rather be drafted to secure the Democrats majority in House & Senate during 2014 midterm election. There is more urgent need to push through Obama policies. It will be the best strategy to help the Democrats win another Presidential election if Obama policies workout. Hillary mighty not be the miracle worker the Democrats are looking for.

    July 10, 2013 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  4. Wendell Coleman

    Setting aside all the ineffectual "Benghazi" chanting and "she's too old" meme the Republicans are reduced to using at the moment, the essential question for Hillary critics is this . . . What states that Obama carried in 2012 would Hillary (who is still polling significantly higher than Obama did) fail to carry in 2016? I'll hang up and listen to your answer . . .!

    July 10, 2013 05:00 am at 5:00 am |
  5. Gurgyl

    Hillary16. Period.

    July 10, 2013 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  6. king

    axelrod and pluffe would be some powerful aids to Clinton, those two guys are formidable and would give the repubs heart burns, because i think the repubs fare these two guys more than they would fare Hillary herself.

    July 10, 2013 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  7. onlyfacts

    Simply put. The GOP is going to waste millions AGAIN, on the next Presidential campaign.

    July 10, 2013 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  8. Tony

    Hillary will wipe the floor with any opponent the gop has out there.

    July 10, 2013 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  9. Randy, San Francisco

    Hillary is smart to set up the election team, organization, strategy, and funding before making an anouncement. The GOP will be in disarray again because of the in-fighting between Tea Partiers, conservative purists, and establishment moderates. Hillary in 2016!

    July 10, 2013 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  10. Pete

    @Freedom,so your republicans are so squeeky clean not being frauds ,liars and just ethically,morally corrupt please give me examples hypocrite!! You republicans slay me with ignorent, unfactual rants when it was your Reagans,Bushs the biggest in frauds,liars that have done the most damage to our country,people and "freedom"" my facts are wriitten down for all to see,read and what about the BS you keep posting here about,utter noncents just like you are,total ignorence from the uninformed,uneducated meaning you!!

    July 10, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  11. ltnet356

    Hillary is scary, AK flue, Waco, Ruby Ridge. But people will vote for her anyway. Those that do deserve what their childeren get.

    July 10, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  12. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Go Hillary, you can beat any of these GOP clowns, America is done with the GOP and you red states can keep the ones you have and keep going backwards to third world status.

    July 10, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  13. George's Kel-Tec

    Right on time, this is CNN's daily puff piece to promote the Hillary 2016 campaign. I am surprised that CNN finds the room to slip one of these articles in seeing is how they have a daily quota of at least ten negative stories on anyone who may be a republican/conservative/christian.

    July 10, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |