“Everyday Americans” hold mixed opinion about Hillary Clinton as she officially announces her second run for the presidency.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (APRIL 12, 2015) (REUTERS)- Hillary Clinton cast herself as a champion for everyday Americans on Sunday (April 12), kicking off her long-awaited second run for the White House with a vow to fight for a level playing field for those recovering from tough economic times.
Clinton, who begins the 2016 presidential race as a commanding Democratic front runner, entered the fray with a video announcement in which she said the economic deck was still stacked for those at the top.
“Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion,” she said in the video, which was posted on her new website on Sunday afternoon. “So you can do more than just get by, you can get ahead. And stay ahead.”
Clinton, who lost a bruising Democratic nominating battle to Barack Obama in 2008, said in a tweet that she would be traveling to Iowa, the state that holds the kickoff contest in the parties’ nominating process in early 2016.
In Times Square, news of Clinton’s announcement had a mixed reception that fell surprisingly along gender lines in an un-scientific poll.
“I think she’s an awesome woman with experience. She has that ‘it’ that’s going to make the difference. She’s going to drive it home,” explained Jelanda Foster, a mother from New Jerey. “Everything that Obama started, she’s going to finish it. Home-run choice for the United States.”
Other women had equal praise for Clinton and her achievements in the politics.
“She’s worked very hard to get to where she’s at. And, I believe there should be a woman president. It’s time already and I’m very excited. I’m so happy,” said Moreles Figueroa, a native of New York.
“She’s so very intelligent and she goes out there and tries to make a difference,” added Dana Mathews.
One of the biggest challenges for a woman who has been one of the most famous figures in the United States since the early 1990s, will be to show a more down-to-earth side while connecting with ordinary voters. Critics, including liberals in her own party, say she has grown out of touch after decades as the wife of former President Bill Clinton, a U.S. senator and secretary of state.
“I think due to past history of the Clintons. I think Bill was in the seat at the right time that’s why he was so popular, but I think in today’s turmoil I’m not sure that she would be the right person to lead us,” said David Wray, on vacation from Roanoke, Virginia.
“I think she’d be a good candidate. Being a good president? Only time will tell, you know, just like with everyone else,” said another voter from Long Island.
Within a half hour of Clinton’s announcement, the campaign kickoff video posted to her Facebook page had been viewed nearly 90,000 times and she topped the list of topics trending on Twitter.
Among the many congratulatory notes to Clinton on Twitter were comments from her daughter Chelsea, former French President Nikolas Sarkozy, and former governor of Arkansas and potential Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.
Many Democrats have been waiting for Clinton to get back into the White House fight since the day in June 2008 when she pulled out of her primary battle against Obama with an expression of regret that she could not crack “that highest and hardest glass ceiling this time.”
But Clinton still has to convince some liberals that she is the best candidate to tackle issues like income inequality and the power of Wall Street banks. Some liberal groups are pushing Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, who has vocally criticized some Wall Street practices, to challenge Clinton.