Hillary Clinton on Saturday told struggling Americans “it’s time” for them to share in the country’s economic recovery and recalled a personal history she said inspired a lifetime of service for the disenfranchised in her first major speech since launching her presidential campaign.
“You brought our country back, now it’s time, your time, to secure the gains and move ahead,” Clinton said at the rally held on New York City’s Roosevelt Island. “And you know what? American can’t succeed unless you succeed. That is why I am running for president of the United States.”
Hillary Clinton, on Roosevelt Island, speaking at her formal presidential
Clinton, who announced her candidacy in an online video in April, used the rally to detail a progressive platform focused on working-class Americans who continue to struggle, even as the country’s economic outlook has improved.
The rally’s location, an island located between Manhattan and Queens, was rich in symbolism meant to highlight Clinton’s long career in public service. She served as a senator from New York for eight years and the United Nations, where she frequently represented the U.S. as secretary of state, could be seen behind her as she spoke Saturday.
She also said she was happy to formally launch her campaign “in a place with absolutely no ceilings,” one of many references to the historic nature of her bid to become the nation’s first female president.
Hillary Clinton makes her official launch address amongst thousands on
Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton hug after her speech_June 13, 2015
A Jewish supporter shows off his Hillary inscribed yarmulke._June 13, 2015