TODAY   |  July 11, 2013

Former Obama staffers support Hillary Clinton

As the former secretary of state stays mum on whether she will be running for president in 2016, the Ready for Hillary PAC, unaffiliated with the Clintons, picked up two top 2012 Obama campaign field operatives. NBC’s Andrea Mitchell reports.

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>> she or won't she? there is a new round of speculation this morning about hillary clinton 's plans for a possible run for the white house . nbc's andrea mitchell is in washington with more on this.

>> hi, matt. good morning. first a rival and then a team of rivals and now hillary clinton seems to be picking up support from key members of team obama. even while she says she is out of the process for now. she already has her library. hillary clinton read the very hungry caterpillar. but everyone waited for the next chapter as she opened a new hillary rodham clinton children's library in little rock . not far from a famous arkansas presidential library .

>> the tools we need --

>> a new initiative on early childhood education rolled out in a video last month. out of office but on the road again. this week a women's forum.

>> more and more women are being accepted. they're proving that they can contribute and they can lead.

>> she won't say yet whether that includes her in 2016 . the campaign has started without her. this week the ready for hillary pac, unaffiliated with the clintons, picked up two top obama campaign field operatives, jeremy bird and mitch stewart.

>> the lessons we learned in 2008 and 2012 probably the most important of which is if you want to run a winning, modern, 21st century national campaign you have to have the grass roots infrastructure there to support that candidacy.

>> reporter: barack obama out organized her in 2008 . now some of his former top campaign aides could help her.

>> the fact that there is so much movement toward hillary clinton right now ought to give everybody else who is thinking about this pause beginning with joe biden . if he wants to get in this thing, if he wants to be competitive, he has to start making some moves pretty soon.

>> as for clinton, for now she can stay on the sidelines and in fact the biggest lesson from her last race for president when she appeared to be inevitable is that there is a down side to being out front too soon. matt?

>> andrea mitchell in washington this morning. thanks so much.