Hillary Clinton set for California swing in April
January 22nd, 2014
06:00 AM ET
3 weeks ago

Hillary Clinton set for California swing in April

Washington (CNN) - Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will make a multi-day swing through California in April, speaking at events in San Francisco, San Jose and San Diego that are sure to spark more talk about whether the former first lady will run for president in 2016.

The trip, which has Clinton appearing in front of an array of business and corporate groups, will likely happen behind closed doors, however, as all three appearances are closed to the press.

Clinton will be one of the keynote speakers at The Marketing Nation Summit, a three-day meeting of marketing experts from across the country, on April 8 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

The speech, her first of the trip, is being put on by Marketo, a company that makes software for marketing departments in all companies. The conference of around 5,000 people costs attendees upwards of $1,195 to attend.

"We are delighted that Secretary Clinton will deliver the keynote address at our annual Marketing Nation Summit," said Phil Fernandez, Marketo president and CEO.

On April 10, Clinton will be part of the Unique Lives & Experiences speaker series. Clinton's speech is being billed as a "special event" for the group and Howard Szigeti, the event's promoter, said the former first lady was booked because of her life story and the "crowds she can command."

Szigeti, who said he had worked with Clinton before, was clear in stating the event was "not a political rally."

The speech will take place at the San Jose State University Event Center. At capacity, the space – which usually hosts San Jose State University basketball games – fits 5,000 people. Tickets to the event run from $50 to $200.

The promoter would not discuss whether Unique Lives & Experiences – a group that brings inspirational speakers to different cities – was paying Clinton and said the speech would likely be closed to the press.

The next day, April 11, Clinton will venture south to San Diego for remarks to the Western Health Care Leadership Academy, a meeting that brings together physicians, students and other medical professionals for a three-day conference.

Among the topics being discussed at the event is the implementation of the Affordable Care Act – President Barack Obama's sweeping healthcare law that has been hampered by a faulty roll-out. A spokeswomen for the group said she anticipates Clinton will talk about healthcare "given [the audience] is a largely physician audience," but said her remarks would be closed to the press.

"With the Affordable Care Act rolling out, that is a huge portion of what we will talk about," the spokeswoman said.

Tickets for the conference run from $95 for medical students and residents to $1,195 to physicians or attorneys who are not a member of the California Medical Association.

CNN asked Clinton's office for comment on the events and the possibility of other speaking engagements, but did not receive a response.

Ready for Hillary, the super PAC that is urging Clinton to run, told CNN that they "intend to have a presence at each event" which will likely include volunteers signing up supporters and passing out Ready for Hillary merchandise.

Clinton's last sustained swing through California came in November, when the former secretary of state made a two-day trip to Los Angeles and San Francisco for a mix of corporate speaking engagements and award ceremonies.

Shortly after leaving her State Department post in early 2013, Clinton signed on with the Harry Walker Agency as her representative for speaking engagements. She is a highly sought speaker who likely earns in the six-figure range per appearance.

Although Clinton has publicly said she is still mulling whether to run for president – last year, she said she would decide by the end of 2014 – the former secretary of state kept up an active schedule in 2013.

A cohort of former Clinton staffers and supporters has also been working to help urge Clinton to run for office. These efforts include raising money, meeting with political contacts and defending Clinton's record while she considers a run. All of these efforts, say coordinators, are aimed at making her possible bid easier.

California is a stridently Democratic state where Clinton remains popular. According to a June 2013 Field Poll, 56% of Californians have a positive opinion of Clinton and 30% of the state's voters state they have a negative opinion of the former senator.


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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Harold Read

    "are sure to spark more talk about whether the former first lady will run for president in 2016."

    Of course she is going to run in 2016. Why else would she be touring? The Billary propaganda machine was fired up years ago already.
    Can't wait to watch her claim all of Bill's successes as her own and run on HIS record as President.

    January 22, 2014 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    Yes, on Hillary16.
    PS: keep low profile.

    January 22, 2014 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  3. Marie MD

    Hillary is looking good!!
    Thirty percent unfavorable? Those are the teaklan chasers.

    January 22, 2014 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  4. king

    the country needs a moderate person to run that gears more to the people of the united states, than big corporations, who are putting the repub trickle down policies to shame. Hillary needs to know that discretionary money, which the repubs have been cutting out of existence is the key to building our crumbling infrastructure. she has to also know that this top heavy economy, with the buyers having all the money and the spenders are dropping like a hot banana, that this economy cannot work. the usual capitalism society is broken at the sides, and instead of the trickle going down its going sideways to china and india building their infrastructure and armies bigger and bigger. those rich rep0ublican host over at fox news, will blind the american people to this facts, because they want themselves and their rich friends to get richer and richer. this is why they refuse to hire a single democrat host, who will tell their blind viewers the other side of the story.

    January 22, 2014 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    The corrupt go to the center of corruption for their financing.

    January 22, 2014 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  6. ThomasGraydon

    Hillary 2016! She's the best qualified person to become President I've ever seen in my lifetime. I am glad her remarks are closed to the press because Heaven Forbid if she said something positive about President Obama. I see a Hillary Clinton Presidency as the official end of the Tea Party. Go Hillary!

    January 22, 2014 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  7. ChrisM

    Welcome to California Madam President and First Gentleman Bill Clinton. Yep, that has a nice sound to it

    January 22, 2014 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  8. rs

    Rick McDaniel
    The corrupt go to the center of corruption for their financing.
    ____________
    She's going to McDonnell's Virginia? I think not…..

    January 22, 2014 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    The speech will take place at the San Jose State University Event Center. At capacity, the space – which usually hosts San Jose State University basketball games – fits 5,000 people. Tickets to the event run from $50 to $200.
    -------------------------------
    That reminds me. Anyone remember that fund raiser Romney held in a football stadium in Detroit. The stadium holds upwards of 60 or 70 thousand, but only about 40 or 50 people showed up. To be fair, they had set up chairs on the field. They never had any intent on filling the seats in the stands. But, they must of had a few thousand seats set up.

    January 22, 2014 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Rick McDaniel

    The corrupt go to the center of corruption for their financing.
    --------------------------------
    Where did Christie go again? Oh yeah, he went to visit Florida's Gov. Scott to meet conservative donors.

    January 22, 2014 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  11. RandyK

    I really hope someone with talent shows up on the Democratic side with the backing to take her on in the early states. Can't tell who that might be right now but Clinton, like in 07, is far more beatable than she appears. Iowa is up for grabs and it would be a tough narrative for her to lose the caucuses again against a rising star. If it looks like a close race in Iowa, her campaign will want to try to minimize the importance of the caucuses but they flirted with that in 07 and it cost them big time.

    She'd be better than anything from the whackadoodle GOP, but I think it would be better for the party and the nation for some new blood to step up.

    January 22, 2014 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  12. Wake up People!

    Good one Rudy! I think it was Ford Field. I don't think I've ever seen that place so empty!!

    Thanks for the memories!!

    January 22, 2014 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  13. Hector Slagg

    Aw Yes, That whackadooodle GOP. Yes we need to eliminate all the Jobs Creators so the Liberal's Socalists, and Democrats can run the country. Oh, wait, didn't the Democrats run the country for the last 100 years? So everything is running smoothly, no? Elect Hillary, What Difference Does it Make? People do need their Food Stamps.

    January 22, 2014 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Hector Slagg

    Aw Yes, That whackadooodle GOP. Yes we need to eliminate all the Jobs Creators so the Liberal's Socalists, and Democrats can run the country. Oh, wait, didn't the Democrats run the country for the last 100 years?
    ------------------------
    Uh, no. Republicans ran the Congress for 12 years and last White House for the last six, setting policies that "protected the job creators" so well that it crashed the economy. That would be between 1994 and 2006. The housing bubble began bursting in 2006. It became obvious what was happening in 2007, which was when The Great Recession began. Your guys drove the economy into the ditch, and then you cut and ran, blaming the Democrats who were still sitting in the car.

    January 22, 2014 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  15. Peace

    Go and prepare yourself for the real battle Hillary. I hate the right-wingers comparing Bridge-gate with Benghazi. What I know and believe, Christies and his subordinates sat down and discussed how and when to close the lanes on the bridge. Different from Hillary what happened in Benghazi. She didn't sit down and had a discussion how the ambassador and others should be killed in Benghazi.

    January 22, 2014 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  16. yolanda

    @Rudy, it would be a nice change, though not expected, if you at least acknowledged the work of Barney Frank in creating the housing bubble. To place all of the blame on either party is disingenuous.

    January 22, 2014 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  17. FidyCents

    Hillary will stay away from places that vote America first and not some nutty progressive agenda that kills it's embassy staff.

    January 22, 2014 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  18. FidyCents

    I bet the dinner plates will go for about $50,000 a plate. Nice to see the rich folks in the Democrat party pay for this while millions go hungry in this country.

    January 22, 2014 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  19. FidyCents

    The can't miss candidate is at it again. Poor Hillary 8 years later she still carries a grudge, and the Democrats have another mess on their hands.

    January 22, 2014 10:13 am at 10:13 am |