April 2nd, 2013
08:10 PM ET
10 years ago

Not only Democrats are ready for Clinton - Republicans are, too

Washington (CNN) - Just two months have gone by since Hillary Clinton became a private citizen and stepped out of the spotlight for the first time in decades, but already the political world is watching every move she makes in preparation for the 2016 election.

The GOP prepared reams of research documents to use against her back in 2008, but a lot of their ammunition went unused. Republican operatives are openly worrying about a Clinton coronation in 2016, so they plan to make use of it early.

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To that end, groups such as the America Rising super PAC - led by Mitt Romney's former campaign manager Matt Rhoades - are gearing up. Defining Clinton on their terms is the first order of business.

One of the organizers pointed out to CNN that this group marks the earliest sustained effort in preparing for a presidential campaign and that they plan to move in earnest in a couple of months to begin defining the potential 2016 Democratic hopefuls. Their aim is to engage Clinton well before she is able to put a full campaign staff in place.

And that may make Team Clinton cagier than ever.

Despite the obsession within the Washington political class about whether she plans to run, her longtime spokesman, Philippe Reines, naturally cautioned against the speculation in an interview with CNN.

"I think people aren't just getting ahead of themselves, they're getting ahead of her," he said. "Sixty days has been the blink of an eye. We're talking about an election that's 1,300 days away, and it's to the point where everyone is seeing everything as a burning bush."

So when will her decision come?

"It's probably not going to be today, probably not going to be tomorrow, it hasn't been the last 60 days," Reines said. "I think it's great that there's interest and support, but she gets a say in her own life. Right now she's thinking things through across the board - not just about that - but about everything. And I think everyone needs to take a deep breath, because it's not going to be resolved by the 5 o'clock news."

Nevertheless, she's certainly keeping her options open. With two events focused on women this week alone, followed by her first paid speech later this month, for the National Multi Housing Council in Dallas, and an economic address to the Economic Club in Grand Rapids, Michigan, she's keeping on top of a range of issues. What's more, she has a book due out next year that will focus on her tenure as secretary of state.

Reines says that in the book, she'll prescribe what America needs to do "to stay strong and secure."

In other words, she's putting a platform together that will be ready for a launch if she chooses to run.

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. MaryM

    HA, If Hillary Clinton choses to run in 2016, she has my vote and the millions and millions of Americans that voted for President Obama plus many more American women. Good luck with your garbage repubs

    April 2, 2013 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  2. Al-NY,NY

    Do I see whitewater and Vince Foster conspiracy theories being parroted out AGAIN?...

    April 2, 2013 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  3. Jack

    Rush and the Republicans are playing a distracting game instead of getting down to work on the nations work! Rush and Sean have lost all their talking points. They haven't become creative in their ideas, they are fighting among themselves, so they focusing the old "Clinton card"! I am a 65 year old conservative and these neo-pseudo-conservative of today aren't worth the effort to even listen too!

    April 2, 2013 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  4. HenryMiller

    Two words: "sniper fire."

    April 2, 2013 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  5. Larry L

    It's sad that America now runs a four election cycle. Wouldn't it be great to support our President for at least a few months before moving towards full campaign obstructionism and distortion of reality?

    April 2, 2013 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  6. freedom

    She let four men die in Benghazi and then shreaked – "What difference does it make?!" That says it all. Let her keep talking... she reveals all anyone needs to know.

    April 3, 2013 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  7. J.V.Hodgson

    We the people and especially the GOP have far more important things to worry or think about than whether HRC will run for the presidency or not in 1,300days time, or whatever for now.
    The Republicans need only understand one thing about why they lost in 2012 ans its an old old adage of "UNITED WE STAND DIVIDED WE FALL" As long as we have tea party GOP and the core GOP the GOP loses in 2016 as well whoever as a democrat rubs for president.

    April 3, 2013 02:36 am at 2:36 am |
  8. Name lynn

    Hillary clinton is a great speaker, them republicans an them democrates wants to know if hillary running for president in 2016.

    April 3, 2013 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  9. Gurgyl

    Frankly speaking–there are no candidates as strong as Hillary in both the parties. GOP is doomed.

    April 3, 2013 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  10. James Bond

    Repubs are so stupid, they will likely bring up benghazi, and that is risky, we are not stupid, we did not fprget the repubs pushed us into a war just for money, over four thousand dead, and these fools will only talk about four. wonder why your losing ground?, your idiots

    April 3, 2013 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  11. James Bond

    Im looking forward to the republican primaries, its going to be a bloodbath, i would suggest tuning in, no one knows how to rip like a hungry republican, by the time its over there wont be anything left to debate, the rich will vote republican, and everyone else should vote democrat

    April 3, 2013 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  12. James Bond

    Thats why the republican party is fighting in unison to block your vote, they learned nothing from last election, other than they need to block your vote, nevermind a shift in your principles or ideaology, just control the vote, very dangerous to the vast majority of us.there is a reason they wont change their ideas and direction, they cant, too muuch money invovled now, follow their money masters, or loose funding, lose funding, lose your job, it really is that simple, thats why they ignore every poll that they dont like, which tells them what the public wants, is'nt it obvious they dont fear your vote, but are more than willing to lie to you, why dont they ever vote on what they say they support then, always an excuse at the last minute, grand bargain anyone?

    April 3, 2013 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  13. Papabear

    The Republicans are like the Keystone Cops scurrying in every direction to muster up anything adverse against their opponents. What else would you expect from a group that has the one of the lowest approval ratings in history. That is all they have and are worth. Change the House in 2014.

    April 3, 2013 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  14. AEJ

    Poor Republicans – Go Hilliary, 2016 POTUS!!!! This is final. Republicans will NEVER see the White House in another decade. Repubs are sore losers.

    April 3, 2013 08:36 am at 8:36 am |