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The planned delay until July seems to be not working out for the Clinton team as the time line keeps speeding up due to situations beyond their control. In recent weeks, other Democrats have begun to tour early primary states and express interest in challenging the former Secretary of State. As a result, Hillary supporters are getting nervous and would like to see some action on the campaign announcement front.

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Report from Politico:

Democrats around the country had a clear and stern message for Hillary Clinton on Tuesday after she wrapped up her much-anticipated — if hastily scheduled — news conference on her use of a private email account as secretary of state: She shouldn’t expect this issue to go away in the coming months, and she’d better hurry up and announce her presidential campaign soon.

“The whole situation underscores the need for her to announce her candidacy, as an actual campaign would be the best way to deal with issues like this if they come up,” said Kathy Winter, chairwoman of Iowa’s Osceola County Democrats.

That sentiment echoed in interviews with more than a dozen Democratic activists and operatives, including some in the influential presidential nominating states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. And it wasn’t lost on the former secretary of state’s camp: one Clinton confidante told POLITICO the scrutiny of the past week convinced Clinton to speed up the campaign rollout. The internal discussions about delaying the kickoff until July are ancient history; Clinton’s announcement is now expected within the next two to five weeks.
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“Secretary Clinton had to address the issue and the sooner she did, the sooner this issue will be resolved, or at least take up less of the media’s attention,” said Bret Nilles, chairman of Iowa’s Linn County Democrats, in an email. “I’m thinking that this might accelerate her thinking in declaring her intentions. This seems like the first step on getting her side of the story out to the public directly.”

“When she announces that she’s running, that’s when this will fade away,” added a national Democratic strategist familiar with the emerging campaign structure and plans.

In other words, deflect attention from the State Department email flap by announcing a campaign and putting the issue behind her. This puts the time frame likely the first or second week or April as the new fundraising quarter begins. That means about three weeks from today we could be getting rumblings of a campaign announcement.

10 COMMENTS

  1. I think she should do just the opposite. Let people bore of the email flap first–then change the topic with something new. But, seriously, what could she say that would be considered “new”? Saying something people have expected for four years is hardly “new.”

  2. Why did Hillary speak at the United Nations…on the domestic issue of her use of private emails while in the capacity as a top US Gov official, The Secretary of State?!

    Anyone care to answer this?

    Here is the full video:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3f01MDEGXP4

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    She is hiding all the “naughty” ones — and just releasing the safe ones…LOL!

    Time to prosecute Hillary — and put her in jail for life!

    • She didn’t “speak at the United Nations…on the domestic issue…” That was a separate news conference on that issue.

      At the UN, she delivered the keynote speech on “the full participation of women and girls” as the “great unfinished business of the 20th century.”

  3. Hillary’s weakness as a candidate is she has “come out” (pun intended) too far timewise from the 2016 election. She is like a media promotion that is overplayed before the product is even on the shelves. Her expiration date has expired!

  4. I am not in Hilary’s corner but her credentials are superior to these two.

    Voters should take a very close look at Scott Walker’s resume as governor. Walkeropenly brags that he has approved $2 billion in tax cuts since he took office in 2011. The Legislative Fiscal Bureau said in March that the claim is accurate. At that point, Wisconsin was facing a $1 billion budget surplus through June 2015. With the tax cuts in effect, Wisconsin now is faced with a $2 billion gap between what Wisconsin agencies have requested in their budgets over the next two years and Wisconsin’s projected revenues. His budget proposal for 2015-2017, released earlier this month, included a $300 million cut to the University of Wisconsin
    System. To help close the state’s $283 million budget shortfall, Governor Scott Walker will default on the $108 million debt payment scheduled for May. By missing the May payment, Walker will incur about $1.1 million in additional interest fees between 2015 and 2017. The $108 million debt will continue to live on the books; Walker’s budget proposal for 2015-2017 will pay down no more than about $18 million of the principal.

    “In the spirit of transparency, I am posting the emails of my governorship here,” a note on Jeb
    Bush’s website read. And release them all he did, including names, email and home addresses, phone numbers, social securitynumbers (which are protected by law), medical issues, employment issues, as
    well as potentially sensitive details about government operations. Of course, Jeb says he is not legally
    responsible for any data leaks, the state of Florida is at blame. Whatever, by authorizing
    the release of his emails, he put the lives and welfare of many, many Floridians at risk.

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