Are you with Hillary?
Hillary Clinton is candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in the 2016 election. She was the 67th United States Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013. From 2001 to 2009, Clinton served as a United States Senator from New York. She is the wife of the 42nd President of the United States Bill Clinton, and was First Lady of the United States during his tenure from 1993 to 2001. She is running on the idea that accomplishments are made from within the establishment by working with anyone that will help get the job done.
Hillary Clinton Political Background
Hillary Clinton’s husband, Bill, claimed during his 1992 Presidential campaign that the American people were getting a “twofer.” That is, he planned on having his wife serve an active role in his administration. Hillary did just that, setting up her own office within the West Wing, a first for a First Lady. She chaired the Task Force on National Health Reform, passing the State Children’s Health Insurance Program in 1997. She created the Office on Violence Against Women and oversaw the Adoption and Safe Families Act.
As Senator she was a member of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (2001-2009) and served on five committees:
- Committee on Budget (2001-2002)
- Committee on Armed Services (2003-2009)
- Committee on Enviroment and Pubic Works (2001-2009)
- Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (2001-2009)
- Special Committee on Aging
As Secretary of State, Clinton implemented the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, which codified the State Department’s objectives abroad. She also oversaw the turbulent uprisings in the Middle East known as Arab Spring, which saw the dictatorships in Libya and Egypt violently come to an end, as well as the Syrian Civil War, the rise of ISIS and the attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi.
Hilary Clinton Presidential Campaign
Hillary Clinton’s campaign has focused on raising middle class incomes, establishing universal preschool and making college more affordable, and improving the Affordable Care Act. Given her large, developed donor network, seasoned operatives and well-oiled PACs, Clinton has been the odds-on favorite to win the Democratic nomination from the day of her announcement. However, she has faced stiff competition from Bernie Sanders‘ passionate, tech-savvy constituency, who have railed against her ties to corporate interests.
Photo (crop): Clinton Campaign Rally: Carl Hayden High School in Phoenix, Arizona by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0