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February 7, 2016

McCaskill Backs Clinton for President PAC #2016

McCaskill backed a 2016 PAC's efforts. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A political action committee created to encourage Hillary Rodham Clinton to run for president received its first congressional endorsement on Tuesday.

In a statement released by Ready for Hillary PAC, which launched shortly after the 2012 elections, Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill endorsed the group’s effort to lay a political groundwork for the former secretary of State to have at the ready should she decide to run.

McCaskill, who was an early endorser of President Barack Obama in the 2008 campaign, called the effort “critical” to Clinton’s potential for success in 2016.

“They aren’t only reaching out to folks who supported Hillary in 2008,” McCaskill said. “They’re helping to show that regardless of who you supported for President back then, we can all agree today that there is nobody better equipped to be our next President than Hillary Clinton.”

The PAC was started by former Clinton staffers and supporters, and it has picked up some endorsements from more high-profile Clinton loyalists in its first months. Craig T. Smith, a former White House political director under President Bill Clinton, is now listed as a senior adviser.

“Ready for Hillary is fortunate to have such a powerful and respected leader like Claire joining our grassroots team,” Smith said in a statement.

  • Rumionemore

    That’s well and good, but before I can take Clinton seriously, the growing scandals at the State Department need to be addressed – and quickly. Hillary has long been my choice for president, but I am an independent who will move on to Chris Christie in 2016 if there is a cloud over Hillary. I am not talking so much about Benghazi as the other issues that have cropped up. They were all under her watch. She needs to explain.

  • Carmen

    the NSA stuff? that does not have to do with the State Dept.

  • Rumionemore

    That’s old scandal news.
    The Guardian, which also broke the NSA story, recently ran an article about widespread involvement by state department employees in drugs and prostitution, including the ambassador to Belgium. I believe some of the women (girls) were underage. CBS picked up the story in the U.S. as did Fox News, of course, and a few other American media. Maybe they considered it piling on for Obama, and it was the same 24-hour period in which Hillary sent out her “historic” Tweet. Media must think because they don’t cover stories, people don’t know about them. The Guardian also broke a story a month or so ago linking David Petraeus to torture centers in Iraq. Some U.S. media had the courage to run it as the retired and fired Petraeus made his comeback, though tepid it was.

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