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Hillary Clinton 2016 Campaign & Presidential Run: One of Her 'Oldest Girlfriends' Says No One is More Qualified [EXCLUSIVE]

By Shiryn Ghermezian, EnStars
on Dec 04, 2013 11:16 AM EST
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  • (Photo : EGPAF Global Impact Award Dinner Gala)

Hillary Clinton and her aides has stayed relatively mum about her declaring her candidacy in the 2016 election, but a close friend of hers told Enstars on Tuesday, Dec. 3, no one is more qualified to be in office than the former U.S. secretary of state.

Clinton received the Global Impact Award from the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation for her leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS. She was honored at the foundation's gala dinner in New York City, celebrating the organization's 25th anniversary and progress made in the movement to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic since EGPAF was founded by the late Elizabeth Glaser in 1988.  

On hand to support the cause and the night's honoree was Last Vegas star Mary Steenburgen. The actress called Clinton one of her "oldest girlfriends" and said "we go back long before she was first lady." She then got to talking about the honor bestowed upon her friend.

"This is something I always imagined. all these awards that she gets because I've always been impressed by who she is as a person," she said. "I helped her to meet Elizabeth Glazer, who was also my friend. So this is bittersweet for me that Hillary's here and Elizabeth's not here. But I'm really proud of the work Hillary's done in Elizabeth's name."

CNN poll released Friday, Nov. 29, showed Clinton as a top pick for her party's tickets in the 2016 election, leading with 63 percent of Democrats and independents who said she would be their top choice for the nomination. Coming in at a distant second is Vice President Joe Biden with 12 percent.

Clinton has been called "the life raft on Obama's sinking ship" by one Republican strategist and Sen. Richard Blumnethal (D-Conn.), who was a state co-chairman for Clinton's 2008 campaign, has said he is looking forward to her running again. The rising 2016 speculation about her name being on the ballot has not been denied or addressed by Clinton herself, but her friend got to talking on her behalf. 

Though Steenburgen was strict about not revealing to the press anything she knows of Clinton's plans to run, she did give her own opinion on the matter.

"I can't imagine a person on the planet being more qualified, male or female," she said. "She would have my vote and she's always had my support in every small race or big race she's ever run. I've always been right there." 

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