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Publicly Undecided, Behind the Scenes Hillary Builds Toward 2016

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By    |   Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 11:00 AM

The hotly-contested Senate race between Republican Joni Ernst and Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley holds the focus for most in Iowa, except for those, like Hillary Clinton, who have at least one eye on the 2016 presidential caucuses.

"I have concluded that Iowans take politics really serious. You test your candidates. You actually force them to be the best they can be. I understand that," said Clinton in a thinly-veiled reference to her defeat in the 2008 Iowa caucuses, according to the Des Moines Register.

The campaign stop for Braley, who endorsed North Carolina Sen. John Edwards over Clinton in 2008, is the second visit the former secretary of state has made in the last year.
It might be uncertain whether she intends to run, but Hillary and her allies are working behind the scenes to ensure her campaign is ready should she announce a 2016 presidential run.

Despite the continued bad blood between the Clinton and Obama staffs, Clinton recently sought out the advice of David Plouffe, the strategist behind Obama’s 2008 defeat of Clinton.

In September, Plouffe attended a meeting with Clinton and two of her aides — Cheryl Mills and John Podesta — in September to discuss the need for her to craft a vision for her candidacy and to make better use of advanced data analytics, according to Politico.

It was not surprising that Podesta was part of the discussion as he is viewed by many as front-runner to assume the role of campaign chairman if Clinton runs.

"In more than 20 interviews, Podesta was mentioned repeatedly as the person most likely to take on the role of campaign chairman — or chief executive officer or another top role, depending on how a potential campaign would be structured — if Clinton runs in 2016.

The interest in Podesta is a reflection of both Clintons’ comfort and familiarity with him, but also of his standing among progressive voters with whom Clinton has had a sometimes strained relationship," Politico reported in September.

Podesta traveled to Las Vegas with Clinton in September to the seventh Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas. Podesta conducted the question-and-answer session after her remarks, The Last Vegas Sun reported.

As the midterm elections come to a close, attention is shifting toward 2016 and moves being made by former Clinton aides, including Ali Rubin, Clinton's former chief of staff at the State Department, reports Politico.

Rubin recently left her position with the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation to serve as chief of staff for Global Partnerships at AOL, and Shilpa Pesaru, a veteran of Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign, is reportedly leaving soon as well.

While it remains unclear whether she would join a future campaign, sources told Politico that Pesaru "has worked for her in many capacities for almost a decade” and is "beloved by all, not least of which by Hillary Clinton.”

Hillary's political action committee, Ready for Hillary, is also remaining quite active, raising $2 million during the quarter that concluded on Sept. 30, according to Bloomberg News.

However, the super-PAC spent $2.1 million on laying the groundwork for a presidential campaign, including building a database of voter contacts and staff travel.

The super-PAC is spending an average of $23,000 per day, according to Bloomberg.

"Rather than building up a large bankroll, we have sought to invest in engaging our supporters and building our list for the day that Hillary's decision comes," Seth Bringman, the super-PAC's spokesman said.

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The hotly-contested Senate race between Republican Joni Ernst and Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley holds the focus for most in Iowa, except for those, like Hillary Clinton, who have at least one eye on the 2016 presidential caucuses.
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