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Busy on Speakers' Circuit, Will Hillary Clinton Run?

The former Secretary of State will speak at UConn and in Boston this week.

By Patch Editor Dan Tuohy 

Hillary Clinton is speaking at a contemporary issues forum at UConn Wednesday night — one of two New England appearances that have political observers talking again about her possible run for president in 2016.

The former Secretary of State and Democratic U.S. senator from New York will be the keynote speaker at the Simmons Leadership Conference in Boston before heading south to speak at the Edmund Fusco Contemporary Issues Forum at UConn. 

The speakers' program introduces Clinton as having "played a central role in restoring America's standing in the world." 

At a conference of women leaders, the spotlight naturally falls on Clinton possibly becoming the first woman president. A Gallup poll last month found the prospect of her being the first woman to hold the office her biggest selling point.

Political observers may call another campaign inevitable, but some of her most passionate supporters steer clear of that word. Terry Shumaker, the New Hampshire senior adviser for Ready for Hillary, says Clinton will fight for every vote – when or if she becomes a candidate.

"She's made it very clear that she has't made up her mind," Shumaker said in an phone interview with Patch. "The name kind of says it all: We'll be ready for Hillary when Hillary's ready to run."

Her supporters have, however. Some 2 million people have signed up for the Ready for Hillary PAC. It has supporters in every state. And the PAC is seeking low-dollar contributions. Shumaker says the common donation amount is $20.16.

Clinton maintains a base of support in New Hampshire, home to the first-in-the-nation primary, and where she won the Democratic primary in 2008.

And her new book, "Hard Choices," will be released June 10.

As Clinton visits Boston, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) started the week telling interviewers yet again that she is not going to run for president in 2016. Both parties are gearing up for a showdown in the 2014 mid-term elections, which could reshape the political landscape ahead of the next presidential contest.
Conrad F. Heede May 25, 2014 at 06:41 AM
So your turn. Now please explain how go from calling Americans lazy to claiming that these same lazy Americans are also ... Never mind. My point is I was interested in something other than a rant.
Blue state Blues May 25, 2014 at 12:22 PM
Conrad you are a walking talking progressive cliche. Obama's deficits and spending are a lot bigger than Bush's.Bush 5 trillion added to national debt in 8 yrs. Obama 7 trillion added to national debt in 5.5 yrs. The problem with Bush was he was not a fiscal conservative. We should not have gone to war in Iraq. The banks and GM should not have been bailed out. The country needs to return to true constitutional principles, taking power away from a incompetent corrupt central authority in Washington Obama makes Jimmy Carter look competent and Richard Nixon look honest. Not to mention his racial politics, and class envy. Hillary is more of the same. We also know when the 3 am phone call came they were both derelict in their duty. One other thing, Sarah Palin never said she could see Russia from her front porch. That was Tina Fay on SNL.
lmf59 May 25, 2014 at 12:43 PM
Perfectly stated, Blue. I might also add that not a single terror act on American soil was permitted during Bush's post 9/11 administration and we had the respect of the world. Tragically, that can't be said of this administration. Americans have died due to this presidents' weak (non-existent) policies regarding Islamic terrorists (or should I say "man-caused disasters"?) and we are currently the laughing stock of the world in every aspect. NEVER would Bush have allowed the Benghazi slaughter to occur and he certainly would have NEVER gone before the families of the slain and outright lied to their faces and then lied again to cover up his incompetency as Commander in Chief. And before you go and blame Bush for 9/11, as I am sure you will, let us be reminded of how many times Mr Clinton let OBL run free while planning for years the attacks on NY, PA, and DC.
Conrad F. Heede May 25, 2014 at 07:18 PM
When the economy is bad, the government has to spend money to get things back. When the economy is good, the government should pay down debt. The way out of the Great Depression was work war two. Republicans wanted gm to fail so the union would die, but the right thing to do was keep gm alive and the jobs intact. Every economist on the planet would agree with that.
Spencer Lawton May 27, 2014 at 12:46 PM
lmf59 - You should do a Google search on subject you are spewing about - There were 12 attacks on American embassies, consulates and compounds during the administration of President George W. Bush. In those attacks 60 people (excluding attackers) were killed, including 11 Americans.

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