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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.
smellypants June 18, 2014 at 09:40 AM
Please Hillary.. just go away you fat, old, ugly pig. This woman is an absolute disgrace and should be deported, not elected to anything.
Dr. Gene June 18, 2014 at 10:08 AM
Hillary is a strong, smart and beautiful woman. Hopefully she decides to run for POS; she'd have my vote!
smellypants June 18, 2014 at 10:18 AM
No man would ever vote for her. You must be a wus.
Concerned101 June 18, 2014 at 11:53 AM
Dr. Gene got something right... She's a POS alright.
Bea Conetta June 18, 2014 at 05:54 PM
All the negative comments are probably from men. because their macho nature can't even think of a woman being president of our wonderful country. Unfortunately for all of you, she is extremely qualified, and will be one of our best presidents when she is elected. All of your horrible insults will not affect her at all, because she knows what a storm of false accusations are in her future if she does run. She is tough, and she will not be affected by them. Go girl!! Let the world see what a woman can do that this dysfunctional congress has failed to do.

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