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“I'm running for president,” said Clinton, a Democrat who would become the nation's first female commander-in-chief, in a Web video.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s announcement on Sunday that she would seek the Democratic nomination for president prompted more than 10 million interactions on Facebook, significantly more social media interest than the presidential campaign launches of her potential Republican rivals Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.
According to data provided by the social media website, 4.7 million users posted 10.1 million comments, likes, shares or posts related to Mrs. Clinton’s launch.
Clinton plans to spend the next six to eight weeks in a "ramp up" phase, reaching out to voters in early voting states and building up grassroots support nationwide, her campaign said. In May, once supporters are organized and able to host watch parties, Clinton "will hold her first rally and deliver the speech to kick off her campaign."
On Twitter, Mrs. Clinton’s announcement that she was running drew more than 12 million views in the nine hours after she sent it. Since April 11, the @hillaryclinton Twitter account has gained more than 160,000 followers, according to Twitter. After her announcement, #Hillary2016 trended globally on Twitter.
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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ended the suspense on Sunday afternoon, announcing that she will seek the White House in 2016.
"Americans have fought their way back from tough economic times, but the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top," she continued in a clear appeal to the progressive wing of her party, which includes many people clamoring for Senator Elizabeth Warren to enter the race. "Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion. You can do more than just get by. You can get ahead, and stay ahead. Because when families are strong, America is strong."
Clinton said she is "hitting the road to earn your vote" and her first stops will be in Iowa, the state where she came in third in the 2008 caucuses. On Tuesday, she'll participate in a roundtable at Jones County Regional Center of Kirkwood Community College, in the northeast corner of the state. On Wednesday, she'll visit Capital City Fruit, just outside Des Moines. She'll also meet with elected officials, community leaders, activists and others while in the state. She's then expected to head to New Hampshire and South Carolina.
The first official word of her candidacy, meanwhile, came not from her but from campaign chairman John Podesta in e-mails to Clinton campaign alumni and donors sent minutes before the video was posted online. Her website, HillaryClinton.com, was updated at 3 p.m. ET with the video and the early stages of her campaign site, which includes forms to join her mailing list and to donate to her campaign.
The campaign that Clinton rolled out Sunday will both lean forward and look back: She’ll rely heavily on digital technology, as her embrace of Twitter and her social-media launch highlight. But she’ll also reach back to the “listening tour” technique that successfully propelled her into elected office a decade and a half ago to reintroduce herself to voters in early primary states.
It’s a tactic that worked for her in her New York Senate bid, and it’s made for the early caucus and primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire, where voters are notorious for demanding up-close and personal contact with would-be presidents. And it plays to Clinton’s strengths: She is a politician whose forte has been the intimate conversation, not the stemwinder. Her husband and Obama shone on the stump, then flubbed relations with Congress. Clinton, on the other hand, surprised many with her ability to win over likely enemies as a senator. She persuaded then-President George W. Bush stand firm on a large post-9/11 aid package for her state and cosponsored legislation with conservative Republicans such as Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and then-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.
“Becoming a grandmother has made me think deeply about the responsibility we all share as stewards of the world we inherit and will one day pass on,” the 67-year-old Clinton, whose daughter Chelsea recently gave birth to her first child, wrote in a new epilogue to her book Hard Choices, published Friday at the Huffington Post. “Rather than make me want to slow down, it has spurred me to speed up.”
Technology could give Clinton the means to communicate her personal touch beyond the states where she’ll focus most of her time, Iowa and New Hampshire, and to all 250 million Americans of voting age. It’s important for Clinton and other candidates “to remember the enormous value of engaging with their digital audiences, in addition to using digital tools primarily as a one-way communications vehicle,” said Democratic strategist Tracy Sefl, who advised Ready for Hillary, the political action committee that worked to gin up interest before Clinton’s official campaign launch. That means that Clinton will need to use social media in particular to interact with voters, respond to them, thank them, share photos and more, one Democrat suggested.
“Everything has changed” since Clinton last ran for president, said Zac Moffatt, Mitt Romney’s 2012 digital director. “The size of the audience is so much bigger. There’s a lot less friction—it’s easier to get people involved quicker.”
A single click will sign someone up for her Facebook page and another click from there leads to a signup for her mailing list. A minute or two more yields a campaign contribution.
Clinton’s approach to staffing for 2016 looks more like 2000 than 2008. Rather than simply relying on loyalists—though there are plenty on board—she’s brought on operatives who had never worked for her before but have the expertise to run a winning campaign. In 2000, that meant hiring experts who knew New York politics, including Bill de Blasio as campaign manager and Howard Wolfson as communications director. This time, it means hiring Google executive Stephanie Hannon as chief technology officer and Teddy Goff, a key Obama digital strategist.
Beyond individual staffers, Clinton is also drawing on Obama’s no-drama approach to staffing. In a manifesto given to staff on Saturday, campaign manager Robby Mook stressed humility, teamwork and discipline, the same principles that drove the Obama team. “This campaign is not about Hillary Clinton and not about us—it’s about the everyday Americans who are trying to build a better life for themselves and their families,” he wrote. All that was missing was the Obama staff’s motto, “Respect. Empower. Include.”
In his 2008 campaign, Obama raised more than $500 million online from more than 3 million donors. In 2012, he brought in more than $690 million online. Clinton will likely top both those numbers.
She's also borrowing some branding from Obama, who on Saturday said Clinton would make “an excellent” successor. The president's campaign committee was Obama for America. Clinton's is “Hillary for America."
Hillary Clinton has served as Secretary of State, Senator from New York, First Lady of the United States, First Lady of Arkansas, a practicing lawyer and law professor, activist, and volunteer, but the first things her friends and family will tell you is that she’s never forgotten where she came from or who she’s been fighting for throughout her life.
Hillary grew up in a middle class home in Park Ridge, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois. Her dad, Hugh, was a World War II Navy veteran and a small business man with a drapery business that designed, printed, and sold his draperies. Hillary, her mom, and her two brothers helped out in the business whenever they could. Hugh was a rock-ribbed Republican, a pay-as-you-go kind of guy who worked hard and wasted nothing.
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Her own childhood was very different. Her parents built a stable middle class life. Hillary attended public schools and was a Brownie and a Girl Scout. She played in a girls' softball league. She was raised a Methodist and her mom taught Sunday school. Her youth minister took Hillary to see Martin Luther King, Jr. speak in Chicago and helped her develop a life-long passion for social justice.
After law school, Hillary chose not to go to a big New York or Washington law firm. Instead, she went to work for the Children’s Defense Fund, going door to door in New Bedford, Massachusetts, gathering stories about the lack of schooling for children with disabilities, which contributed to the passage of historic legislation to require their education.
It’s this commitment to public service and fighting for others—especially children and families—that she’s carried all her life.
Bill was first elected president in 1992 and re-elected in 1996. As First Lady, Hillary tenaciously led the fight to reform our health care system so that all our families have access to the care they need at affordable prices. When the insurance companies and other special interests defeated that effort, Hillary didn’t give up. She worked with Republicans and Democrats to help create the successful Children's Health Insurance Program, which provides health coverage to more than 8 million children and has helped cut the uninsured rate for children in half.
In 2000, Hillary was elected to the U.S. Senate, becoming the first woman senator from New York. After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Hillary pushed the Bush administration to secure $20 billion to rebuild New York and fought to provide health care for first responders who were contaminated at Ground Zero. She repeatedly worked across the aisle to get things done, including working alongside Republicans to expand TRICARE so that members of the Reserves and National Guard and their families could get better access to health care.
When Congress wouldn't do enough for rural areas and small towns, Hillary didn’t back down. She launched an innovative partnership in New York with eBay and local colleges to provide small businesses with tech support, microloans and training programs to sell their goods online. She helped expand broadband to remote areas of the state. And she launched Farm-to-Fork, to help New York farmers and producers sell their products to New York’s restaurants, schools, colleges and universities.
And when President Obama asked Hillary to serve as his secretary of state, she put aside their hard-fought campaign and answered the call to public service once again. After eight years of Bush foreign policy, Hillary was instrumental in starting to restore America’s standing in the world. Even former Republican Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said she “ran the State Department in the most effective way that I’ve ever seen.”
She built a coalition for tough new sanctions against Iran that brought them to the negotiating table and she brokered a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas that ended a war and protected Israel’s security. She was a forceful champion for human rights, internet freedom, and rights and opportunities for women and girls, LGBT people and young people all around the globe.
In 2014, Hillary took on a new role—grandmother to Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky—and she couldn’t be prouder or happier.
Hillary Clinton, the Democratic frontrunner for president, said Monday that when corporations pay government fines for wrongdoing, the companies should reduce the bonuses of executives who “should have been accountable or should have caught the problem.”
In a wide-ranging question-and-answer session on Facebook, Mrs. Clinton also proposed increasing rewards for whistleblowers at financial firms, and she explained why she thinks the capital gains rate should go up for short-term investments.
Her ideas come at a time when her challengers for the Democratic presidential nomination are promising big changes to Wall Street regulation, including reinstating rules that require that commercial and investment banking be separated. Mrs. Clinton doesn’t plan to go that far, and is under pressure from the left to offer her own proposals.
Previewing a speech on Wall Street regulation slated for the coming weeks, Mrs. Clinton vowed to defend and expand the 2010 Dodd-Frank legislation regulating financial firms, and she repeated her promise to prosecute individuals as well as corporations for wrongdoing. Her remarks came ahead of Dodd-Frank’s fifth anniversary Tuesday.
“We have work to do to enhance accountability,” she wrote. “Even though some institutions have paid fines and even admitted guilt, too often it seems like the people responsible get off with limited consequences (or none at all).”
She said she also would “appoint and empower tough, independent-minded regulators” and give them resources to do their jobs.
In addition, Mrs. Clinton said award amounts for whistleblowers should be increased, to provide a greater incentive for employees to come forward amid high Wall Street pay levels. An aide said that the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act caps at $1.6 million the amount that an individual can receive for coming forward to the Justice Department to report wrongdoing. The aide said Mrs. Clinton is considering various approaches to requiring companies that are fined to cut executive bonuses and would offer details in the coming weeks.
On the capital gains tax, Mrs. Clinton confirmed a Journal report that later this week she will announce a proposal to revamp the tax so it hits short-term investors with higher rates. It is part of a package of measures designed to prod companies to put more emphasis on long-term growth.
She cited changes in corporate attitudes in explaining why she supports increasing the capital gains tax to rates higher than the 20% she backed in 2008. “The increase in short-termism has grown in urgency since 2008, and the urgency of our solutions has to match it,” she wrote.
For investments held by top earners for a short time—perhaps two or three years—the rate would increase to more than 28% from 23.8%. When she ran for president in 2008, she said that the tax should not go above 20%, a point that some Republicans seized on Monday.
“Hillary Clinton’s backtrack on her previous capital gains position is a blatant attempt to appease the liberal wing of her party that she is so desperate to win over,” said Jeff Bechdel, communications director for the America’s Rising PAC, a Republican group.
In her Facebook session, Mrs. Clinton also:
–Promised to offer policies aimed at making college more affordable. She said her ideas include allowing students to refinance debt so it is more affordable and encouraging more people to use a system that sets debt repayments as a percentage of income.
–Addressed a question that tripped up her rivals at the liberal Netroots Nation convention over the weekend. Asked what she would do to begin dismantling “structural racism” in the nation, she began her response by writing, “Black lives matter,” a saying that’s been adopted by activists. At a session earlier this year, she upset some when she said, “All lives matter,” a phrase seen as diminishing the particular problems facing African-Americans.
She also repeated her calls for an overhaul of the criminal justice system, as well as for increasing money spent on early childhood education and for automatic voter registration.
–Repeated that an increase in people working in the “gig economy”—for companies such as Uber, though she didn’t mention it by name—offers challenges and opportunities. She has come under some scrutiny for suggesting that the business models of these popular companies may diminish worker protections.
“We have to resolve these questions while embracing the promise and potential of these new technologies and without stifling innovation or limiting the ability of working moms and veterans and young people to get ahead,” she said. She added that the Affordable Care Act has shown the importance of making sure workers have access to benefits.
–Praised the late South African leader Nelson Mandela as the “greatest person I’ve had the privilege of meeting.” She said he taught her the power of overcoming bitterness and hatred that “as he said, can keep you imprisoned even after you are let out.”
–Responded to a woman who said women suffer a “hair and makeup tax” because it takes them so much longer to get ready in the morning, and who asked how Mrs. Clinton manages to prepare for the day. “Amen, sister—you’re preaching to the choir,” she wrote. “It’s a daily challenge. I do the best I can —and as you may have noticed, some days are better than others!”
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