January 29, 2015

Clinton Ponders 3-Month Delay To Campaign Of Consultant-Driven Caution

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It’s no surprise that Hillary Clinton’s pursuit of a clear rationale to run for president would lead to a delay and confusion about her campaign launch. In the meantime, we expect more paid speaking gigs as she “struggles” to pay for “mortgages” and suffers from being “dead broke.” Playbook has the scoop:

PLAYBOOK EXCLUSIVE: Hillary Clinton, expecting no major challenge for the Democratic nomination, is strongly considering delaying the formal launch of her presidential campaign until July, three months later than originally planned, top Dems tell Playbook. The delay until summer, from the original April target, would give her more time to develop her message, policy and organization, outside the chaos and spotlight of a public campaign.

The danger – and a reason the plan could be scrapped – is that the comparatively leisurely rollout could fuel complaints among nervous Dems that she is treating the nomination fight as a coronation. Already, her allies are contemplating the possibility that she may not have to debate before the general election.