Now that her duties as a cabinet secretary are done, Hillary Rodham Clinton will follow her husband, former President Bill Clinton, on the paid speech circuit.
The former Secretary of State has signed with the Harry Walker Agency, which arranges speaking appearances for her husband and other dignitaries and celebrities. At Harry Walker, Clinton joins an impressive bipartisan roster of speakers including Al Gore, Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, Howard Dean and former senator Joe Lieberman, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer notes.
The talk circuit can be highly profitable for former elected officials, especially presidents. Bill Clinton has earned about $89 million in speaking fees since leaving office in 2001. His successor George W. Bush also makes the rounds, and even appeared as a speaker along with Bill Clinton at an event in Canada.
Speculation continues to build that Hillary Clinton will eventually declare herself a candidate for the 2016 Democratic president nomination, potentially challenging Vice President Joe Biden to carry the party’s standard.
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