First Lady of the United States during the presidency of Bill Clinton from 1993 to 2001, and First Lady of Arkansas for twelve years, Hillary Clinton is out to create history of sorts in United States which never had a woman candidate from a major party competing for White House.
She faced enormous political challenge from Bernie Sanders to clinch the nomination. Though she has the numbers Sanders is refusing to withdraw.
The campaign for nomination has laid bare the vacuum in US politics. Bernie Sanders was questioning the consensus evolved over a period of time among the centrist party of ‘democrats’. Though he could not make it, he shook the consensus terribly making discomfort to the conservatives with in the democratic set up, which include Hilllary Clinton. Trump on the other hand, perhaps unwittingly, brought how much the so called rightist can go when it comes to economy, religion and issues pertaining to racism.
Handling different posts from being the most politically active First Lady of the modern times to being the State Secretary from 2009 to 2013, during Obama’s term, has had given her a first-hand look into the governance all through her 28 years of political service.
In the interview, Clinton also said she plans to reach out to party rival Bernie Sanders’ supporters. Their unified opposition to Republican Party’s presumptive nominee Donald Trump will help bridge the party’s divides, she said. But how far she can take his views on economy and foreign policy remains to be seen. Remember Hillary was state secretary when Obama used drone attacks – some call this indiscriminately – to target enemies to the chagrin of even some of the supporters of US foreign policy.
“Now we may have approached it somewhat differently, but our goals are the same. And contrast that with Donald Trump, who set up a fake university, Trump University, that committed fraud on people,” Clinton said.
“As we reach out and we talk about what’s at stake in this election,” she said, adding “I really believe a lot of Senator Sanders’ supporters will join us in making sure that Donald Trump doesn’t get anywhere near the White House.”
Hillary Clinton has said that for her main focus is to find a’ qualified’ person for vice president.
“I’m looking at the most qualified people, and that includes women, of course, because I want to be sure that whoever I pick could be president immediately if something were to happen — that’s the most important qualification,” Clinton said.
“I’m going to really begin to pay attention to that now that we’ve wrapped up the primary process,” she said. “But it doesn’t matter to me who the person is, as long as that person can really do the job that is required.”
However, Clinton said she was not sure when she’ll name a vice presidential choice.
Clinton is a careful, pragmatic politician who is more likely to follow public opinion and lead it. That’s what makes her a ‘less-inspiring’ candidate to a section of the democratic supporters. Someone who’s less likely to attract a vast crowd to her rallies, and less likely to inspire an ordinary person to take $15 or $50 out of her wallet and hand it over to Clinton. But it’s also, in the view of most professionals, what makes her the more electable candidate.