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Hillary Clinton to speak at NY Democratic convention

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will speak at the New York State Democratic Party Convention, people familiar with the discussions told CNBC

The convention is set to be held next week and will represent a gathering of some of New York’s most influential politicians. 

Jay Jacobs, chairman of the New York State Democratic Party, did not confirm Clinton would speak during an interview with CNBC, but he didn’t deny it either.

“We’ve reached out to a number of people to speak and, you know, we’re waiting back on confirmation from a number of people. So there are a few things in the works,” Chris Melnyczuk, Jacobs’s chief of staff, said. 

When asked specifically about Clinton, he said, “We’ve reached out to a number of folks, we’re not going to say who we’ve reached out to.”

Clinton, 74, was previously a senator for the state of New York.

Clinton’s appearance is likely to spark new speculation that she could run for the nation’s highest office again.

She recently took a stab at progressive Democrats as the midterm elections approach. 

“I think that it is a time for some careful thinking about what wins elections, and not just in deep-blue districts where a Democrat and a liberal Democrat, or so-called progressive Democrat, is going to win,” Clinton said in December. “I understand why people want to argue for their priorities. That’s what they believe they were elected to do.” 

The Hill has reached out to the New York Democratic Party for comment.

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