Ending years of speculation, gossip, and when is she going to announce talk, former First Lady, United States Senator, and United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodman Clinton declared in a video message that she will seek the Democratic nomination for President of the United States of America in 2016.
Clinton’s video opens with a montage of ordinary Americans talking about their hopes and plans for 2015 and beyond. She does not appear in her own video until a minute and a half in, where she can be heard saying, “I’m getting ready to do something too.” The video then pivots to a scene of her standing in front of a house, declaring, “I’m running for President.”
“Americans have fought their way back from tough economic times, but the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top,’ she continues.
“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,” she concludes.
Clinton’s 2016 campaign, borrowing a page from the 2008 Obama campaign and 2004 Dean campaign, will be called Hillary for America. The campaign website is now live, and Clinton has also posted her video to Facebook, where it has thousands of likes already, and is rapidly gaining more.
Clinton’s remark that “the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top” is already being called inspired by Elizabeth Warren in comments by talking heads on cable television. We certainly hope that Clinton seeks out Elizabeth Warren’s counsel often and incorporates her advice into her campaign.
There’s a lot to like about this launch. It’s low-key and doesn’t carry the same aura of inevitability Clinton’s people tried to create when they launched her 2008 bid. Clinton is due to begin campaigning in Iowa on Tuesday, which will constitute the next stage of her intentionally designed slow campaign rollout.
Though Clinton has not offered any policy prescriptions yet, her video message hints that her platform may be more progressive than in 2008. But we’ll reserve judgment until we hear specifics. Platitudes simply will not do. There are a lot of people waiting to hear her articulate what policy directions she intends to advocate for. We hope those policy directions are built on progressive values and principles.
Clinton has previously expressed support for keeping and enhancing the Patient Protection Act, and dismay at Republicans’ attempts to destroy President Obama’s credibility with leaders of other nations. She is a strong supporter of equal pay for equal work, LGBT rights (a gay couple was featured in her video), and Elizabeth Warren’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
We will be particularly interested in hearing what she has to say on curbing the mass surveillance exposed by Edward Snowden, keeping Amtrak funded and building more high speed rail, replacing No Child Left Behind, defending Net Neutrality, protecting our workers and small businesses from harmful trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and speaking to other issues that big media often glosses over or ignores.
Reaction to Hillary’s announcement is starting to pour in, and we’ll post it as we get it. The Washington State Democratic Party was among the first organizations in our region to issue a statement.
“Washington State Democrats welcome Hillary Clinton to the Presidential campaign. She’s had a remarkable career fighting for our values as a party,” said Jaxon Ravens, Chair of the Washington State Democratic Party.
“This coming campaign will be hugely important for our country,” Ravens added. “The Republicans running for President uniformly have dangerous views that would be deeply harmful to the middle class and those seeking to enter it. We need a Democratic nominee who will put the middle class first, and we are pleased Hillary Clinton is seeking the nomination.”
U.S. Senator Patty Murray offered an enthusiastic endorsement.
“This is an exciting moment for those of us in Washington State and across the country who want our next President to keep fighting for middle class priorities and a government that works for all families, not just the wealthiest few. I am proud to stand with so many others to support Hillary in her effort to shatter that highest and hardest glass ceiling that has been cracked, but not yet broken,” she wrote.
“I endorse Hillary Clinton for President of the United States of America because she shares my belief that our country needs an economy that includes everyone and works for everyone. She has my full support,” he wrote.