Curious about what Hillary Clinton might say if she runs for president in 2016? You might want to listen in now.
The former secretary of state might be months away from a decision about whether she will run for president in 2016, but she has been using her ample speaking schedule in the meantime to try out some notably campaign-friendly lines.
From ensuring that future generations can “realize the American dream” to contrasting her style with the “wrong kind of leadership” on display in Washington, Clinton has been diligently laying out a potential framework for her candidacy in more than half a dozen or so recent speeches.
After spending four years on the sidelines from the apolitical post of secretary of state, Clinton, 66, has also jumped back into some of the major policy debates of the day.
She called for a “full discussion” of the National Security Agency’s surveillance program in one speech at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y., last week, and has repeatedly condemned Washington politicians, particularly Republicans, for “careening from crisis to crisis” by shutting down the government and bringing the country to the brink of default.
She’s concerned about voting rights, the “evidence free-zone” of today’s policy debates and eroding U.S. leadership abroad.
But perhaps most importantly, Clinton has made it clear that she is keenly eyeing the work that needs to be done at home, work that many of her supporters hope she will tackle.
“We will have to take on our own problems here at home including ending the gridlock that has paralyzed our political system,” Clinton said last week. “Developing new strategies for creating jobs and getting back to growing incomes for the hardworking middle-class Americans who are still worried about their futures.”