TIME 2016 Election

Donald Trump’s Presidential Announcement Sparks Huge Facebook Reaction

He leads the Republican presidential candidates on the number of Facebook "interactions" with 6.4 million

Donald Trump may be more smoke than fire, but there certainly is a lot of smoke.

In the 24-hour period leading up to and following Trump’s announcement that he is running for president, 3.4 million American Facebook users generated 6.4 million interactions on the social network related to the real estate mogul, according to the company.

Interactions include likes, posts, comments and shares. The data was collected only for U.S. users 18 and older.

West Virginia topped the list of states chattering about Trump, followed by Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Alabama and New York.

Trump is the most buzzed-about Republican candidate on Facebook so far. Sen. Ted Cruz generated 5.5 million interactions in the 24-hour period surrounding his announcement, while Jeb Bush garnered only 849,000 interactions, the company said.

Hillary Clinton leads the list of candidates across parties, with 4.7 million people generating 10.1 million interactions on Facebook surrounding her announcement. Clinton is far and away the leader among Democratic candidates, followed by Sen. Bernie Sanders with 1.2 million interactions.

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Hillary Clinton to Call for Youth Apprenticeship Program

Hillary Clinton will on Wednesday call for a federal apprenticeship program as a path to reducing youth unemployment, aides said, her first new policy proposal since officially launching her campaign this week.

Speaking at a technical college in Charleston, South Carolina, Clinton will propose rewarding businesses with a tax credit of $1,500 for every apprentice they hire. She will say that the program would encourage businesses to take on more young workers.

Apprenticeships are a major benefit for workers who see large annual earnings gains, Clinton will argue, as well as a boon for businesses that receive a tax credit.

Clinton has been workshopping a series of policies set to be released this summer on a rolling basis that her aides suggest will amount to about one a week. She called this week for universal pre-kindergarten, but previewed that program in her launch speech on Roosevelt Island on Saturday.

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Much of Clinton’s rhetoric and proposals over the course of the last two months has been solidly progressive: she has called for automatic voter registration, a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and paid sick leave, among others.

But on some business issues she has moved away from the liberal line. She has not condemned the Trans-Pacific Partnership as her competition for the Democratic nomination has and she has called for reducing regulations on small banks and businesses. Linking apprenticeships with tax credits has received bipartisan support in Congress, Clinton’s aides pointed out, with Democratic Sens. Cory Booker and Maria Cantwell as well as Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Tim Scott supporting similar programs.

Clinton aides cited an unemployment rate among 18- to 34-year-olds of 7.8%, a rate that was nearly double among African-Americans. In order to win in a general election, Clinton will need to mobilize the black voters who overwhelmingly supported Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012.

As she has for much of the campaign, Clinton will discuss her proposals on Wednesday in personal terms, citing her mother’s first job as a housekeeper and her own first job working for the Children’s Defense Fund in South Carolina.

Clinton is headed to Nevada on Thursday where she will speak with the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) and meet with veterans.

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Hillary Clinton Launches a More Personal Campaign

The Hillary Clinton 2016 campaign strategy? Get personal

Sometimes all it takes is a joke about a powder-blue pantsuit. Sometimes it’s a witty Instagram message. Sometimes it’s a baby picture.

Or so Hillary Clinton’s campaign hopes.

Clinton has spent the first nine weeks of her candidacy getting personal with voters in ways most Americans have never seen. Even as polls show her approval ratings have dropped among voters—an inevitable part of re-entering politics, her aides say—Clinton is weaving her life story into everything she does on the campaign trail, from tales about her upbringing to witty tweets.

She has listened to voters in early primary states talk about their struggles to pay for college or take care of family members with drug addictions. She has snapped dozens of selfies and turned serendipitous neighborhood tours and full-armed embraces with strangers into carefully constructed campaign films.

When she officially launched her campaign on Saturday with her first big rally, Clinton centered her speech around her mother, Dorothy Rodham, who Clinton said is the inspiration for her domestic vision for the country, and her entire bid for the Oval Office.

“My mother taught me that everybody needs a chance and a champion,” Clinton said in the hot, muggy morning on Roosevelt Island in New York City.

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Surrounded by a crowd of over 5,000, she told the story of how neighbors and friends showed her mother kindness after she was abandoned by her parents. “That’s why I believe with all my heart in America and in the potential of every American.”

Her mother’s example, Clinton says, is what has brought her to support a laundry list of Democratic policies like establishing universal pre-kindergarten, mandating paid family leave, passing a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, providing relief for indebted college students and rewriting the tax code and eliminating loopholes for large corporations. “I wish my mother could have been with us longer,” Clinton continued. “I wish she could have seen the America we’re going to build together.”

All presidential candidates sing their parents’ praises, kiss babies and put their families on parade. But Clinton’s ritual visits to baby stores to purchase goodies for her infant granddaughter, her cavalcade of knowing social media and her highly publicized roundtable conversations with voters sets her apart from the other candidates, Republican and Democrat. It’s part of an approach to reintroduce Clinton to Americans as aides say she really is: caring, tenacious and witty. It’s also a departure from the sometimes distant approach that characterized the early months of her 2008 Presidential campaign.

“Everybody understands that Hillary Clinton is a fighter, that she doesn’t quit, but we need to explain to people where that comes from for her, what is it that motivates her,” the campaign’s director of communications, Jennifer Palmieri, said on Friday evening before Clinton’s launch. The campaign “will show the person that we know, who is very maternal, very warm and engaging.”

In public speeches and at private fundraisers, Clinton has been joking about the number of time Bill had to ask to marry her, and how she dyes her hair and won’t need to worry about going gray in the White House. Her granddaughter, Clinton says, will get so much attention, nurturing, singing and love that she’ll finally ask to be left alone. According to her Twitter bio, Clinton is a “pantsuit aficionado” and a “hair icon.”

“Hillary Clinton has said she wants this campaign to be fun,” a senior campaign official said. She believes “campaigns can be an exciting, fun endeavor where you and your team put yourselves out there.”

There is also a deeper strategy behind the approach. Polls show that among her biggest challenges is convincing voters after decades on the national stage that she is who she says she is. A CNN poll published early this month showed 57% of Americans do not find Clinton honest and 52% believe she does not care about people like them.

Her allies blame decades of right-wing assaults for tarnishing the Clintons’ image, along with the most recent spate of controversies surrounding the Clinton Foundation and her use of a personal email server, as well as the Begnhazi attacks have set some of the tone for the beginning of her campaign.

Publicly, her aides and allies dismiss the polls, calling them by turns inaccurate and preemptive. “I take these polls with a grain of salt,” Clinton’s top campaign pollster Joel Benenson shot back at bearer of bad news CNN. It’s too early in the race, Clinton’s supporters point out, and she still compares favorably with all the Republicans.

Several of those that have seen and met Clinton since she began her campaign say they find her empathetic and funny. Attendees at her intimate fundraisers say they come away charmed, swooning over her offhand jokes and her savvy grasp of politics. At the launch, enthusiastic followers filed down the Roosevelt Island promenade and gathered by the riverside.

“She’s not afraid to laugh at herself,” said Dorothy Vickery, a 23-year-old freelance video producer. “She can call herself a ‘pantsuit aficionado’ and embrace that people are going to make fun of that. But that’s who she is, and she rocks that.”

The Hillary Clinton of 2015 is different from the candidate many voters saw during the 2008 election cycle, when she spoke about her platform in far less personal terms. Though she drew many followers with her unofficial mantra in 2008, “ready on day one,” and her laser-like focus on the Oval Office, many said at the time that they found her unapproachable.

“We are just now launching the campaign in earnest and the key question in this campaign as it relates to trust is, who can everyday Americans trust to go to bat for them,” her campaign manager, Robby Mook said Friday. “I am absolutely confident when she lays out her case it will be very clear to people that she will be that champion to stand up for them every single day.”

So far, she is running a nomination contest largely against herself. Clinton has faced little serious pressure from her Democratic contenders, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Gov. Martin O’Malley and former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee.

After her speech, Bill and Chelsea joined Hillary circling the crowd, shaking hands. Verna Brooks McKenzie, part of the Jamaican delegation to the United Nations that saw Clinton’s famous 1995 speech in Beijing on women’s rights, stood at the rope line as Chelsea passed. She’s now a U.S. citizen and a health consultant in New York, and says she will vote for Clinton in 2016.

“They’re trying to say, how can she make so much money and know anything about the middle class? But she has lived it,” said Brooks McKenzie. “To me she epitomizes the American Dream. When she spoke about her mother and how she was raised and picked herself up to reach the highest heights that a woman can reach in the world—it’s just awesome and fantastic.”

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Transcript: Read the Full Text of Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Launch Speech

Hillary Clinton held the first major rally of her campaign on Saturday

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton launched her campaign with a large rally in New York City on Saturday after two months of small events in the early primary states.

Here is a transcript of the full remarks, as prepared for delivery:

Thank you! Oh, thank you all! Thank you so very, very much.

It is wonderful to be here with all of you.

To be in New York with my family, with so many friends, including many New Yorkers who gave me the honor of serving them in the Senate for eight years.

To be right across the water from the headquarters of the United Nations, where I represented our country many times.

To be here in this beautiful park dedicated to Franklin Roosevelt’s enduring vision of America, the nation we want to be.

And in a place… with absolutely no ceilings.

You know, President Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms are a testament to our nation’s unmatched aspirations and a reminder of our unfinished work at home and abroad. His legacy lifted up a nation and inspired presidents who followed. One is the man I served as Secretary of State, Barack Obama, and another is my husband, Bill Clinton.

Two Democrats guided by the — Oh, that will make him so happy. They were and are two Democrats guided by the fundamental American belief that real and lasting prosperity must be built by all and shared by all.

President Roosevelt called on every American to do his or her part, and every American answered. He said there’s no mystery about what it takes to build a strong and prosperous America: “Equality of opportunity… Jobs for those who can work… Security for those who need it… The ending of special privilege for the few… The preservation of civil liberties for all… a wider and constantly rising standard of living.”

That still sounds good to me.

It’s America’s basic bargain. If you do your part you ought to be able to get ahead. And when everybody does their part, America gets ahead too.

That bargain inspired generations of families, including my own.

It’s what kept my grandfather going to work in the same Scranton lace mill every day for 50 years.

It’s what led my father to believe that if he scrimped and saved, his small business printing drapery fabric in Chicago could provide us with a middle-class life. And it did.

When President Clinton honored the bargain, we had the longest peacetime expansion in history, a balanced budget, and the first time in decades we all grew together, with the bottom 20 percent of workers increasing their incomes by the same percentage as the top 5 percent.

When President Obama honored the bargain, we pulled back from the brink of Depression, saved the auto industry, provided health care to 16 million working people, and replaced the jobs we lost faster than after a financial crash.

But, it’s not 1941, or 1993, or even 2009. We face new challenges in our economy and our democracy.

We’re still working our way back from a crisis that happened because time-tested values were replaced by false promises.

Instead of an economy built by every American, for every American, we were told that if we let those at the top pay lower taxes and bend the rules, their success would trickle down to everyone else.

What happened?

Well, instead of a balanced budget with surpluses that could have eventually paid off our national debt, the Republicans twice cut taxes for the wealthiest, borrowed money from other countries to pay for two wars, and family incomes dropped. You know where we ended up.

Except it wasn’t the end.

As we have since our founding, Americans made a new beginning.

You worked extra shifts, took second jobs, postponed home repairs… you figured out how to make it work. And now people are beginning to think about their future again – going to college, starting a business, buying a house, finally being able to put away something for retirement.

So we’re standing again. But, we all know we’re not yet running the way America should.

You see corporations making record profits, with CEOs making record pay, but your paychecks have barely budged.

While many of you are working multiple jobs to make ends meet, you see the top 25 hedge fund managers making more than all of America’s kindergarten teachers combined. And, often paying a lower tax rate.

So, you have to wonder: “When does my hard work pay off? When does my family get ahead?”


I say now.

Prosperity can’t be just for CEOs and hedge fund managers.

Democracy can’t be just for billionaires and corporations.

Prosperity and democracy are part of your basic bargain too.

You brought our country back.

Now it’s time — your time to secure the gains and move ahead.

And, you know what?

America can’t succeed unless you succeed.

That is why I am running for President of the United States.

Here, on Roosevelt Island, I believe we have a continuing rendezvous with destiny. Each American and the country we cherish.

I’m running to make our economy work for you and for every American.

For the successful and the struggling.

For the innovators and inventors.

For those breaking barriers in technology and discovering cures for diseases.

For the factory workers and food servers who stand on their feet all day.

For the nurses who work the night shift.

For the truckers who drive for hours and the farmers who feed us.

For the veterans who served our country.

For the small business owners who took a risk.

For everyone who’s ever been knocked down, but refused to be knocked out.

I’m not running for some Americans, but for all Americans.

Our country’s challenges didn’t begin with the Great Recession and they won’t end with the recovery.

For decades, Americans have been buffeted by powerful currents.

Advances in technology and the rise of global trade have created whole new areas of economic activity and opened new markets for our exports, but they have also displaced jobs and undercut wages for millions of Americans.

The financial industry and many multi-national corporations have created huge wealth for a few by focusing too much on short-term profit and too little on long-term value… too much on complex trading schemes and stock buybacks, too little on investments in new businesses, jobs, and fair compensation.

Our political system is so paralyzed by gridlock and dysfunction that most Americans have lost confidence that anything can actually get done. And they’ve lost trust in the ability of both government and Big Business to change course.

Now, we can blame historic forces beyond our control for some of this, but the choices we’ve made as a nation, leaders and citizens alike, have also played a big role.

Our next President must work with Congress and every other willing partner across our entire country. And I will do just that — to turn the tide so these currents start working for us more than against us.

At our best, that’s what Americans do. We’re problem solvers, not deniers. We don’t hide from change, we harness it.

But we can’t do that if we go back to the top-down economic policies that failed us before.

Americans have come too far to see our progress ripped away.

Now, there may be some new voices in the presidential Republican choir, but they’re all singing the same old song…

A song called “Yesterday.”

You know the one — all our troubles look as though they’re here to stay… and we need a place to hide away… They believe in yesterday.

And you’re lucky I didn’t try singing that, too, I’ll tell you!

These Republicans trip over themselves promising lower taxes for the wealthy and fewer rules for the biggest corporations without regard for how that will make income inequality even worse.

We’ve heard this tune before. And we know how it turns out.

Ask many of these candidates about climate change, one of the defining threats of our time, and they’ll say: “I’m not a scientist.” Well, then, why don’t they start listening to those who are?

They pledge to wipe out tough rules on Wall Street, rather than rein in the banks that are still too risky, courting future failures. In a case that can only be considered mass amnesia.

They want to take away health insurance from more than 16 million Americans without offering any credible alternative.

They shame and blame women, rather than respect our right to make our own reproductive health decisions.

They want to put immigrants, who work hard and pay taxes, at risk of deportation.

And they turn their backs on gay people who love each other.

Fundamentally, they reject what it takes to build an inclusive economy. It takes an inclusive society. What I once called “a village” that has a place for everyone.

Now, my values and a lifetime of experiences have given me a different vision for America.

I believe that success isn’t measured by how much the wealthiest Americans have, but by how many children climb out of poverty…

How many start-ups and small businesses open and thrive…

How many young people go to college without drowning in debt…

How many people find a good job…

How many families get ahead and stay ahead.

I didn’t learn this from politics. I learned it from my own family.

My mother taught me that everybody needs a chance and a champion. She knew what it was like not to have either one.

Her own parents abandoned her, and by 14 she was out on her own, working as a housemaid. Years later, when I was old enough to understand, I asked what kept her going.

You know what her answer was? Something very simple: Kindness from someone who believed she mattered.

The 1st grade teacher who saw she had nothing to eat at lunch and, without embarrassing her, brought extra food to share.

The woman whose house she cleaned letting her go to high school so long as her work got done. That was a bargain she leapt to accept.

And, because some people believed in her, she believed in me.

That’s why I believe with all my heart in America and in the potential of every American.

To meet every challenge.

To be resilient… no matter what the world throws at you.

To solve the toughest problems.

I believe we can do all these things because I’ve seen it happen.

As a young girl, I signed up at my Methodist Church to babysit the children of Mexican farmworkers, while their parents worked in the fields on the weekends. And later, as a law student, I advocated for Congress to require better working and living conditions for farm workers whose children deserved better opportunities.

My first job out of law school was for the Children’s Defense Fund. I walked door-to-door to find out how many children with disabilities couldn’t go to school, and to help build the case for a law guaranteeing them access to education.

As a leader of the Legal Services Corporation, I defended the right of poor people to have a lawyer. And saw lives changed because an abusive marriage ended or an illegal eviction stopped.

In Arkansas, I supervised law students who represented clients in courts and prisons, organized scholarships for single parents going to college, led efforts for better schools and health care, and personally knew the people whose lives were improved.

As Senator, I had the honor of representing brave firefighters, police officers, EMTs, construction workers, and volunteers who ran toward danger on 9/11 and stayed there, becoming sick themselves.

It took years of effort, but Congress finally approved the health care they needed.

There are so many faces and stories that I carry with me of people who gave their best and then needed help themselves.

Just weeks ago, I met another person like that, a single mom juggling a job and classes at community college, while raising three kids.

She doesn’t expect anything to come easy. But she did ask me: What more can be done so it isn’t quite so hard for families like hers?

I want to be her champion and your champion.

If you’ll give me the chance, I’ll wage and win Four Fights for you.

The first is to make the economy work for everyday Americans, not just those at the top.

To make the middle class mean something again, with rising incomes and broader horizons. And to give the poor a chance to work their way into it.

The middle class needs more growth and more fairness. Growth and fairness go together. For lasting prosperity, you can’t have one without the other.

Is this possible in today’s world?

I believe it is or I wouldn’t be standing here.

Do I think it will be easy? Of course not.

But, here’s the good news: There are allies for change everywhere who know we can’t stand by while inequality increases, wages stagnate, and the promise of America dims. We should welcome the support of all Americans who want to go forward together with us.

There are public officials who know Americans need a better deal.

Business leaders who want higher pay for employees, equal pay for women and no discrimination against the LGBT community either.

There are leaders of finance who want less short-term trading and more long-term investing.

There are union leaders who are investing their own pension funds in putting people to work to build tomorrow’s economy. We need everyone to come to the table and work with us.

In the coming weeks, I’ll propose specific policies to:

Reward businesses who invest in long term value rather than the quick buck – because that leads to higher growth for the economy, higher wages for workers, and yes, bigger profits, everybody will have a better time.

I will rewrite the tax code so it rewards hard work and investments here at home, not quick trades or stashing profits overseas.

I will give new incentives to companies that give their employees a fair share of the profits their hard work earns.

We will unleash a new generation of entrepreneurs and small business owners by providing tax relief, cutting red tape, and making it easier to get a small business loan.

We will restore America to the cutting edge of innovation, science, and research by increasing both public and private investments.

And we will make America the clean energy superpower of the 21st century.

Developing renewable power – wind, solar, advanced biofuels…

Building cleaner power plants, smarter electric grids, greener buildings…

Using additional fees and royalties from fossil fuel extraction to protect the environment…

And ease the transition for distressed communities to a more diverse and sustainable economic future from coal country to Indian country, from small towns in the Mississippi Delta to the Rio Grande Valley to our inner cities, we have to help our fellow Americans.

Now, this will create millions of jobs and countless new businesses, and enable America to lead the global fight against climate change.

We will also connect workers to their jobs and businesses. Customers will have a better chance to actually get where they need and get what they desire with roads, railways, bridges, airports, ports, and broadband brought up to global standards for the 21st century.

We will establish an infrastructure bank and sell bonds to pay for some of these improvements.

Now, building an economy for tomorrow also requires investing in our most important asset, our people, beginning with our youngest.

That’s why I will propose that we make preschool and quality childcare available to every child in America.

And I want you to remember this, because to me, this is absolutely the most-compelling argument why we should do this. Research tells us how much early learning in the first five years of life can impact lifelong success. In fact, 80 percent of the brain is developed by age three.

One thing I’ve learned is that talent is universal – you can find it anywhere – but opportunity is not. Too many of our kids never have the chance to learn and thrive as they should and as we need them to.

Our country won’t be competitive or fair if we don’t help more families give their kids the best possible start in life.

So let’s staff our primary and secondary schools with teachers who are second to none in the world, and receive the respect they deserve for sparking the love of learning in every child.

Let’s make college affordable and available to all …and lift the crushing burden of student debt.

Let’s provide lifelong learning for workers to gain or improve skills the economy requires, setting up many more Americans for success.

Now, the second fight is to strengthen America’s families, because when our families are strong, America is strong.

And today’s families face new and unique pressures. Parents need more support and flexibility to do their job at work and at home.

I believe you should have the right to earn paid sick days.

I believe you should receive your work schedule with enough notice to arrange childcare or take college courses to get ahead.

I believe you should look forward to retirement with confidence, not anxiety.

That you should have the peace of mind that your health care will be there when you need it, without breaking the bank.

I believe we should offer paid family leave so no one has to choose between keeping a paycheck and caring for a new baby or a sick relative.

And it is way past time to end the outrage of so many women still earning less than men on the job — and women of color often making even less.

This isn’t a women’s issue. It’s a family issue. Just like raising the minimum wage is a family issue. Expanding childcare is a family issue. Declining marriage rates is a family issue. The unequal rates of incarceration is a family issue. Helping more people with an addiction or a mental health problem get help is a family issue.

In America, every family should feel like they belong.

So we should offer hard-working, law-abiding immigrant families a path to citizenship. Not second-class status.

And, we should ban discrimination against LGBT Americans and their families so they can live, learn, marry, and work just like everybody else.

You know, America’s diversity, our openness, our devotion to human rights and freedom is what’s drawn so many to our shores. What’s inspired people all over the world. I know. I’ve seen it with my own eyes.

And these are also qualities that prepare us well for the demands of a world that is more interconnected than ever before.

So we have a third fight: to harness all of America’s power, smarts, and values to maintain our leadership for peace, security, and prosperity.

No other country on Earth is better positioned to thrive in the 21st century. No other country is better equipped to meet traditional threats from countries like Russia, North Korea, and Iran – and to deal with the rise of new powers like China.

No other country is better prepared to meet emerging threats from cyber attacks, transnational terror networks like ISIS, and diseases that spread across oceans and continents.

As your President, I’ll do whatever it takes to keep Americans safe.

And if you look over my left shoulder you can see the new World Trade Center soaring skyward.

As a Senator from New York, I dedicated myself to getting our city and state the help we needed to recover. And as a member of the Armed Services Committee, I worked to maintain the best-trained, best-equipped, strongest military, ready for today’s threats and tomorrow’s.

And when our brave men and women come home from war or finish their service, I’ll see to it that they get not just the thanks of a grateful nation, but the care and benefits they’ve earned.

I’ve stood up to adversaries like Putin and reinforced allies like Israel. I was in the Situation Room on the day we got bin Laden.

But, I know — I know we have to be smart as well as strong.

Meeting today’s global challenges requires every element of America’s power, including skillful diplomacy, economic influence, and building partnerships to improve lives around the world with people, not just their governments.

There are a lot of trouble spots in the world, but there’s a lot of good news out there too.

I believe the future holds far more opportunities than threats if we exercise creative and confident leadership that enables us to shape global events rather than be shaped by them.

And we all know that in order to be strong in the world, though, we first have to be strong at home. That’s why we have to win the fourth fight – reforming our government and revitalizing our democracy so that it works for everyday Americans.

We have to stop the endless flow of secret, unaccountable money that is distorting our elections, corrupting our political process, and drowning out the voices of our people.

We need Justices on the Supreme Court who will protect every citizen’s right to vote, rather than every corporation’s right to buy elections.

If necessary, I will support a constitutional amendment to undo the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United.

I want to make it easier for every citizen to vote. That’s why I’ve proposed universal, automatic registration and expanded early voting.

I’ll fight back against Republican efforts to disempower and disenfranchise young people, poor people, people with disabilities, and people of color.

What part of democracy are they afraid of?

No matter how easy we make it to vote, we still have to give Americans something worth voting for.

Government is never going to have all the answers – but it has to be smarter, simpler, more efficient, and a better partner.

That means access to advanced technology so government agencies can more effectively serve their customers, the American people.

We need expertise and innovation from the private sector to help cut waste and streamline services.

There’s so much that works in America. For every problem we face, someone somewhere in America is solving it. Silicon Valley cracked the code on sharing and scaling a while ago. Many states are pioneering new ways to deliver services. I want to help Washington catch up.

To do that, we need a political system that produces results by solving problems that hold us back, not one overwhelmed by extreme partisanship and inflexibility.

Now, I’ll always seek common ground with friend and opponent alike. But I’ll also stand my ground when I must.

That’s something I did as Senator and Secretary of State — whether it was working with Republicans to expand health care for children and for our National Guard, or improve our foster care and adoption system, or pass a treaty to reduce the number of Russian nuclear warheads that could threaten our cities — and it’s something I will always do as your President.

We Americans may differ, bicker, stumble, and fall; but we are at our best when we pick each other up, when we have each other’s back.

Like any family, our American family is strongest when we cherish what we have in common, and fight back against those who would drive us apart.

People all over the world have asked me: “How could you and President Obama work together after you fought so hard against each other in that long campaign?”

Now, that is an understandable question considering that in many places, if you lose an election you could get imprisoned or exiled – even killed – not hired as Secretary of State.

But President Obama asked me to serve, and I accepted because we both love our country. That’s how we do it in America.

With that same spirit, together, we can win these four fights.

We can build an economy where hard work is rewarded.

We can strengthen our families.

We can defend our country and increase our opportunities all over the world.

And we can renew the promise of our democracy.

If we all do our part. In our families, in our businesses, unions, houses of worship, schools, and, yes, in the voting booth.

I want you to join me in this effort. Help me build this campaign and make it your own.

Talk to your friends, your family, your neighbors.

Text “JOIN” J-O-I-N to 4-7-2-4-6.

Go to hillaryclinton.com and sign up to make calls and knock on doors.

It’s no secret that we’re going up against some pretty powerful forces that will do and spend whatever it takes to advance a very different vision for America. But I’ve spent my life fighting for children, families, and our country. And I’m not stopping now.

You know, I know how hard this job is. I’ve seen it up close and personal.

All our Presidents come into office looking so vigorous. And then we watch their hair grow grayer and grayer.

Well, I may not be the youngest candidate in this race. But I will be the youngest woman President in the history of the United States!

And the first grandmother as well.

And one additional advantage: You’re won’t see my hair turn white in the White House. I’ve been coloring it for years!

So I’m looking forward to a great debate among Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. I’m not running to be a President only for those Americans who already agree with me. I want to be a President for all Americans.

And along the way, I’ll just let you in on this little secret. I won’t get everything right. Lord knows I’ve made my share of mistakes. Well, there’s no shortage of people pointing them out!

And I certainly haven’t won every battle I’ve fought. But leadership means perseverance and hard choices. You have to push through the setbacks and disappointments and keep at it.

I think you know by now that I’ve been called many things by many people — “quitter” is not one of them.

Like so much else in my life, I got this from my mother.

When I was a girl, she never let me back down from any bully or barrier. In her later years, Mom lived with us, and she was still teaching me the same lessons. I’d come home from a hard day at the Senate or the State Department, sit down with her at the small table in our breakfast nook, and just let everything pour out. And she would remind me why we keep fighting, even when the odds are long and the opposition is fierce.

I can still hear her saying: “Life’s not about what happens to you, it’s about what you do with what happens to you – so get back out there.”

She lived to be 92 years old, and I often think about all the battles she witnessed over the course of the last century — all the progress that was won because Americans refused to give up or back down.

She was born on June 4, 1919 — before women in America had the right to vote. But on that very day, after years of struggle, Congress passed the Constitutional Amendment that would change that forever.

The story of America is a story of hard-fought, hard-won progress. And it continues today. New chapters are being written by men and women who believe that all of us – not just some, but all – should have the chance to live up to our God-given potential.

Not only because we’re a tolerant country, or a generous country, or a compassionate country, but because we’re a better, stronger, more prosperous country when we harness the talent, hard work, and ingenuity of every single American.

I wish my mother could have been with us longer. I wish she could have seen Chelsea become a mother herself. I wish she could have met Charlotte.

I wish she could have seen the America we’re going to build together.

An America, where if you do your part, you reap the rewards.

Where we don’t leave anyone out, or anyone behind.

An America where a father can tell his daughter: yes, you can be anything you want to be. Even President of the United States.

Thank you all. God bless you. And may God bless America.

TIME 2016 Election

Hillary Clinton Launches Her Campaign as Economic Populist

"It's your time"

Hillary Clinton on Saturday laid out a broad vision of economic and social inclusion in the U.S., calling for middle-class economic policies that help restore income equality and telling a crowd, “it’s your time.”

“Prosperity can’t just be for CEOs and hedge fund managers. Democracy can’t just be for billionaires and corporations,” Clinton told a packed group of more than 5,000 people on an island in the East River of New York City, in her first major campaign rally. “Prosperity and democracy are part of your basic bargain. You brought this country back and now it’s time—your time to secure the gains and move ahead.”

“That is why I am running for president of the United States,” the former secretary of state said to a crowd that chanted her name.

In her remarks, Clinton ticked off a wish list of Democratic reforms, including rewriting the tax code and eliminating loopholes for large corporations, expanding clean energy, establishing universal pre-kindergarten, mandating paid family leave, passing a constitutional amendment to end Citizens United, and providing relief for indebted college students.

Clinton placed herself in a long line of staunch Democrats, establishing herself as the inheritor of a leftist legacy. She paid homage to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, for whom the island where she gave her remarks is named, and she noted her husband’s presidency, saying he presided over the longest peacetime economic expansion in history. She also tipped her hat to President Obama, who she said brought the country back from the brink of a depression.

Building on themes she’s developed working with voters in the early states for the last nine weeks, Clinton spoke directly to the “everyday Americans” who she has been courting on the trail.

“I’m running to make our economy work for you,” Clinton said. “For factory workers and food servers who stand on their feet all day. For the nurses who work the night shift, for the truckers who drive for hours and the farmers who feed us, for the veterans that serve our country.”

Clinton has adopted a tone of economic populism during her campaign, endorsing the fight to raise the minimum wage and regulate Wall Street banks, and criticizing the tax code for favoring the ultra-rich. But on most economic issues, she has yet to lay out specific policy plans beyond broad strokes. She has not, for example, said whether she supports a $15 minimum wage, as do the other Democratic candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.

Her aides say that Clinton plans on releasing policy proposals on a rolling basis throughout the summer.

Clinton delivered her speech in personal terms, speaking of her mother’s abandonment by her parents and subsequent adoption by her cold, unloving grandparents. Dorothy Rodham left to find work at the age of 14 but was helped along the way by caring neighbors and friends.

“I wish my mother could have been with us longer,” Clinton said. “I wish she could have seen the America we’re going to build together.”

Her campaign has said that her mother’s emergence from a deprived childhood and the kindness she experienced from neighbors are key to understanding Clinton’s bid for president.

She delivered her remarks before a crowd of 5,500 on the southern tip of Roosevelt Island, a 2-mile-long island in New York City’s East River.

Clinton’s campaign has been reaching out to immigrants by endorsing a full path to citizenship for those who are undocumented and coming out in broad support of deportation relief, a topic she spoke about on Saturday. Support among Hispanics will be crucial for any Democrat in a general election. Gov. O’Malley, one of Clinton’s rivals for the Democratic nomination, has heavily courted Hispanic voters.

Many of New York’s notable politicians, including Rep. Caroline Maloney and Rep. Charles Rangel, appeared to cheer on Clinton. “I’m here because I want to be on the right side of history and I’m a big proponent of girl power,” said New York City public advocate Letitia James.

Notably missing, however, was the progressive New York mayor Bill de Blasio, who worked on Clinton’s 2000 senatorial campaign but has so far declined to endorse her.

Whether those on the Democratic left, like de Blasio, wholeheartedly embrace Clinton could be a determining factor of her success in a general election. While many progressives have begun to warm up to her, she’ll have to work to dispel reservations on the left.

“This was a typical Democratic speech,” said Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, who said he supported Clinton’s call for paid leave and universal pre-kindergarten. “It’s much better than what the Republicans offer Americans, but it’s not the bold economic populist vision most Americans want and need.”

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Hillary Clinton Aides Shed Light on Bill’s Role in Her Campaign

Former president Bill Clinton attends the Forbes' 2015 Philanthropy Summit Awards Dinner on June 3, 2015 in New York City.
Dimitrios Kambouris—Getty Images Former president Bill Clinton attends the Forbes' 2015 Philanthropy Summit Awards Dinner on June 3, 2015 in New York City.

Bill Clinton is providing low-key advice to Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president, two top aides said Friday.

Speaking at a panel discussion organized by Politico in New York City, Hillary Clinton communications director Jen Palmieri and campaign manager Robby Mook discussed the former president’s role in his wife’s campaign.

“He doesn’t come to every meeting we have, but he does join his wife often in some of our discussions, and I’m always fascinated to hear what his observation is going to be because it’s always something no one said,” Palmieri said. “We’re going to use him when we need him. He’s one of the most—if not the most—strategic political minds in the country.”

The former president has not accompanied his wife on the campaign trail, and has rarely appeared with her in public since she announced her candidacy. In an interview with Town and Country magazine earlier this year, Bill said that his role would primarily be as a “backstage adviser.”

Bill Clinton’s campaigning for his wife backfired in 2008, when in South Carolina he seemed to attribute Barack Obama’s victory in the early primary state to his race. But the former president has a deep knowledge of the ins and outs of campaigning, having won large victories in both 1992 and 1996.

That news that Bill is providing some advice to the campaign is consistent with what the Clinton camp has suggested in the past, but Friday evening’s discussion provided more insight into the former president’s involvement than ever before.

“He’s a really helpful big picture sounding board,” said Mook. “Another thing I remember him saying at one meeting is, ‘let’s major in the majors, not in the minors.’ He’s a really brilliant communicator.”

In early May, Bill Clinton’s chief of staff told the Washington Post that he is “not directly engaged in the campaign” but when his advice is asked for “he’s happy to give it.”

Mook also dismissed recent poll numbers that suggest Hillary Clinton’s favorability numbers are slipping. According to a CNN poll published last week, 57% of Americans think the former secretary of state is not trustworthy. “A lot of the public polling is not very reliable,” Mook said. “I don’t pay a whole lot of attention to it.”

Palmieri said that Clinton’s main goal in her campaign will be demonstrating that she is someone Americans can trust to fight for them and solve the big problems facing the country.

Hillary began campaigning in mid-April but will hold her first official campaign rally on Saturday on Roosevelt Island, in New York, where she will lay out her vision for the country and her rationale for her presidential bid.

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Bill Clinton Opens Up on Marriage, Hillary’s Bid for President

Mark Mezvinsky, Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, Bill Clinton
William Regan/AP Former President Bill Clinton, right, and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, second from right, wave to the media as Marc Mezvinsky and Chelsea Clinton pose for photographers with their newborn baby, Charlotte, after the family leaves Manhattan's Lenox Hill hospital in New York.

"I believe in you. You've got this," Hillary told Bill after his Arkansas loss

Bill Clinton lifted the veil on America’s most enigmatic political couple—at least slightly. In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, which is to air in its entirety on Sunday at 9 a.m., Clinton described the couple’s personal and political relationship, and how they constantly negotiate the two.

The former president admitted that his political aspirations took the front seat during the first two decades of their marriage, and referred to Hillary as his “rock” during politically and personally tumultuous times.

He pointed to his 1980 loss to Republican Frank D. White in the Arkansas gubernatorial election as one such moment.

“I was the youngest former governor in American history in 1980 on election night…My career prospects were not particularly bright,” he said to Tapper. “And she never blinked. She just said, ‘Hey. It’ll turn around. I believe in you. You’ve got this.'”

Bill implied that now was Hillary’s time, echoing sentiments he shared in a 2014 interview with “BBC Newsnight” in India. In that interview, he described their marriage as a 52-year pact.

“We were married a very long time when she was always, in effect, deferring to my political career,” he said. “I told her when she got elected to the Senate from New York that she’d given me 26 years, and so I intended to give her 26 years. Whatever she wanted to do was fine with me. If she wanted to know my opinion, I would tell her, but she had carte blanche to make whatever decisions she wanted, and tell me what I was supposed to do about it.”

Bill has taken a backseat in Hillary’s campaign. Though he plans to be by her side at her first rally of the campaign on Saturday, he has yet to travel or raise money for her. This was not the case in her 2008 bid.


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Hillary Clinton Will Push Personal Story at Campaign Launch

Democratic presidential hopeful and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hosts a small business forum with members of the business and lending communities at Bike Tech bicycle shop on May 19, 2015 in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Scott Olson—Getty Images Democratic presidential hopeful and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hosts a small business forum with members of the business and lending communities at Bike Tech bicycle shop in Cedar Falls, Iow, on May 19, 2015.

She will deliver her speech Saturday on New York City's Roosevelt Island

For Hillary Clinton, this campaign is personal.

When the democratic presidential candidate holds her much hyped rally on Saturday in New York City, her team said Thursday, she will emphasize her own history, discussing her family, her mother and her upbringing as a central part of her rationale for running for President.

The speech will build on many of the tropes that Clinton has developed throughout the first two months of the campaign, as she uses her past to talk about income inequality and building stronger families. Much of her remarks will also center on her domestic and economic vision for the country.

Clinton will in particular talk about her mother, Dorothy Rodham, who was abandoned by her parents and worked as a secretary before marrying Clinton’s father, Hugh Rodham.

“If you want to understand Hillary Clinton, and what has motivated her career of fighting for kids and families, her mother is a big part of the story,” Jennifer Palmieri, the campaign’s director of communications, said in an email to reporters. “The example she learned from her mother’s story is critical to knowing what motivated Hillary Clinton to first get involved in public service, and why people can count on her to fight for them and their families now.”

In 2007 and 2008, Clinton ran as a determined and businesslike candidate whose unofficial campaign slogan was “ready on Day One,” turning off some voters who found her difficult to relate to and distant. This time, Clinton has taken an entirely different, speaking frequently about her granddaughter, Charlotte, her father’s drapery business and her mother.

Her website prominently displays photos of her as a baby and during her younger days with Bill Clinton. On Thursday, her newly minted Instagram feed featured a photo of her as a toddler riding a tricycle with the caption “Pedal to the metal. #tbt”

Pedal to the metal. #tbt

A photo posted by Hillary Clinton (@hillaryclinton) on

Clinton’s team is marking Saturday as official the start of her full-blown campaign, though she announced her candidacy in mid-April and has been holding small events in the four early primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada over the past nine weeks. During those months she largely insulated herself from the media while holding carefully controlled roundtable conversations with voters.

She will deliver her speech on Roosevelt Island in New York’s East River, a narrow two-mile-long residential haven with views of midtown Manhattan and Queens. Saturday’s event will be the first large rally of Clinton’s 2016 campaign.

Since joining the race and reentering partisan politics, Clinton’s favorability among voters has dropped. According to a CNN poll published last week, 57% of Americans view her as dishonest and trustworthy, up from 49% in March. Clinton’s campaign will be resting their hopes on her personal story reinvigorating voters over the course of the campaign.

“There’s still a lot of things people don’t know about her,” said Celinda Lake, a Democratic strategist unaffiliated with Clinton’s campaign. “The fact she came from Republican family, that she’s a person of faith. Her long history working for women and children… I think these numbers will pick up particularly among independent women as they get to know and see her better.”

On Saturday, the campaign said, Clinton will discuss the lessons she learned from her mother and will return to some of the populist tones she has struck so far: that prosperity has to reach more than just the super rich, and be about everyday Americans and families—the ones that she has been meeting with on the campaign trail.

Clinton will roll out major policy proposals throughout the summer, but she has talked frequently about income inequality and criminal justice reform, and laid out specific ideas about expanding voter participation and immigration.

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White House Race Has Already Sparked $1 Million in Negative Ads

Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the Inaugural Barbara Jordan Gold Medallion at Texas Southern University on June 4, 2015 in Houston, Texas.
Thomas Shea—Getty Images Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the Inaugural Barbara Jordan Gold Medallion at Texas Southern University on June 4, 2015 in Houston, Texas.

Nearly all of it was spent against Hillary Clinton

The 2016 presidential election has already unleashed more than $1 million in negative ads, according to a Center for Public Integrity review of federal campaign finance filings.

Only 515 more days until Election Day. In the meantime, expect the price of presidential mudslinging to rapidly hit eight, then eventually nine figures, as the already crowded race for the White House escalates.

To date, nearly all of the negativity has been directed at Democratic Party frontrunner Hillary Clinton, who announced her candidacy in mid-April.

This month alone, Clinton has been attacked by the Republican National Committee and a host of other conservative groups, including the Stop Hillary PAC and the Citizens United Super PAC.

“Getting in early was the only way to go given the enormity of the opposition,” said Dan Backer, treasurer of the Stop Hillary PAC.

“That strategic move will ultimately help defeat her,” Backer continued. “A lot of groups have recognized the coming storm and are getting themselves and their audiences ready.”

Clinton campaign staffers did not immediately respond to a request for comment, although Clinton supporters have launched a massive, rapid-response operation called Correct the Record.

And other left-leaning political groups, including the Democratic National Committee, have turned Clinton’s embattlement into fundraising opportunities of their own.

Johanna Dunaway, an associate professor of political science and mass communication at Louisiana State University, said early advertisements are important for several reasons, including fundraising and establishing a candidate’s reputation.

“Early ads are critical to defining candidates and what they are all about — from their personal bio to their policy positions,” she said.


So far, just one Republican candidate — former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee — has been targeted by attack ads, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission by party committees, nonprofits, political action committees and super PACs.

Not captured by these reports: so-called “issue ads” that cast candidates and their policy positions in a negative light that are not disclosed to federal election regulators this early in the campaign process.

Huckabee has witnessed about $100,000 spent against him so far — all by the conservative Club for Growth, an anti-tax organization that has played a prominent role in the careers of several of Huckabee’s Republican rivals, including Sens. Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio.

Earlier this year, David McIntosh, president of the Club for Growth, warned that his group would “make sure that Republican primary voters thoroughly examine [Huckabee’s] exceptionally poor record.”

In an email, Club for Growth spokesman Doug Sachtleben stressed that the Club for Growth had not officially endorsed anyone in the race but praised Cruz, Paul and Rubio for having “walked the talk.”

Huckabee has long feuded with the Club for Growth, which he says has “utterly misrepresented, distorted and outright lied” about his record as governor.

Huckabee could also face trouble from a new super PAC, Truth Squad 2016, which was formed this week by 2012 Republican presidential also-ran Fred Karger. The committee’s organizational paperwork specifically names Huckabee as a candidate it exists to oppose.

Some political groups, however, are opting to introduce their preferred candidates in a positive light.

Paul, the libertarian-leaning senator from Kentucky, for instance, has benefited from super PAC Concerned Voters for America spending more than $250,000 on field organizers to promote his campaign.

Concerned Voters for America has, in the past, received the bulk of its funding from a nonprofit organization that grew out of the failed 2008 presidential campaign of his father, former Republican Rep. Ron Paul of Texas.

Meanwhile, Rick Perry, the former governor of Texas who announced his presidential run on June 4, has been praised in more than $200,000 worth of TV ads in Iowa this month by a supportive super PAC called the Opportunity and Freedom PAC.

Jordan Russell, a spokesman for the group, said the ad buy was a “chance to reintroduce Gov. Perry’s record to voters” and was a way to help Perry “build momentum.”

Furthermore, Cruz, the Texas senator beloved by many tea party activists, has been lauded to the tune of about $50,000 to date by a political action committee called Make DC Listen, a name that stems from a popular phrase in his speeches.

Make DC Listen is led by John Drogin, who managed Cruz’s 2012 U.S. Senate campaign, when he unexpectedly prevailed over GOP establishment favorite David Dewhurst.

Overall, groups not controlled by the candidates have spent about half as much on positive ads so far this year — roughly $575,000 — as negative ones, according to the Center for Public Integrity’s analysis.

Most presidential candidates will file their first campaign finance reports with the FEC next month.

TIME 2016 Election

NYC Mayor to Skip Hillary Clinton Launch Event

"God's Love We Deliver" Building Dedication
Monica Schipper—Getty Images New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at the "God's Love We Deliver" Building Dedication at God's Love We Deliver on June 9, 2015 in New York City.

Scheduled for Saturday on Roosevelt Island

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will not attend Hillary Clinton’s campaign launch in his own city on Saturday, his press secretary told Politico on Wednesday.

De Blasio, a democrat, has yet to endorse the former Secretary of State, who is the frontrunner for the democratic nomination, despite having run her successful campaign for the Senate in 2000. Although she’s set to kick off her campaign on Roosevelt Island, and her headquarters is located in Brooklyn, de Blasio has said that he will not endorse a 2016 candidate until he hears the ways in which they plan to address wage issues.

“I’m waiting to hear a fuller vision from each on how we’ll actually tackle income inequality,” he told CBS earlier this month.


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