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At DNC women’s forum, Hillary Clinton declares Democrats stand for truth, evidence and facts

FILE PHOTO: Scranton, PA – AUGUST 15: Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton holds a rally with US Vice President Joe Biden at Riverfront Sports athletic facility on August 15, 2016 in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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To the tunes of Tina Turner and Katy Perry, Democrats gathered four floors below ground, deep in the Washington D.C. Marriott Marquis to hear from a litany of Democrats and one “special guest” whose name did not appear on any formal program. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took the stage to high octave cheers, addressing a female coalition at the DNC Women’s Leadership Forum she founded as First Lady alongside Tipper Gore, 25 years ago.

The former secretary of state, U.S. senator, and first lady quickly got to the question she says she’s hearing from Democrats across the country: “What do the Democrats stand for?” It’s a political query so many Democratic leaders have gone out of their way to address ahead of midterm elections, and in the wake of a presidential election cycle that left some on the left feeling disjointed and void of a unified message.

“We stand for truth, for evidence and facts. What an incredible thing!” Clinton exclaimed, in what may have been a lighthearted jab at an administration. Clinton continued, “We have kind of an affection for evidence. We think it should inform our policies, because they’ll actually work better,” she declared, prompting modest laughter from the female-dominated audience.

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Last week, I traveled a little far from home, visiting with friends and supporters in Australia and New Zealand. I was thrilled to be there, not only because both countries are incredibly beautiful, but because both have elected women to their highest offices, including current Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern.

It was wonderful to hear women across both countries talk about how having a female prime minister not only influenced policy, but made them more likely to be engaged in politics. As the old saying goes, you can’t be what you can’t see.

Our friends at Latino Victory know this, too; they’ve been working for years now to elect Latino candidates across the country and make sure that young Latino people can see themselves reflected in our government. I’m proud to be their partner through Onward Together, and I hope you’ll learn a little bit more about them today.

Onward!

Hillary


Onward Together works to build a brighter future for generations to come by supporting groups that encourage people to organize in their communities or run for office. Because you’re an important part of Onward Together, we wanted you to get a chance to know these groups a little bit better. To learn more about Onward Together, click here.
The organization: Latino Victory

The organizers: Actress Eva Longoria and businessman-slash-philanthropist Henry R. Muñoz, III, co-founders and Cristóbal Alex, President.

The mission: To elect progressive Latino candidates in every state, at every level of office

The story: In the months leading up to President Obama’s re-election, Eva and Henry co-founded the Futuro Fund to engage Latino donors. After raising an unprecedented $32 million, they founded Latino Victory to advance the movement past the presidential election. Latino Victory builds political power by recruiting and supporting progressive Latino leaders for office, engaging the Latino electorate, and developing a Latino donor pipeline to make sure the voices of Latinos are reflected at every level of government.

The latest: 69% of Latino Victory candidates won their races in 2016, increasing Latino representation in Congress by a dramatic 18%. In 2017, Latino Victory candidates won even more of their races — 80%. They contributed to the first special election win under Trump by supporting Representative Jimmy Gomez, and helped Hala Ayala and Elizabeth Guzman make history by becoming the first Latinas elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. Now, Latino Victory is focusing on winning races across the nation and making history by tripling the number of endorsed candidates, and uplifting the achievements of Latinas in every industry by launching the Year of the Latina campaign. 62% of the candidates Latino Victory has endorsed thus far in 2018 are Latinas — a statistic reflecting the momentum of the modern women’s movement spurred on by the 2016 election.

The next step: Head to latinovictory.us to learn more right now and help Latino Victory flip the House and take back the Senate!

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Julia Gillard, who as prime minister showed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton around Melbourne in 2010, welcomed her friend back down under on Thursday.


Australia must not allow an expansionist China to subvert Australia’s national interests, former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton warns.

Ms Clinton said Australia must stand up to “under the radar” efforts to influence Australian politics as China extends its influence and power.

The former US presidential candidate said Australia must be a strong and savvy advocate for its own interests and understand how best to deal with an expansionist China.

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Former US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is focusing on America’s mid-term elections, hoping the Democrats can win back at least one chamber of congress.

Ms Clinton is on a brief, two-stop speaking tour in Australia, her first visit since losing the 2016 US presidential election to Donald Trump.

She shared a stage in Melbourne on Thursday night with former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard and will do so again in Sydney on Friday night.

The former US secretary of state, who has ruled out another bid for the presidency, said her primary focus as a citizen is on the November elections.

She noted the entire House of Representatives and one-third of the Senate were up for election.

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An Evening With Hillary Rodham Clinton - Melbourne

Hillary Rodham Clinton announces Julia Gillard to the stage during An Evening With Hillary Rodham Clinton at The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on May 10, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia.

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Hillary gave a TV interview and made an appearance at the Spark Arena in Auckland.


Hillary Clinton has ruled out running in the 2020 US presidential election but says she’ll be “very active” in this year’s mid-term elections.

The former US Secretary of State, former First Lady and America’s first ever female presidential candidate spoke to Hilary Barry on TVNZ1’s Seven Sharp ahead of a speech at Auckland’s Spark Arena tonight.

Now free from the constraints of public office, Ms Clinton is touring the globe, speaking frankly about what it was like to run in the most controversial US presidential election of all time in 2016.

Asked would she run again, Ms Clinton replied: “No, No. But I am going to be very active in this upcoming election in 2018 because that will be the turning point.”

The mid-term elections in November will take place in the middle of President Donald Trump’s term. All 435 seats in the US House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 seats in the Senate will be contested.

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Hillary Clinton has spoken out against what she says are the “impossibly high standards” women who aspire to leadership roles are held to.

Ms Clinton says the “minute a women (in the US) stands up and says ‘Id like to lead’ everything changes”

Speaking to an audience in Auckland tonight, Ms Clinton – who ran against Donald Trump in the 2016 US Presidential election quoted recent comments from former US First Lady Michelle Obama.

“A few days ago Michelle Obama pointed out the consequences of holding women to impossibly high standards,” Ms Clinton said.

“She (Ms Obama) said: ‘If we still have this crazy bar for each other that we don’t have for men. If we’re not comfortable that a women could be a president then we have to have these conversations with ourselves.'”

“I think she’s so right. This is something we have to explore, understand and change.”

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An Evening With Hillary Rodham Clinton - Auckland

A Maori kapa haka group perform during An Evening with Hillary Rodham Clinton at Spark Arena on May 7, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand.

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Former New Zealand Prime Minister Dame Jenny Shipley interviews Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during An Evening with Hillary Rodham Clinton at Spark Arena on May 7, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand.

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Hillary’s Spring resumption of her book tour brings her to NZ and Australia.


Kersti Ward was the only person working at Parnell Baby Boutique on Sunday morning when former first lady and one-time ...

Kersti Ward was the only person working at Parnell Baby Boutique on Sunday morning when former first lady and one-time presidential candidate Hillary Clinton walked into the store.

Parnell Baby Boutique employee Kersti Ward was the only person on shift when she saw security staff outside the store on Sunday morning.

Ward assumed pregnant Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern may have been paying them a visit, but was “shocked” when none other than Clinton walked through the door.

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Hillary Clinton tucked into some of the country’s finest cuisine before taking a stroll back to her hotel at Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour on Sunday evening.

The former United States first lady looked relaxed and was flanked by a group of minders after her evening meal as she made her way home.

A staffer at Soul Bar confirmed that the former secretary of state had eaten at the waterfront restaurant.

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Hillary Clinton is in NZ on a speaking tour, part of a series called the “Women World Changers”.

Hillary Clinton has met with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in Auckland.

The pair met at the Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour Hotel, where Clinton is staying, for breakfast on Monday morning. Their meeting was closed to media.

Ardern’s press secretary has shared a selfie of the pair, and confirmed they exchanged gifts, though no specifics of the breakfast, gifts or discussion were released.

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A few weeks ago, I spent a little time at my favorite off-off-Broadway performance: my granddaughter Charlotte’s annual spring dance recital.

Watching her wave and spin among her friends, I felt so grateful to be a part of her big day. I can’t say that I’m completely free from the frustration and sadness I felt after the 2016 election, but spending time with family never fails to give me hope.

The same can be said for the time I’ve spent lately with some incredible leaders, from the group of women journalists I met in DC last month who have risked their lives to report on human rights violations in Georgia, corruption in China, and more, to the the artists, authors, and thinkers at the PEN World Voices festival who are fighting to defend free expression and freedom of the press — around the world and right here at home.

And of course, I’m always inspired by the incredible organizations that Onward Together partners with. On Monday, we held our first-ever Onward Together convening, where the organizers and activists behind these groups and I had the chance to make plans for the next few months and beyond. I was so glad to see all of them, including the team at Voto Latino, who are behind some of the most thoughtful organizing of the last few years. Take a moment to learn a little more about them, and then head back out into the fight re-energized and ready to win.

Onward!

Hillary


Onward Together works to build a brighter future for generations to come by supporting groups that encourage people to organize in their communities or run for office. Because you’re an important part of Onward Together, we wanted you to get a chance to know these groups a little bit better. To learn more about Onward Together, click here.
The organization: Voto Latino

The organizers: María Teresa Kumar, President and CEO

The mission: To build a stronger and more inclusive democracy by providing culturally relevant programs that engage, educate, and empower Latinos to shake up politics.

The story: Voto Latino began as a PSA-based project in 2004 and evolved into a pioneering civic media organization that shakes up the political process by engaging the fastest growing, second largest group of citizens — American Latinos. In the last 14 years, they’ve built a dedicated social media following that reaches over 10 million people weekly and cultivated a strong base of support from cross-industry arts, media, and pop culture influencers. Through three core competencies — issue advocacy, leadership development, and civic engagement — they have registered more than half a million voters, co-founded National Voter Registration Day, and can run and scale digital programs aimed at Latinos in all 50 states through tested social platforms, partnerships, and strategic digital targeting.

The latest: Voto Latino is launching a massive nationwide voter registration and civic engagement campaign leading up to the 2018 elections and 2020 census, including a strong digital campaign and a new version of VoterPal, the first-of-a-kind peer-to-peer voter registration app that promises to disrupt how we engage new voters. Voto Latino deeply believes that it’s time to go back to basics. By May, they will have trained over 300 new organizers in California’s Central Valley alone. Look out for them in eight states this summer, in addition to Los Dells, the nation’s premier Latin American music festival over Labor Day, where Voto Latino will be the official voter registration partner.

The next step: Head to votolatino.org to learn more about where and how Latino voters can shape the 2018 elections.

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