Hillary Clinton officially launched her campaign for President at Four Freedoms Park in New York City on Saturday. In her speech, Hillary blended moving personal stories with her clear agenda for building social and economic equality.
She outlined four major fights: building the economy of tomorrow, strengthening America’s families, defending America and our core values, and revitalizing our democracy. More details of this platform are posted on her website here.
The crowd was at-capacity for this free event, and it was carried live on a number of national news outlets. If you missed it, click here to watch and read Hillary Clinton’s full remarks.
Here’s what the press had to say:
Sketching a vision of a more hopeful, inclusive America that takes care of its own while taking on big challenges such as climate change, Hillary Rodham Clinton said Saturday she is running for president to be the champion the country needs now… “I may not be the youngest candidate in this race, but I’ll be the youngest woman president in the history of the United States,” she told a crowd of cheering supporters on the southern tip of Roosevelt Island, with a stunning East River view of the Manhattan skyline in the background, the United Nations building sparkling in bright sunshine behind the podium. … Framed around the story of how Clinton’s late mother, Dorothy Rodham, emerged from a childhood of mistreatment without losing her faith in humanity, the speech laid out how Clinton drew lessons about hope, perseverance and kindness from her mother’s example.”
Seven years after she left the presidential stage thanking supporters for putting “18 million cracks” in the highest glass ceiling, Hillary Clinton kicked off her campaign Saturday with a wink to her past, pointing out that she was launching under blue Manhattan skies, “with absolutely no ceilings.” … If there was a clear theme to Clinton’s remarks, it was the “four fights” she vowed to wage on behalf of “everyday Americans”: building an economy for tomorrow, strengthening America and our core values, and revitalizing our democracy, in the campaign’s boiled-down language. Her candidacy, she said, would be a battle “for everyone who’s been knocked down but refused to be knocked out.”
Hillary’s roots help her relate to people – and help shape her policy priorities. Her first major speech of this campaign makes that clear: She has never forgotten where she comes from and who she’s fighting for.