Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) will be competing for the eyes of the political world later this month, when they deliver speeches in Dallas on the same day.
Bush is set to deliver an address at a luncheon hosted by the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth on April 24, the group announced in a statement on Monday. Also on April 24, Clinton is booked to give a speech at a meeting of the National Multi Housing Council, according to reports over the weekend.
Both politicians will attend the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center at Southern Methodist University a day later.
The scheduling overlap is being described as a preview of a potential 2016 presidential matchup. Bush and Clinton are considered to be among the top contenders for their respective party nominations. Bush has maintained that he hasn't made any decision about a White House run. Clinton, meanwhile, has repeatedly denied that she has any interest in re-entering politics since turning over the reins at the State Department to John Kerry earlier this year.
Their early resistance to taking part in 2016 speculation hasn't stopped polling agencies from testing the matchup. A recent survey of Florida residents found Clinton with double-digit leads over both Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), two of the Sunshine State's most prominent political figures.
Early polling in the traditionally deep-red state of Texas has similarly suggested that Clinton could give Republicans a run for their money in 2016.