'President Hillary Clinton?' In mock election, she wallops the competition. (+video)
Political professionals and grassroots supporters are organizing and raising money in case Hillary Clinton runs for the presidency in 2016. So far, she's leading potential opponents of both parties.
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"I’ve always looked at Hillary as a brand," Adam Parkhomenko, the new PAC’s 27-year-old executive director, told Wegel. "That’s been especially true in the last couple of years. It’s a brand I believe in. It’s a brand I want to protect. It’s a brand I want to build."Skip to next paragraph
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A source familiar with the group's fundraising plans told CNN that the group has brought on board a national finance director – Matt Felan, the deputy national finance director on Clinton's 2008 presidential bid – and is assembling a team of regional fundraising leaders.
"Few people understand the Clinton donor network better than Matt," the source said. "He is making calls and has received widespread positive response. Checks are starting to come in the door. Money shouldn't be a problem."
Clinton's 2008 campaign raised $220 million from donors, some of whom have already begun pitching in to this effort.
But back to that 2016 bracket competition, put together by WashPost political blogger Chris Cillizza.
“Clinton demolished her competition – winning easily over Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and, finally, Vice President Joe Biden in the Final 4,” Mr. Cillizza speculates.
“Rubio’s path was slightly rockier,” he goes on. “He easily dispatched former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Ohio Sen. Rob Portman in the first two rounds before running into stiffer competition in the Elite 8 against former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. To make it to the final matchup, Rubio had to weather a nip and tuck vote against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. For much of the balloting the race was within a point but Rubio widened it out a bit to claim a 52 percent to 48 percent victory.”
(Rick Santorum is back, but loses in the first round to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Some readers are wondering why Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich were not included among the 16 Republican wannabes. Too shop-worn, perhaps?)
Through 5 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, there’s an online election on Cillizza’s mock lineup. Vote here. Of the 2,526 people who’ve weighed in at this writing, Clinton is whipping Rubio 76 percent to 24 percent. Not scientific, of course, but perhaps an indicator of the former secretary of State’s strength in 2016 – if, as her many fans hope, she decides to run.