Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton may announce her 2016 presidential bid early next year. Clinton said while in Mexico Friday that she has a “unique vantage point” on the presidency and will soon decide whether to launch a campaign, reports CNN.
"I am going to be making a decision ... probably after the first of the year about whether I'm going to run again or not," Clinton said in Mexico City, where she is attending an annual charity event hosted by billionaire Carlos Slim. Though she has yet to make an official announcement, Ready for Hillary, her Super PAC, is already laying the groundwork for her candidacy by sending surrogates to raise money in early voting states.
Clinton, the first lady from 1993 to 2001 and then a senator for New York, first ran for president in 2008. She won more votes, primaries and delegates than any other woman in American history, but narrowly lost the nomination to then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, who went on to win the national election.
A CNN survey from July 18-20 showed Clinton with 67 percent support among Democrats. In a distant second was Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., at 10 percent, the only other potential candidate in the double digits. Vice President Joe Biden was at 8 percent, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo polled at 4 percent and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley received 2 percent.
"As strong as she was in '06, the tea has brewed for eight more years and she is much stronger,” Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics, told International Business Times last month. "It's going to be awfully tough to beat her."