As Hillary Rodham Clinton edges closer to announcing whether she will seek the White House next year, a group urging the former secretary of State to run is planning a Latino-themed fundraiser next month in downtown Los Angeles.
The Super PAC "Ready for Hillary" will raise money at the City Club on Feb. 20, according to an invitation obtained by The Times. Among the event organizers are Reps. Grace Napolitano, Lucille Roybal-Allard and Loretta Sanchez, as well as former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez. Attendees will contribute as much as $5,000 to attend.
The group is among several formed in anticipation of a second White House bid by the Democrat. It limits donations to $25,000.
Clinton has been mum about her intentions but is widely expected to run.
On Wednesday, speaking in Winnipeg, Canada, Clinton aligned herself with President Obama's policy on sanctions against Iran and, in her first remarks since the terrorist attacks in Paris, highlighted the need to fight against radical Islam. On domestic issues, she said the U.S. needs to fight stagnating wages and support changes to immigration rules. She declined to state a position on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, which, if approved, would take Canadian oil across the United States to the Gulf of Mexico.
Though Clinton has declined to confirm that she will run for the presidency, her potential GOP rivals are taking her involvement as a given. The most recent effort to discredit her came from Mitt Romney, the Republicans' 2012 presidential nominee, who declared Friday that he is weighing a third presidential bid. He sought in a speech to GOP leaders to tie Clinton to Obama's policies.
"The results of the Hillary Clinton-Barack Obama foreign policy have been devastating," he said, speaking aboard the U.S. aircraft carrier Midway, now a naval aviation museum in San Diego. "This has not been a good time for American foreign policy."