story by: Simone Brady
Hillary Rodham Clinton (née Hillary Diane Rodham), born on Oct. 26, 1947, in Chicago is the Democratic party’s nominee for President of the United States. She obtained a law degree with honors from Yale University in 1973 after graduating from Wellesley College in 1969. During her youth, she worked on Republican campaigns; however, after hearing Martin Luther King, Jr. speak, she changed her affiliation to Democrat in 1968.
Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, won the presidency in 1992 and again in 1996. She served as First Lady from 1993 to 2001, making various diplomatic trips to 82 countries during her tenure. After the end of her husband’s presidency, Clinton decided to run for a Senate seat in the state of New York. She won the election, and went on to her appointed duty from 2001-2009.
Then, in 2009, President Barack Obama appointed her as Secretary of State, which was her position until 2013. She became the most extensively traveled Secretary of State in history, visiting 112 countries and traversing over 950,000 miles.
Clinton ran against Obama for the Democratic nomination in 2008, but conceded in the face of defeat. Despite her loss, she never gave up on her goal to be the first female president. When the opportunity arose again, she took it and ran with it, launching a successful campaign and garnering many supporters.
Along with her fans came critics, of course, including her opponent in the presidential race, Donald Trump, who calls her “Crooked Hillary” due to some of her more public missteps.
Clinton plans to reform immigration and make it much easier for immigrants, both legal and illegal, to obtain citizenship. She claims that she will enact this plan within her first 100 days in office, according to her website.
Her belief is that protecting families is one of the most important things one can do when dealing with illegal immigration. Clinton’s agendas of promoting naturalization and attempting to help immigrants obtain safe healthcare are also part of her plan to overhaul America’s immigration system.
Her plans to combat terrorism are well-rounded; she wants to fight radical Islamic terror from many angles. According to her platform, she wishes to take out bases in Syria and Iraq, work with U.S. allies to prevent terrorist attacks, and tighten defenses here at home by preventing gun access to people who are suspected of terrorist ties.
Clinton also supports LGBT rights and racial justice. With the legalization of same-sex marriage last summer, and the rising coverage and awareness of police killings, protecting citizens’ rights has become more crucial than ever.
Clinton appeals to many citizens all across the United States — people of all different races and ethnicities, those across the gender and sexuality spectrum, of varied economic status, and any other factor one can think of. Even those who are not necessarily big fans of her are flocking to her side due to fear of her opponent.
Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton is on a mission to be the very first woman to hold the office of President of the United States. Despite her mistakes and the few faux pas that she may have made, with over 30 years of experience in politics and law, she is truly the most qualified candidate in this race to achieve that goal.