Pitch: $20.16 for 'President Hillary'

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The Hillary Clinton campaign for president is shifting to a higher gear with a new and clever pitch that ties together her likely bid and a fundraising gimmick.

In two emails to supporters from the growing “Ready for Hillary” from former Democratic presidential candidate Wes Clark and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., the draft movement is soliciting donations of “$20.16.”

In her note, McCaskill said, “I like how this sounds: Hillary Clinton, 2016 presidential candidate. Obviously whether to run is a huge decision that Hillary will not make lightly. But I can bet you that the more people who are out there urging her to run, the more likely it is that she'll go for it.”

She concluded, “Candidate Clinton sounds good, but President Hillary Clinton would be even better.”

Clark, the former Army general, said, “It takes a special person to be president of the United States. You need to be tough to do the job, and I know from experience that you need to have a huge foundation of grassroots support to get there. Now is when we need to build that support for Hillary to win in 2016.”

Below are their notes.

McCaskill:

Friend --

I like how this sounds: Hillary Clinton, 2016 presidential candidate.

Obviously whether to run is a huge decision that Hillary will not make lightly. But I can bet you that the more people who are out there urging her to run, the more likely it is that she'll go for it.

There’s no better way to show your support than by making a contribution -- even if it’s just a couple of dollars. At this point the most important thing is to stockpile as many supporters as possible.

We all saw what a difference it made in 2012 when so many of us became personally invested in President Obama's campaign very early on. And that’s why I’m asking you to invest in a Hillary Clinton presidency today.

Will you contribute $20.16 or more so Ready for Hillary can reach 30,000 donors before the FEC deadline at midnight?

I was an early supporter of President Obama in the 2008 primaries -- and looking ahead to when 2016 is here, I hope Hillary is in the race.

This was an easy decision for me. Hillary is by far the strongest, most capable, most qualified person who could run in 2016. End of story.

But let's remember, Hillary had to give up politics when she became Secretary of State. Now it’s on us to build the grassroots engine that can drive her all the way to the White House.

Beat the deadline: make a $20.16 contribution to Ready for Hillary before midnight.

Let’s send a message that America is ready for Hillary in 2016.

Candidate Clinton sounds good, but President Hillary Clinton would be even better.

Thanks,

Senator Claire McCaskill

Clark:

Friend --

Here's what I said when Ready for Hillary was just getting started:

Supporting Hillary is an easy decision for me.

Today as we're about to flip the calendar to a new year I couldn't stand behind that endorsement more firmly.

It takes a special person to be President of the United States. You need to be tough to do the job, and I know from experience that you need to have a huge foundation of grassroots support to get there.

Now is when we need to build that support for Hillary to win in 2016.

Donate today: Chip in $20.16 and be one of the leaders who helps Ready for Hillary reach the 30,000 donor milestone this year.

It's no surprise that the RNC is already getting worried, and they should be -- there is a mountain of support coming together behind Hillary.

Finishing the year strong and hitting the big 30,000 donor milestone would send a message nobody could ignore.

https://www.readyforhillary.com/Strong-Finish

Thanks for joining with me today and all the way to 2016.

Happy New Year!

General Wes Clark

Paul Bedard, The Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.