Did Hillary Clinton Just Preview Her Campaign Speech?
With her campaign kickoff planned for this weekend, Hillary Clinton on Friday offered her clearest articulation yet of why she wants to be president.
In a new epilogue to her 2014 memoir, Hard Choices, titled "A New Chapter" and published Friday morning by the Huffington Post, the former secretary of state wrote that the September birth of her first grandchild, Charlotte, has led her to "think deeply about the responsibility we all share as stewards of the world we inherit and will one day pass on."
While being a grandmother could have led her to slow down, Clinton said that "it has spurred me to speed up."
Without getting hinting the nuts-and-bolts of the policies for which she'll advocate once she gets into the race – let alone saying that she's running for president – Clinton offered a broad hint about some of the themes she'll be hitting on the stump.
As Margaret Mead said, children keep our imaginations fresh and our hearts young, and they drive us to work for a better future. I've also returned again and again to this question of universality - how much we all have in common even if the circumstances of our lives may be different. As you've seen throughout this book, one of the defining themes of my time as Secretary of State was our increasing global interdependence. Despite all the division and discord in the world, which sometimes can seem overwhelming, the basic fact of the 21st century is that we're more connected than ever. If the United States continues to lead the world in the years ahead, as I believe it can and must, it will be because we have learned how to define the terms of our interdependence to promote more cooperation and shared prosperity and less conflict and inequality. As we've seen since the first edition of this book was published in June 2014, the negative side of interdependence remains potent – whether it was the spread of virulent new strands of extremism in the Middle East or old-style nationalism in Europe or a deadly epidemic in Africa. Our job is to build up the positive side. The United States and the other great democracies have to redouble our efforts to empower moderates and marginalize extremists everywhere, and to stand firmly and united in pursuit of a more just, free, and peaceful world. That's the world I want for Charlotte and for all our kids.
It's the same rationale she's offered in fits and starts in recent months, but now it has even more immediacy as she prepares to to say that she's in.