By Amie Parnes - 07/05/14 06:10 AM EDT
Hillary Clinton, the lead contender for the Democratic nomination in 2016, has a busy speaking schedule this fall as she weighs a run for the White House.
Clinton, who has not decided to run for president but is widely expected to do so, will address several groups in key states in the coming months, some of which could be helpful for per possible campaign.
The former secretary of state will maintain a dizzying schedule for much of the year, with the exception of taking some down time in August, when she spends time in Amagansett, New York with former President Bill Clinton. Around that time, the former secretary of state will attend a fundraiser for the Clinton Foundation, at the Water Mill, NY home of George and Joan Horning, according to the Wall Street Journal.
“I don’t think she ever quite slows down for the remainder of the year,” said one strategist close to Hillaryland. “This is what she does.”
The one time Clinton will pause will be with the birth of her grandchild, which sources say could come around late September or early October. Clinton herself has said she doesn’t want to look past that moment when it comes to her decision-making process for 2016.
“I wanna feel the feelings around being a grandmother,” Clinton said in an interview with NBC last month. “I don’t wanna be focused on something two years away. I wanna be focused on this baby right in front of me.”
In September, she’ll speak at the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, where she will have a chance to meet with environmentalists who could be helpful in winning the Democratic nomination for president.
In October, she’ll keynote a speech for the CREW Network Convention and Marketplace, an event for commercial realtors.
Later that month, the former secretary will deliver an address at the University of Nevada- Las Vegas Foundation dinner. That speech has attracted some controversy, with students threatening a protest over Clinton’s speaking fee. Some argue the reported $225,00 is too much given tuition hikes at the school.
Those close to Hillaryland expect she will make other similar paid and pro-bono appearances throughout the fall, after spending much of the summer promoting her book “Hard Choices.”
But Clinton won’t be able to stay out of the political fray for very long. Democrats in tough midterm races are expecting her – along with her husband — to appear on the stump and help their races
Clinton, who largely stayed out of domestic politics during her time at the State Department, has said she will be campaigning for Democrats but hasn’t been more specific about when she might start and how many appearances she will make.
The strategist close to Hillaryland expects that Clinton might make at least half a dozen campaign related stops for 2014ers.
“She’s made it known that she will go wherever she is needed,” the strategist said. “And Bill Clinton will do the same.”
After the midterms, Clinton will of course have to mull 2016 and reach a conclusion about whether to run for president. She’ll also have to apply the lessons she learned from her failed bid in 2008. And she’s already getting advice from some on how she can do things differently.
This week, an editorial board in Iowa recently penned a piece on how Clinton needed to come to Iowa, a state she largely avoided in 2008.
“Our hope, if you are really considering a 2016 run, is that you have learned from your experience and come to Iowa intent on having true conversations about what matters to our state and the fine people in it,” The editorial in The Gazette reads. “We’d suggest sooner rather than later this time.”