On Sunday, April 12, 2015, Hillary Clinton officially announced a bid for the upcoming presidential election. For the last several years, Clinton has denied any allegations that she may have been considering a run in the 2016 race to the White House. Despite this, her announcement came as no surprise to political pundits, especially the Democratic Party.
This will be Clinton’s second attempt at running for president, with her last efforts marked back in 2008 when she dropped out and cemented then-future President Barrack Obama as the Democratic primary candidate. After dropping out of the 2008 race, Clinton commented, “Although we weren’t able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it’s got about 18 million cracks in it.” It appears as if after an eight year break, she’s finally ready to finish the job.
Her announcement consisted of a video that incorporated an emphasis on the working class family and their noble struggle through the day-to-day. At the end of the video, Clinton makes her appearance and in her signature fashion, as she firmly and confidently announces, “Everyday Americans need a champion, and I wanna be that champion.” It appears her priority image in this candidacy will be the American family, when in her announcement she also tacks on, “When families are strong, America is strong” against the backdrop of hugging and lovable family images.
In a poll held by CNN, an estimated 80% of Democratic voters reported to be in favor of Hillary Clinton. However, even with early high approval ratings, Clinton has faced some major public scrutiny from the public and the media since her debut announcement just a few weeks ago.
One of the major stories circulating around Clinton, post-announcement, was spread not only by the likes of the prolific Rush Limbaugh, but also media outlets such as the New York Daily News and Bloomberg. They each reported Clinton absolutely did not tip at an Ohio Chipotle on an order that was a little over 20 dollars. Reporting on the matter has consisted of allowing the reader to connect the dots: It appears that the conservative media is looking to dispel any indication that Hillary Clinton is running for the working class (e.g. Chipotle employees.) In reality, when watching the Chipotle store’s “surveillance footage” from the presidential candidate’s afternoon visit, it appears to be Clinton’s longtime aide who handles the money. Clinton does nothing to directly rebuke the Chipotle employees from a well-earned tip.
It’s safe to say that in the coming months, as Clinton visits several college campuses, business parks and other traditional campaign stops, there will be plenty more grasping at straws in an attempt to deviate from the real issues of the impending presidential race.