Mayor Emanuel Joins Group Urging Hillary Clinton Presidency
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[May 10, 2014]
By Gabriel Debenedetti
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Chicago Mayor Rahm
Emanuel, a former White House aide to Presidents Barack Obama and Bill
Clinton, on Friday joined the Ready For Hillary group that is urging
former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to run for president in
Emanuel, who also served in the U.S. House of Representatives,
will headline two fundraisers for the group in June. His support
comes less than a week after Virginia Senator Tim Kaine also backed
"I've seen firsthand how Hillary has inspired women and men, and
girls and boys, here in America and across the globe, and I know
that as president, she would continue to move our country forward,"
Emanuel said in a statement from Ready For Hillary.
The group - a super PAC that voluntarily caps donations at $25,000 -
is not officially affiliated with Clinton, who says she will decide
whether to pursue the White House after November's congressional
elections. But it boasts the backing of numerous Democratic
officials and donors.
Clinton is the overwhelming favorite to be the Democratic nominee in
2016 if she chooses to run again. Preliminary polling shows her
leading all other potential White House aspirants after she served
for four years as Secretary of State under Obama.
The former First Lady and New York senator lost the hard-fought 2008
nomination battle to then-Illinois Senator Obama, and has since
openly spoken about the difficulties of presidential campaigns.
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The June release of Clinton's memoir of her time at the State
Department is expected to kick off a more intense national
discussion of her presidential prospects.
(Reporting by Gabriel Debenedetti; Editing by Bernadette Baum)
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