TEANECK, N.J. – Does being a man or a woman matter? Sometimes it does. But not when running for president of the United States, especially when the candidate is none other than Hillary Clinton.
The former U.S. Secretary of State declared that she started a presidential campaign in a bid to reach the county’s top post last month after much speculation. But Americans have been showing their support for Clinton since last year.
“Clinton has put up a good effort in the past and if she puts that effort into the presidency, she will make a good president,” a student at Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) in northern New Jersey, Colette Malyack, told Global Young Voices.
Another student at FDU, Jennilyn Robles, said: “Honestly, it doesn’t matter if the president is a man or a woman. What matters for me is that the candidate is capable of running the country, and quite frankly, Clinton seems to have the best intentions in mind.”
Malyack and Robles, like many other students of their generation, support the experienced female candidate.
Along with young voters, Clinton is betting on her past to win. Her long history of political successes seems to have a positive impact on her presidential race.
Now one of the top female politicians in the U.S., Clinton grew up in a small suburb town near Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from Wellesley College and went on to pursue a Law Degree from Yale Law School. Although she could have begun her career as a big-time lawyer in New York or Washington D.C., she decided to work with the Children’s Defense Fund. She went on to become a U.S. Senator from New York in 2001 and the U.S. Secretary of State in 2009.
Today, a high majority of middle class citizens believe that it’s time for Clinton to become president. Many are hoping Clinton would raise important issues like the constitutional ban on abortion and guns, the healthcare system and the capital punishment.
Clinton’s campaign strategy will focus on small-town visits and discussions, and serious conversations regarding the state of the country, its domestic and international trade, taxes, and economic wellbeing. Her campaign trial will begin by visiting small towns through Iowa, including Norfolk, Des Moines and New Hampshire. She will appear less within Nevada and South Carolina.
While her opponents are traveling to big cities and trying to gain the attention of Americans through huge rallies, Clinton is working to gain support through telling her personal story.
As soon as she announced her anticipated decision, social media buzzed with many expressing their support. Using mainly the hashtag #ReadyforHillary, Americans across the U.S. continue to show support for the new hopeful presidential candidate on Twitter and other social networks.
“Americans have fought their way back from tough economic times, but the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top,” the former first lady said in her candidacy video published on hillaryclinton.com.
When Americans are asked, “Who is Hillary Clinton”, many answers consist of the first lady and the former secretary of state. Because of Clinton’s past positions, she has become a household name, but not many people know her before she accompanied ex-President Bill Clinton to the White House in 1992. This will be a bittersweet issue for Clinton as she tries to remove herself from the celebrity spotlight.
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