Friday 9 December 2016

Hillary's publicising her strong political credentials

She pretends she hasn't decided on running, but presidential nomination is surely hers now

Published 22/06/2014 | 02:30

IN THE HOUSE: Hillary Clinton on the Truman Balcony of the White House in December 1998. Photo: 'Vogue'/Annie Leibovitz
IN THE HOUSE: Hillary Clinton on the Truman Balcony of the White House in December 1998. Photo: 'Vogue'/Annie Leibovitz

As others have pointed out, the question isn't "Will Hillary Clinton run for the presidency?" It's "Will Hillary Clinton stop running for the presidency?"

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She's been running for it since birth. A driven Illinois child imbued with the Methodist work ethic that distinguished Margaret Thatcher, she was already excelling at lessons and sports when, at 13, she started political canvassing. Her family was Republican, but in the late 1960s, as a political science major at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, she was gradually drawn towards Democrats by such issues as civil rights and Vietnam.

In 1969 – an academically successful and well-regarded moderate student activist – she achieved some public recognition for a courageous commencement speech: some contemporaries began tipping her as the first woman president.

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