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Hillary Clinton's not running, but the bandwagon is

Supporters of former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stand in Washington on April 2, 2013
Supporters of former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stand outside the Kennedy Center before she addresses the Vital Voices Global Awards ceremony in Washington on April 2, 2013.

Hillary Clinton has given no indication she wants to run for president in 2016 -- except for a rising flood of public appearances, the emergence of a supporters' website, and now a book outlining her views on the world.

Publishers Simon & Schuster announced on Thursday that the book will appear in the summer of 2014, which is midway through President Barack Obama's final term and conveniently timed ahead of the next election campaign.

No title was announced, nor were details revealed of how much former president Bill Clinton's wife is being paid. But the scope of the tome speaks volumes about Hillary Clinton's stature since stepping down as secretary of state.

"This will be the ultimate book for people who are interested in world affairs and America's place in the world today," said Jonathan Karp, publisher of Simon & Schuster Publishing Group, and who is set to edit the work himself.

Topics covered will include the killing of Osama bin Laden, the US pullouts from Iraq and Afghanistan, the Arab Spring revolts, and the rise of China. Broad issues including the role of women and girls, climate change, and human rights will also be addressed.

"And she will share her views as to what it takes for the United States to secure and sustain prosperity and global leadership," the publisher said.

Clinton has stayed coy about her plans in 2016, but she is seen as a clear frontrunner this time, having lost the Democratic nomination in 2008 to Obama, who went on to become America's first black president.

Polls show that Clinton, who would be 69 in 2016, has strong support among Democrats urging her to try to become the first woman elected to the White House.

Her term as chief US diplomat was widely held to have been a success, but ended on a sour note with the debacle of Islamist militants storming the American consulate in Benghazi and killing the ambassador.

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives for a speech in Washington on April 2, 2013
Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives on stage to address the Vital Voices Global Awards ceremony at the Kennedy Center in Washington on April 2, 2013.

Possibly more damaging to any presidential plans, her final days in office were marred by health problems culminating in her hospitalization for a blood clot in the head.

After leaving office in February, Clinton initially kept a low profile, talking of a need for rest. On February 1, she even told NPR radio that she'd "been out of politics as secretary of state. I don't see myself getting back into politics."

But speculation about making a bid for history in 2016 took no time off -- and in general Clinton has done little to calm supporters' excitement.

Immediately on becoming a private citizen again this February she launched a website, HillaryClintonOffice.com, which to this day features nothing but a large picture of the politician and a link for making contact.

The site is the Internet equivalent of a blank slate. But another site launched this month by supporters makes no bones about what office Clinton should be occupying.

"America is Ready for Hillary and we need your help to ensure that when she is ready to take up this challenge, we are on the ground ready to help her," www.readyforhillary.com pronounces. Viewers are invited to send donations.

Despite her claim to want to avoid politics, Clinton waded right into one of the biggest political issues of the moment when she appeared in a video in March to throw her weight behind same-sex marriage.

Now, along with the book announcement, Clinton is starting to reappear on the public speaking circuit.

This Tuesday she gave a speech at a Washington awards ceremony honoring accomplished women and on Friday she'll be the star attraction at another women's gathering in New York.

From there, Clinton is scheduled to go to Dallas on April 24 for her first paid speech since leaving the State Department.

Doubts remain over Clinton's intentions, but not over what Americans want, if current polls are to be believed.

A Quinnipiac survey in March found Clinton trouncing her nearest Republican potential rival, the larger-than-life New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, by 45 to 37 percent.

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