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July 24th, 2013
06:05 PM ET

'Stop Hillary' PAC out with new ad criticizing Clinton

Republicans and Democrats alike expect Hillary Clinton to dominate in the 2016 presidential election, even though it is three years away, and Clinton has not given many hints about what she will do.

But in recent weeks, the anti-Clinton forces have been gathering steam.

A brand new group called Stop Hillary released a provocative video Wednesday to stoke fears about a second Clinton presidency. It dredges up old photos and controversies from her husband's administration in the 1990s, including Whitewater, and ends with last year's attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, which happened on her watch as Secretary of State.

"If you keep enough pressure on, if you keep raising questions about Benghazi, keep putting pressure on the relationship between her and her husband, keep picking at her, then you might exhaust her and get her not to run," said Republican strategist John Feehery.

There is no money behind the internet-only video, which the grassroots group is pushing to go viral. The organization is entirely separate from Stop Hillary 2016, a group with deeper pockets staffed by veterans of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign.

"To start early and to start now, number one raising money, [and] number two reminding voters why she's not the right candidate, I think that that's a really smart plan, I think that these efforts are going to make a difference," said Republican strategist Lisa Camooso Miller.

Democrats also expect Hillary Clinton to be dominant, and they want to influence her decision, too. The Ready for Hillary draft movement announced Wednesday morning that they have more than 500,000 supporters signed up through Facebook, including prominent alumni from President Barack Obama's history-making campaign.

"To the extent that all these attack Hillary movements are burgeoning, if anything that's going to energize her more," said CNN contributor Hilary Rosen, a key member of Hillary Clinton's inner circle.

"This woman, if she decides to run, is the most battle-tested candidate for president we will have ever seen. And so I don't think these attacks are going to mean much," said Rosen.

Unlike 2008, the democratic field for 2016 appears to be frozen, as Vice President Joe Biden and governors Martin O'Malley and Andrew Cuomo wait to see what Hillary Clinton decides to do.

Check out  Democratic strategist Tracy Sefl and Republican strategist Jonathan Collegio's analysis of early anti-Hillary efforts in the video below.

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