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ABC News: Why Is Hillary Missing in Action?

By    |   Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 05:48 PM

Former secretary of State Hillary Clinton has made very few public appearances, especially compared with last year, but Democratic strategists and those close to the Clintons say that shouldn't come as a surprise.

Over the last six weeks, Clinton has had a total of two public appearances, which is a sharp contrast to the packed schedule she kept throughout most of 2014, ABC News reports.

In 2014, Clinton was busy promoting her book, "Hard Choices," which was released in June, hit the campaign trail to help out some of her fellow Democrats in the November midterms, and gave paid speeches.

However, some of her appearances also showed her vulnerability as a candidate, and some political strategists say that it may not hurt for her to stay out of the spotlight right now.

"Why take the risk?" one Democrat close to the Clintons told ABC News. "The more you're out there — I don't care how prepared you are or how experienced you are — she's going to slip up."

Donna Brazile, Democratic strategist and ABC News contributor, said that by keeping a low profile, Clinton is also able to avoid the "day-to-day, flash and burn politics."

"There's no reason Hillary Clinton should be involved in what I call partisan, insular, inside-the-beltway politics," Brazile explained.

"She doesn't need to be part of what happens in [President Barack] Obama's White House and the Republican Congress," she said.

While Clinton had already announced at this time in 2007 that she would be running for president in 2008, it was in a different political atmosphere — the sitting president was a Republican and she was a member of the opposition.

Brazile says that there would be no "advantage" in Clinton announcing her candidacy early, and people would only wonder, "'What is she doing?'"

Another Clinton insider told ABC News that she's likely busy behind the scenes planning her campaign, and since she already has plenty of name recognition, sitting back won't hurt her.

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