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Bill, Hillary, Chelsea Clinton in Chicago for Clinton Global Initiative Conference

June 13, 2013 3:17:24 PM PDT
The Clintons have come to Chicago.

Bill, Hillary and Chelsea are all in town for the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative.

Hillary Clinton chose that venue for her first public speech since leaving the secretary of state job in February. She offered few clues about her future.

Her standing ovation was longer and louder than the one enjoyed by her husband, but if the crowd of business and charity leaders was looking for a hint about Hillary's 2016 plans, all they got was: "When women participate in politics, the effects ripple out across society."

The former secretary of state, senator and first lady announced her first job as a private citizen will be to work with her husband and daughter at the Clinton Foundation. Her priorities: promoting early childhood education programs, women's issues, and economic revitalization -- all potential platforms for a presidential campaign.

"We have to prove again to ourselves as well as the rest of the world that our public and private sectors can work together to find common ground for the common good," said Hillary Clinton.

Among the programs announced today: $20 million for so-called social impact investing, which is essentially using private money to prove that an early investment in education will save public dollars down the road on things like special education and social services. J.B. Pritzker is making it happen.

"If we can get private dollars, to invest in those preventative measures then we'll literally save money for the government in the long run," said Pritzker.

Proving the Clinton's still have their political chops, they brought up the one topic on every Chicagoan's mind: the epic Stanley Cup Finals Game 1 Blackhawks win.

"Three overtimes -- really?" said Hillary Clinton.

Of course, for years during his first tour in the White House, now-Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was the Clintons' protege.

"When I was coming home from the game last night about 12:30, I thought, who could I call? President Clinton! He'll be up," said Emanuel.

Ever since she left her failed presidential run in 2008: polls have found more than 60 percent of those surveyed have a favorable opinion of Secretary Clinton. A newer poll, however, indicated a slight slip - finding 58 percent view her favorably.

Those are better numbers than another possible candidate -- Vice President Joe Biden -- has right now.


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