Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, a potential candidate for president in 2016, will address dealers from around the country at the National Automobile Dealers Association Convention & Expo in New Orleans in January, the trade group announced today.
The former first lady and U.S. senator from New York will give the keynote speech on the last day of the event, which is scheduled to run from January 24 to 27 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
"NADA has a long history of inviting high profile speakers who have provided diverse perspectives on a wide range of issues," Desmond Roberts, chairman of NADA's convention committee and a Chevrolet dealer in Hodgkins, Ill., said in a statement today. "We've hosted U.S. presidents from both parties as well as prime ministers and other dignitaries who have offered interesting insights and opinions."
Clinton was the secretary of state in the Obama administration when the federal government rescued General Motors and Chrysler under separate bankruptcies in 2009.
Since leaving her post at the State Department, Clinton has traveled the nation giving speeches before business and other industry groups.
The New York Times and The Washington Post reported this week that Clinton is commanding about $200,000 per speech.
As a U.S. senator, Clinton sponsored the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act, which set rear visibility standards, among other requirements. Clinton has also been supportive of stricter fuel economy standards.
Hillary Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton, has praised Obama for aiding the auto industry. He spoke at the closing of NADA's 2009 conference in conjunction with former President George H.W. Bush.
Steve Forbes, chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes media, and NADA Chairman David Westcott, owner of David Westcott Buick-GMC of Burlington, N.C., will also speak during the convention. Army veteran J.R. Martinez, winner of season 14 of the Dancing with the Stars competition show on ABC, will also deliver a speech.
Hillary Clinton ran unsuccessfully against President Obama for the Democratic Party's nomination for president in 2008. It has been widely speculated that Clinton will run for president in 2016.
Former Presidents Gerald Ford and George W. Bush, as well as former British Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and John Major, have also addressed the convention.
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