Fast Facts

Party afilliation:
Democrat

Highest office held:
Secretary of State

Poll position:
First at 51.0 percent

Notable quote:
“The worst thing that can happen in a democracy - as well as in an individual's life - is to become cynical about the future and lose hope.”

Hillary Clinton

November 9, 2016

By Marianne Dodson

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following obituary is a satirical piece about the ends of 2016 presidential campaigns. Those who led the campaigns are still very much alive, although their hopes for winning the race to the White House have come to an unsuccessful conclusion.

The campaign of Hillary Clinton, known for being the first presidential campaign led by a female nominee of a major party, died on Nov. 9, 2016, at 2:31 a.m. It was 577 days old.

Born on April 12, 2015, through a YouTube birth announcement, Clinton’s 2016 bid for the presidency came as a follow-up to her unsuccessful 2008 campaign for the same office. Her historic 2016 bid was deemed by many people as what would be the final hole in the metaphorical glass ceiling if she were to win.

From the outset, Clinton’s campaign was mired by scandal. An investigation into a private email server  she had used while serving as the United States Secretary of State led many people to develop a distrust and distaste for the candidate.

In the early months of her campaign, she gave testimony at an 11-hour hearing on Benghazi conducted by Republicans in the House of Representatives. The testimony was generally well-received and helped bolster her campaign going into the primaries.

Clinton found her first opponent in the form of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who was also vying for the Democratic nomination. Sanders was Clinton’s main opponent in the primaries, with his wins in key states like Michigan and New Hampshire. Despite Sanders’ unprecedented victories, Clinton clinched the Democratic nomination and was announced as the party’s candidate for president on July 26, 2016, at the Democratic National Convention.

The race to the White House heated up as Clinton and Donald Trump became the major party nominees. Clinton received unprecedented endorsements from several major newspapers and notable Republicans, including former members of the the Bush administration.

With less than two weeks to the general election, FBI Director James Comey reopened the investigation into Clinton’s email server, stating that new emails had been discovered from the Clinton camp. Days before the election, Comey announced the investigation had been dropped and there would be no more charges against Clinton.

She was projected to take the presidency on Nov. 8, but pre-election polls did not align with the delegate distribution in the electoral college. Clinton lost by a projected 51 electoral votes, despite winning the popular vote by a 0.2 percent margin.

The campaign is survived by its legacy of being the first presidential campaign for a major party with a female nominee, and by all of the cracks it left in the still-present glass ceiling.

November 2, 2016

By Marianne Dodson

With less than a week away until the election, Hillary Clinton received her final October surprise last week.

BREAKING: FBI resumes inquiry of @HillaryClinton emails, citing "existence of (new) emails that could be pertinent to the investigation."

— The New Political (@TheNewPolitical) October 28, 2016

“In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation,” said Director James Comey in a letter to lawmakers. “I am writing to inform you that the investigative team briefed me on this yesterday, and I agreed that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps designed to allow investigators to review these emails to determine whether they contain classified information, as well as to assess their importance to our investigation.”

Despite the resurgence of Clinton’s email scandal, she is leading Trump by 4 percent, according to the CNN Poll of Polls. With only six days left until Election Day, Clinton is taking the light off of her email scandal and trying to shine harder on why Trump is unfit to be president.

“I would frankly rather be here talking about nearly anything else,” she said at an outdoor rally. “We’ve got to talk about something that, frankly, is painful. Because it matters. We can’t just wish it away.”

She continued by reminding the crowd of Trump’s comments about Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, Trump’s questioning of President Barack Obama’s birthplace and his poor standing with women.

Clinton, while heightening her attacks on Trump and his campaign, is pushing onward toward Nov. 8, with rallies all across the U.S. beginning in Ohio and ending in New York.

October 26, 2016

By Marianne Dodson

Two weeks out from Election Day, the polls are looking promising for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Clinton currently leads Trump by five points, according to an averaged poll from RealClearPolitics.

Clinton’s lead comes in the aftermath of the final presidential debate, which she won according to a CNN/ORC poll. But Clinton’s victory in the final debate had a closer margin than either of her wins in the past two, with 52 percent of viewers saying she won last week’s debate, compared to 62 percent and 57 percent who said she won the first two, respectively.

She received a surprising endorsement this week from Republican former Secretary of State Colin Powell. Powell served under former President George W. Bush’s administration. He announced his intentions to vote for Clinton at an event in front of the Long Island Association.

“He said he would support Hillary Clinton and he also elaborated on several reasons why he felt that Donald Trump was not the right candidate,” Paule Pachter, a Long Island Association Board member in attendance said. “He spoke about his inexperience, he spoke about the messages that he’s sending out every day to his supporters, which really paints our country in a negative light across the globe with all our allies.”

Despite the popularity in polls, Clinton has not cut back on her campaign appearances. She is scheduled to appear in Florida, North Carolina and Iowa this week.

October 19, 2016

By Marianne Dodson

Hillary Clinton has surged ahead in national polls this past week, coming out ahead of Donald Trump by as many as eight points.  

Clinton is ahead in most of the major battleground states, with leads in North Carolina, Florida, Nevada, Colorado and Pennsylvania. Trump has the edge in Ohio, leading Clinton by an average of just over 1 percent, according to RealClearPolitics.

Several news outlets gave their first ever presidential endorsement this week, with Clinton being the chosen nominee. Vogue, Wired and Foreign Policy magazine all gave Clinton their support.

“We understand that Clinton has not always been a perfect candidate, yet her fierce intelligence and considerable experience are reflected in policies and positions that are clear, sound, and hopeful,” wrote the editorial board of Vogue.

Clinton will be debating Trump one last time today at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The debate will once again be streamed live on many news sites, including CNN Politics, NBC News and Fox News.

October 11, 2016

By Marianne Dodson

Hillary Clinton took the debate stage for the second time this week, facing off in a heated town-hall style forum against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Her debate appearance was well-received in contrast to Trump, with 42 percent of people saying Clinton won the debate and 28 percent going to Trump.

In a poll from POLITICO, Clinton now leads Trump by five points in the race for the presidency.

Clinton opened the debate by answering a question about the example that is being set for today’s children.

“I want to be the president for all Americans, regardless of your political beliefs, where you come from, what you look like, your religion,” she said. “I want us to heal our country and bring it together because that's, I think, the best way for us to get the future that our children and our grandchildren deserve.”

Clinton and Trump discussed the recent Trump “locker room” tapes, with Trump claiming that “his words” were not as bad as former President Bill Clinton’s actions.

As early voting is beginning in many states, some predictions have indicated that early voters will point to a victory for Clinton.

September 28, 2016

By Kat Tenbarge

Hillary Clinton’s presidential prospects brightened considerably after last night’s first general election debate. The majority opinion of most prominent news sources, including The Washington Post, The Des Moines Register, The Baltimore Sun, and Vox, was that Donald Trump’s performance was unsuccessful.

Couldn't be more proud of @HillaryClinton. Her vision and command during last night's debate showed that she's ready to be our next @POTUS.

— President Obama (@POTUS) September 27, 2016

While the former reality TV star repeatedly failed fact checks, denied previously-tweeted statements and advocated for arguably racist policies, such as stop and frisk, Clinton promoted her agenda of economic equality, inclusive policy-making and clean energy, among other progressive ideas.

“First, we have to build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top,” Clinton said. “That means we need new jobs, good jobs, with rising incomes. I want us to invest in you. I want us to invest in your future. That means just in infrastructure and advanced manufacturing, innovation and technology, clean renewable energy and small business, because most of the new jobs will come from small business.”

Trump’s comments about Clinton’s stamina and over-preparedness generated a discussion about sexism on social media. Vox’s Editor-in-chief Ezra Klein weighed in on Twitter, saying that Trump’s stamina faltered after only 30 minutes.

Clinton won this debate in part because she had more stamina for this than Trump. He flagged badly after 30 minutes. She didn't.

— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) September 27, 2016

“Trump just criticized me for preparing for this debate. You know what else I prepared for? Being president,” Clinton said and was met with raucous applause, both in person and online.

Her conclusive victory in the debates followed a list of powerful endorsements from metropolitan newspapers, including The Cincinnati Enquirer, which broke a 10-year streak of endorsing Republicans for president. Other newly pledged proponents include The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and The Arizona Republic.

In other news, Clinton also participated in a Funny or Die short, “Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis,” which has racked up over 29 million views so far. Together with her poignant responses during the debates, she has shown her willingness to be both personal and professional, in more ways than one.

“The central question in this election is really what kind of country we want to be… We also have to make the economy fairer,” Clinton said during the debate. “That starts with raising the national minimum wage and also guarantee, finally, equal pay for women’s work. I also want to see more companies do profit sharing. If you help create the profits, you should be able to share in them, not just the executives at the top. We are talking about the important issues facing our country. Who can put into action the plans that will make your life better?”

September 21, 2016

By Marianne Dodson

Hillary Clinton got an unprecedented endorsement this week from former President George H.W. Bush. Sources close to Bush said on Monday that he will vote for Clinton in the November election. However, the former president has yet to publicly announce for whom he is casting his vote.

Clinton faced a new attack from opponent Donald Trump this week, as he labeled her a copycat. Trump accused Clinton of using the same terms that he has in the past, such as “extreme vetting.”

The accusation comes a week before the first presidential debate, where Clinton and Trump will face off for the first time at Hofstra University on Monday.

Clinton has participated in more debates than any other presidential candidate in recent history and, according to Clinton advisers, is spending the latter part of the upcoming week preparing for the debate.

"I am going to do my very best to communicate as clearly and fearlessly as I can in the face of the insults and the attacks and the bullying and the bigotry that we have seen coming from my opponent," Clinton said Tuesday on the Steve Harvey Radio show. "I can take it, Steve. I can take that kind of stuff. I have been at this, I understand it is a contact sport."

September 12, 2016

By Marianne Dodson

Hillary Clinton’s health took a turn for the worse this week, with her doctor diagnosing Clinton with pneumonia.

Clinton left a ceremony for the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on Sunday, and a video showed her being lifted into a van with two Secret Service agents. Last week, Clinton endured media speculation about her health after having a severe coughing fit while onstage at a rally in Cleveland.

After Clinton’s abrupt departure at Sunday’s event, her physician released a statement on Clinton’s health.

“Secretary Clinton has been experiencing a cough related to allergies. On Friday, during follow up evaluation of her prolonged cough, she was diagnosed with pneumonia,” Lisa R. Bardack said. “She was put on antibiotics, and advised to rest and modify her schedule. While at this morning’s event, she became overheated and dehydrated. I have just examined her and she is now re-hydrated and recovering nicely.”

At the end of last week, Clinton made a generalizing statement about Donald Trump’s supporters, saying that half of them were a “basket of deplorables.” The former Secretary of State has since apologized for the remarks.

“I regret saying ‘half’ — that was wrong,” the statement said. “But let's be clear, what's really ‘deplorable’ is that Donald Trump hired a major advocate for the so-called ‘alt-right’ movement to run his campaign and that David Duke and other white supremacists see him as a champion of their values.”

September 5, 2016

By Marianne Dodson

The FBI published pages that summarized interviews with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her top aides regarding the closed criminal investigation into her private email server.

"While her use of a single email account was clearly a mistake and she has taken responsibility for it, these materials make clear why the Justice Department believed there was no basis to move forward with this case," said Brian Fallon, a Clinton Campaign representative.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump took differently to the emails, saying that after reading the documents, he does not “understand how she was able to get away from prosecution.”

Clinton unveiled a new spectacle on the campaign trail this week: an updated campaign plane. The plane, a Boenig 737, is able to fit both Clinton’s team and the Clinton press corps. Before, the Clinton press corps travelled separately from Clinton.

According to the Washington Post, several months have passed since Clinton last held a “full-fledged conference,” which has sparked criticism from Republican critics. Upon the plane’s maiden voyage, Clinton greeted the approaching press corps and welcomed them to the “big plane.”

August 29, 2016

By Marianne Dodson

The fight between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump levelled up this week when Clinton gave a passionate speech in Nevada that spoke vehemently against the Republican presidential nominee.

Clinton labelled Trump as a member of the “alt-right” movement and targeted racist and xenophobic policies that Trump has endorsed. Trump came back at Clinton, saying she was a “bigot.”  

First used in 2015, the alt-right — or alternative right —  describes a faction of the Republican Party that dismisses many Republicans as not conservative enough. While an article from Media Matters labelled the alt-right as a “rebranding of classic white nationalism,” Breitbart News — the movement’s leading media supporter — describes it as a movement of “youthful energy and jarring, taboo-defying rhetoric.”

Many Republicans have dismissed the alt-right, while many Democrats, including Clinton, say Trump’s rhetoric has encouraged the movement’s America-first, anti-political-correctness values.

"From the start, Donald Trump has built his campaign on prejudice and paranoia," Clinton said during her speech at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada. "He is making hate groups mainstream and helping a radical fringe take over the Republican Party. His disregard for the values that make our country great is profoundly dangerous."

On Saturday, Clinton received her first national security briefing since becoming the Democratic presidential nominee. Clinton attended the meeting at the FBI’s office in White Plains, New York.

The latest poll numbers from Quinnipiac have Clinton leading Trump with 45 percent to his 38 percent, followed by Johnson with 10 percent and Stein with 4 percent.

August 16, 2016

By Marianne Dodson

Hillary Clinton released her tax returns this past week, showing she made $10 million over the past year and paid a third of it back in taxes.

Clinton’s move is now drawing more attention to Donald Trump and his failure to release his tax returns. Trump is the first major party candidate for president since Richard Nixon to refrain from publishing his tax returns.

Upon Clinton’s release, Trump’s campaign criticized the decision.

"Hillary Clinton has turned over the only records nobody wants to see from her – the American public wants to see the 33,000 emails she deleted to obstruct an FBI investigation," said Jason Miller, the Trump campaign's senior communications advisor.

Clinton herself didn’t respond directly, but her camp took note of the comments.

"Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine continue to set the standard for financial transparency as she releases her 2015 personal tax return and builds on the Clintons' tradition of making their returns public since 1977 and Kaine releases 10 years of his returns," said Jennifer Palmieri, the Clinton campaign’s Communications Director. "In stark contrast, Donald Trump is hiding behind fake excuses and backtracking on his previous promises to release his tax returns. He has failed to provide the public with the most basic financial information disclosed by every major candidate in the last 40 years.”

Clinton published something else new this week — a podcast. The Clinton campaign has begun an election season podcast titled “With Her.” The podcast will run through Election Day on Nov. 8.

One of the highlights from the first episode include Clinton discussing what it felt like to be introduced at the Democratic National Convention.

"There was such a rush of emotion,” said Clinton. “Being introduced by my daughter was pretty overwhelming, walking out, seeing her on stage, and then this big arena filled with so many thousands of people. The moment just came crashing in on me."

August 8, 2016

By Marianne Dodson

In the most recent presidential poll from CNN, Clinton's lead over Trump has expanded to 10 points, coming in at 49-39. The poll incorporates results six different polling results and comes just over 90 days until the election.

Clinton's increase in public support was also indicated in recent changes in her Google searches last week. Normally plagued by the word "indicted," top searches for Clinton were instead centered around the Democratic National Convention.

Clinton, now campaigning harder than ever, is beginning a two-day stint in Florida. The state is a tough battleground for Clinton and Trump, with Clinton currently leading by 6 percentage points. Florida is especially key to Trump’s campaign, as very few scenarios show him winning the White House without the Sunshine State. By contrast, former Obama campaign adviser David Plouffe told Bloomberg Politics that Clinton can win without the swing state.

“Hillary Clinton can lose Florida, Ohio and Virginia, and I think she’ll win all three, and still be president," Plouffe said during the Republican National Convention.

August 2, 2016

By Marianne Dodson

The Democratic National Convention started on a sour note this past week but quickly bounced back and resulted in increased favorability for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

After the DNC wrapped up, Clinton developed a stronger lead in the polls with 46 percent to Donald Trump’s 39 percent. Clinton has led Trump since early June, but both fell into a tie at 42 percent after the conclusion of the Republican National Convention.

Clinton’s convention featured many high-profile people who spoke on her behalf, including current President Barack Obama. In his speech, Obama labelled Clinton as the most qualified person ever to be the next president.

“There has never been a man or a woman, not me, not Bill, nobody more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president of the United States of America,” Obama said.

Clinton’s resume as a former senator, secretary of state and also first lady placed her in this unique position.



July 25, 2016

By Marianne Dodson

Yes We Kaine!

That’s the phrase many Hillary Clinton supporters are throwing around now that Clinton has chosen her vice president. The pick? Democrat and Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine.

Kaine has been hailed as a “boring” choice (by himself) for Clinton’s coveted VP slot, but he has a strong political history, having previously served as the governor of Virginia and the chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

He is not overwhelmingly to the left of the liberal spectrum (like Clinton’s former rival Sen. Bernie Sanders), and he has stated that he personally opposes abortion but is pro-choice when it comes to politics.

Kaine is also fluent in Spanish — a feat which made him the first U.S. senator to give a speech in Spanish on the Senate floor.

Kaine has wasted no time on the campaign trail and has already began appearing with Clinton on campaign stops. The announcement of Kaine’s VP status came at the end of a long week for Clinton, where she faced a fair amount of criticism at the Republican National Convention.

I don’t know what their convention was about aside from criticizing me,” Clinton said in an interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes.” “I seem to be the only unifying theme. There was no positive agenda. It was a very dark, divisive campaign.”

Clinton is now going into her own convention in Philadelphia this week. However, even before it began, the week has already been tainted by controversy with the recent leak of emails from the Democratic National Committee. The emails showed that top DNC officials heavily favored Clinton over Sanders in their treatment of the two candidates.

Since the emails leaked, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has resigned her position, effective after the convention. On Monday, Schultz announced she would begin campaigning for Clinton.

July 18, 2016

By Marianne Dodson

It finally happened - the long awaited endorsement from Sen. Bernie Sanders to Hillary Clinton was finally given. But don’t let the endorsement fool you - Sanders still hasn’t technically dropped out of the race.

Still, the Sanders endorsement is enough to give an appearance of party unity for the upcoming Democratic National Convention - something that both parties have struggled with greatly this election cycle.

According to three national polls released this week, Clinton is holding a steady lead over Trump in the upcoming election. She is leading by 4-7 points in each of the polls against Trump.

July 10, 2016

By Marianne Dodson

A presumably large weight was lifted off of Hillary Clinton’s shoulders this week — the U.S. Department of Justice decided against pressing charges against Clinton for her private email server.

With that, the investigation into the server is officially closed. However, Clinton didn’t exactly get off scot-free. FBI Director James B. Comey did not recommend that Clinton be charged but said that she had been “extremely careless” while handling classified material as secretary of state.

Days after the comments, Clinton made it clear that she did not send or receive any confidential material intentionally.

“I think there are about 300 people in the government, mostly in the State Department, but in other high positions in the government with whom I emailed over the course of four years — they, I believe, did not believe they were sending any material that was classified,” Clinton said in a CNN interview. “They were pursuing their responsibilities. I do not think they were careless...And as I have said many times, I certainly did not believe that I received or sent any material that was classified.”

July 4, 2016

By Marianne Dodson

More than a year after its initial reveal, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email controversy is still being subjected to speculation. Clinton met with members of the FBI on Saturday to allow more questioning about her use of a private email server.

The meeting was voluntary on Clinton’s part, according to Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill. Clinton also told MSNBC that the interview was something she had been “eager to do.”

It is unclear how much longer the investigation will continue or if this marks an ending to it.

Additionally, Clinton received a new attack from Donald Trump, this time coming with an anti-semitic tone. Trump tweeted out an image of Clinton that labelled her as the “Most Corrupt Candidate Ever” and featured the Jewish Star of David, along with images of $100 bills.

It should be noted that Clinton is not Jewish.

Trump took down the tweet hours later and put up a copy of the original but replaced the Star of David with a circle.

June 26, 2016

By Marianne Dodson

As Donald Trump’s likability decreases, Hillary Clinton’s chance at the presidency increases. A new poll released Friday from Reuters/Ipsos showed Clinton leading Trump with more than 46 percent of the vote compared with Trump’s 33 percent.

Clinton held this same lead against Trump two weeks ago, but she suffered a projected drop in support in the aftermath of the Orlando shooting that left 49 people dead. The difference between Clinton and Trump’s polling numbers fell to nine percentage points — with Clinton still leading — after the attack.

On Monday, Clinton and Sen. Elizabeth Warren will make an appearance together in Ohio. The stop will be the first joint appearance by Clinton and Warren on the campaign trail, coming just a few weeks after Warren’s endorsement of Clinton. The two will be campaigning in Cincinnati, where they will focus on economic issues.



June 20, 2016

By Kat Tenbarge

The week after Hillary Clinton (probably) clinched the Democratic nomination, the presumed first female Democratic presidential nominee celebrated another major milestone — the birth of her second grandchild, Aidan. Chelsea Clinton gave birth to the healthy baby boy Saturday.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren stopped by the Clinton campaign headquarters to give a pep talk of sorts, in which she warned the audience to “not screw up.” Warren is considered one of the potential options for Clinton's running mate, according to The Washington Post, which compiled a list of 27 likely names.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump’s media reign may be coming to a close because Clinton racked up an impressive $41 million in advertising investments in crucial states such as Ohio, Florida and Nevada. These ads will run their course over the next six weeks, thanks to the #imwithher crew’s constant fundraising.

Trump’s campaign has no advertising strategy and is just now hiring staff in key states, according to ABC News. And Mitch Stewart, President Obama’s former battleground states director and a current Clinton backer, has called the lack of foresight a “political malpractice.”

“He's in for a rude awakening,” Stewart said. “This isn't a national vote contest where you can be on cable news every day and dominate coverage. This is literally going state by state and coming up with a plan in each."

In celebratory news, Oprah Winfrey endorsed Clinton this week in an interview that aired on “Good Morning America.” And Sen. Bernie Sanders himself said he would turn his political revolution against Trump and work with Clinton would transform the Democratic Party and “create the America that we know we can become.”




June 13, 2016

By Marianne Dodson

After years of preparation, months of campaigning, and one failed attempt in 2008, Hillary Clinton clinched the Democratic presidential nomination — probably.

The Associated Press labelled Clinton as having a sufficient amount of delegates to win the nomination the day prior to the California and New Jersey primaries, much to the chagrin of Sen. Bernie Sanders supporters.

Clinton was able to gain the 2,383 delegates needed after a strong win in Puerto Rico and a surge in support from superdelegates.  Clinton’s total includes 2,203 pledged delegates and 581 unpledged superdelegates, who will cast their final vote at the Democratic National Convention in July.

Despite Clinton’s supposed status as the Democratic nominee, Sanders has yet to drop out of the race. The Sanders campaign maintains that as superdelegates are not officially bound to a particular candidate, they should not be considered in the delegate count.

“Our job from now until the convention is to convince those superdelegates that Bernie is by far the strongest candidate against Donald Trump,” Sanders’ spokesman Michael Briggs said in a statement the day of the announcement.  

Sanders’ reluctance to concede came in contrast to several endorsements made by important Democrats in favor of Clinton.

President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, all gave endorsements to Clinton following her presumed nominee status.

“I don’t think there’s ever been someone so qualified to hold this office,” Obama said in a web video, referencing Clinton.

Clinton also stirred up Twitter buzz on Thursday when she told Donald Trump to delete his account after making disparaging comments about both Clinton and Obama.

Delete your account. https://t.co/Oa92sncRQY

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 9, 2016

June 6, 2016

By Marianne Dodson

On the eve of the highly-contested California primary, the likelihood of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton being the Democratic nominee remains high but uncertain.

In California, 546 democratic delegates are on the line. Clinton is projected to come out ahead of rival Sen. Bernie Sanders by 2 percentage points, and she is expected to beat Sanders in the delegate-heavy New Jersey primary with a 27-point lead. Wins in both of those states would give Clinton enough delegates to clinch the nomination for the Democrats.

Aside from the primaries, Clinton addressed her current stances on gun control during an interview with George Stephanopoulos. She told Stephanopoulos that “the American public has a right to require certain kinds of regulatory responsible actions to protect everyone else.”

Clinton said she would support a 25 percent sales tax on certain firearms during a 1993 Senate Finance Committee hearing, partially in response to the medical costs incurred by gun violence. When asked if she would still support that proposal, Clinton did not commit to anything specific but echoed the same sentiment.

"When you have mass shootings, you not only have the terrible deaths, you have people who

are injured," Clinton said. "What they talked to me about was, where do they get the financial support to deal with both the physical and the emotional trauma … There are real costs that people incur because of the terrible gun violence epidemic. And we have to deal with it.”

Clinton remained on Sanders’ line of attack, who targeted the former secretary of state and her husband for accepting donations from foreign governments through the Clinton Foundation.

Sanders went on to point out some of the foreign governments that Clinton has accepted gifts from are not advocates for civil liberties or democratic rights, both of which Clinton has heavily advocated for.

Despite the attacks, Clinton made it clear she would work with Sanders going forward in the election.

“After Tuesday, I’m going to do everything I can to reach out to try to unify the Democratic Party, and I expect Senator Sanders to do the same,” Clinton said. “And we will come together and be prepared to go to the convention in a unified way to make our case, to leave the convention, to go into the general election to defeat Donald Trump.”

May 30, 2016

By Marianne Dodson

Just when it seemed like Hillary Clinton’s email scandal had dissolved into the background, a report from the U.S. Department of State with a critical analysis of her emails has brought it back into the headlines.

The report said the way Clinton handled her emails was “not an appropriate method,” and said the emails themselves were not complicit with the policies of the department.

In response, Clinton said she followed in the footsteps of past secretaries of state in using her personal email.

“It was not at all unprecedented,” Clinton said in an interview with Univision’s Maria Elena Salinas. “I have turned over all my emails. No one else can say that. I have been incredibly open about doing that. I will continue to be open. And it’s not an issue that is going to affect either the campaign or my presidency.”

The day after the interview, Clinton gave additional commentary on the issue by adding that the personal email server was a mistake and she hopes voters will look at her entire platform rather than just her email scandal when going to the polls.

May 22, 2016

By Marianne Dodson

With less than 1,000 delegates left in the state primaries, Hillary Clinton is confident she’ll secure the Democratic presidential nomination.

She expressed this assumption during an interview with CNN on Thursday.

“I will be the nominee for my party,” she said. “That is already done, in effect. There is no way that I won’t be.”

Clinton bluntly denounced her opponent — presumed Republican nominee Donald Trump — by saying he is not qualified to be president. She substantiated this claim by citing his attacks on British politicians and his eagerness to have the U.S. disinvolve itself with NATO as adding up to “a very troubling picture.”

She had previously said whether Trump was qualified for the presidency was something that “the voters will have to decide.”

Clinton also addressed supporters of fellow Democratic nominee Sen. Bernie Sanders.

“I have every confidence we’re going to be unified,” Clinton said.

One in four Sanders supporters said they would support Clinton if she were the party’s nominee come November, according to a poll from McClatchy-Marist.

May 16, 2016

By Marianne Dodson

Hillary Clinton’s campaign talk turned to her husband and former President Bill Clinton during the past week. Hillary made it clear that if she were elected, her husband would not have a position on her Cabinet.

She did indicate, however, that Bill would have a role in her presidency, saying he would be “in charge of revitalizing the economy.” She noted her husband’s track record in office for both raising employment and increasing Americans’ median household income.

Bill spoke to a crowd in Kentucky last week, where he also indicated that he may have a substantial role in his wife’s presidency.

"All I’m telling you is, I volunteer that if Hillary got elected president, I would like to be tasked with the responsibility to take you along for the ride to America’s future," he said.

Despite her 300-delegate lead against Sen. Bernie Sanders, Hillary has still yet to gain an endorsement from fellow Democrat and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Pelosi has said she expects Clinton to win both the Democratic nomination and the general election, but she has not come forward with an official endorsement.

"We're very proud of Hillary Clinton and what she will bring to the Oval Office when she's president of the United States," Pelosi said during a press conference last week.

May 8, 2016

By Marianne Dodson

Hillary Clinton fully shifted her focus to presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump after Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. John Kasich dropped out of the presidential race last week.

Clinton noted discourse in the Republican Party about backing Trump and made it clear that she would welcome any Republicans who are opposed to him winning the election.

"For a lot of people, again, who take their vote seriously and who really see this as a crossroads kind of election, I am asking people to come join this campaign," she told CBS' "Face the Nation.” "And I've had a lot of outreach on Republicans in the last days who say that they are interested in talking about that."

Clinton still faces Sen. Bernie Sanders in her quest for the Democratic nomination, but Clinton leads with 1,701 delegates to Sanders’ 1,411.

"I'm three million votes ahead of Senator Sanders. Nearly 300 pledged delegates ahead of him," Clinton said. "He has to make his own mind up, but I was very heartened to hear him say last week that he's going to work seven days a week to make sure Donald Trump does not become president."

Trump has also turned his fire toward Clinton. He called her husband and former President Bill Clinton “the worst abuser of women in the history of politics.” He also labeled Hillary Clinton as an “enabler” to her husband’s “abuse.”

Trump said that (Bill) Clinton “treated these women horribly... And some of these women were destroyed, not by him, but by the way that Hillary Clinton treated them after everything went down."

Clinton next battles Sanders for 37 delegates in West Virginia on Tuesday.

April 19, 2016

By Marianne Dodson

Hillary Clinton promised half of her potential presidential cabinet would be made up women if she were elected.

During an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Clinton said "I am going to have a cabinet that looks like America, and 50 percent of America is women, right?"

Clinton and her campaign raised more money during the month of April than rival Sen. Bernie Sanders did for the first time in 2016. Clinton’s totals were reported by her campaign at $26.4 million for April, while Sanders’ were at $25.8.

Clinton has now raised $213.5 million in primary funds, compared to Sanders’ $210 million.

According to the New York Times, Clinton has lessened spending on television ads in the primaries in order to begin focusing on the general election.

Clinton was also the butt of a few jokes Saturday night at the annual White House Correspondents Dinner. President Barack Obama singled out Clinton multiple times, at one point noting her attempts at appealing to young people.

“You’ve got to admit it though, Hillary trying to appeal to young voters is a little bit like your relative that just signed up for Facebook,” Obama said.

Obama also alluded to Clinton’s presumed status as the presidential front-runner.

“Next year at this time, someone else will be standing here at this very spot," Obama said. "And it's anyone's guess who she will be.”

Two days after the dinner, a poll released by Rasmussen Reports indicated that 41 percent of potential voters would support Republican Donald Trump in November, compared to 39 percent for Clinton.

April 19, 2016

By Marianne Dodson

Hillary Clinton has been walking a fine line with black voters this week.

Clinton took the stage with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Saturday in New York, and while she was there she partook in a racial joke that some people are labelling as insensitive to African-Americans.

Mayor de Blasio told Clinton that he was “running on C.P. Time,” a reference to “colored people’s time.” Clinton replied by saying that it in fact stood for “cautious politician.”   

She spoke to the annual conference of the National Action Network, a national civil rights organization, on Wednesday. Her speech was met with limited crowd approval and only occasional applause.

April 13, 2016

By Marianne Dodson

Hillary Clinton stirred up some controversy this week when she questioned Bernie Sanders’ status as a Democrat.

“He’s a relatively new Democrat,” Clinton said in an interview with POLITICO. “I’m not even sure he is one. He's running as one. So I don't know quite how to characterize him. I'll leave that to him.”

Sanders responded to this claim, saying that this indicates that Clinton is getting “very nervous.”

“I believe I am the strongest candidate to take on the Republicans and the fact that I have been the longest serving Independent in the history of the United States makes my candidacy even strong,” Sanders told ABC News.

Both of the competitors’ comments came after Clinton’s primary loss in Wisconsin, where Sanders took 56.6 percent of the vote. Wisconsin was Clinton’s sixth loss out of the last seven primaries.

April 4, 2016

By Marianne Dodson

Coming in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s controversial comments about abortion last week, Hillary Clinton made a few comments of her own.

“The unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights,” Clinton said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “Now that doesn’t mean that we don’t do everything we possibly can in the vast majority of instances to, you know, help a mother who is carrying a child and wants to make sure that child will be healthy, to have appropriate medical support.”

Clinton also agreed to participate in a debate hosted by ABC News’ “Good Morning America.”

“I want a debate and I’m confident that we can work out a time to do that,” she told ABC News.

Bernie Sanders has not yet accepted his invitation to the debate, but if he follows through it will be held on April 15, just four days before the hotly-contested New York primary, where 291 delegates are at stake.

March 31, 2016

By Marianne Dodson

Hillary Clinton spoke out in response to Republican frontrunner Donald Trump’s controversial comments on abortion this week.

Instead of firing back at Trump specifically, Clinton attacked the entire Republican party’s stance on abortion.

"The Republicans all line up together," Clinton said in an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper. "Now maybe they aren't quite as open about it as Donald Trump was earlier today, but they all have the same position. If you make abortion a crime -- you make it illegal -- then you make women and doctors criminals."

While at a campaign stop Thursday in New York, Clinton addressed a Greenpeace activist who asked if she would reject fossil fuel money. Clinton responded strongly, saying  “I am so sick -- I am so sick of the Sanders campaign lying about me. I am sick of it.”

March 28, 2016

By Marianne Dodson

Hillary Clinton suffered three substantial losses over the weekend, losing the Alaska, Hawaii and Washington primaries to Bernie Sanders. The races weren’t close either — Sanders won by at least 40 percent in all three states.

Sanders’ momentum has cut into Clinton’s lead in delegates. She currently holds 1,243 pledged delegates to Sanders’ 975.

Sanders called for a debate with Clinton in New York before the state’s primary on April 19, to which Clinton’s top campaign strategist Joel Benenson replied in an interview with CNN.

“Sen. Sanders doesn't get to decide when we debate, particularly when he's running a negative campaign against us,” Benenson said. “Let's see if he goes back to the kind of tone he said he was going to set early on. If he does that, then we'll talk about debates."

There are 291 pledged and unpledged delegates up for grabs in New York.

Clinton also appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and discussed the possibility of releasing Area 51 files if she were to be elected president.

She said that, provided it didn’t pose a threat to national security, she would release more information to the public.

“I would like us to go into those files and hopefully make as much of that public as possible,” Clinton told Kimmel. “If there’s nothing there, then let’s let people know there’s nothing there.”

March 24, 2016

By Marianne Dodson

Hillary Clinton took the big prize in Tuesday night’s latest set of presidential primaries, winning Arizona and claiming 44 delegates. She picked up five in Idaho and six in Utah, losing both states to Bernie Sanders.

In both of the latter states, Clinton lost to Sanders by more than 50 percent of the vote.

All three states delivered an unusually high voter turnout, with ballot counting in Arizona being delayed in order to accommodate more voters.

In the wake of Tuesday’s terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium, Clinton called for more surveillance in order to prevent potential attacks in the future.

"We have to continually be learning and getting ahead of these thugs and criminals in order to prevent them doing what they did in Brussels," she said in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

She advocated for increasing cooperation with NATO and strengthening the United States’ current relationship with Europe.

March 14, 2016

By Marianne Dodson

Clinton is finishing up a week-long break from what has been a constant stream of primaries and caucuses. She took Florida, Illinois, North Carolina, and Ohio last Tuesday, and she now fights for Arizona, Idaho, and Utah this Tuesday.

Despite a week-long break from the primaries and caucuses, Clinton has continued her campaigning. Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea Clinton, said that her mother supports extending the benefits of the Affordable Care Act to all people who are living and working in the United States, “regardless of immigration status, regardless of citizenship status.”

This prompted Republican frontrunner Donald Trump to fire back at her via twitter.

Do you believe that Hillary Clinton now wants Obamacare for illegal immigrants? She should spend more time taking care of our great Vets!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 19, 2016

March 14, 2016

By Marianne Dodson

Hillary Clinton duked it out against Bernie Sanders in Columbus on Sunday in a final effort to appeal to Ohio voters.

She and Sanders appeared in a Democratic town hall in Columbus where they discussed recent violence at Donald Trump’s campaign rallies, with Clinton comparing Trump’s behavior to “political arson.”

Clinton also addressed her stance on the death penalty, saying she only supported it in “very limited” circumstances and at the federal level when dealing with terrorists and mass murderers. She noted the 9/11 hijackers and the Oklahoma city bombers.

Five states are on the line Tuesday. There are 159 democratic delegates up for grabs in Ohio.

Clinton still holds nearly 200 delegates more than Sanders and has 440 more superdelegates. She faced a major upset on Tuesday, losing in the Michigan primary to Bernie Sanders. Sanders ended the night with 67 delegates, and Clinton finished with 60.

 

March 8, 2016

By Marianne Dodson

It was a “super” week for Hillary Clinton.

She hit big on Super Tuesday, winning major players in the South. She followed that up with a win in Louisiana on Saturday, where she gained 37 delegates. Clinton now has 1,130 combined delegates and superdelegates, compared to Bernie Sanders’ 499. Although she hasn’t clinched the nomination, she has a major edge going into the coming primaries.

Clinton took the stage against Sanders on Sunday in Flint, Michigan in the 7th Democratic debate of the election cycle. She came under fire for her paid speeches to Wall Street firms, and she was asked by Sanders to release transcripts of the speeches themselves.

Clinton and Sanders both discussed the situation in Flint, with Clinton saying, “It’s raining lead in Flint.”

Clinton faces off in the polls against Sanders on Tuesday night in Michigan and Mississippi. Michigan has 147 delegates on the line.

February 23, 2016

By Marianne Dodson

According to Donald Trump, the only way Hillary Clinton won’t be the 2016 Democratic nominee is “if she gets indicted.”

This remark came after Clinton gained a much-needed win in Nevada over the weekend.

Following this win, Clinton acknowledged Trump and Ted Cruz’s recent remarks on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying both of them “missed the mark” in addressing the topic. When asked about the conflict, Trump said he would be neutral, whereas Cruz said he would be anything but and would stand with Israel.

Clinton’s own views are that there should be a two-state solution with both Israel and Palestine having their own territories. She went on to cite her experience as Secretary of State, noting that this is what she has worked toward in the past.

Clinton also acknowledged the stigma around her own motives for being president, and she emphasized that she is the same candidate that she has always been.

"I understand that voters have questions," Clinton said during an interview after the Nevada caucus. "I'm going to do my very best to answer those questions. I think there's an underlying question that maybe is really in the back of people's minds, and that is, you know, is she in it for us or is she in it for herself? I think that's a question that people are trying to sort through, and I'm going to demonstrate that I've always been the same person fighting for the same values, fighting to make a real difference in people's lives — long before I was ever in elected office, even before my husband was in the presidency. I know that I have to make my case."

February 17, 2016

By Marianne Dodson

Hillary Clinton hasn’t had the best week.

A low blow was delivered to Hillary Clinton Tuesday night as she lost the New Hampshire Primary to Sen. Bernie Sanders by more than 20 points.

This is Clinton’s first major loss after narrowly beating Sanders in the Iowa Caucus. This also marks Clinton’s first loss in the state of New Hampshire, as she beat out Barack Obama in the 2008 election cycle.

Despite the result, Clinton made it clear that she now has her eyes set on the rest of the country for support.

“Now we take this campaign to the entire country,” Clinton said on Tuesday night. “We are going to fight for every vote in every state.”

Much of Clinton’s fight will come from appealing to younger voters, where Clinton trails Sanders by 58 points among voters under 30. This gap was echoed in a Saturday Night Live skit that featured a group of millennials discussing which candidate to vote for.




“I mean, I like Hillary’s foreign policy experience, but I love Bernie’s whole vibe,” a millennial said, emphasizing Sanders’ ‘cool’ appeal to younger voters.

The characters in the skit noted that while Clinton has everything they want in a candidate, “she’s no Bernie!”

Clinton did receive one important endorsement Thursday. The Congressional Black Caucus Political Action Committee endorsed Clinton, with CBC Chairman Gregory Meeks saying other candidates are “not even close, it’s not even close to Hillary Clinton” in regards to serving communities of color.

UPDATE: February 1, 2016 at 12 a.m.

Iowa Caucus result: First place, polling 49.8 percent

That result is with 96 percent of the delegates reporting. The race between Clinton and Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders remained close throughout the night.

February 1, 2016

By Marianne Dodson

She is fighting what many people are saying is the exact same battle she fought in 2008. Different competitor — same game.

With the Iowa Caucus only days away, Hillary Clinton is standing in a position that may feel a little too familiar to where she stood in 2008 against then Sen. Barack Obama. In 2008, Clinton lost Iowa to the current president, coming in with the third highest amount of delegates after Obama and former Sen. John Edwards, respectively. While it’s unlikely she’ll take third (Martin O’Malley is projected at getting 3.1 percent of the votes), Bernie Sanders is proving to be a political force to contend with.

At the Democratic town hall in Iowa on Monday, Clinton gave her all by dodging attacks from Sanders as well as answering tough questions brought up from the audience. Sanders reiterated one of his primary points against Clinton, saying “experience is important, but it is not the only thing,” as well as remarking on her back-and-forth stances on issues such as the Iraq War.

Clinton may have attracted a few more supporters while in Iowa after responding positively to a question about whether she would nominate Obama as a Supreme Court justice.

"Wow, what a great idea. Nobody has ever suggested that to me. Wow, I love that, wow," Clinton responded. "He may have a few other things to do, but I tell you, that's a great idea."

While Obama has yet to endorse a candidate, both Sanders and Clinton have been eager to get his support. Sanders went so far as to compare himself to Obama while at a recent event in Iowa.

“Eight years ago, Obama was being attacked for being pie in the sky, he did not have the experience,” Sanders said. “People of Iowa saw through those attacks then and they're going to see through those attacks again.”

Clinton, who served as Obama’s secretary of state from 2009 to 2013, claimed during the town hall that the president trusted her judgment enough to put her in such a powerful position.

She again emphasized her lengthy experience in politics as a long journey where she has had to continuously fight to get where she is.

"Don't get discouraged,” Clinton said. “It's hard. If it were easy, hey, there wouldn't be any contest. But it's not easy. There are very different visions, different values, different forces at work, and you have to have somebody who is a proven fighter — somebody who has taken them on and won, and kept going, and will do that as president."


November 9, 2015

By Marianne Dodson

With the titles former first lady, U.S. Senator, and Secretary of State under her belt, some would say Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has a pretty impressive resume.

The two-time presidential candidate and presumed front-runner for the Democratic nomination is no stranger to the political sphere, having unsuccessfully vied for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008.  

Background

Clinton was born Oct. 26, 1947, in Chicago, Illinois. She grew up a conservative, actively campaigning for Barry Goldwater in the U.S. presidential election of 1964. Clinton attended Wellesley College and graduated in 1969. During her time there, she shifted her political views from conservative to liberal. She went on to attend Yale Law School, where she met her husband Bill Clinton.

Clinton’s most recent time serving in a governmental office was in 2013 when she finished her four-year stint as Secretary of State to President Obama. Despite being out of office for two years, Clinton has stayed in the limelight, and her presidential candidacy announcement on April 12, 2015, came against the backdrop of political controversy.

Handling Controversy

In March 2015, news leaked that she had used a private email server to deal with official government business while she was secretary of state. The news put Clinton under fire from the public as well as her peers, especially in light of the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya, that occurred three years prior.

This 2012 attack left U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens dead and three others injured, resulting in an investigation of the State Department and major scrutiny of Clinton’s role as secretary of state during the event.

This scrutiny culminated in an 11-hour hearing in front of Congress this past October, where Clinton remained calm and collected during lengthy questioning.

Being questioned certainly isn’t a new concept for Clinton, who underwent a hearing during her time as first lady for the Whitewater Controversy. The controversy concerned her and Bill’s real estate investments in the Whitewater Development Corporation, which was a failed business venture during the 1970s and 1980s.

At the beginning of her reign as first lady, Clinton was appointed the head of the task force on National Health Care Reform by her husband. This again sparked controversy, and the plan that the group put forward, dubbed by some opponents as “Hillarycare,” failed to gather any support in either the House or the Senate.

In-office Track Record

There is, however, more to Clinton than the controversy she has sparked.

While she was first lady, she helped to create the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which gave state funding for children whose parents were unable to afford health care, and helped facilitate the passage of the Adoption and Safe Families Act, a compilation of reforms that were focused on American adoption and foster care systems.

In 2001, Clinton became the first woman to become a U.S. senator from New York. During her time as senator, she introduced legislation to reduce the cost of health insurance, and she worked to improve K-12 education.

Presidential Platform

Education and health care both are issues that Clinton has said she will focus on if elected president. She plans on defending the current Affordable Care Act put in place by President Obama and hopes to lower out-of-pocket medical costs and reduce the price of prescription drugs. Clinton has also outlined plans to make paying for college tuition possible without loans.

Clinton remains liberal-leaning on most issues, although she doesn’t lean as far left as her main Democratic competitor Bernie Sanders, who told the Boston Globe recently that he “disagrees with Hillary on virtually everything.”

Upon Sanders’ initial announcement that he was entering the race, both candidates seemed willing to acknowledge that though they may be different, they can agree that the main issue is the GOP.

I agree with Bernie. Focus must be on helping America's middle class. GOP would hold them back. I welcome him to the race. –H

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 30, 2015

Thanks @HillaryClinton. Looking forward to debating the big issues: income inequality, climate change & getting big money out of politics.

— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) April 30, 2015

Financially, Clinton hopes to raise the minimum wage to $12 and provide tax relief for families. She has also outlined ways for jump-starting small businesses.

According to Clinton’s website, she is also focused on energy reform. She has set two goals for the nation: installing half a billion solar panels across the country by the end of her first term, and generating enough renewable energy to power every home in America within 10 years of her taking office.

Despite having stayed relatively silent during the riots in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014, Clinton’s website says she plans on addressing issues with the criminal justice system and focusing on the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement.

“Black lives matter,” Clinton said on her site. “Everyone in this country should stand firmly behind that ... Since this campaign started, I've been talking about the work we must do to address the systemic inequities that persist in education, in economic opportunity, in our justice system. But we have to do more than talk — we have to take action.”

If elected president, Clinton will make history by becoming the first woman to hold the office.