Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., speaks at a press conference after successfully pushing a bipartisan bill through the U.S.

Dick Durbin's 'Ready for Hillary'

The senior senator from President Obama's home state is in on Hillary Clinton for 2016.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., speaks at a press conference after successfully pushing a bipartisan bill through the U.S.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. will co-headline a fundraiser for the "Ready for Hillary" organization.

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The senior Democratic senator from President Barack Obama's home state is "Ready For Hillary."

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., is helping host a fundraiser for the premiere group attempting to draft Hillary Clinton into the 2016 presidential race, reports The Washington Post.

Durbin, along with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan (D), will headline a high-dollar fundraiser next month for Ready for Hillary, the pro-Clinton super PAC organizing grass-roots support for Clinton's potential candidacy. The three political heavyweights are billed as the "special guests" at a June 5 evening reception in Chicago co-hosted by an array of major Obama donors, according to a copy of the invitation obtained by The Washington Post.


Durbin was an early and active supporter of Obama's 2008 campaign and his embrace of a Clinton candidacy represents the migration of another important figure from the Obama camp into the Clinton fold.

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Durbin follows endorsements from Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., as well as a letter of encouragement urging Clinton to run that was reportedly signed by all 16 of the Senate's female Democratic members.

But when recently pressed if she would endorse Clinton in 2016, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., balked.

"We're not there," she replied.

Apparently encouragement does not equate to support.