Hilary Clinton declares interest to run for US Presidency in 2016

April 13, 2015 2:58 am

  announced Sunday that she is running for president in 2016.
The former secretary of state made the long-awaited announcement in a video posted on her new campaign website.


“I’m running for president,” Clinton says in the video. “Americans have
fought their way back from tough economic times, but the deck is still
stacked in favor of those at the top. Everyday Americans need a
champion, and I want to be that champion so you can do more than just
get by. You can get ahead and stay ahead. Because when families are
strong, America is strong.”
“So I’m hitting the road to earn your vote, because it’s your time. And I hope you’ll join me on this journey.”Watch Clinton’s campaign announcement video below and see Ed Henry react on “America’s Headquarters” above.

Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton is a former Secretary
of State, U.S. Senator, and First Lady of the United States. From 2009
to 2013, she was the 67th Secretary of State, serving under President
Barack Obama.
Mrs Clinton, who also served as a
senator for New York, ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in
2008 but lost to Barack Obama.
The overwhelming Democratic favourite, she has been expected to declare her candidacy for months.
Mrs Clinton was also first lady when her husband Bill Clinton was president.
Hillary Clinton would be a good political partner for New Zealand if she became the president, Prime Minister John Key says.
The
former First Lady and US Secretary of State officially announced she
would run for the White House this morning, after mounting speculation
she would make a bid for the Democratic Party’s nod in 2016.
Mr Key said if successful, Mrs Clinton would make a good political partner for New Zealand.
“It would be [good for New Zealand] in the sense that she knows New Zealand,” he said on Paul Henry this morning.
“I’ve met her on lots of occasions, had dinner with her at Premier House a few times.
“As Secretary of State she was great, very engaged with New Zealand, very knowledgeable.”
Mrs Clinton had “a very, very good chance” of winning, he said.
“She’s got massive credentials, [she’s] well known,” he said.
“[She’s] been there before, a lot of people thought she would get
through the last time, but it’s just so hard to know. You’ve got the
Democrats essentially owning the White House for a long time now,
anything’s possible.”
But it could be a “fascinating battle”
between two of the US’s biggest political family dynasties, Mr Key said,
with Mrs Clinton confirmed as a candidate and former President George W
Bush’s brother Jeb Bush likely to announce he’s running for the
Republican nomination.
Mrs Clinton made her announcement this morning via Twitter and a video on YouTube.
She tweeted: “I’m running for president. Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion.”
Mr Key’s comment follow Mr Obama’s endorsement of his former Secretary of State at a regional summit in Panama on Saturday.
“She
was a formidable candidate in 2008. She was a great supporter of mine
in the general election. She was an outstanding Secretary of State. She
is my friend,” Mr Obama said.
“I think she would be an excellent president.”
Mrs
Clinton was last in New Zealand in November 2010, as part of her tour
of Asia-Pacific countries in her role as US Secretary of State.
Over
three days she visited Wellington and Christchurch, offering US support
following the Canterbury earthquakes and reiterating US-NZ ties in
trade, defence and the environment.
She signed the Wellington
Declaration with Foreign Minister Murray McCully, to signal closer
relations between New Zealand and the United States, with an increase in
the strategic partnership between the two nations.

Key things to know about Hillary Clinton

The brief

As
first lady to President Bill Clinton during the 1990s, she was a
driving figure in a failed health care overhaul and lived through
multiple ethics investigations and her husband’s impeachment. She won a
Senate seat representing New York in 2000 and ran for the president in
2008, losing the nomination to Barack Obama. She was his secretary of
state for four years. No woman has been a major party’s presidential
nominee or been elected president.

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Lawyer,
senator, diplomat. In Arkansas, she was a lawyer at a top firm while
Bill Clinton was governor. She advised her husband after he won the
White House in 1992. In the Senate, she struck a bipartisan tone at
times. Her Senate vote for the 2002 Iraq invasion became a point of
contention in 2008; Obama had spoken out against the “dumb war.” At the
State Department, she was a hawkish member of Obama’s national security
team. She helped set the foundation for nuclear talks with Iran.

Personal story

The
daughter of a small-business owner and homemaker, Clinton grew up in
suburban Chicago. As a senior at Wellesley College, she delivered a 1969
commencement speech that earned national attention. At Yale Law School,
she met Bill Clinton. After working as a child advocate, Clinton
followed her future husband back to Arkansas, where he launched his
political career. The couple’s 35-year-old daughter, Chelsea Clinton,
gave birth to her first child, Charlotte, in September.

Calling card moment

A
1995 address in Beijing and her final campaign event in 2008 are
signature moments. As first lady, Clinton declared in a speech at a UN
conference on women that “human rights are women’s rights and women’s
rights are human rights.” The speech challenged human rights abuses of
women and helped set the tone for Clinton’s work years later in the
State Department. Her 2008 speech, delivered after Obama locked up the
nomination, told supporters they had made “18 million cracks” in the
glass ceiling, denoting the number of primary votes she won. It left the
impression of unfinished business and the potential for a woman
eventually to win the White House. Her critics remember her for blaming
her husband’s scandals on a “vast right wing conspiracy.”

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Ready for Hillary apparel and accessories are packed up at the Ready for Hillary super PAC store in Arlington. Photo / AP
Ready for Hillary apparel and accessories are packed up at the Ready for Hillary super PAC store in Arlington. Photo / AP
Clinton has signalled that she intends to make a major push
in the Iowa caucuses, won by Obama in 2008. Her team has hired a former
top aide to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to lead her Iowa
campaign. Her ties to New Hampshire are much stronger. State Democrats
remember Bill Clinton’s surprising second-place finish in the 1992
primary that helped him overcome charges of draft dodging and
womanising. Hillary Clinton surprised Obama by winning the 2008 New
Hampshire primary.

Reading list

Clinton wrote Hard Choices,
about her time as secretary of state, and promoted the book around the
country in 2014. The book generated mediocre sales and Clinton stumbled
at times during the book tour, saying in one interview that she and her
husband were “dead broke” when they left the White House. While they
faced large legal bills from the Whitewater investigation, the couple
made millions after Bill Clinton’s presidency; the comments were
considered tone-deaf. Clinton already was a publishing powerhouse at
that point. Her 2003 book, Living History, sold more than 1 million copies. During her husband’s presidency, she released It Takes a Village in 1996, a book that discussed her work in child advocacy and steps to help children become productive adults. Other books: Dear Socks, Dear Buddy: Kids’ Letters to the First Pets, in 1998, and An Invitation to the White House: At Home with History, in 2000.

Online and social media

Twitter: @hillaryclinton
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10 important dates in her own words

Here in Hillary Clinton’s own words are 10 of the most important events leading up to her biggest challenge yet.

– 1947: Birth –

Hillary Diane Rodham was born in Chicago on October 26, to a middle-class suburban family.
“I
was born an American in the middle of the twentieth century, a
fortunate time and place. I was free to make choices unavailable to past
generations of women in my own country and inconceivable to many women
in the world today.” – Clinton in her memoir Living History

– 1969: Yale –

Clinton
enrolled at prestigious Yale Law School where she would meet her future
husband Bill Clinton in the spring of 1971. The couple married in
Arkansas in 1975.
“So I stood up from the desk, walked over to
him and said, ‘If you’re going to keep looking at me, and I’m going to
keep looking back, we might as well be introduced. I’m Hillary Rodham.’
That was it. The way Bill tells the story, he couldn’t remember his own
name.” – Clinton in her memoir Living History

– 1978: Arkansas –

Bill
Clinton was elected governor of Arkansas, making Hillary Rodham the
state’s first lady. Yielding to pressure, she agreed to take Bill’s last
name several years later.
“I decided it was more important for
Bill to be governor again than for me to keep my maiden name. So when
Bill announced his run for another term on Chelsea’s second birthday, I
began calling myself Hillary Rodham Clinton.” – Clinton in her memoir Living History

– 1995: Beijing –

As
US first lady, Clinton spoke at the UN’s Fourth World Conference on
Women in Beijing, where she delivered her now famous line, which she
still evokes 20 years on.
“Human rights are women’s rights and
women’s rights are human rights.” – Clinton at the UN Fourth World
Conference on Women plenary session

– 1998: Lewinsky –

Bill
Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky captivated national attention.
Hillary Clinton initially believed his denial and supported her husband
publicly.
“Bill and I have been accused of everything, including
murder, by some of the very same people who are behind these
allegations. So from my perspective, this is part of the continuing
political campaign against my husband,” – Clinton in an NBC Today Show interview

– 2000: Senator –

Clinton is easily elected to the US Senate two months before she and Bill left the White House.
“Why
the Senate and why New York and why me? And all I can say is that I
care deeply about the issues that are important in this state, that I’ve
already been learning about and hearing about.” – Clinton tells
reporters in Davenport, New York in 1999

– 2002: War in Iraq –

Senator
Clinton voted to authorize president George W. Bush to use military
force against Saddam Hussein in Iraq. It’s a vote she will later say she
came to regret.
“I take the president at his word that he will
try hard to pass a United Nations resolution and seek to avoid war, if
possible.” – Clinton on the Senate floor

– 2008: Primaries –

Clinton
entered the Democratic presidential primary race in January 2007 and
was favored to win. However she was beaten 17 months later by fellow
senator Barack Obama.
“Although we weren’t able to shatter that
highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it’s got about
18 million cracks in it.” – Clinton tells supporters conceding defeat

President Barack Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2012. Photo / AP
President Barack Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2012. Photo / AP

– 2009: Secretary of State –

Clinton
takes on the role of US top diplomat, visiting 112 countries as
Secretary of State, including a historic trip to Burma in which she met
opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
“I believe with all my heart that this is a new era for America,” – Clinton on her first day as secretary of state

– 2012: Benghazi –

Four
Americans including the ambassador were killed in attacks on the US
mission in Benghazi, Libya in September 2012. Clinton testified in
January 2013 in tense hearings before lawmakers on the attacks.
“As
I have said many times, I take responsibility, and nobody is more
committed to getting this right.” – Clinton at Senate hearing

Clinton on issues of the 2016 campaign

Hillary Rodham Clinton in January, 2008. Photo / AP
Hillary Rodham Clinton in January, 2008. Photo / AP
With Hillary Rodham Clinton announcing her candidacy Sunday
for the 2016 Democratic nomination for president, a look at where she
stands on some issues:

ECONOMY

Clinton
sees growing income inequality and wage stagnation as a major problem,
and has made this topic a prominent theme in many of her public remarks
this year. As a senator and then as a presidential candidate in the 2008
race, she called for equal pay for women, increasing the minimum wage,
expanding tax credits for poorer families, overhauling corporate tax
provisions, expanding paid family leave and universal prekindergarten.
Clinton has been careful to avoid a divisive message, shying away from
the more populist rhetoric that many in her party believe is necessary.
The paid speeches she has given since leaving the State Department and
her lament in an interview last summer about once being “dead broke” led
to criticism that she does not understand the concerns of working
Americans.

FINANCIAL REGULATION

Clinton is
under pressure from liberals to back plans raising taxes on the
wealthiest and increase regulation of Wall Street, in part by
reinstating Depression-era law repealed by her husband’s administration
that separated commercial from investment banking. Clinton has not taken
a position on that law, though in 2007, she proposed raising taxes on
income made by many investment managers. That income is taxed at the 15
percent capital gains rate. She has been supportive of policies
increasing taxes on higher income families, saying in a 2010 speech that
the “rich are not paying their fair share.” Liberals are also critical
of her 2001 vote for a bankruptcy overhaul – backed by banks – that
would have made it more difficult for consumers to get relief from
debts. She later said she regretted her vote. She has accepted hundreds
of millions of dollars in contributions from US companies, including
Wall Street banks, for her political campaigns and philanthropic
foundation, donations that make some in her party sceptical of her.

TRADE

As
first lady, Clinton backed the North American Free Trade Agreement,
saying in 1996 that the pact was “proving its worth.” But as a
presidential candidate in 2007, she called the deal “a mistake,” calling
for a “trade timeout” and the selection of a prosecutor to enforce
current deals before entering into any new agreements. Labour unions and
liberal activists are pushing Clinton to reject the Trans-Pacific
Partnership, now being negotiated by the Obama administration. While
Clinton has not expressed a clear opinion on the deal, she cast the
agreement in more favourable terms in her memoir, Hard Choices, writing that while it “won’t be perfect” the pact “should benefit American businesses and workers.”

FOREIGN POLICY

Foreign
policy is one of Clinton’s few areas of disagreement with the Obama
administration. She has criticised President Barack Obama for taking a
cautious approach to global crises, dismissing his doctrine of “don’t do
stupid stuff” as “not an organising principle.” As secretary of state,
Clinton advocated for arming Syrian rebels fighting President Bashar
Assad, a suggestion that was not followed by the White House. While
acknowledging in an August interview that she could not definitively say
that her recommendations would have changed the situation, she said
“the failure to do that left a big vacuum, which the jihadists have now
filled.”

ISRAEL & IRAN

In recent weeks
Clinton has avoided commenting publicly on US-Israeli relations, which
became strained after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to
Congress and re-election. While supportive of Israel as a New York
senator, she described her role as secretary of state as the “designated
yeller,” who angered Netanyahu by demanding a total freeze on
settlement expansion. She called her position misguided in her memoir.
She’s expressed cautious support for Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran,
though remarked the “devil was in the details.” Previously, she said she
was sceptical that Iran would abide by any deal struck with the US.

SOCIAL ISSUES

Clinton
now supports same-sex marriage, saying that she has “evolved” from her
opposition as first lady, senator and secretary of state. She denounced
an Indiana law that would give increased protections to businesses and
religious groups that object to providing services to gay customers. She
supports abortion rights and frequently cites the Democratic line that
the procedure should be “safe, legal, and rare.”

CLIMATE CHANGE

Clinton
has described climate change as the most “consequential, urgent,
sweeping” problem facing the world, telling college students in March
she hopes for a “mass movement” on the issue. She has promised to
protect “at all costs” regulations put in place by the Obama
administration that set federal limits on carbon pollution from existing
and future power plants. But Clinton has remained silent on the
Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry oil from western Canada to
refineries on the Gulf Coast, saying she would not express an opinion on
a pending international issue.

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