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Hillary Clinton got her campaign ad right
the second time around
by Nathan'ette Burdine: April 13, 2015

Hillary Clinton’s Hillary for America campaign ad is nothing like the 2007 campaign ad where the focus was solely on her.

The lazy setting of a small living room space and Clinton sitting on the couch talking about everything from the Iraq War, former President George W. Bush, Social Security, to chatting to people on-line has been replaced with a more energetic vibe and a focus on the American people.

The scenes feature people at work, out and about around town, and at their homes. There are a diverse group of people talking about everything from gardening, home renovation, getting their child into a better school, going back to work after being a stay-at-home mom, starting a family, preparing for a job after college, starting a new career or a new business, to retirement.

The main theme of the video, which is 2:18 long, is keeping American families strong by keeping the economy strong.

Clinton, who appears at the 1:32 mark, says, “Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion so you can do more than just get by. You can get ahead and stay ahead. Because when families are strong, America is strong.”

Although the former Secretary of State is considered the presumptive 2016 Democratic Presidential Nominee, she is not treating her “inevitability” status the same as she did in 2008.

This time around, Clinton is doing a listening tour throughout the country. The former Secretary of State says she will be traveling throughout the country listening to what the voters say need to be done in order to keep the country moving forward. “So I’m hitting the road to earn your vote. Because it’s your time,” said Clinton.

Her first stop will be in Iowa, where she came in third to then Senator Barack Obama and former Senator John Edwards in 2008.

There are at least three Democrats who hope to stop Clinton on her road to the White House. Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, and former Senator Jim Webb from Virginia have stated that they plan to enter the race.

For their part, Republicans aren’t wasting any time pointing out what they consider are stumbling blocks for Clinton on her road to the White House.

The Benghazi investigation and the “Email scandal” are all focal points for Republicans. Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, said that the “Clinton scandals” are proof that the Clintons cannot be trusted. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush tweeted on Sunday, “We must do better than Hillary.”

President Obama offered words of encouragement to Clinton who was his former opponent and then his Secretary of State.

President Obama told Dr. Natalie Azar of the Today show, “If she’s her wonderful self, I’m sure she’s going to do great.”

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