Hillary, Jeb in spotlight before Bush library dedication
April 24th, 2013
09:15 PM ET
8 years ago

Hillary, Jeb in spotlight before Bush library dedication

(CNN) - One day before the dedication of the President George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, two people considering runs for the White House in 2016 are giving speeches in the same city.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressed the National Multi Housing Council. The trade association, which represents apartment owners, developers and lenders, told CNN that Clinton would address around 350 people, speaking for about an hour, with a moderated question and answer conversation.

As Clinton spoke at the event–held at a resort in Irving, a city that borders Dallas—outside the building, Clinton supporters urging her to run for the White House in 2016 held a rally. That gathering was put together by the Ready for Hillary super PAC, which held similar events at recent Clinton speeches in New York and the nation's capital.

Mark York, one of the supporters holding a “Ready for Hillary” sign outside the event, said Clinton could be the candidate to turn Texas, long a red state in presidential elections, into a blue state.

“Once Texas goes blue, so goes the rest of the country,” he said, adding Clinton would be “able to reach minorities, and turn out the Hispanic vote in Texas who have been silenced for so long.”

Another supporter, Soyna Smith, said she had skipped her weekly Bible study group to cheer on Hillary.

“I’m ready for a woman to be in the White House. I love Hillary and the Clintons, they’ve done wonderful jobs over the years,” she said.

“We want to let her know that we do support her in (running for president,)” Smith said.

The address is Clinton's first paid speech since stepping down as secretary of state earlier this year. Shortly after leaving the State Department, the former first lady, senator from New York, and 2008 Democratic presidential candidate, signed on with the Harry Walker Agency as her representative for speaking engagements.

While Clinton's representatives haven't given a figure on how much she's getting paid for Wednesday's address, she's considered a very highly sought speaker who could earn in the six-figure range per appearance.

Clinton's comments were closed to media. That request came from the Harry Walker Agency, but is considered standard in these types of arrangements.

A couple of hours before Clinton gave her address, former two-term Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is mulling a bid for the GOP nomination, spoke in front of the World Affairs Council at a hotel in Dallas. His address was not closed to the media.

During his remarks, Bush addressed the ongoing immigration debate, which is also the topic of his recently released book “Immigration Wars.”

Both Bush, the younger brother of George W. Bush, and Clinton, the wife of former President Bill Clinton, will attend the dedication Thursday of the George W. Bush Presidential Center at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. President Barack Obama and all four living former presidents (Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush) will be in attendance.

CNN's Jason Morris in Dallas contributed to this report.

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Jeb Bush • Texas
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. J'Cincinnati'Redd

    Who are you kidding? Everybody know that the 2016 election is MS.Clinton,job to loose. if she wants it she will get it. remember, there is a nice portion of white poor uneducated Dems.that just could not bring themselves to vote for OBAMA. Some of them even switched and gave Romney,a boost here in Ohio. but im sure Clinton,will get all of them votes. Whats a republican to do? Poor people white, black and latino will continue to vote for a party that keeps them poor.

    April 24, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  2. Randy, San Francisco

    Bring it on! Hillary Clinton will beat any Republican/Tea Party presidential candidate in 2016. Demographics and political/social trends are still in favor of Democrats. Conservative Republicans and Tea Partiers are still in denial and will delay rebranding of the party.

    April 24, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House

    Personally, I think both of them have a sense of entitlement. But neither one of their egos are as huge as Willard's.

    April 24, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  4. Bessy

    Whats a republican to do? Poor people white, black and latino will continue to vote for a party that keeps them poor.

    I think you had better do some research and maybe then you will find out that it is the republicans that are holding back any progress in our country. Things will not change as long as people like you continue to put them in office. You probably don't even vote. Just complain .

    April 24, 2013 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  5. Pete

    Do you think these extremist hypocrites called republicans can stay off Hillary for one day to give a speech somewhere and republicans she is now a retired SOS so sorry you can't really do much with her now ..Remember in not getting her peeved or she might run and you certainly don't want that do yah!!

    April 24, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  6. beingpushedtotheright

    nah, by 2016 it'll definitely be time for a change...back to Republican president. Hopefully they can find a credible candidate. No to Hillary, or Biden...they'd be a continuation of the current power push nonsense.

    April 24, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  7. Data Driven

    The implication attached to this nonstory is that these two are the anointed frontrunners for 2016.

    Yawn. Bushes and Clintons have inhabited the highest levels of our government, usually in the Oval Office, for over 40 years (if you include Bush Sr.'s tenure as CIA chief). Inhabited those levels CONTINUOUSLY. Since the mid-70s.

    USA: the Elective Monarchy.

    April 24, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  8. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Bush is a non-starter ,we had enough wars and American dead heros with the last two bushes and big oil gop stooges for 10 lifetimes!!!!go Clinton,you have my vote and the gop bs will have no effect. The gop will lose the house in 2014 mid terms!!!!!!

    April 24, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  9. rs

    Jeb Bush just might br the most thoughtful and moderate and even electable of the likely GOP contenders. However, with the asylum in control at GOP HQ (Paul, Bachmann, Issa, Cruz, et al) trying to shove the GOP further right and right off a cliff; and the incredible damage GW Bush did to his own family's nane and reputation, Jeb Bush will be a regional politician at best, and likely only succeed in local elections only in the future.
    As to Ms. Clinton, the allure of the Clinton name is strong. But you can rest assured that just as the GOP keeps trying to build something out of their faux outrage on Benghazi, that we'll be forced to re-live the Vince Foster fiction, Whitewater real estate, and God knows what else that they will manufacture. It won't be pretty.
    The real trick for the GOP though (literally) is: will they even exist in 2016? They are working so hard to become the single most hated politcal entity (witness the last elections' demographics), and they have staked out such outrageous positions now (guns' rights, anti-women, anti-voter, anti-civil rights, anti-poor, anti-elederly, anti-environment, and on and on) that there is a solid chance the GOP will be somewhere in the ether by 2016, or will be fractured into any number of single-issue parties still driven by the rabid loons.

    April 24, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  10. f ray

    i heard W asked if Big Bird was going to be there to read to him.

    April 24, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  11. Name lynn

    You got to be kidding about jeb bush is going to run for what seat. The people is not putting another bush in the white house, all the bushes do is mess up, the bushes is for the rich people not for the poor people.

    April 24, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  12. yukonj

    i think its time for a whole new white house. i mean if the previous history of these two administrations dont sway people to say we have had enough, then god help us, cuz nobody is fixing anything just giveing themselves reason to debate later. and you all believe there lies. whats up???

    April 24, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  13. don in albuquerque

    @rs-Could not agree with you more. The GOTP is anti-poor, elderly, gun regristration, women rights, racial equality, enviorment, the list grows progressively daily, and pro-rich, big business, unfettered capitalism, war, and torture, and voter supression. How long do they think the public will continue to put up with this. Especially when they can not produce a candidate who is even remotely electable. They shoot themselves in the foot constantly, with probably the death knell sounded in taking the Tea Baggers into the gang. Obama did not get elected by having only the dems vote for him but a large number of the GOTP obviously jumped ship. Now all they have left is smoke and mirrors-such as Bengazi, even when it is painfully apparent they voted against improving security funding. Sorry Charlie, smaller gubmint comes at a cost. Now they are gnashing their teeth over the pre-bomber investigation, again–Sorry Charile, same reason and again smoke and mirrors. "It is a tale told by an idiot...Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."

    April 24, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  14. A Kickin` Donkey

    Jeb might have had a chance BEFORE George but Dubya messed it up for the family dynasty.
    Daddy Bush #41 started ONE war.
    Jr Bush #43 started TWO wars.
    Lil` Bro Bush [wants to be #45] would start THREE wars ? [Syria, Iran, North Korea . . . axis of evil, remember?]

    Hillary Clinton will win in 2016 IF she has a YOUTHFUL [45+-ish] campaign & cabinent / leadership team. If she somes across has current, open minded and sharing real power with people born in the 1970`s, she WOULD prevail. That plus a white male VP candidate like Schwietzer [ former western state governor – Montana] will make her a slam dunk. Be afraid Republicans. Be very afraid.

    Not to mention the backing of Barack & Bill. Lions & Tigers & Bears Ohh My!

    April 24, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  15. freedom

    Hilary Clinton will never escape her bellowing and unbelievably callous "What difference does it make??" – how the Amabassador and other servicemen died. True colors were revealed.

    April 24, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  16. ritmocojo

    But couldn't they've just built a fancy outhouse for W's copy of 'My Pet Goat' and his couple of unfinished coloring books?

    April 24, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  17. Bea

    Bush Jr. damaged the family brand for years to come. Jeb may win or not his party's nomination, but he will not win the WH and he can thank his brother for that.

    Regardless, there's a feeling within the Democratic party that it's finally time for a woman to be president. What other more popular, experienced and tough candidate than Hillary? If she does choose to run, it won't be a repeat of 2008. If Hillary runs, she will win.

    April 24, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  18. rs

    Hilary Clinton will never escape her bellowing and unbelievably callous "What difference does it make??" – how the Amabassador and other servicemen died. True colors were revealed.
    Just Right-wing blather. Where is the Rights' anger over the brave soldiers who died for no reason in Iraq? Or, for the 125,000 dead Iraqi civillians? Or, the 2 million Iraqi refugees? See- you guys are just game players.

    April 24, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  19. thomase

    "What difference does it make??"


    "Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk last night who decided to kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, Senator."

    April 24, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  20. jillib

    Jeb Bush is supposedly considered to be the "smart" one. When the bar is set that low, as it appears to be in the bush family, is that really a compliment? The bush's have done enough damage to this nation. Electing another would be ludicrous.

    April 24, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  21. Michael

    I can imagine no reason for attending the opening of a tribute to a man who sent our country spiraling backwards. I see him to be a liar, a blow-hard and war criminal. He is still costing this country millions due to his folly. I'd find somewhere else to spend my time.

    April 24, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  22. Robert

    Governor Jeb of Florida gave his brother the election through fraud, even though he lost the popular vote. If Jeb runs he will lose Florida. If Hilary runs it will be a landslide against any GOP candidate one that the GOP will never recover from. She will then have the opportunity to change the make up of the Supreme Court, implement some form of gun control, and counter the wing-nut GOP evangelical base.

    April 25, 2013 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  23. Lynda/Minnesota

    It isn't going to make any difference who runs in 2016 if the GOP can't (or won't) put an electable candidate on the ticket. So far, this past decade has proven that the GOP hasn't been able to produce anyone worthy of the job, including George W. Bush.

    April 25, 2013 08:56 am at 8:56 am |