2015-06-17 / Front Page

Clinton Declares Candidacy


Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy for president at Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island. She was congratulated by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney. 
Photo Walter Karling Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy for president at Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island. She was congratulated by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney. Photo Walter Karling On a great, sunshiny day to be outdoors, Hillary Clinton greeted a crowd of 5,500 supporters this past Saturday morning at Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island and formally announced she’s running for president for a second time.

“America can’t succeed unless you succeed,” she declared, adding, “That is why I’m running for President of the United States…I’m running to make our economy work for you and every American.”

Her brief talk touched on a long list of liberal democratic positions, including support for gay rights, better early childhood education, improved family leave benefits, cutting student loan debt, and equal pay for women.


Former President Bill Clinton with Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (r.) and Assemblywoman Rebecca Seawright (l.), whose district includes Roosevelt Island. 
Photos Walter Karling Former President Bill Clinton with Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (r.) and Assemblywoman Rebecca Seawright (l.), whose district includes Roosevelt Island. Photos Walter Karling Touching lightly on her age (67) she said if elected she’ll be 69 when she takes office and joked, “I may not be the youngest candidate in the race, but I will be the youngest first woman president in the history of the United States.”

Former President Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea accompanied her there, but stayed in the background. Mrs. Clinton, who ran a close second to Barack Obama in the primary four years ago, presently faces three Democratic challengers next year: Gov. Martin O’Malley, of Maryland; US Senator Bernie Sanders, of Vermont; and Gov. Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island.

Meanwhile, about a dozen Republicans are prepared to challenge her in the general election, and it’s anyone’s guess who the actual challenger will be.


Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney with Chelsea Clinton. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney with Chelsea Clinton. Following Clinton’s campaign announcement speech, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney issued the following statement:

“I was thrilled that Hillary came to Roosevelt Island in my district to give an exceptional speech that was perfect for the setting of Four Freedoms Park, which honors Franklin Delano Roosevelt. It was clear that, like FDR, Hillary has a vision for an America that leaves no one out and gives everyone an opportunity to reach their potential, allowing our country to reach its potential as well.

“Hillary understands that America isn’t about ‘Every man for himself,’ but harnessing all of our strengths as individuals and as a nation. That means making intelligent investments in the economy that create good jobs, giving kids a great education from preschool to college, and rebuilding our infrastructure. It means giving the middle class peace of mind with affordable health care and tuition. It means addressing income inequality and giving even the poorest of the poor a real shot at the American dream. It means making government work better through bipartisanship and campaign finance reform.

“I know that Hillary can meet all of these challenges, not just because of her outstanding work as a child advocate, a First Lady, a Senator and a Secretary of State, but also because I’ve worked with her on many occasions, most notably to successfully get health care for 9/11 first responders and others who worked at Ground Zero and became sick. She was bipartisan, creative and tenacious. She fights for what she believes in – and she cares. Her speech offered great insight into how she became so passionately interested in helping disadvantaged kids to start her career, and felt called to public service. Americans can trust her to lead both forcefully and compassionately. And I know she will be a role model for women and girls around the world when she is elected the first woman president of the United States next year.”

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