Hillary Clinton To Speak Next Month In New York

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(CNN) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will make one of her first public appearances since leaving the Obama administration when she speaks at the annual Women in the World Summit next month, the Daily Beast and Newsweek, presenters of the summit, announced Thursday.

Clinton has attended the New York summit every year since it started in 2010. This year’s event takes place April 4 and 5.

When she speaks April 5, Clinton will be joining a program that features actress Meryl Streep, media mogul Oprah Winfrey and Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice.

The summit focuses on global issues and challenges faced by women and girls around the world, a topic Clinton prioritized during her time at Foggy Bottom.

Her speech next month will surely draw strong attention, as the former first lady and former U.S. senator is considered a potential presidential candidate for 2016.

And expect more of those speeches to come.

Clinton signed up last month with Harry Walker Agency to represent her on the speaking circuit. The same agency represents her husband, former President Bill Clinton, and a host of other high-profile names from politics and media, including former Vice President Al Gore and former Vice President Dick Cheney.

Clinton made headlines this week when she officially announced support for same-sex marriage. Clinton had previously hinted at her support but avoided taking political positions as secretary of state, which is customary for the role.

Public opinion polls show Clinton would enter the presidential race with a strong advantage. A Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday, for example, indicated that Clinton would topple two of Florida’s popular sons, former Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio. She also comes out on top in another swing state — Pennsylvania – according to a poll released last week.

A separate Quinnipiac survey earlier this month also showed Clinton as the Democratic favorite. She would lead New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the top pick for the Republican nomination in 2016, the poll indicated.

By Kevin Bohn and Ashley Killough, CNN

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