There's been buzz for months over Hillary Clinton's expected presidential campaign, but she's not expected to make a formal announcement until the first few months of 2015. That leaves a vacuum for political reporters, opposition researchers, and Clinton-watchers alike to discuss her strategy, message, and timing for announcing.
How and when Clinton launches her campaign—and who's involved when she does—will set the tone for not only the Democratic primary in 2016, but also the general election. Will she run a campaign centered around the historic idea of being the first female president? Will she cater to the party's centrists or the progressive base? Will she bring in longtime loyalists, or tap unfamiliar advisers into her orbit? These are all pivotal questions as we head into 2015.
While it's by no means certain that Clinton will definitely announce she's running for president, most Democrats expect her to launch a campaign within the first few months of the year.
With that in mind, here's National Journal's list of nine top questions for Clinton in 2015.
1. When will she announce?
While several leading Democratic strategists advised that Clinton waste no time before launching her campaign, she's content to take her time to formally announce. Former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe suggested that she announce early to get ahead of her critics on the Republican side, many of whom are already sniping at her. But the holidays have come and gone with no announcement from Clinton, and her speaking schedule—which includes an event as late as March 19—suggests she's looking at a later spring announcement.