Hillary Clinton plans to launch her 2016 presidential campaign in April, The Wall Street Journal reports
Clinton already had announced her candidacy by this point in the 2008 race, the Journal notes. But some of her advisers believe waiting can work to her advantage this time since she so far has no serious opposition. Vice President Joe Biden is far behind Clinton in Democratic polling.
Waiting too long can hurt, too, and that's why her initial plans to announce in July have been moved up, the Journal said.
If she announces earlier, major donors can start opening their wallets with the cash she'll need to win and the rest of the field can begin shaping up.
But an early start also puts a bullseye on her. The crowded GOP field will be happy to begin attacking her over her record and will open her up to questions from the press on how she would handle the major issues of the day, including what she would do about the Islamic State (ISIS).
Her team has considered forming an exploratory committee, which typically signals a planned run without actually announcing, the Journal said, but they now appear ready to drop that plan.
Entering the race later also could hurt her plans to raise more than $1 billion for the campaign, the Journal quoted people who know about her plans as saying.
Clinton also has no team ready to reply quickly to threats, such as recent questions about foreign campaign donations to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation while she was secretary of State.
"If I were taking this on, seeing what candidates went through last time around, I’d sure want to put it off as long as I could," Doug Goldman, a donor to President Barack Obama, told he Journal.
But Jason Frerichs, an Iowa county Democratic campaign chair, said Clinton "should get in right now. If she’s going to run, get a campaign going."
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