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April 3rd, 2013
09:22 AM ET

Not only Democrats are ready for Clinton – Republicans are, too

Just two months have gone by since Hillary Clinton became a private citizen and stepped out of the spotlight for the first time in decades, but already the political world is watching every move she makes in preparation for the 2016 election.

The GOP prepared reams of research documents to use against her back in 2008, but a lot of their ammunition went unused. Republican operatives are openly worrying about a Clinton coronation in 2016, so they plan to make use of it early.

To that end, groups such as the America Rising super PAC – led by Mitt Romney's former campaign manager Matt Rhoades – are gearing up. Defining Clinton on their terms is the first order of business.

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