Hillary Clinton has formalized her presidential bid on April 12, Sunday, as previously reported by Morning News USA. The announcement was first made via an email to supporters penned by Clinton’s long time confidante, John Podesta. She then launched a video on YouTube and thereafter posted a status via Facebook and Twitter. Her political platform will focus on equal opportunity, inclusion and prosperity for the American people.
Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Bid: “I want to be that champion”
“I’m getting ready to do something too. I’m running for president,” Clinton said in her announcement video (see below).
“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.”
Clinton has also posted the same message on her Twitter account, which was acknowledged by Chelsea Clinton. The same message was posted on Clinton’s Facebook page.
I’m running for president. Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion. –H https://t.co/w8Hoe1pbtC
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 12, 2015
According to an unnamed campaign official who has spoken with CNN, the campaign video was shot as early as last week. Clinton’s appearance in the video was taken in New York while segments that featured the American people were shot in Iowa and New Hampshire.
A press release was sent across media networks after the formal announcement.
“She’s committed to spending the next six to eight weeks in a ‘ramp up’ period where her team will start to build a nation-wide grassroots organization, and she will spend her time engaging directly with voters,” according to the release obtained by CNN.
“In May, once her supporters in all 50 states are organized for house parties or to watch over live streams, Hillary will hold her first rally and deliver the speech to kick off her campaign,” the release stated.
On Tuesday through Wednesday, Clinton will be travelling to Iowa, Monticello and Norwalk as she officially starts her campaign activities.
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Reactions to Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Candidacy
Elsewhere, political observers have been voicing out different opinions and words of advice for the presidential contender.
John Hudak of Brooking Institution said the voting public is concerned about the political dynasties that her last name brings.
“The public is concerned about this. The best way for her to get past it is to run as a prospective Democratic nominee like she’s in a field with 10 other candidates. … She wants to be an ideas candidate and not just someone who has the resume for the job,” Hudak told USA Today.
Bonni Campbell, co-chair of her 2008 Iowa campaign, advised Clinton to talk about real issues this time around.
“You have to be talking about the issues where people live and where there experiences are. I’m very certain that Hillary understands we just got trounced in an election because we didn’t have a message that people didn’t understand or we just didn’t get out,” Campbell said.
For former Democratic consultant Chris Lehane, Clinton needs to be authentic.
“This election is where you have to win by giving voters a big idea and an idea that is true to you. If you come out with an idea that’s looking toward the future and talk about the middle class and the challenges we face and you have a theory of how to address that … you transcend the issues that percolate out there in the pre-campaign phase,” Lehane said.
The New York Times, meanwhile, pointed a stark contrast about Clinton’s 2008 campaign and her recently launched presidential bid. In 2008, she showed voters that she can be as tough as her presidential rivals. Today, she highlighted her persona as a grandmother who is still able to make history.
“Being the first woman to run for president with a real chance of winning, that’s a wild card, but potentially a net positive, particularly for undecided women,” said Scott Keeter, the director of survey research at the Pew Research Center.
Meanwhile, Jeb Bush had a rather scathing take on Clinton’s announcement. He wants her to stop and is calling for supporters minutes after Clinton made her announcement.
“Moments ago Hillary Clinton officially announced her White House bid – and it’s up to us to stop her. This isn’t going to be easy, but if you’re committed to stopping Hillary, then I need you to add your name now,” Bush posted on his Facebook page.
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