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  TAMPA — What would possess a lifelong Republican like Bonnie McCreadie to show up at a campaign organizing session for a candidate who might not even run — Hillary Rodham Clinton?

"Because she's a woman," said McCreadie. "I am 71 years old, and I have never had an opportunity to vote for a woman" for president.

And why would Nancy Simmons, 75, drive from Winter Haven to talk about a possible candidacy for a race still two election cycles away?

"Because I want a woman in the White House before I die," Simmons declared, confessing that she sorely hopes Republicans nominate Texas Sen. Ted Cruz as their nominee in 2016.

These were among 200 people who packed into a Mise en Place meeting room in South Tampa on Tuesday night to join a grass roots campaign that is urging the former secretary of state to run for president in 2016.

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