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Hillary makes herstory
NY DAILY NEWS ^ | January 21st, 2007 | MICHAEL McAULIFF

Posted on 01/21/2007 8:23:23 PM PST by neverdem

WASHINGTON BUREAU

WASHINGTON - New York's Sen. Hillary Clinton made history again yesterday. The first former First Lady to become a senator declared she intends to break the ultimate glass ceiling and win election as America's first female President.

"I'm in. And I'm in to win," Clinton said in an Internet message.

Her promise to run a campaign that would be "a conversation" ends a grueling decision-making process that began just after Clinton, 59, won reelection to the Senate in November. And it caps years of groundwork by Clinton, her husband and her faithful, who built a national money network that could make her the most powerful woman in the world two years from now.

Yesterday, after waking up at home in her adopted state, she flicked the switch around breakfast time, powering up a nearly fully built election machine.

Aides were already in place to answer phones in her Washington campaign headquarters.

She then spent the day with former President Bill Clinton at her side in their Chappaqua, N.Y., mansion phoning supporters and donors, an aide said.

A source said Hillary Clinton talked to her campaign staff the night before, showing confidence and "a little bit of nervous energy."

"But she's very confident," the source said.

In a campaign that has hit warp speed earlier than ever before - with the first primary voting still a year away - her announcement comes at its own surprisingly critical moment.

A week earlier, as Hillary Clinton was touring Iraq and Afghanistan, former veep nominee John Edwards stole headlines with an anti-war speech on her own turf, at Riverside Church just blocks from her husband's Harlem office. And rising superstar Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) launched his own bid last week, siphoning even more attention from the junior New York senator.

She struck back fast, mounting a media blitz to talk up her war zone trip and offering a bill to start ending the war. But still Obama soared past her in a poll of first-up primary state New Hampshire. Edwards tied her.

"It's become tit-for-tat already," said Baruch College political scientist Doug Muzzio. "Edwards lays down a marker in New York. Obama announces on the Internet and ends saying he's going to have a conversation. And they're both offering Iraq bills."

Nationally, an ABC News/Washington Post poll found Hillary Clinton crushing party rivals, the favorite of 41% of Democrats, followed by Obama at 17% and Edwards at 12%. In a theoretical general election, though, a Newsweek poll found the three Dems in a virtual dead heat in head-to-head matchups with GOP top dogs Sen. John McCain and former Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Although the buzz was that Hillary Clinton would announce soon, many expected it after President Bush's State of the Union address on Tuesday. Trumping Bush helps explain the timing. "People are going to see a contrast between George Bush and Hillary Clinton," said campaign spokesman Phil Singer.

In a video chat filmed for the online rollout, the first topic she mentioned was Iraq - which promises to be tough for her in the primaries, with many left-leaning Democrats believing she hasn't moved quickly enough away from her vote for war.

"Let's talk about how to bring the right end to the war in Iraq, to restore respect for America around the world," she said.

Hillary Clinton also signaled her campaign will focus on the middle class, dealing with energy, deficits that threaten Medicare and Social Security, and "definitely" health care.

Her next steps will be a series of video Web chats starting tonight at hillaryclinton.com and then a trip to Iowa, the leadoff caucus state, at the end of the week.

Launching an exploratory committee means Hillary Clinton, who has $14 million left from her Senate campaign, can start the furious fund-raising needed in the primaries, likely more than $100 million.

An aide said Hillary Clinton would skip public financing for the primary and general contests, making her the first 2008 candidate to do so. Given the expected price tag, though, other top-tier candidates are likely to do the same.

With Kathleen Lucadamo


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia; US: New York
KEYWORDS: 2008; 4thecommongood; blackpantsuit; crusty; herthighness; hildebeast; hillary; hitlery; ladystalin; pantsuit; piaps; rats; rodham; x42

1 posted on 01/21/2007 8:23:23 PM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem
Maybe Obama and Perot her
2 posted on 01/21/2007 8:25:54 PM PST by null and void (Propaganda doesn't have to make sense. Hell, it often works better if it doesn't.)
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To: null and void
can Perot her.
3 posted on 01/21/2007 8:27:16 PM PST by null and void (Propaganda doesn't have to make sense. Hell, it often works better if it doesn't.)
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To: neverdem

Does this mean that Bill gets a shot at another 8 years as co-presdient?

Read my tagline.


4 posted on 01/21/2007 8:31:02 PM PST by weegee (No third term. Hillary Clinton's 2008 election run presents a Constitutional Crisis.)
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To: cyborg; Clemenza; Cacique; NYCVirago; The Mayor; Darksheare; hellinahandcart; Chode; ...
Giuliani's Abortion Record Should Hearten Pro-Lifers (says editorial)

(SENATOR CHARLES) SCHUMER A PARTY POOPER NEW BOOK: DEMS 'LOST TOUCH' WITH MIDDLE CLASS

Woe is me. If you can only read one story, read the one on putzhead. FReepmail me if you want on or off my New York ping list.

5 posted on 01/21/2007 8:34:19 PM PST by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: weegee

October 10, 2008 headline: Bill Clinton killed in tragic plane accident.


6 posted on 01/21/2007 8:36:04 PM PST by garjog (Used to be liberals were just people to disagree with. Now they are a threat to our existence.)
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To: garjog

Obama is in for a very tough Spring.


7 posted on 01/21/2007 8:40:39 PM PST by neverhillorat (IF THE RATS WIN, WE ALL LOSE)
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To: neverdem

"Let's have a conversation. I'm here to claim my throne. No one will stop me. End of conversation.


8 posted on 01/21/2007 8:40:44 PM PST by Magic Sam
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General wisdom says that its not a good idea to have "a conversation" with Satan. You are pretty much guaranteed to get screwed if you do......

America doesnt need a Lady Borgia for President.
9 posted on 01/21/2007 8:41:48 PM PST by wodinoneeye
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To: garjog

"October 10, 2008 headline: Bill Clinton killed in tragic plane accident."


A Murder Suicide would be much much better.


10 posted on 01/21/2007 8:44:40 PM PST by wodinoneeye
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To: neverdem

Wow. If she didn't let staff look her in the eye when she was First Lady, imagine if she was pres. (I know you don't want to)

She'd have the staff wiping her butt.


11 posted on 01/21/2007 8:45:17 PM PST by Lijahsbubbe
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To: neverdem

http://www.hillarypalpatine.com


12 posted on 01/21/2007 8:46:32 PM PST by gonewt
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To: weegee
Does this mean that Bill gets a shot at another 8 years as co-presdient?

Bill will be in the kitchen baking cookies.

13 posted on 01/21/2007 8:47:24 PM PST by BusterBear
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To: neverdem

ZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


14 posted on 01/21/2007 8:50:28 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: gonewt

LOL! Thanks for the ping.


15 posted on 01/21/2007 8:57:58 PM PST by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: neverdem
I'm in. And I'm in to win," Clinton said in an Internet message.

Yeah, she`s in alright. In-sane. How do you like the latest outfit, the "Monarch" look? I guess she is getting herself psyched for her imaginary coronation.


16 posted on 01/21/2007 9:07:54 PM PST by Screamname (Guinness world records reports that the record for youngest living person is constantly being broken)
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To: neverdem

For those new on FR, here is some background. 30 episodes of THE REAL HILLARY CLINTON -- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/850133/posts


17 posted on 01/21/2007 9:12:02 PM PST by doug from upland (Stopping Hillary should be a FreeRepublic Manhattan Project)
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To: neverdem

12 episodes of PETER PAUL AND HILLARY -- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1408387/posts


18 posted on 01/21/2007 9:13:38 PM PST by doug from upland (Stopping Hillary should be a FreeRepublic Manhattan Project)
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To: doug from upland

"On Oct. 20, 2002 she was literally booed off the stage at Paul McCartney's benefit Concert for New York. The boos were substantially edited out when the tape was sold to the public. That will be included in a future Hillary episode."

I remember watching the concert with my sons, live. We all stood and applauded when that happened. Bought the DVD just so we could see Only that again and again.

Fooled me.


19 posted on 01/21/2007 9:15:45 PM PST by HonestConservative (Illegitimi noncarborundum.)
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To: neverdem

YouTube -- HOW THE CLINTONS COLLAPSED STAN LEE MEDIA --- http://youtube.com/watch?v=LUWlxc7h5AI

See you this year in Los Angeles Superior Court, Queen Hillary.


20 posted on 01/21/2007 9:15:54 PM PST by doug from upland (Stopping Hillary should be a FreeRepublic Manhattan Project)
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To: weegee

No problem. the Constitution doesn't apply to Democrats.


21 posted on 01/21/2007 9:28:22 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Well, it's 2007. Time to get ready for 2008.)
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To: neverdem

So "WE" want to be president again?


22 posted on 01/21/2007 9:35:27 PM PST by SmartAZ
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To: doug from upland

Thanks for the links!


23 posted on 01/21/2007 9:38:18 PM PST by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: neverdem

Who wants an ugly old bag for president? Wait, Bill got elected didn't he?


24 posted on 01/21/2007 10:00:09 PM PST by Ode To Ted Kennedys Liver (Senate Republicans' Motto: Quit while you're ahead.|| Democrats' Motto: Going nowhere fast!)
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To: Screamname

Who's the ugly dog on the left?


25 posted on 01/21/2007 10:02:06 PM PST by Ode To Ted Kennedys Liver (Senate Republicans' Motto: Quit while you're ahead.|| Democrats' Motto: Going nowhere fast!)
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To: neverdem
I hate Liberal women who think they should be 'Queen of America.'

Here are some women I think should run, and would vote for over Hillary.

At least their brains are just as good and well, their beauty, I have judged that on my own.

You've come a long way, Conservababy.

 

 

 

26 posted on 01/21/2007 10:12:54 PM PST by lmr (The answers to life don't involve complex solutions.)
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To: Screamname

Queen Mary I, during her notorious reign,
ordered almost 300 religious dissenters put to death.

28 posted on 01/21/2007 10:17:26 PM PST by XR7
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To: neverdem

"People are going to see a contrast between George Bush and Hillary Clinton," said campaign spokesman Phil Singer.

I guess these brilliant political geniuses have not heard that George W. Bush will not be running in 2008.


29 posted on 01/22/2007 12:20:38 AM PST by Cincinna (HILLARY & HER HINO "We are going to take things away from you for the Common Good")
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To: neverdem
Although the buzz was that Hillary Clinton would announce soon, many expected it after President Bush's State of the Union address on Tuesday. Trumping Bush helps explain the timing. "People are going to see a contrast between George Bush and Hillary Clinton," said campaign spokesman Phil Singer.

And they're going to love it the way they love seeing Christmas decorations up the day after Halloween.

30 posted on 01/22/2007 12:33:43 AM PST by Albion Wilde (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. -2 Cor 3:17)
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To: Magic Sam
"Let's have a conversation. I'm here to claim my throne. No one will stop me. End of conversation."

LOL!!

31 posted on 01/22/2007 12:34:58 AM PST by Albion Wilde (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. -2 Cor 3:17)
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To: garjog

he would do it willingly to give her the coveted crown she has demanded of him...sick evil people.


32 posted on 01/22/2007 1:02:19 AM PST by tina07 (In Memory of my Father - WWII Army Air Force Veteran)
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To: tina07
My idea is that Bill passing away would be an October surprise. Hill would then go on TV and ask the American people if she should stay in the race. All of the soccer moms and Oprah fans would rush out to carry her to office.
33 posted on 01/22/2007 7:25:31 PM PST by garjog (Used to be liberals were just people to disagree with. Now they are a threat to our existence.)
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