Both sides eye Clinton as she strikes balance

KEN THOMAS
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FILE - In this April 2, 2013, file photo Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton are seen in Washington. Clinton, whose popularity is high when out of public office and who carries the scars of being seen as inevitable in 2008, is trying to strike the right careful balance between staying out of the daily political maelstrom and setting herself up for a possible second presidential run. Her fans and foes are making that difficult. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton is trying to strike the right balance between staying out of the daily political fights and setting herself up for a possible second presidential run. But her fans and foes are making that difficult.

Nearly six months after departing the State Department, Clinton finds herself in the middle of an early effort by both parties to prepare for her return to politics.

Clinton hasn't said whether she'll run for president in 2016 — an election that's a long ways off — but both sides are preparing in case she does.

Republicans are trying to chip away at her record at the State Department and raising money to defeat her.

A Democratic super PAC is encouraging her to run and laying the groundwork for a potential campaign.