Clin­ton calls for ‘bet­ter deal’ at first ma­jor rally


Hil­lary Clin­ton held the first ma­jor rally Satur­day of her cam­paign to be­come the first woman pres­i­dent of the United States, promis­ing a “bet­ter deal” for strug­gling mid­dle- class Amer­i­cans.

She chose home turf in New York, where she has a tren­chant fan base and served as se­na­tor for eight years, to de­liver a per­sonal speech out­lin­ing why she was run­ning again and to prom­ise tax breaks and uni­ver­sal preschool.

Sev­eral thou­sand of her most de­voted ad­mir­ers braved scorch­ing heat and a strict se­cu­rity cor­don to pack a rel­a­tively small venue at a me­mo­rial to famed World War II and New Deal pres­i­dent Franklin D. Roo­sevelt.

“I may not be the youngest can­di­date in this race, but I will be the youngest woman pres­i­dent in the his­tory of the United States,” the 67- year- old said to cheers and ap­plause. “And the first grand­mother as well!”

The for­mer sec­re­tary of state was joined on stage by hus­band and for­mer pres­i­dent Bill, daugh­ter Chelsea and their sonin- law Marc Mezvin­sky, em­brac­ing, hold­ing hands and wav­ing to a rap­tur­ous sea of wav­ing flags.

With chants of “Hil­lary!” and whoops of de­light, it was a fes­ti­val of whole­some mid­dle- class Amer­ica, decked with red, white and blue flags, bor­dered by leafy trees and over­looked by the sky­scrapers of New York.

She drew on the dis­ad­van­taged back­ground of her mother, who was forced to work as a maid aged 14 dur­ing the Great De­pres­sion, to tell vot­ers that she un­der­stood first hand their prob­lems.

“My mother taught me that every­body needs ( a) chance and a cham­pion. She knew what it was like not to have ei­ther one,” Clin­ton said.

“Pros­per­ity just can’t be for CEOs and hedge fund man­agers. Democ­racy can’t be just for bil­lion­aires.

“Amer­i­cans need deal.”



Tax Breaks, Uni­ver­sal Preschool

The Demo­cratic fron­trun­ner for the 2016 race to the White House promised tax re­lief to small busi­ness own­ers, to lead the way in cli­mate change, to make preschool avail­able to ev­ery child and lift “the crush­ing bur­den” of col­lege debt.

She called for equal rights for all and promised to keep Amer­ica strong, coun­ter­ing threats from Rus­sia, North Korea and Iran, cy­ber at­tacks and from the Is­lamic State ex­trem­ist group in Syria and Iraq.

She sought to present her­self as warm, car­ing and re­laxed, some­one with a sense of hu­mor and the most qual­i­fied can­di­date, with a raft of cre­den­tials learnt over four decades in public ser­vice.

A CNN poll found last week a grow­ing num­ber of Amer­i­cans say she is not hon­est and not trust- wor­thy (57 per­cent, up from 49 per­cent in March).

In her speech, she launched a sting­ing attack on the Repub­li­can Party, paint­ing her con­ser­va­tive foes as out of touch and lam­pooned their tax breaks in fa­vor of the su­per wealthy, at the ex­pense of the mid­dle class.

Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee spokes­woman Al­li­son Moore de­nounced the speech as “chock full of hyp­o­crit­i­cal at­tacks, par­ti­san rhetoric and ideas from the past that have led to a slug­gish econ­omy.”

Pro­gres­sives on the left wel­comed her pro­posal for debt­free col­lege and said her words showed that the cen­ter of grav­ity in the Demo­cratic Party was mov­ing away from cor­po­rate pri­or­i­ties to­ward pop­ulist ideas.

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