Hillary Clinton stokes 2016 speculation with website


(CNN) — If a picture says a thousand words, some may be reading this one as “Hillary Clinton 2016.”

An attention-grabbing photo of Clinton — without the glasses she has worn since her recent concussion — boldly sits atop a new website, HillaryClintonOffice.com, which was registered as she left her post as secretary of state last week.

Only further stirring the speculation: visitors to her old campaign website, HillaryClinton.com, are offered a link to the new website “to reach the Office of Hillary Clinton.”

The new online presence is sparse: besides the attention-grabbing photo, there’s a form to contact Clinton and the site’s privacy policy.

While the purchasers of domain names are generally available publicly, this site was purchased through a service allowing the purchaser to remain anonymous.

Even though the next race for the White House is a long way away, there’s already intense speculation over whether Clinton will make a second bid for president.

When asked last week at a global town hall if she was thinking of making another run for the White House, Clinton said “I am not thinking about anything like that right now.”

And in an interview with CNN later that day, when asked if she’s decided against another candidacy for president, Clinton responded that “I have absolutely no plans to run.”

But she added that “I am lucky because I’ve been very healthy. I feel great. I’ve got enormous amounts of energy that have to be harnessed and focused, so I’m very fortunate. I’m looking forward to this next chapter in my life, whatever it is.”

As to what that next chapter would be, Clinton gave a hint, saying “I don’t know everything I’ll be doing. I’ll be working on behalf of women and girls, hopefully writing and speaking, those are the things that I’m planning to do right now,” she added.

Clinton’s returning to private life with some poll numbers any politician would love. Nearly seven in ten in an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll conducted last month said they approved of the job she was doing as America’s top diplomat. and two-thirds in an ABC News/Washington Post survey also conducted last month said they had a favorable impression of her.

But two things — there was a partisan divide in both polls — with only a minority of Republicans giving her the thumbs up –and if she becomes a politician again — she could see those sky high numbers come down a bit.

This article was written by CNN’s Gregory Wallace and Paul Steinhauser.  TM & © 2012 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.

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