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Hillary Clinton Raking in Honors Ahead of Possible 2016 Run

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By Lisa Barron   |   Wednesday, 16 Oct 2013 12:09 PM

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the toast of the town in New York this week, being honored at back-to-back awards galas for her humanitarian work, The Guardian reports.

On Tuesday night, Clinton received the first Founder's Award from the Elton John AIDS foundation at a star-studded event, where John told the Associated Press, "She's a great human rights campaigner for people of color, for people of sexual orientation."

And on Wednesday night, Clinton will accept the Michael Kors Award for Outstanding Community Service from God's Love We Deliver, a charity that helps people with severe illnesses, The Daily Beast reports.

These are just two of several awards Clinton has been taking home recently, having racked up at least 15 in the nine months since she left the State Department, with many more to come, reports The Washington Post.

"She is basking in the glow of what many perceive as a successful run as secretary of state and as a former senator and what many believe to be the probable Democratic nominee for president of the United States," Democratic strategist Hank Sheinkopf told the newspaper.

Clinton was even lauded by a potential 2016 rival, former Florida GOP Gov. Jeb Bush, chairman of the National Constitution Center, which named her its 2013 Liberty Medal Recipient for her work as a public servant.

Speaking at the Sept. 10 ceremony, Bush said, "Former Secretary Clinton has dedicated her life to serving and engaging people across the world in democracy. These efforts as a citizen, an activist, and a leader have earned Secretary Clinton this year’s Liberty Medal."

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Clinton's aides acknowledge that the award ceremonies serve as platforms for her to address issues that she considers important.

"Aside from being flattered by those that have chosen to honor her for her work, these events have been a forum for her to continue to talk to interested audiences and to the public about issues that she has cared about and worked on for years, and continues to do so," Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill told the Post.

The Clinton awards tour shows no sign of slowing down. Next month, Clinton will reportedly be honored by the Mexican American Leadership Initiative and the International Medical Corps in California. She is also scheduled to accept the American Patriot Award from the National Defense University Foundation in Washington, D.C.

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