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Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign, 2008

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Hilary Rodham Clinton is the junior Senator from New York and one of three front-runners among the 12 announced and unannounced candidates for the Democratic Party's 2008 presidential nomination. On January 20, 2007, Clinton announced her candidacy on her campaign website, the formation of her exploratory committee for the 2008 presidential election. She declared, "I'm in. And I'm in to win."

A still of Senator Clinton's announcement video.
A still of Senator Clinton's announcement video.


Campaign Strategy and Focus

Her strategy at the moment is to have an open conversation with the general public. She intends to wage her campaign fiercely online, but also on the trail. After a while, she will doubtless emerge with a more defined campaign focus. So far, she seems to be leaning toward a campaign that focuses on health care and possibly the environment.

It has been suggested that Hillary intends to appeal to Americans as a mother, a claim which is backed up by her appearance on The View (video), and content on her website. It is also likely that she is running as someone "fulfilling the American dream." (She might have this one down - it ties in with her "make history" edge.)

Her campaign biography focuses on the following:

Debates, Events, and Appearances

The South Carolina Democratic Party will host the first presidential primary debate on April 26th, at South Carolina State University.


Hillary is unlikely to accept public funding for her campaign. It is speculated that none of the top tier candidates will, because winning this election will require more money than is made available by the grant. Howard Wolfsonm, a senior advisor to Senator Clinton, said that she would not take matching funds in the primary campaign or general election. Senator Clinton is expected to be one of the top fundraisers. She had a formidable $14 million in the bank left over from her 2006 Senate race, far ahead of the other Democratic candidates. Notable fundraisers, such as Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. and Steven Rattner, agreed to work with her campaign.

Online Campaign

Hillary has shown that she is ready, willing, and able to capitalize on the political potential of the internet. In addition to a plethora of videos, her campaign site offers the opportunity for guest bloggers to make posts. She has also took the brilliant move of asking about healthcare on Yahoo! Answers. (her question) She received tens of thousands of replies. (Note: she had used Yahoo! Answers once before, several months earlier, to ask about what we can do to eradicate breast cancer.)

Her campaign has placed ads on many "liberal" blogs, such as AMERICAblog and Crooks and Liars, in addition to less partisan blogs, such as Feministing. (Note: Feministing is certainly a left leaning blog, however, the site does not stray much from its very specific feminist interests.)




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This page was last modified 18:33, 5 February 2007 by Mara. Based on work by dKosopedia user(s) BartFraden and Mr. Critical. Content is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

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