(CNSNews.com) – Despite her denials, it’s widely speculated that Hillary Clinton may run for president in 2016, and if she does, she’ll need as many email addresses as possible to send out fund-raising solicitations and spread her political message.
Therefore it may be noteworthy that Chelsea Clinton is suddenly helping the family’s Clinton Foundation collect email addresses.
In a “Dear Friend” message sent Thursday to people on Democratic lists, Chelsea says she’s gathering “thank-you” notes for “my dad,” Bill Clinton.
Chelsea says her father “deserves a big ‘thank you’ for everything he’s done in the past year — especially the inspiring work that doesn’t make the headlines, like personally checking on the progress of a soy factory in Rwanda this summer and helping give more American kids access to healthy meals throughout the school year.
“I’m helping the Clinton Foundation collect thousands of personal messages of thanks from people like you to share with my dad,” Chelsea continues. “Will you write him a quick thank you note today?”
The message includes a link to a “Thank You President Clinton” page, which requests – actually requires — your email address. Providing your name and zip code is optional.
The note reads as follows:
Dear President Clinton,
Thank you for working to provide people, families, and communities around the world with more opportunity and the chance to live their dreams; for bringing people together across sectors and continents to help others; and for believing that together, we can build a better world.
Chelsea’s email does not request money, but visitors to the Clinton Foundation home page are urged to join the Foundation’s Giving Circle “for as little as $5 a month.”
Chelsea promises that people who do send the thank you message to Bill Clinton (and provide their email address in the process) will “become part of a group of hundreds of thousands of people who believe there’s nothing wrong with today’s world that can’t be fixed by empowering people to dream big and figure out how to enact those dreams into real actions in their lives, their communities, our world.”
Hillary Clinton has said she will leave her Secretary of State job in Barack Obama’s second term. She repeatedly has said “no” when asked if she plans to run for president.
In an appearance on NBC’s “Today” show in October, Clinton said she’s “privileged” to have had the opportunity to serve her country, but — “I’m really old-fashioned,” she said. “I feel I have made my contribution. I have done the best I can. But now I want to try some other things. I want to get back to writing and maybe some teaching, working on women and girls around the world.”
In November, she told Fox News’s Chris Wallace, “I am very happy doing what I’m doing, and I am not in any way interested in or pursuing anything in elective office.”
Press reports this week noted that Bill Clinton is asking his wife’s supporters to help pay off the remaining $73,000 debt from her 2008 presidential campaign, which she lost to President Barack Obama.
Despite hard feelings toward Obama generated by the 2008 campaign, Bill Clinton actively campaigned for the president in this election cycle, prompting speculation that he expects Obama to return the favor if and when Hillary runs for president in 2016.
“If Obama has Bill Clinton to thank for a second term, one way to pay back the debt could be Obama’s support for a Hillary Clinton campaign of the future,” the Huffington Post reported in October.
By Susan Jones
This article originally appeared in CNN.com
Category: Election 2012