Former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
WASHINGTON (USATODAY.com) -- Super PAC? Check. Website? Check. Hillary Rodham Clinton declaring her candidacy for president? Not yet, but some of her former supporters and campaign staffers are ready and waiting.
The Ready for Hillary super PAC launched its website Tuesday, declaring itself set to go in case the former secretary of State wants to jump into the 2016 presidential race. Clinton, who lost the 2008 Democratic nomination to Barack Obama, left the Cabinet post about two months ago.
"We are going to keep up the energy and excitement surrounding her potential candidacy," said Allida Black, the PAC's chairwoman and a supporter of Clinton's 2008 campaign. "To succeed we need to start building an extensive field program -- getting neighbors talking to neighbors, organizing on college campuses, and putting together the winning team of supporters that will help Hillary win in 2016."
The super PAC launched in late January and says it now has more than 100,000 supporters. Veterans of Clinton's campaign, including Ready for Hillary executive director Adam Parkhomenko and spokesman Seth Bringman, are also on board as staff. Black campaigned for Clinton in 14 states in 2008.
While the 2016 presidential campaign is more than three years away, early public opinion polls already show support for Clinton. A Quinnipiac Poll released last month showed Clinton would lead Republicans such as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan by strong double digits.
Clinton has not discussed her political future, but her recent declaration in support of same-sex marriage was viewed by some political observers as a sign she may be a presidential candidate in 2016.
There are two other groups that have filed papers with the Federal Election Commission in support of Clinton for president, but they are not at the same stage as Ready for Hillary.