Will Hillary Clinton be the next US President? A showdown between her and Donald Trump could turn out to be one of the most colourful presidential campaigns in the nation’s history. Don’t you want to see a woman in the White House? Clinton asks. Well yes, but whether or not it is her, on that question Americans are deeply divided. Critics believe her election would be a disaster for the nation’s security and foreign policy. In an attempt to humanise herself, in Hard Choices: A Memoir the 67-year-old pitches herself as a mother and a grandmother as much as a politician and a diplomat.
The trip to Iowa earlier this year, where a third-place finish in 2008 ultimately led to the collapse of her presidential aspirations, illustrated a commitment to not take anything for granted in her second bid for the White House, even though she dominates the likely Democratic field in 2016.
Clinton’s campaign video outlined the central themes of her second bid for the White House and sent a signal to Democrats that she intends to aggressively fight for the party’s presidential nomination.
In a new epilogue to Hard Choices: A Memoir 67-year-old Hillary Clinton pitches herself as a mother and a grandmother as much as a politician and a diplomat, attempting to heighten her appeal to voters. She writes that becoming a grandmother in 2014 with the birth of Charlotte to her daughter Chelsea “has made me think deeply about the responsibility we all share as stewards of the world we inherit and will one day pass on. Rather than make me want to slow down it has spurred me to speed up. In just a few months, Charlotte had already helped me see the world in new ways. There was so much more to do.”
Hillary Clinton claims that the birth of Charlotte has struck a chord with the American people, but:
“You shouldn’t have to be the granddaughter of a President or a Secretary of State to receive excellent health care, education, enrichment, and all the support and advantages that will one day lead to a good job and a successful life. That’s what we want for all our kids. And this isn’t just idealism. It’s a recipe for broadly-shared prosperity and a healthy democracy.”
In Hard Choices, the many dramatic moments of Secretary Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State frame her thoughts about the recent history of US foreign policy and the urgent, on-going need for American leadership in a changing world. In this truly global work, Hillary Clinton writes about her role in, and reflects on, such critical events as the killing of Osama Bin Laden, the overthrow of the Qaddafi regime in Libya, the transitions in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Arab Spring, the pivot to the Asia-Pacific, the rise of new powers such as China, Brazil, Turkey and India, the building of diplomatic coalitions to deal with Iran and North Korea, and America’s relations with important allies around the world.