Hillary Clinton fans looking to the stage of NYC’s Lincoln Center for signs of a 2016 presidential bid should probably lower their expectations … not that they will.
Her speech at the Women in the World Summit was her second speaking appearance this week, reviving rumors that she will again seek the White House.
In 2016. That’s Hillary Clinton for you, strong enough to cast a shadow over an election almost four years away, even as she denies any plans to run in it.
“I get all the enthusiasm there is for her to run,” Mo Elleithee, a spokesman for Clinton’s 2008 bid, said. “But my advice to everyone is to calm down.”
“If she decides to look at the race, I think she’ll do so at the appropriate time.”
Clinton has said she has no plans to run … and also hasn’t ruled it out.
She was narrowly defeated by Barack Obama in the 2008 Democratic primary, going on to serve as U.S. Secretary of State under President Obama.
Her body language will be closely watched by the political community in the coming months, and years, for any signal that she’s approaching a decision.
Supporters have already formed a Super PAC to back a possible bid.
Since it was created in January, the Ready for Hillary PAC is seeing about 1,000 grassroots supporters a day sign up to back the effort to get Clinton to run in 2016.
Ready for Hillary has more than 54,000 followers on Twitter and more than 100,000 e- mail addresses in its database, a clear sign of voter support.
The Super PAC was ready to hold a rally today outside the Lincoln Center and carry signs in support of a potential candidacy, the group’s spokesman said.
A 2016 presidential poll released last month by Quinnipiac University, showed Clinton dominating in match-ups against hypothetical GOP opponents.
What do you think: Hillary in 2016?