(WASHINGTON) — Outside former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s first official speech since leaving public life, a small crowd of about thirty people gathered Tuesday evening to urge her to run for president in 2016.
“It’s gonna happen, it’s gonna happen,” Ray Anderson of Arlington, Va., said, “I think she’ll run – she’s got to save the country, right?”
The small gathering of supporters and former campaign volunteers held signs imprinted with “Ready for Hillary,” and some homemade signs reading things like “Power to the Pantsuit 2016,” and “Hell Yea Hillary.” They waved and shouted “2016 Hillary” as cars honked pulling into the Clinton event at the Kennedy Center Tuesday evening.
Hilary Clinton is appearing Tuesday evening at the 12th Annual Global Leadership Awards for Vital Voices at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., an initiative she founded in 1997, her first official speech since becoming a private citizen after leaving the State Department.
The rally was organized by “Ready for Hillary” volunteers, a Super PAC that launched recently and declared itself set to go should Clinton decide to run in the 2016 presidential campaign. Word was put out on local college campuses and Facebook as well as the Super PAC’s new website.
Supporters said they came out Tuesday night to give Clinton the “little extra push” as she is making her decision whether to run or not.
“I am 99-percent sure but that’s why we’re here — to make it 100 percent,” McKayla Masen of Massachusetts answered when asked if she thinks Clinton will throw her hat into the ring. “It lets her know that people are supporting her.”
Supporters out Tuesday night predicted that if Clinton runs, in their opinion, she will win the White House.
“She’s unbeatable,” Jazmin Gargoum of Washington, D.C., declared.
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Tom LoBianco, Deirdre Walsh and Tal Kopan, CNN
Stephen Collinson, CNN