Hillary Rodham Clinton wants to avoid the mistakes from her past and plans to be on liberals’ good side this time.
As a candidate for the White House in 2008, she went against gay marriage, but denied the right to receive a driver’s licenses to people who were living illegally in the U.S. and came under heavy criticism from rival Barack Obama over her position on campaign finance.
During the first week of her second presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton wanted to send a message that her positions are lining up with views of progressive Democrats. On Monday, she requested a constitutional amendment that would set a bar on “unaccountable money” in politics. Later, she stated, through her campaign, that she is now a supporter of same-sex marriage being as constitutional right in a Supreme Court case which is still pending. Her campaign announced she now also stands behind state policies giving licenses to people in the country illegally.
Such changes are part of a push by Clinton to correct past wrong decisions and give reassurance to the liberal wing of her party that in the next elections, in 2016, she will be the necessary change they’ve been waiting for.
As Clinton storms from the gates in a dominant position, she is under fire from some Democrats who doubt her commitment to limit income inequality.
“Equal opportunity and upward mobility have been very central to her political ideals from the start. I just don’t know how courageous she will be in fighting for them,” said Robert Reich, a former labor secretary under President Bill Clinton
Hillary Clinton assigned the first week of her campaign to try put to rest such concerns. She will go to New Hampshire on Monday and Tuesday, a return to the state where she got a 2008 primary victory in the nomination battle won by Obama.
Her aides spent much of the first 72 hours addressing party officials, union leaders, and other interest groups.
At the Statehouse, Hillary Clinton gave her support for universal pre-K, a move that earned the biggest approval rate from Democratic lawmakers. When she returned to New York, Clinton congratulated Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a liberal who could have posed a challenge the former secretary of state. “She never hesitates to hold powerful people’s feet to the fire: bankers, lobbyists, senior government officials and, yes, even presidential aspirants,” Clinton said for Time magazine.
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