Hillary Clinton did not enter the 2016 race in a packed venue with cheering crowds. After all the drama and suspense generated by years of waiting, the roll-out was a well-coordinated social media event consisting of a video, a new website, a new Facebook page, and a revised Twitter page all with the simple message that she has entered the arena for the people: “Everyday Americans need a champion. I want to be that champion.”
Ardent Hillary supporters, both veterans of the 2007-2008 cycle and those who have, over the past eight years come to stand by her side, gathered online and in front of TV screens on April 12 in breathless anticipation of this campaign launch while Hillary boarded her van for a cross-country road trip to participate in a few modest gatherings in Iowa.
Today, she is in New Hampshire for a similar set of meet-and-greets reminiscent of her first Senate campaign in New York and her embassy events as Secretary of State when she would meet with staff and families to thank them for the extra work they had to put in to make her visits go smoothly.
Buzzfeed’s Ruby Cramer is traveling with Hillary’s campaign and offers the following insights on the rationale behind the roll-out and plans for the next steps – including the all-important fund-raising.
Don’t expect rallies until May, detailed policy until summer or fall, or much else for now besides the small roundtables Clinton held in Iowa during Week One. The secret benefit of a slow roll-out: Local activists love sitting at a table with Hillary Clinton, while aides film well-lit digital content, ready for Facebook deployment.
Last Saturday, a few days before the event, Brendan Comito showed the Secret Service the warehouse in Norwalk, Iowa, where he packages fresh-picked produce. Later in the week, he dragged out the empty boxes he keeps near the back door.
That was about all Comito had to do to prepare for Hillary Clinton’s visit.
This will be the third time I have posted this. Originally it was a longer response to an Op-Ed by Jennifer Rubin criticizing Hillary’s legacy at the State Department. Because it remains a pretty impressive (I will not say complete) collection of Hillary’s accomplishments as Secretary of State, I am reposting – this time in response to Carly Fiorina’s remarks claiming Hillary accomplished nothing in her travels as top diplomat. Shame on you, Ms. Fiorina!
(N.B. This time I left out almost all of the argument against Rubin’s pathetic critique. You can follow the link to the original to see that if you wish.)
Russia: Hillary Clinton and Sergei Lavrov worked exceedingly well together and achieved the very crucial New START treaty. This was immense, a great victory for both diplomats and both countries. Their relationship remained solid throughout her tenure.
>She brought issues like human trafficking as well as violence against women and LGBT communities to the international table.
These are simply a few things that come to mind, and I probably have left out some important events. Hillary Clinton has left an indelible mark on the State Department and has brought its operations into the 21st century with her integration of social networking into our outreach to the world. She has been a tremendously effective Secretary of State and a hero to many, our own troops at war among them. We can be appreciative of her selfless service and proud of the job she has done.
Hillary Clinton is not familiar. She is revolutionary. Not radical, but revolutionary: the distinction is crucial. She is one of America’s greatest modern creations. Her decades in our public life must not blind us to the fact that she represents new realities and possibilities. Indeed, those same decades have conferred upon her what newness usually lacks: judgment, and even wisdom.
Women who advocate for other women are often pigeonholed and pushed to the margins. That hasn’t happened to Hillary, because when she’s standing up for the rights of women and girls, she is speaking not only of gender but also of justice and liberty.
It was always going to take a special kind of leader to pick up Ted Kennedy’s mantle as senior Senator from Massachusetts—champion of working families and scourge of special interests. Elizabeth Warren never lets us forget that the work of taming Wall Street’s irresponsible risk taking and reforming our financial system is far from finished. And she never hesitates to hold powerful people’s feet to the fire: bankers, lobbyists, senior government officials and, yes, even presidential aspirants.
Elizabeth Warren’s journey from janitor’s daughter to Harvard professor to public watchdog to U.S. Senator has been driven by an unflagging determination to level the playing field for hardworking American families like the one she grew up with in Oklahoma. She fights so hard for others to share in the American Dream because she lived it herself.
The Clinton Foundation is committed to improving millions of lives around the world. In light of Secretary Clinton’s decision to run for President, Secretary Clinton has stepped down from the Clinton Foundation board and, while she is a candidate for President, the Foundation will modify its policies as follows:
Increase Donor Disclosure: The Foundation will increase the frequency of disclosure of its donors from annually to quarterly, publishing new contributors beginning in July 2015, and then each quarter thereafter (i.e., October, January, and April).
Clinton Global Initiative (CGI): After the already scheduled CGI International conference in May (CGI Middle East & Africa), CGI will not hold any CGI International events, nor will it accept contributions or sponsorships from foreign governments, other than meeting attendance fees.
Contributions from Foreign Governments: The Clinton Foundation only will accept funding from foreign governments that have funded Clinton Foundation programs, namely: Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, and the United Kingdom. Funding from these governments will support the economic development or climate-focused work of the Clinton Climate Initiative, the Clinton Development Initiative, and the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership.
Hillary stopped by the Tremont Grille in Marshalltown for coffee and conversation with community members.
At Capital City Fruit in Norfolk, she held a roundtable with small business owners and discussed plans for kick-starting small businesses.
At the Iowa State House she met with state legislators and stopped for selfies with some enthusiastic supporters.
MONTICELLO, Iowa — For the purposes of the presidential campaign that began in earnest here on Tuesday with a small roundtable discussion, billed as a conversation “with everyday Iowans,” there is no Madam Secretary. There is no senator, no first lady. There is no Mrs. Clinton. Her only title is “Hillary.”
In campaign press releases and her website — and on a call with senior officials on Monday to prepare for this trip to Iowa, the first of her presidential campaign — the candidate is referred to most often by first name only.
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