Hillary Clinton to speak at NYS Dem confab as speculation grows over a run at Biden

February 14, 2022

Hillary Clinton is scheduled to speak to a gathering of top New York State Democrats next week—amid speculation that she could seek the White House again as President Joe Biden’s poll numbers continue to plunge, reports the New York Post.

Clinton, who was heavily favored to win the 2016 presidential election before being upset by Donald Trump, is set to address the state Democratic Committee’s Nominating Convention on February 17, a source familiar with the matter told The Post on Thursday, February 10.

It’s unclear who, if anyone, Clinton will endorse during the event at the Sheraton New York Times Square hotel, which will kick off with a reception there the night before.

Four years ago, she spoke in support of then-Governor Andrew Cuomo’s nomination during the party’s convention at Long Island’s Hofstra University on Long Island.

Clinton’s planned appearance was first reported by CNBC, which cited a source who described her “as beloved by the mainstream members of the Democratic Party” and added that “her popularity is likely higher than that of President Biden.”

“It’s good for her because it keeps her relevant and her appearance is likely meant to galvanize the party and the audience,” the source said.

Last month, Democratic pollster Doug Schoen and former Manhattan Borough President Andrew Stein publicly floated the notion that Clinton, age 74, was “already in an advantageous position to become the 2024 Democratic nominee.”

In an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal, they said a “perfect storm” was gathering due to the combination of Biden’s low approval ratings and advanced age, as well as the “unpopularity” of Vice President Kamala Harris.

Clinton, a former secretary of state and U.S. Senator from New York, “is an experienced national figure who is younger than Mr. Biden and can offer a different approach from the disorganized and unpopular one the party is currently taking,” they wrote.

A CNN poll released Thursday showed that Biden’s approval rating fell to 41%, down from 49% in early December and 53% in late April. The survey also showed that 58% of respondents disapproved of his leadership—with more than half saying he hadn’t done anything in office that they liked.

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