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April 2nd, 2013
06:03 PM ET

Hillary Clinton: Will she or won't she?

Just two months have gone by since Hillary Clinton left the State Department, saying she wanted to finally enjoy life as a private citizen. But it didn't take long for her to get back into the spotlight. The former secretary of state is set to make her first official speech since leaving public life Tuesday night. On Friday, she will headline a women's event in New York, and later this month a housing event in Dallas, her first paid speech for an undisclosed sum. In June she heads to the Economic Club of Grand Rapids in Michigan.

"I remember when she was a senator, she would get upwards of 100,000 requests a year for everything from speeches to appearances to press conferences to interview requests ... and that continues now," said Philippe Reines, a Clinton spokesperson "She is no less interesting to people now than she was two years ago, five years ago, ten years ago, or twenty years ago."

Of course, those close to her say despite her pledges to take it easy, Clinton prefers to stay busy.

"I am very proud to have been Secretary of State. I will miss you. I will probably be dialing ops just to talk," Clinton joked at her State Department goodbye speech in February.

Clinton's roll-out as a private citizen has all the makings of an agenda. She is weighing in on political causes after being silenced for four years by her diplomatic role, hopping aboard the pro-same-sex marriage train just before it zoomed away from the station last week.

"You know I am out of politics right now, and I don't know everything that I'll be doing," Clinton told CNN in January.

But it seems like no one really believes her. Is it really a coincidence that around the same time she's making her first big outing, the "Ready for Hillary" PAC launched? The group describes themselves as "the nation's premier organization urging former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016 and laying the groundwork of support for her potential candidacy." On staff is a group of fundraisers, some who worked for her first presidential bid, others tied to her big donors.

But despite some evidence to the contrary, Hillary's top spokesman insists that she really is undecided about running for president.

"I think people aren't just getting ahead of themselves, they're getting ahead of her. Sixty days has been the blink of an eye, we're talking about an election that's 1300 days away," says Reines.

For now, the public protests have left her potential opponents in limbo – other Democrats are tiptoeing around their intentions to run, and Republicans are unsure of when they can start attacking.

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