CHICAGO – The 2016 presidential campaign takes center stage here Thursday with two of the top potential contenders — Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie — sharing co-billing at the high-profile Clinton Global Initiative “America Meeting.”
No two figures will stand apart more from the business luminaries, government officials and nonprofit leaders gathered in Chicago than the Republican governor of New Jersey and former secretary of state, who is just re-emerging into public life after serving four years in President Barack Obama’s administration.
Their joint presence at the meeting marks the first opportunity for a head-to-head comparison of the two for a campaign that remains years away but effectively has already begun.
Clinton and Christie hold large advantages within their parties in a potential national race and every movement by both leaders is met with close examination for potential clues — their decisions, appearances and even social networking forays.
Clinton will help kick off the event with remarks Thursday morning at the conference organized by her husband, former President Bill Clinton’s foundation, and is set to emphasize “solutions that promote economic recovery in the United States.” Christie will speak Friday evening.
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