Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced her presidential run in an April 12 video, but now that other challengers for the Democratic nomination have jumped into the race she’s ready for her “official” campaign launch.
The Clinton campaign said in April that her formal kickoff would be in mid-May, after her “listening tour” of early states. That was bumped to June 13.
On that Saturday, Clinton will give her speech at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park in New York City. Members of the public will be allowed to attend but are encouraged to sign up for tickets — translation, get on the campaign mailing list — first. Even those who hold tickets won’t be guaranteed admission to the first-come, first-served event.
Clinton’s camp said the address “will lay out her view of the challenges facing this country and her vision and ideas for moving the country forward.”
She picked the location because “throughout her career, Hillary Clinton has been inspired by FDR’s belief that America is stronger when we summon the work and talents of all Americans and has long admired Eleanor Roosevelt as a role model.”
That evening, Clinton will speak at a nationally webcast organizing meeting in Iowa. Her campaign said early primary states will host events streaming the Iowa meeting, and they’re planning at least one such meeting for each congressional district.
“She will personally ask organizers, volunteers and supporters to reach out and organize their friends, family and neighborhoods to build the type of lasting movement that can overcome the forces stacked against everyday Americans and their families,” her campaign said.
On June 15, she’ll head from Iowa to New Hampshire, then on to South Carolina June 17 and Nevada on June 18. “This early state schedule reflects Clinton’s plan to work for and earn every vote.”