TODAY   |  June 15, 2013

Are Clinton and Christie gearing up for 2016?

It’s only been six months since President Barack Obama won the last election, but watching the Clinton Global Initiative this week, you’d be forgiven for thinking the next presidential race has already begun. NBC’s Kasie Hunt reports.

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>>> still more than three years away, but plenty of speculation already this week with high profile appearances by both hillary clinton and chris christie . we'll go to washington for more this morning. good morning.

>> good morning. it's only been six months since president barack obama started his second term, but with those two on hand for the clinton foundation 's annual economic summit this week you'd be forgiven for thinking the next presidential race has already started. in chicago bill clinton gave his stage to republican chris christie and hurricane sandy relief.

>> the one thing i'll tell you is there are no partisan lines on this one when it happens.

>> reporter: as former secretary of state, hillary clinton turns her focus from foreign policy --

>> so after visiting 112 nations over four years i'm still jet lagged.

>> reporter: back to american families, launching an early childhood education initiative.

>> every parent has looked into their newborn baby 's eyes and seen unlimited potential. and now we know how to help them achieve that.

>> reporter: so are they running for president? for now at least they won't say.

>> participating as a private citizen.

>> reporter: but more than three years away from the 2016 election, there are already speeches.

>> and when women participate in politics, the effects ripple out across society.

>> reporter: and late night jokes.

>> it's about doing the right thing.

>> you ain't lying, c.c. now look at you sounding all presidential like.

>> reporter: and even the tweets. hillary teased her future's tbd. christie and clinton aren't the only ones. republicans jeb bush , marco rubio , rand paul, and paul ryan lined up in washington this week to rally conservative christians .

>> left likes to think that we are the fringe. guess what? you, us, we are the main stream.

>> reporter: but christie , despite being invited, said no to the conservatives and yes to the clintons.

>> get elected in new jersey but everybody else would say, oh, my god. he's consorting with a leper.

>> and the fact is, erica, christie does have to win re-election as governor of new jersey this fall before he would be able to focus on beating hillary clinton or any other possible presidential contender three years from now.

>> that's true. of course we'll continue to speculate won't we?