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Sunday, October 26th, 2014

Hillary Clinton Super PAC Files for 2016

As Hillary Clinton prepares to step down as secretary of state, political supporters are already calling for the former first lady to make another presidential bid in 2016.

A new super PAC, “Ready for Hillary,” filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission Friday.  Allida Black, a professor at George Washington University is the group’s chairperson and  a longtime Clinton supporter.

“Our purpose is simple: we are ready to work for Hillary to be president when she is ready to run. When our website launches in a few weeks, we plan to reach out to our grassroots networks and contributors to mobilize them to support her,” Black told the Center for Public Integrity.

Clinton, 65, certainly has the resume for another presidential campaign, having just narrowly lost the 2008 Democratic nomination to President Barack Obama. Still, she has largely dismissed the likelihood of re-entering government service in the future, expressing a desire to return to public advocacy.

Her choice to leave the Obama administration was her own, and she has been adamant that she will spend at least a year catching up on much-needed rest. “Maybe I’ll get a decorating show,” she joked during an interview with The New York Times last November.

Still, should she decide to run for nation’s highest office, Clinton will have a strong voter base to work with. Already, the Ready for Hillary Twitter page has more than 50,000 followers, even without a formal website for the organization.

Remarkably enough, Ready for Hillary isn’t the first political action committee to register in support of Clinton; an Iowa resident created the “Hillary Clinton Super PAC” earlier in the month, according to MSNBC.

An Iowa poll conducted last year placed Clinton as the hypothetical favorite among Democrats for 2016, with 58 percent of respondents in the Public Policy Polling survey choosing her.

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