Now that everybody's almost-probably-definitely sure that Hillary will run for president in 2016, the question has become: When Hillary will make her 2016 announcement — and where. According to a Associated Press report Thursday, the final decision has yet to be made — but Clinton’s waiting-in-the-wings campaign team is finally starting to drop some hints.
According to the AP, this week's controversy over Hillary’s use of a private email account rather than a federal address during her tenure as secretary of state has pushed up the timeframe for her announcement. She initially planned to wait until this summer to formally enter the race, but the Associated Press reports that her advisers are moving towards finalizing plans for an announcement in the early spring (and thank God, because we can't wait that long) — perhaps as soon as April. As far as where she’ll make that early-spring announcement, the options are looking like either a swing state or a college campus.
We know what the big swing state possibilities are — Iowa or New Hampshire, for example — but it’s harder to say which college campus Hillary would choose to make her big announcement. But based off what we know about Hill, here are some of our best guesses.
1. Wellesley College
Hillary got one of her first tastes of government during her undergraduate years at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, where she served on the student government. Moreover, Wellesley College is an all-women’s college and women’s rights will likely be a hallmark of Hillary’s campaign. It seems pretty appropriate for the possible first-ever female president to make her big announcement to a roomful of collegiate women.
2. Columbia University
As Hillary moves closer to making her campaign official, The Washington Post reports that she’s
closing in on New York as the location for her campaign headquarters. However,
she’s ruled out placing headquarters In White Plains, N.Y. close by to her
home, so many are guessing it’ll be either Manhattan or Brooklyn, The Washington Post reports. If Hillary
announced her run at a New York City college such as Columbia University, it
would be just a hop, skip, and a jump away from headquarters — very convenient.
3. Yale University
Yale University, where Hillary attended law school, likely holds a
special place in her heart. After all, it is where she met husband Bill
Clinton. An announcement at Yale would give a nod to her roots, and offer that
hint of nostalgia.
4. University of Iowa
Making the announcement at the University of Iowa would kill two birds
with one stone — Hillary would be making things official both at a university
and in a major swing state. Iowa is the state that will hold the 2016 campaign’s
5. University of Chicago
Once again, the University of Chicago would be
a way for Hillary to give a nod to her roots. While Chicago may not have played
any huge role in her career thus far, it is her birthplace.
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