As far back as February 2014, it was more than clear that Hillary Clinton would be running as a candidate again to be the United States’ first woman president.
A Clinton-for-president booth was set up the weekend of Feb. 7, 2014, at Bartle Hall in Kansas City at the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference, and the mostly young people who attended the event loved seeing Clinton’s booth there. People picked up her campaign literature and shared their email addresses to receive periodic updates.
The former first lady and former secretary of state has been on the ground quietly raising awareness and drawing interested persons into supporting her candidacy. It was particularly telling that her focus that weekend was on attracting younger voters.
That is what then-Sen. Barack Obama did in 2008 when he pulled the Democratic nomination away from Clinton, who had been the person to beat. But this year, like that old James Brown hit, “I’m Back!!” Clinton, who officially announced her candidacy on Sunday for the White House, will be formidable in the primary and general election in 2016.
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She had the Democratic political machine behind her in 2008, and it wasn’t enough. Now she’s drawing in younger voters, the LGBTQ community and their supporters, the struggling middle class, and African American and Latino voters.
These are all groups the Republicans have surrendered to the Democrats.
Like the Occupy Movement and those that grew out of the police slayings of unarmed black males, Clinton is out to prove that all Americans matter especially those who have suffered the most since the Great Recession. Clinton won’t have a tough time proving with the GOP controlling the House, Senate, most governor’s mansions and state legislatures that hopping on the Republican bandwagon would take the country with its increasing diversity in the wrong direction.