Not running for president (yet), Hillary Clinton keeps the spotlight

Not running for president (yet), Hillary Clinton keeps the spotlight

NEW YORK - The question was being asked in hallway whispers and excited chatter in many languages this week at the Clinton Global Initiative conference.

It's the question that follows Hillary Clinton everywhere - will she run for US president in 2016?

A version of the question came up during a panel discussion on investing in the future of women, and Mrs Clinton was deft, saying only that "someday, I hope" to see a woman president. She stopped short of discussing her own plans, even as applause erupted.

For the former secretary of state, New York senator, and first lady, the four-day meeting at a Manhattan hotel is the latest stop in what many see as an increasingly intense shadow campaign.

Mrs Clinton, who has kept busy travelling the country discussing healthcare, voting rights and other policy issues, has acknowledged that she is considering running for president, most recently in a New York Magazine interview published online on Sunday.

But Mrs Clinton, who lost the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination to Barack Obama, has not declared definitive interest in a race that would finish when she is 69 years old. Still, a movement has taken hold around her.

Ready For Hillary PAC is the most organised and best financed of Mrs Clinton's independent supporter groups, with a roster of former Obama campaign officials and major Democratic fundraisers. The PAC boasted 10,000 donors and had raised US$1.25 million (S$1.57 million) as of August.

Twenty contributors were "bundlers" for Mr Obama in 2012, meaning they donated up to the legal individual limit and then collected additional money from others.

Jeremy Bird and Mitch Stewart, prominent veterans of the Obama campaign's field operation, have signed onto the political action committee.

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