Hillary Clinton Minivans Her Presidential Campaign to Iowa
Now that Hillary Clinton has formally announced that she’s seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2016, the former U.S. secretary of state and senator from New York is traveling cross-country in a minivan to Iowa, where she’ll hold a campaign event on Tuesday. “This was her idea, and she’s been really excited about it since she came up with it,” longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin said in a conference call, according to The Associated Press.
Clinton’s past positions suggest that she’ll show strong support for action on climate change, reforming the nation’s immigration system, and a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians, according to The New York Times.
Advance word of Clinton’s entry into the race “dropped like a gift from the heavens” on her Republican cohorts attending the National Rifle Association’s annual convention in Nashville, Tennessee, according to the Boston Herald. Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida, criticized the “liberal, progressive worldview of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and Eric Holder, and all of the other people who want to take the guns out of the hands of the good guys,” while former Texas Gov. Rick Perry sideswiped Clinton with a name-free reference to “our failed foreign policy.”
When reporters asked President Obama if he hoped Clinton would run on his record, the president deflected the question but made his support for Clinton clear, according to the New York Daily News. “She was a formidable candidate in 2008. She was a great supporter of mine in the general election. She was an outstanding secretary of state,” Obama said during a press conference at the Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama.
“She is my friend,” he went on. “I think she would be an excellent president.”
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