Too early for 2016? Not for Hillary Clinton's fans

By By CHARLES BABINGTON

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton is perhaps as popular as ever in her 22 years in national politics. Now she's taking steps as a private citizen that fuel her supporters' hopes she will run for president in 2016.

Clinton is scheduled to speak Tuesday night at an awards ceremony in Washington. It's her first public speech since stepping down as secretary of state.

A potential rival for the nomination, Vice President Joe Biden, is also scheduled to appear.

Many Democrats consider Clinton a prohibitive favorite who might deny funds and volunteers to other Democratic candidates.

A Washington Post-ABC News poll has found that 67 percent of Americans hold a favorable view of Clinton. That's her highest rating to date.

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