Now to hillary clinton making her first major public appearance last night since stepping down as secretary of state at the same time a high-profile effort being launched urging her to run for... See More
Now to hillary clinton making her first major public appearance last night since stepping down as secretary of state at the same time a high-profile effort being launched urging her to run for president. Abc's claire shipman has the latest from washington. Claire, good morning. Reporter: Whatever hillary clinton says, you're watching the start of 2016. She said she wanted a normal life for awhile but that's not realistic. Hillary watch is officially under way. Just a few months into retirement, hillary clinton is back on stage. Good evening, everyone. This is such a wonderful occasion every year. Reporter: Appearing at the vital voices awards ceremony, an organization she helped form as first lady honoring accomplished women from around the world. When women participate in the economy, everyone benefits, and when women participate in peacekeeping and peacemaking, we are all safer and more secure. Reporter: Clinton avoided politics in her speech but there on stage her potential 2016 democratic rival all charm. There's no woman like hillary clinton. that's a fact. Reporter: The vice president biden and I have worked together on so many important issues. Reporter: Outside a group of supporters already rallying their support for the possibility of a clinton 2016 ticket. I think she'll run and she's got to save the country, right? Reporter: In hypothetical matchups with republican contenders marco rubio, jeb bush and chris christie, right now hillary clinton is the clear favorite. No other candidate maybe in the history of presidential politics will be as prepared as she is with a fully formed network of people. Reporter: Clinton has told friends, family and the media that she plans to take a break and recuperate before thinking about her political future. I'm going to be focusing on my philanthropy, my charities, my writing and speaking till i am looking forward to having something resembling kind of a normal life again. Reporter: But with the launch of an independent super pac, the question is everywhere, is hillary ready to run? To be back again is such a great privilege and honor. Reporter: And that audience she was talking to, women is critical. She has huge support among women, even republican women, friends say it would be natural for her in the coming months to keep courting this key demographic. Hillary doesn't have to step in f a couple of years if she decides to run but just the fact she's not saying no pretty much freezes the democratic race. Reporter: There's huge pressure on her to make a decision. The vice president, for example, won't make his decision until he knows what hillary clinton is doing. So I don't think she has a couple of years. Okay, claire shipman, thank you very much.
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