Clinton will reportedly visit half a dozen states, focusing primarily on helping Democrats retain control of the Senate. The former secretary of state will stump for Bruce Braley in Iowa, Michelle Nunn in Georgia and Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky. Former President Bill Clinton has also campaigned for Grimes, whose father, Jerry Lundergan, is a friend of the Clintons.
In addition, Clinton plans to help Sens. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.), incumbents fighting tough re-election battles. She does not have plans to travel to Arkansas, where her husband will campaign next week for their longtime friend Sen. Mark Pryor, but will host a fundraiser for Pryor in New York.
Clinton will also lend her support to New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, as well as gubernatorial hopefuls Tom Wolf in Pennsylvania and Martha Coakley in Massachusetts. This week, Clinton hosted a fundraiser for Charlie Crist, the Democratic nominee for governor of Florida.
Clinton has already appeared at a number of events for incumbent Democrats in both the House and Senate,but is stepping up her campaign activities significantly with this new schedule. Politico reports the strategy was crafted by her chief of staff, Huma Abedin, and the national Democratic campaign committees.
Although Clinton has been reticent to discuss her plans for 2016, stops in key presidential states such as Iowa and New Hampshire have only intensified rumors that she will make another run for the White House. She and Bill Clinton were both keynote speakers at retiring Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin's annual fundraiser in Iowa last month, where she would say only that she is "thinking about" a presidential bid.
"It's really great to be back, let's not let another seven years go by," Clinton said.