Hillary Clinton receives high honor in San Francisco

Hillary Clinton.
August 12, 2013 7:50:38 PM PDT
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in the Bay Area to receive the highest honor from the American Bar Association. But it's the guessing game over her political future that's getting the most attention.

Will she or won't she run for president again?

Clinton was given a standing ovation and sustained applause as she approached the podium at San Francisco's Moscone Center. The association of the nation's lawyers applauding what was described as her conspicuous service to the cause of justice.

Clinton a former lawyer, senator and Secretary of State used the occasion to denounce the United States Supreme Court's recent decision that struck a blow to the historic 1965 Voting Rights Act. A decision, she believes, will limit voting access for people of color and the poor.

"Citizens will be disenfranchised, victimized by the law instead of served by it. And that progress, that historical progress, toward a more perfect union, will go backwards instead of forward." said Clinton.

Clinton says she will be giving more speeches on what she views as crucial issues, which increases speculation she may be laying the groundwork for a 2016 presidential run.

While she's not talking about it, her supporters certainly are. In Iowa they recently held a forum called Madame President.

Andrea Dew Steele is the founder of Emerge America which trains women to run for office. She's worked with Clinton for years.

"I think there is tremendous excitement about the possibility of her candidacy. I think it's pent up excitement. I think many of us are dying to see a woman president. It's just, it's time," she said.

But 2016 is still years away.

"We've gone up against Hillary before and you know, I think, we would welcome an honest and open debate about her record and her policies. I don't think there is fear at all but, you know, we do find it a little disconcerting that a lot of groups are promoting her candidacy before this presidency is even over," said Vice Chair of the San Francisco Republican Party Jason Clark.

In September Clinton will give a big speech in Philadelphia on national security followed by a speech in November on America's global standing.


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