Hillary Clinton 2016: Former top Obama campaign aides to advise Clinton effort

WASHINGTON - The group already pushing a 2016 Hillary Clinton bid for president announced Wednesday it was bringing aboard the services of two former aides to President Barack Obama's own successful White House campaigns.

Ready for Hillary, which has raised money and held rallies at events where Clinton is speaking, said they had partnered with 270 Strategies, a consulting firm run by Mitch Stewart, the director of battleground state strategy for Obama's 2012 campaign, and Jeremy Bird, who was Obama's national field director in last year's contest.

"Ready for Hillary has sought out the most talented people in the business to harness the energy of everyday Hillary supporters and lay the groundwork for 2016," Ready for Hillary senior adviser Craig T. Smith wrote in a statement. "There is no one that better understands grassroots presidential politics than the team that won the last two presidential elections."

The pro-Hillary group , formed at the beginning of the year, already has the backing of some major Clinton confidantes, including James Carville. Clinton herself, however, has not said whether she'll pursue another White House run.

270 Strategies will be responsible for Ready for Hillary's field and volunteer training, along with recruiting supports to join the cause.

"We know from years of leading the Obama organization that empowering people and engaging grassroots volunteers are the most critical components of building a winning, 21st century campaign," Bird said. "That's why we're pleased to be working with the Ready for Hillary team to help tap into the organic grassroots energy we're seeing around the country from voters of all ages who are already inspired by the notion of a potential Clinton candidacy."

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