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Hillary Clinton to Announce Presidential Bid Sunday, Sources Say


Mark Stricherz - published on 04/10/15 - updated on 06/08/17

If elected, Clinton could help deny legal protections to the unborn for generations, critics say

Ready or not, here she comes. Hillary Clinton plans to announce she will seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 on Sunday, according to the Associated Press.

The first official word that Clinton will seek the Democratic Party’s nomination will come via an online video posted on social media. She’ll then make stops in key early voting states, including Iowa and New Hampshire, where she’ll hold small events with voters.

One Democrat familiar with campaign rollout said Clinton’s stops would include visits to people’s homes in those early states.

The people familiar with Clinton’s plans spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss them publicly.

The nascent campaign of the former First Lady and Secretary of State has operated under the slogan “Ready for Hillary.” The motto suggests that voters should be ready to elect the first female to the White House. But what would a second Clinton presidency do in office? One "centrit adviser" told The Economist that she should seek to restore high wages to the middle class:

Yet even policy experts invited to private sessions with Mrs Clinton in recent months are not sure where she stands. One centrist policy adviser says that, after being quizzed by her about paths to restoring middle-class prosperity, he thinks (and certainly hopes) that she will say that it is a false choice to argue that fairness and economic growth must be in opposition to each other.

Such centrists would like to hear her thank Mr Obama for saving the economy from disaster after the financial crash in 2008 and praise him for expanding health care. Then she could change the subject, turning the country’s attention to the task of building an economy for the 21st century, harnessing growth to boost middle-class wages. If it sounds to voters more like a third term of Bill Clinton than four more years of Mr Obama, that would suit many Hillary-backers just fine.

For pro-life advocates, a second Clinton presidency might be similar to the first: a rhetorical nod to pro-lifers but the substantive position to pro-choicers. Witness her words after Democrat John Kerry lost his presidential bid in 2004. Two months later, Mrs. Clinton spoke to abortion rights supporters and gave this speech to the crowd, according to The New York Times:

In a speech to about 1,000 abortion rights supporters near the New York State Capitol, Mrs. Clinton firmly restated her support for the Supreme Court’s ruling in Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion nationwide in 1973. But then she quickly shifted gears, offering warm words to opponents of legalized abortion and praising the influence of "religious and moral values" on delaying teenage girls from becoming sexually active.

"There is an opportunity for people of good faith to find common ground in this debate – we should be able to agree that we want every child born in this country to be wanted, cherished and loved," Mrs. Clinton said.

A second Clinton presidency could shape abortion law for generations, as three justices on the nine-member Supreme Court are in their early 80s or late 70s.
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