6 Presidential-Campaign Themes Hillary Clinton Is Test-Driving

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addresses a gala celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Center for American Progress on Oct. 24, 2013, in Washington, D.C.

Hillary Clinton only spoke for a few minutes Thursday night, beside stone columns lit with red and blue lights, and before an iPhone-toting crowd that had gathered to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Center for American Progress. But her words were unmistakably those of a politician who had not yet retired from the electoral game.

She criticized Congress for “careening from crisis to crisis instead of having a plan” and attacked the “scorched earth” politics of the modern age. She praised progressives for pushing “the cause of affordable, quality health care for every American back on the national agenda,” and spoke of her many decades in the trenches of politics. “At the end of the Clinton Administration,” she said, “I knew that if we didn’t have an infrastructure in place to continue to build on what had been accomplished and to hold the line on any efforts at retrenchment, we would not be doing our job.”

It has been like this for months now. Clinton, who claims not to have decided about another presidential run in 2016, has been traveling the country delivering speeches on her own record and current events that sound a lot like precursors to campaign rhetoric. The fact that she is not officially running has not stopped her from testing out themes on the stump, while positioning herself against her likely Republican opponents. The examples show up on both sides of the Atlantic, in paid speeches, at awards dinners, rallies and fundraisers.

 

Here are six examples that could form the backbone of a 2016 campaign:

1. Economic inequality. Like the Obama campaign’s focus in 2012, Clinton has talked in recent weeks on the growing gap between the nation’s wealthiest and poorest. Accepting an award from her alma mater, Yale Law School, Clinton said in a wide-ranging address that the nation must “reverse this tide of inequality that is eating away at the social fabric of our country.”

2. Youth empowerment. When she left the State Department, she launched the “too small to fail” initiative focused on early-childhood development and education through the newly renamed Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation. “Our country’s future depends on healthy kids and loving families. They’re the building blocks of a strong and prosperous society,” she said in the video launching the new program. Such messages have long been a theme for Clinton — who produced a book called It Takes a Village — and it has the added theme of deepening her appeal to the female vote.

3. Selfless ambition. Clinton has never been one to run from the clichés of American electoral politics, and while stumping for Virginia gubernatorial candidate and former campaign co-chair Terry McAuliffe, she fully embraced the classic archetype of the do-good political martyr, willing to selflessly give of herself. “When you think about why people run for office in these times — if it’s only about yourself, if it’s only about you wanting to get a job and the perks that go with it, and having people stand up when you come into the room, that’s not enough anymore because it’s hard,” she told the crowd. “Politics is hard.”

4. The Washington outsider. No one can run for national office these days without running against the seat of national political power, even when a member of her own party occupies the White House. At the same McAuliffe rally, she hit on this point as well. “Recently in Washington, unfortunately, we have seen examples of the wrong kind of leadership, when politicians choose scorched earth instead of common ground,” she added. “When they operate in what I call the ‘evidence-free zone,’ with ideology trumping everything else.”

5. Civility. On Wednesday facing a heckler during a speech at the University of Buffalo, Clinton said the future “doesn’t include yelling … it includes sitting down and talking.” She was rewarded with an extended standing ovation. Speaking earlier this month at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, in London, Clinton responded to a question about the National Security Agency’s controversial surveillance programs, calling for a more open discussion of the spying efforts. “We need to have a sensible adult conversation about what is necessary to be done, and how to do it, in a way that is as transparent as it can be, with as much oversight and citizens’ understanding as there can be,” she said.

6. International experience. Her speeches are often colored by anecdotes from her four years of travels on behalf of the Obama Administration. At Chatham House she told of a phone call between Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng after Clinton and other U.S. officials helped him leave China with his family. “He called me from the van on the way to the hospital and said, ‘If I were there, I would kiss you,’” Clinton recalled.

571 comments
ChandraPanchabhikesan
ChandraPanchabhikesan

A good knowledge of domestic  as well as International politics is essential to comment intelligently on world affairs. Any fair-minded person would recognize the huge talents of Hillary Clinton and would support her bid for the next Presidential elections in 2016. She is streets ahead of other contenders. Her astuteness and agility of mind are her real strengths.

Pancha Chandra Brussels

AZWI
AZWI

She's certainly the most qualified of all those mentioned in either party. She'll do a great job too

RichardEinstein
RichardEinstein

Maybe they could run Dianne Frankenfeinstein or Michael Mossad Bloomberg.  Since the z10n1sts control the government they might as well have one as their puppet in the white house.

Actually it is all a distraction.  There will not be another election in the USA or whatever they change the name to after martial law.  Obama will become dictator for life of a country that will soon have a population of about 25 million after DHS and the UN are done slaughtering the sheeple.

You wanted change and you are gonna get it.

RichardEinstein
RichardEinstein

When is this "C U Next Tuesday" going to be arrested for High Treason?  

I believe with her record of murdering people and multiple acts of treason should disqualify her from being president.  Then again look what we have in the White House now.  I guess being a treasonous criminal is a requirement for president these days.... along with being a puppet of the z10n1sts.

MARIEE
MARIEE

Hillary "Vote for me, my d1@K is bigger than Obama's!"

MARIEE
MARIEE

Ah yes..the butcher of Benghazi.  What sweet, gentle and loving viper...

ThomYorke
ThomYorke

Income inequality? You mean like the income gap between those living in the counties adjacent to Washington D.C. and the rest of the country?

FrankWBrown
FrankWBrown

Yeah, take a hard look at the clinton foundation funneling millions to them!

PhelonyJones
PhelonyJones

Washington outsider!!!?! I almost lost my Cocoa Puffs on that whopper! Child development? Does she mean like the worthless Headstart or more Monicas for Bill? Lack of Congressional leadership? What does the boy golfer king do all day? Can't he help with that? Civility? Listen to  any of the screeching this bitch has done in the past. And the biggest whopper of them a ll: International Experience? Like being a carpet bag senator, Walmart Board member, thieving lawyer? Like getting people killed and failing to take any responsibility? She was easily one of the most do nothing SecStates ever. We deserve this bitch after Obama, the final nail in the coffin of liberty. 

KayaHund
KayaHund

"Four died, and I lied."

RobPaulGru
RobPaulGru

How about, BENGHAZI, BENGHAZI, BENGHAZI.  That is catchy.

LibRStupid
LibRStupid

I am an angry white lesbian woman with a philandering husband--I deserve your vote.    How else can we progressives finish the destruction of the country Obama started?

mikenmarystuhr
mikenmarystuhr

Her campaign theme should be "If you think Monica Lewinsky sucked in the Whitehouse wait til you see me!"


 

Katie62058541
Katie62058541

  <!--I'm making $86 an hour working from home. I was shocked when my neighbour told me she was averaging $95 but I see how it works now. I feel so much freedom now that I'm my own boss. This is what I do....................................Buzz55.com-->

MikeBaker
MikeBaker

With apologies to Lincoln, how about, "I can fool most of the people, most of the time."

Vorenious
Vorenious

How about this one, "I know nothing, nothing"! Sgt Shcultz of Hogan's Heros

TheGrimCreeper1
TheGrimCreeper1

Here's one for you, Hillary: What difference, at this point, does it make!?

twincitytony
twincitytony

Billy banged a 100 chicks, did you see them after I got the IRS and FBI after them

heetxs
heetxs

"I ran from sniper fire for YOU!" (i still LOL)

"Hillarycare 2016!"

"It was a terrible video about the religion of piece that killed our ambassador!"

"It's all a right wing conspiracy!" (true quote)

"We aint no ways tarrrrrrd" (true quote)

" We must stop thinking of the individual and start thinking about what is best for society!"  (true quote)

 "God bless the America we are trying to create."  (true quote)

 "We are going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." (true quote)


People we really have to get off  the couch this time.  Crap call off work that day if you have to.


SylvesterSlobinski
SylvesterSlobinski

"Her" new bumper sticker: "You've Voted Stupidly Since '93 - My Turn!"

mikenmarystuhr
mikenmarystuhr

Her campaign theme should be "If you think Monica Lewinsky sucked wait to you see the job I do as president!"

davidhunter711
davidhunter711

Here's some more we can try: I've traveled a million miles . . .and so has my luggage.

Bill will not be interviewing the interns

Ben Ghazi? Don't know him! and what difference does it make?

Jenny Craig. . ..White House Chef!

GaryJackson
GaryJackson

I really DID kill Vince Foster ~ Hillary Clinton

"What difference does it make" ` Hillary Clinton on the Benghazi heroes she allowed to DIE

I know I have never accomplished anything in my life, but vote for ME! ~ Hillary Clinton

 Yes, I'm a bigger anti-American Marxist than Barack Obama, so vote for ME ~ Hillary Clinton

Hey, Bill cheated on my, about a billion times, so you suckers OWE me! ~ Hillary Clinton


TellumSumpthing
TellumSumpthing

I have one for her   "What happens in Benghazi, stays in Benghazi!"

StephenHopkins
StephenHopkins

One day we will know the truth about Benghazi, and there will not be a hole deep enough for Clinton and the ‘dear leader’ to crawl into and hide. There was a NINE hour firefight with Americans begging for help.Clinton was too incompetent to provide proper security protection before the attack, but during the attack, there is only one person who could have given the ‘Stand Down’ order.The blood of those 4 brave Americans is on your hands obama.

~~John Galt Take Me With You. com~~

valentine.godoflove
valentine.godoflove

IN CAPS FOR THE ELDERLY....I DEFEND THE WEAK AGAINST OPPRESSORS...KNIGHT TEMPLAR GRANDMASTER

HILLARY'S MESSAGE.......I WOULD SELL MY OWN MOTHER ANS SEND HER C.O.D.......TO GAIN THE PRESIDENCY....THAT IS WHY I TOLERATED BILL SCREWING AL THOSE WOMEN.....DEAD AMERICANS IN BENGHAZI AND A SODOMIZED AMBASSADOR AND DEAD SEALS....IS ANOTHER LEGACY.....

ENOUGH OF THE CLINTONS AND THE BUSHES.....

VALENTINE....COMEDIAN...LOL.....

lccarole
lccarole

"Hillary 2016: Because I'm a woman and I'd be the first but other that that there's no real reason to elect me..."

BrianEs
BrianEs

All we need is another President enabling the whiners among us...

ParkerPhilpark
ParkerPhilpark

How about this one, "What difference does it make, as long as a Democrat is President!" Washington outsider, laughable. International experience: if you want to die at the hands of Al Qaeda in some god-forsaken outpost, Hillary's your man. But true to form, in the idiocracy of the American left, those who fell for "hope and change" will easily fall for whatever BS candidate Hillary chooses to spew.

barneydidit
barneydidit

@PhelonyJones Yeah...I strongly suggest you guys go ahead and nominate Ted Cruz Phelony, he's a shoe in because he'd....energize the base. 

Openminded1
Openminded1

@mikenmarystuhr Well she does have to get revenge, for billys little romp. I just do not know if it will be a male intern or a female, maybe both that will show Billy.

PhelonyJones
PhelonyJones

@Katie62058541 

Is that all?!? I found wy wife a great corner, she rakes in a lot more. You must be plain ugly.

GaryJackson
GaryJackson

@mikenmarystuhr Just seeing "president" and "Hillery" in the same sentence makes me sick to my stomach. America can't take any more evil.

manlyman
manlyman

Incompetent is the wrong description stephen. Try coldblooded. Or criminally indifferent.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@ParkerPhilpark Yes the con man in the Oval office now , got the dumb ass libs to vote for him twice, and the media wanted to have something to talk about with the first black President next they will do their best to get Hillary for some more controversy .

manlyman
manlyman

This about hillary barn. Cruz is a different thread.