Hillary fuels the 2016 fire in Iowa

Speaking to 5,000 enthusiastic Democrats in Iowa on Sunday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton all but announced her 2016 presidential bid.

“I've got a few things on my mind these days,” Clinton said. “First, and most importantly, Bill and I are on constant grandchild watch. … There's that other thing. It is true I am thinking about it."

The crowd applauded Clinton’s nod to the 2016 elections. Political insiders say she will run in two years, though Clinton has said any announcement would not come until 2015. She lost the 2008 Iowa caucuses to Barack Obama.

The speech was part of a fundraiser for November’s congressional elections and a farewell for outgoing Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), who introduced Clinton and former President Bill Clinton as “the comeback couple.”

In addition to praising Harkin’s work in Congress, Clinton touched on themes of gender equality and urged Iowa’s Democrats to vote in November.

“[E]very two years, you're electing members of Congress and senators and state officials who will have a big say in the quality of your schools, your health care, your lives,” Clinton said. “So use the enthusiasm that Iowa is so well known for every presidential year and channel that into these upcoming elections."

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