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Is Hillary Clinton Running for President in 2016? Super PAC Says Yes.

By February 6, 2013

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Hillary ClintonA new Hillary Clinton super PAC is up and running in anticipation of the former U.S. senator and secretary of state's run for president in the 2016 election. The super PAC, called "Ready for Hillary," is run by a group of grassroots supporters.

But what does the presumed White House aspirant have to say about running for president?

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Meh. Not interested. Not again.

"I've said I really don't believe that that's something I will do again,"  Clinton told Barbara Walters. "I am so grateful I had the experience of doing it before." She added, however, that she could not and would not "make predictions about what's going to happen tomorrow, or for the next year."

Clinton unsuccessfully sought the Democratic Party's nomination in the 2008 election cycle. Former U.S. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois won the party's presidential nod and defeated Republican John McCain.

The supporters who launched the Hillary Clinton super PAC are convinced she'll run for president.

"I have no doubt she's gonna run," Allida Black, who founded Ready for Hillary, told the Power Players blog. "She knows there's this huge groundswell. She sees the challenges. She's not gonna say no. Not because of her, but because of us."

On its Facebook page, Ready for Hillary states: "We believe Hillary will see that 2016 is the right year, for the right woman for so many different reasons. The goal is to be as organized and ready as possible for Hillary at that time."

Super PACs, of course, have become influential players in national elections since their creation following the Super Court's decision in the Citizens United case against the Federal Election Commission. Clinton, it turns out, was at the center of the case that led to the creation of the much-reviled super PACs.

The Citizens United legal case stemmed from the group's intention to broadcast "Hillary: The Movie," a documentary it produced that was critical of the then-U.S. senator who was running for president. The high court's ruling sided with the group and said that the federal government cannot limit corporations - or, for that matter, unions, associations or individuals - from spending money to influence the outcome of elections.

Perhaps 2016 is the year Clinton, through Ready for Hillary and other super PACs that are lining up to support her, gets revenge.

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February 11, 2013 at 6:06 pm
(1) Scott says:

Clinton… another militaristic, bankster- and Wall Street-loving free-trade corporatist. Yeah, just what we need.

It isn’t enough that the Republican Party is utterly insane. The Democrats have to follow. And the number of would-be liberals and/ or progressives that back her! ‘Absurd’ is the word for politics in the U.S.

I weep for my country – while I simultaneously seek a way out.

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