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    | term_start = January 21, 2009| term_end = February 1, 2013| predecessor = Condoleezza Rice| successor = John Kerry| jr/sr1 = United States Senator
    New York (state)>New York| term_start1 = January 3, 2001| term_end1 = January 21, 2009| predecessor1 = Daniel Patrick Moynihan| successor1 = Kirsten Gillibrand| term_label2 = In role| office2 = First Lady of the United States| president2 = Bill Clinton| term_start2 = January 20, 1993| term_end2 = January 20, 2001| predecessor2 = Barbara Bush| successor2 = Laura Bush| office3 = First Lady of Arkansas| governor3 = Bill Clinton| term_label3 = In role| term_start3 = January 11, 1983| term_end3 = December 12, 1992| predecessor3 = Gay Daniels White| successor3 = Betty Tucker| governor4 = Bill Clinton| term_label4 = In role| term_start4 = January 9, 1979| term_end4 = January 19, 1981| predecessor4 = Barbara Pryor| successor4 = Gay Daniels White| birth_name = Hillary Diane Rodham194726{edih}| birth_place = Chicago, Illinois, U.S.| residence = Chappaqua, New York, U.S.Washington, D.C., U.S.| death_date =| death_place =Democratic Party (United States)>Democratic (1968–present)Republican Party (United States)>Republican (before 1968)Bill Clinton|October 11, 1975}}| children = Chelsea Clinton {edih}Wellesley College (Bachelor of Arts>BA)Yale University (JD)WEBSITE=FORBES, August 11, 2017, | signature = Hillary Rodham Clinton}}}}{{Hillary Clinton series}}Hillary Diane Rodham ClintonWEB, Hillary Clinton Bio,,weblink July 19, 2019, Name: Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton, NEWS, Secter, Bob, Trice, Dawn Turner, Clinton: Most famous. Least known?, November 27, 2017, Chicago Tribune,weblink July 19, 2019, What You May Not Know About ... Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton, (born Hillary Diane Rodham, October 26, 1947) is an American politician, diplomat, lawyer, writer and public speaker. She was First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001, a United States senator from New York from 2001 to 2009, and the 67th United States secretary of state from 2009 until 2013. Clinton became the first woman to be nominated for president of the United States by a major political party when she won the Democratic Party nomination in 2016.Raised in the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge, Clinton graduated from Wellesley College in 1969 and earned a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School in 1973. After serving as a congressional legal counsel, she moved to Arkansas and married future president Bill Clinton in 1975; the two had met at Yale. In 1977, she co-founded Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. She was appointed the first female chair of the Legal Services Corporation in 1978 and became the first female partner at Little Rock's Rose Law Firm the following year. Clinton was the first lady of Arkansas from 1979 to 1981 and again from 1983 to 1992.As first lady of the United States, Clinton advocated for healthcare reform. In 1994, her major initiative—the Clinton health care plan—failed to gain approval from Congress. In 1997 and 1999, Clinton played a leading role in advocating the creation of the State Children's Health Insurance Program, the Adoption and Safe Families Act and the Foster Care Independence Act. Her marital relationship came under public scrutiny during the Lewinsky scandal, which led her to issue a statement that reaffirmed her commitment to the marriage.In 2000, Clinton was elected as the first female senator from New York. She was re-elected in 2006. During her Senate tenure, Clinton advocated for medical benefits for first responders whose health was damaged in the September 11 attacks.WEB, McAfee, Tierney,weblink How Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Responded to the 9/11 Attacks,, September 9, 2016, August 21, 2019, In 2008, Clinton ran for president but was defeated by eventual winner Barack Obama in the Democratic primaries.Clinton served as U.S. secretary of state in the Obama Administration from 2009 to 2013. During her tenure, Clinton responded to the Arab Spring by advocating military intervention in Libya. She was harshly criticized by Republicans for the failure to prevent or adequately respond to the 2012 Benghazi attack. Clinton helped to organize a diplomatic isolation and a regime of international sanctions against Iran in an effort to force it to curtail its nuclear program; this effort eventually led to the multinational Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreement in 2015. Her use of a private e-mail server during her time as Secretary of State was the subject of intense scrutiny; while no charges were filed against Clinton, the e-mail controversy was the single most covered topic during the 2016 presidential election. Upon leaving her Cabinet position after Obama's first term, she wrote her fifth book and undertook speaking engagements.Clinton made a second presidential run in 2016. After winning the Democratic nomination, she ran in the general election with Virginia Senator Tim Kaine as her running mate. Clinton lost the presidential election to Republican opponent Donald Trump in the Electoral College despite winning a plurality of the popular vote. Following her loss, she wrote her third memoir, What Happened, and launched Onward Together, a political action organization dedicated to fundraising for progressive political groups.

    Early life and education

    Early life

    Hillary Diane Rodham was born on October 26, 1947 at Edgewater Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois.WEB,weblink Edgewater Hospital 1929–2001, O'Laughlin, Dania, Summer 2003, Edgewater Historical Society, August 22, 2019, She was raised in a United Methodist family that first lived in Chicago. When she was three years old, her family moved to the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge.{{sfn|Bernstein|2007|pp=18, 34}} Her father, Hugh Rodham, was of English and Welsh descent,WEB, Roberts, Gary Boyd,weblink Notes on the Ancestry of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, New England Historic Genealogical Society, November 10, 2012,weblink" title="">weblink December 3, 2010, and managed a small but successful textile business, which he had founded.{{sfn|Bernstein|2007|pp=17–18}} Her mother, Dorothy Howell, was a homemaker of Dutch, English, French Canadian (from Quebec), Scottish and Welsh descent.NEWS, Smolenyak, Megan, Megan Smolenyak,weblink Hillary Clinton's Celtic Roots, Irish America, April–May 2015, Clinton has two younger brothers, Hugh and Tony.{{sfn|Gerth|Van Natta|2007|p=14}}As a child, Rodham was a favorite student among her teachers at the public schools she attended in Park Ridge.{{sfnm |1a1=Bernstein |1y=2007 |1p=29 |2a1=Morris |2y=1996 |2p=113}} She participated in swimming and softball and earned numerous badges as a Brownie and a Girl Scout.{{sfnm |1a1=Bernstein |1y=2007 |1p=29 |2a1=Morris |2y=1996 |2p=113}} She has often told the storyWEB,weblink Stories from the Top at The Women's Museum: Question 1 – Hillary Clinton wanting to be an astronaut, answering What was the first thing you wanted to be when you grew up? The Women's Museum in Dallas, Tx "Stories from the Top" Women's History Month event, March 27, 2009, TheWomensMuseum, May 21, 2009, YouTube, WEB,weblink Hillary Clinton wanting to be an astronaut, speech for Reclaiming Our Commitment to Science & Innovation at the Carnegie Institute of Washington, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, October 4, 2007, YouTube, WEB,weblink Barbara Walters interview, 2001, in Park Ridge (the Chicago suburb where she grew up), July 25, 2010, YouTube, of being inspired by U.S. efforts during the Space Race and sending a letter to NASA around 1961 asking what she could do to become an astronaut, only to be informed that women were not being accepted into the program.Clinton's story was thoroughly investigated by Fact Checker Michelle Ye Hee Lee in the Washington Post. Quote:"After receiving more information from the National Air and Space Museum, specifically a March 1962 letter with a similar tone and message as the Miss Kelly letter {{webarchive |url= |date=October 22, 2016 }} and Clinton's account, we decided the claim met the "reasonable person" standard. We award Clinton the rare Geppetto Checkmark [Statements and claims that contain "the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth"]."Full report: NEWS,weblink Hillary Clinton's often-told story that NASA rejected her childhood dream of becoming an astronaut, Lee, Michelle Ye Hee, The Washington Post, November 30, 2015, Neither Clinton nor NASA has produced a copy of the actual response that she states she received. She attended Maine East High School, where she participated in the student council and school newspaper and was selected for the National Honor Society.WEB,weblink Hillary Rodham Clinton,, The White House, August 22, 2019, {{sfn|Bernstein|2007|pp=30–31}} She was elected class vice president for her junior year but then lost the election for class president for her senior year against two boys, one of whom told her that "you are really stupid if you think a girl can be elected president".{{sfnm |1a1=Bernstein |1y=2007 |1p=30 |2a1=Gerth |2a2=Van Natta |2y=2007 |2pp=21–22}} For her senior year, she and other students were transferred to the then new Maine South High School. There she was a National Merit Finalist and was voted, "most likely to succeed". She graduated in 1965 in the top five percent of her class.{{sfnm |1a1=Bernstein |1y=2007 |1pp=30–31 |2a1=Maraniss |2y=1995 |2p=255}}File:HRCEarlyYearsExhibitClintonPresidentialCenter.jpg|thumb|left|alt=Museum display case containing photographs, papers, shoes, doll, and other early childhood artifacts of Hillary Rodham's early life|Mementos of Hillary Rodham's early life are shown at the William J. Clinton Presidential CenterWilliam J. Clinton Presidential CenterRodham's mother wanted her to have an independent, professional career. Her father, who was otherwise a traditionalist, felt that his daughter's abilities and opportunities should not be limited by gender.{{sfn|Bernstein|2007|p=13}} She was raised in a politically conservative household,Brock 1996, p. 4. Her father was an outspoken Republican, while her mother kept quiet but was "basically a Democrat." See also Bernstein 2007, p. 16. and she helped canvass Chicago's South Side at age 13 after the very close 1960 U.S. presidential election. She saw evidence of electoral fraud (such as voting list entries showing addresses that were empty lots) against Republican candidate Richard Nixon,{{sfn|Gerth|Van Natta|2007|p=19}} and later volunteered to campaign for Republican candidate Barry Goldwater in the U.S. presidential election of 1964.BOOK, Middendorf, J. William, Glorious Disaster: Barry Goldwater's Presidential Campaign And the Origins of the Conservative Movement, Basic Books, 2006, 978-0-465-04573-0, J. William Middendorf,weblink p. 266.Rodham's early political development was shaped mostly by her high school history teacher (like her father, a fervent anti-communist), who introduced her to Goldwater's The Conscience of a Conservative and by her Methodist youth minister (like her mother, concerned with issues of social justice), with whom she saw and afterwards briefly met, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. at a 1962 speech in Chicago's Orchestra Hall.Troy 2006, p. 15; Gerth and Van Natta 2007, pp. 18–21; Bernstein 2007, pp. 34–36. The teacher, Paul Carlson, and the minister, Donald Jones, came into conflict in Park Ridge; Clinton would later see that as "an early indication of the cultural, political and religious fault lines that developed across America in the [next] forty years". (Clinton 2003, p. 23) Several dates have been published for the King speech she witnessed, but April 15, 1962, is the most likely, see NEWS, Dobbs, Michael, Hillary and Martin Luther King Jr.,weblink The Washington Post, December 31, 2007,

    Wellesley College years

    In 1965, Rodham enrolled at Wellesley College, where she majored in political science.NEWS,weblink A student's words, a candidate's struggle, Levenson, Michael, March 4, 2007, Boston Globe, August 22, 2019, WEB,weblink Hillary Rodham Clinton Remarks to Wellesley College Class of 1992, Clinton, Hillary Rodham, May 29, 1992, Wellesley College, August 22, 2019, During her first year, she served as president of the Wellesley Young Republicans.Clinton 2003, p. 31.WEB,weblink Wellesley College Republicans: History and Purpose, Wellesley College, May 16, 2007, June 2, 2007,weblink" title="">weblink September 3, 2006, Gives organization's prior name. As the leader of this "Rockefeller Republican"-oriented group,BOOK, Milton, Joyce, The First Partner: Hillary Rodham Clinton, William Morrow and Company, 1999, 978-0-688-15501-8, pp. 27–28. she supported the elections of moderate Republicans John Lindsay to mayor of New York City and Massachusetts Attorney General Edward Brooke to the United States Senate.Brock 1996, pp. 12–13. She later stepped down from this position. In 2003 Clinton would write that her views concerning the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War were changing in her early college years. In a letter to her youth minister at that time, she described herself as "a mind conservative and a heart liberal".Bernstein 2007, p. 50. Bernstein states she believed this combination was possible and that no equation better describes the adult Hillary Clinton. In contrast to the factions in the 1960s that advocated radical actions against the political system, she sought to work for change within it.NEWS,weblink Hillary: The Wellesley Years: The woman who will live in the White House was a sharp-witted activist in the class of '69, Kenney, Charles, January 12, 1993, Boston Globe, August 22, 2019, Bernstein 2007, pp. 42–46; Troy 2006, pp. 18–19.By her junior year, Rodham became a supporter of the antiwar presidential nomination campaign of Democrat Eugene McCarthy. In early 1968 she was elected president of the Wellesley College Government Association, and she served through early 1969. Following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., Rodham organized a two-day student strike and worked with Wellesley's black students to recruit more black students and faculty.NEWS,weblink In Turmoil of '68, Clinton Found a New Voice, Leibovich, Mark, September 7, 2007, The New York Times, August 22, 2019, In her student government role, she played a role in keeping Wellesley from being embroiled in the student disruptions common to other colleges.{{sfn|Bernstein|2007|pp=53–54}} A number of her fellow students thought she might some day become the first female president of the United States.To help her better understand her changing political views, Professor Alan Schechter assigned Rodham to intern at the House Republican Conference, and she attended the "Wellesley in Washington" summer program. Rodham was invited by moderate New York Republican representative Charles Goodell to help Governor Nelson Rockefeller's late-entry campaign for the Republican nomination. Rodham attended the 1968 Republican National Convention in Miami Beach. However, she was upset by the way Richard Nixon's campaign portrayed Rockefeller and by what she perceived as the convention's "veiled" racist messages, and she left the Republican Party for good.Rodham wrote her senior thesis, a critique of the tactics of radical community organizer Saul Alinsky, under Professor Schechter. (Years later, while she was the first lady, access to her thesis was restricted at the request of the White House and it became the subject of some speculation. The thesis was later released.NEWS, Reading Hillary Rodham's hidden thesis,weblink Dedman, Bill, MSNBC, May 9, 2007, Bill Dedman, )In 1969, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, with departmental honors in political science. After some fellow seniors requested that the college administration allow a student speaker at commencement, she became the first student in Wellesley College history to speak at the event. Her address followed that of the commencement speaker, Senator Edward Brooke.WEB,weblink Hillary D. Rodham's 1969 Student Commencement Speech, Rodham, Hillary, May 31, 1969, Wellesley College, August 22, 2019, {{sfn|Gerth|Van Natta|2007|pp=34–36}} After her speech, she received a standing ovation that lasted seven minutes.NEWS, Brooke Speech Challenged by Graduate, Fitchburg Sentinel, June 2, 1969, NEWS, Brooke Speech Draws Reply, Nevada State Journal, June 2, 1969, She was featured in an article published in Life magazine,NEWS, The Class of '69, Life (magazine), Life, June 20, 1969, 28–33,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink December 25, 2014, The article features Rodham and two student commencement speakers from other schools, with photos and excerpts from their speeches.NEWS,weblink Hillary Clinton: Photos of the Future First Lady as a Wellesley Grad, Cosgrove, Ben, February 15, 2014, Time (magazine), Time, August 16, 2016, because of the response to a part of her speech that criticized Senator Brooke.{{sfn|Gerth|Van Natta|2007|pp=34–36}} She also appeared on Irv Kupcinet's nationally syndicated television talk show as well as in Illinois and New England newspapers.{{sfn|Bernstein|2007|p=70}} She was asked to speak at the 50th anniversary convention of the League of Women Voters in Washington D.C. the next year.Clinton, What Happened, p. 198. That summer, she worked her way across Alaska, washing dishes in Mount McKinley National Park and sliming salmon in a fish processing cannery in Valdez (which fired her and shut down overnight when she complained about unhealthy conditions).Morris 1996, p. 139; Bernstein 2007, p. 105. Clinton would later write, and repeat on the Late Show with David Letterman, that sliming fish was the best preparation she would ever have for living in Washington. Clinton 2003, pp. 42–43.

    Yale Law School and postgraduate studies

    Rodham then entered Yale Law School, where she served on the editorial board of the Yale Review of Law and Social Action.WEB,weblink Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton (1947–), May 16, 2019, Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, Central Arkansas Library System, August 22, 2019, During her second year, she worked at the Yale Child Study Center,{{sfn|Gerth|Van Natta|2007|pp=42–43}} learning about new research on early childhood brain development and working as a research assistant on the seminal work, Beyond the Best Interests of the Child (1973).{{sfn|Bernstein|2007|p=75}}The authors of Beyond the Best Interests of the Child were Center director Al Solnit, Yale Law professor Joe Goldstein, and Anna Freud. She also took on cases of child abuse at Yale–New Haven Hospital,{{sfn|Bernstein|2007|p=75}} and volunteered at New Haven Legal Services to provide free legal advice for the poor.{{sfn|Gerth|Van Natta|2007|pp=42–43}} In the summer of 1970, she was awarded a grant to work at Marian Wright Edelman's Washington Research Project, where she was assigned to Senator Walter Mondale's Subcommittee on Migratory Labor. There she researched various migrant workers' issues including education, health and housing.Morris 1996, pp. 142–43. Edelman later became a significant mentor.{{sfn|Bernstein|2007|pp=71–74}} Rodham was recruited by political advisor Anne Wexler to work on the 1970 campaign of Connecticut U.S. Senate candidate Joseph Duffey. Rodham later crediting Wexler with providing her first job in politics.NEWS,weblink Anne Wexler, Political Adviser and Lobbyist, Dies at 79, Weil, Martin, August 8, 2009, The Washington Post, August 22, 2019, In the spring of 1971, she began dating fellow law student Bill Clinton. During the summer, she interned at the Oakland, California, law firm of Treuhaft, Walker and Burnstein. The firm was well known for its support of constitutional rights, civil liberties and radical causes (two of its four partners were current or former Communist Party members);{{sfn|Bernstein|2007|pp=82–83}} Rodham worked on child custody and other cases.{{efn|Research by The New York Sun in 2007 found it unclear exactly which cases beyond child custody ones Rodham worked on at the Treuhaft firm. Anti-Clinton writers such as Barbara Olson would later charge Hillary Clinton with never repudiating Treuhaft's ideology, and for retaining social and political ties with his wife and fellow communist Jessica Mitford.Olson 1999, pp. 56–57. Further Sun research revealed that Mitford and Hillary Clinton were not close, and had a falling-out over a 1980 Arkansas prisoner case.NEWS,weblink Hillary Clinton's Left Hook, Gerstein, Josh, The New York Sun, November 27, 2007, }} Clinton canceled his original summer plans and moved to live with her in California;NEWS,weblink The Clintons' Berkeley Summer of Love, Gerstein, Josh, The New York Sun, November 26, 2007, the couple continued living together in New Haven when they returned to law school.NEWS,weblink Hillary Clinton's Radical Summer, Gerstein, Josh, The New York Sun, November 26, 2007, The following summer, Rodham and Clinton campaigned in Texas for unsuccessful 1972 Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern.{{sfn|Gerth|Van Natta|2007|pp=48–49}} She received a Juris Doctor degree from Yale in 1973,NEWS,weblink Hillary Rodham Clinton, The New York Times, April 13, 2008, Helene, Cooper,weblink" title="">weblink April 28, 2008, having stayed on an extra year to be with Clinton.{{sfn|Bernstein|2007|p=89}} He first proposed marriage to her following graduation, but she declined, uncertain if she wanted to tie her future to his.{{sfn|Bernstein|2007|p=89}}Rodham began a year of postgraduate study on children and medicine at the Yale Child Study Center. In late 1973 her first scholarly article, "Children Under the Law", was published in the Harvard Educational Review.JOURNAL, Rodham, Hillary, 1973, Children Under the Law, Harvard Educational Review, 43, 4, 487–514, harv, 10.17763/haer.43.4.e14676283875773k, Discussing the new children's rights movement, the article stated that "child citizens" were "powerless individuals"Troy 2006, p. 21. and argued that children should not be considered equally incompetent from birth to attaining legal age, but instead that courts should presume competence on a case-by-case basis, except when there is evidence otherwise.NEWS,weblink Legal Scholars See Distortion in Attacks on Hillary Clinton, Lewin, Tamar, The New York Times, August 24, 1992, The article became frequently cited in the field.JOURNAL,weblink What Hillary Rodham Clinton really said about children's rights and child policy, Lindsey, Duncan, Sarri, Rosemary C., Children and Youth Services Review, 14, 6, 1992, 473–83, 10.1016/0190-7409(92)90001-C, 2027.42/30351,

    Marriage, family, law career and first ladyship of Arkansas

    From the East Coast to Arkansas

    During her postgraduate studies, Rodham served as staff attorney for Edelman's newly founded Children's Defense Fund in Cambridge, Massachusetts,{{sfn|Bernstein|2007|pp=91–92}} and as a consultant to the Carnegie Council on Children.Brock 1996, p. 42. In 1974, she was a member of the impeachment inquiry staff in Washington, D.C., and advised the House Committee on the Judiciary during the Watergate scandal.{{sfn|Bernstein|2007|pp=94–96, 101–03}} Under the guidance of Chief Counsel John Doar and senior member Bernard W. Nussbaum,{{sfn|Bernstein|2007|p=75}} Rodham helped research procedures of impeachment and the historical grounds and standards for it.{{sfn|Bernstein|2007|pp=94–96, 101–03}} The committee's work culminated with the resignation of President Richard Nixon in August 1974.{{sfn|Bernstein|2007|pp=94–96, 101–03}}By then, Rodham was viewed as someone with a bright political future. Democratic political organizer and consultant Betsey Wright moved from Texas to Washington the previous year to help guide Rodham's career.{{sfn|Bernstein|2007|p=62}} Wright thought Rodham had the potential to become a future senator or president.{{sfn|Maraniss|1995|p=277}} Meanwhile, boyfriend Bill Clinton had repeatedly asked Rodham to marry him, but she continued to demur.{{sfn|Bernstein|2007|pp=90, 120}} After failing the District of Columbia bar examBernstein 2007, p. 92; Allen and Parnes 2014, p. 149. Taking an out-of-date bar study class may have been a factor. Two-thirds (551 of 817) of the candidates passed. Rodham did not tell even close friends of the failure until revealing it thirty years later in her autobiography. and passing the Arkansas exam, Rodham came to a key decision. As she later wrote, "I chose to follow my heart instead of my head".Clinton 2003, p. 69. She thus followed Clinton to Arkansas, rather than staying in Washington, where career prospects were brighter. He was then teaching law and running for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in his home state. In August 1974, Rodham moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas, and became one of only two female faculty members in the School of Law at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.{{sfn|Bernstein|2007|p=92}}Clinton 2003, p. 70. Source for number of female faculty members.

    Early Arkansas years

    At the university, Rodham taught classes in criminal law. She was considered a rigorous teacher who was tough with her grades.{{sfn|Maraniss|1995|p=328}} Rodham became the first director of a new legal aid clinic at the school, where she secured support from the local bar association and gained federal funding.{{sfn|Bernstein|2007|pp=126–27}} As a court-appointed lawyer, Clinton was required to serve as defense counsel to a man accused of raping a 12-year-old girl; after her request to be relieved of the assignment failed, Clinton used an effective defense and counseled her client to plead guilty to a lesser charge. Clinton has called the trial a "terrible case".WEB,weblink Did Hillary Clinton ask to be 'relieved' from representing an accused rapist in 1970s?, Contorno, Steve, PolitiFact, July 17, 2014, During her time in Fayetteville, Rodham and several other women founded the city's first rape crisis center.{{sfn|Bernstein|2007|pp=126–27}} Rodham still harbored doubts about getting married; she was concerned that her separate identity would be lost, and that her accomplishments would be viewed in light of someone else.{{sfn|Bernstein|2007|pp=62, 90, 117}}In 1974, Bill Clinton lost an Arkansas congressional race, facing incumbent Republican John Paul Hammerschmidt.{{sfn|Gerth|Van Natta|2007|p=57}} Rodham and Bill Clinton bought a house in Fayetteville in the summer of 1975 and she agreed to marry him.{{sfn|Bernstein|2007|p=120}} The wedding took place on October 11, 1975, in a Methodist ceremony in their living room.{{sfn|Maraniss|1995|pp=121–22}} A story about the marriage in the Arkansas Gazette indicated that she decided to retain the name Hillary Rodham.{{sfn|Maraniss|1995|pp=121–22}} Her motivation was threefold. She wanted to keep the couple's professional lives separate, avoid apparent conflicts of interest, and as she told a friend at the time, "it showed that I was still me."{{sfn|Bernstein|2007|p=157}} The decision upset both mothers, who were more traditional.Clinton 2003, pp. 91–92.In 1976, Rodham temporarily relocated to Indianapolis to serve as an Indiana state campaign organizer for the presidential campaign of Jimmy Carter.WEB,weblink 'Indianoplace'? That's what Hillary Clinton called us, Groppe, Maureen, October 7, 2015,, Indy Star, December 29, 2017, WEB,weblink Jimmy Carter makes fund raising plea for Hillary Clinton, Sheinin, Aaron Gould, August 30, 2016,, AJC, December 29, 2017,weblink" title="">weblink December 30, 2017, dead,
    In November 1976, Bill Clinton was elected Arkansas attorney general, and the couple moved to the state capital of Little Rock.{{sfn|Gerth|Van Natta|2007|p=57}} In February 1977, Rodham joined the venerable Rose Law Firm, a bastion of Arkansan political and economic influence.Bernstein 2007, pp. 128, 103. The firm was called Rose, Nash, Williamson, Carroll, Clay & Giroir, but it simplified its name to Rose Law Firm in 1980. She specialized in patent infringement and intellectual property law while working pro bono in child advocacy;{{sfn|Bernstein|2007|p=133}} she rarely performed litigation work in court.{{sfn|Bernstein|2007|pp=131–32}}
    Rodham maintained her interest in children's law and family policy, publishing the scholarly articles "Children's Policies: Abandonment and Neglect" in 1977JOURNAL, Rodham, Hillary, Children's Policies: Abandonment and Neglect, Yale Law Journal, 68, 7, June 1977, 1522–31, 10.2307/795794, Steiner, Gilbert Y., 795794, and "Children's Rights: A Legal Perspective" in 1979.BOOK, Rodham, Hillary, Children's Rights: A Legal Perspective, Patricia A. Vardin, Ilene N. Brody, Children's Rights: Contemporary Perspectives, Teachers College Press, New York, 1979, 21–36, The latter continued her argument that children's legal competence depended upon their age and other circumstances and that in serious medical rights cases, judicial intervention was sometimes warranted. An American Bar Association chair later said, "Her articles were important, not because they were radically new but because they helped formulate something that had been inchoate." Historian Garry Wills would later describe her as "one of the more important scholar-activists of the last two decades."NEWS,weblink H.R. Clinton's Case, Wills, Garry, The New York Review of Books, March 5, 1992, Garry Wills, Conservatives said her theories would usurp traditional parental authority, would allow children to file frivolous lawsuits against their parents, and exemplified critical legal studies run amok.Olson 1999, p. 57.File:HillaryRodhamBillClintonLittleRockHouse1adjusted.jpg|thumb|alt=A small, one-story brick-faced house with a small yard in front. This house is located in Little Rock, Arkansas. Hillary Rodham and Bill Clinton lived in this house when he was Arkansas Attorney General from 1977 to 1979.|Hillary and Bill lived in this house in Little Rock's Hillcrest neighborhood while he was Arkansas Attorney General (1977–1979).BOOK, Clinton, Bill, My Life, Alfred A. Knopf, Knopf Publishing GroupAlfred A. Knopf, Knopf Publishing GroupIn 1977, Rodham cofounded Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, a state-level alliance with the Children's Defense Fund.{{sfn|Bernstein|2007|p=154}} Later that year, President Jimmy Carter (for whom Rodham had been the 1976 campaign director of field operations in Indiana){{sfn|Bernstein|2007|p=125}} appointed her to the board of directors of the Legal Services Corporation.WEB,weblink Jimmy Carter: Nominations Submitted to the Senate, Week Ending Friday, December 16, 1977, American Presidency Project, September 3, 2007, She served in that capacity from 1978 until the end of 1981.WEB,weblink Ronald Reagan: Recess Appointment of Three Members of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation, January 22, 1982, American Presidency Project, September 3, 2007, From mid-1978 to mid-1980,{{efn|For the start date, see Brock 1996, p. 96. Secondary sources give inconsistent dates as to when her time as chair ended. Primary sources indicate that sometime between about April 1980 and September 1980, Rodham was replaced as chair by F. William McCalpin. See Departments of State, Justice, and Commerce, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations for 1981, "[{{Google books |plainurl=yes |id=KWRBPOdZCdAC |page=145}} House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Departments of State, Justice, Commerce, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations]", U.S. House of Representatives, 1980. Rodham is still chair after having given birth "a few weeks ago"; Chelsea Clinton was born on February 27, 1980.}} she was the chair of that board, the first woman to hold the job.Morris 1996, p. 225. During her time as chair, funding for the Corporation was expanded from $90 million to $300 million; subsequently, she successfully fought President Ronald Reagan's attempts to reduce the funding and change the nature of the organization.{{sfn|Bernstein|2007|p=133}}Following her husband's November 1978 election as governor of Arkansas, Rodham became that state's first lady in January 1979. She would hold that title for twelve nonconsecutive years (1979–81, 1983–92). Clinton appointed his wife to be the chair of the Rural Health Advisory Committee the same year,NEWS,weblink The First Couple: A Union of Mind and Ambition, Kelly, Michael, The New York Times, January 20, 1993, Michael Kelly (editor), where she secured federal funds to expand medical facilities in Arkansas's poorest areas without affecting doctors' fees.{{sfn|Bernstein|2007|p=147}}In 1979, Rodham became the first woman to be made a full partner in Rose Law Firm.{{sfn|Gerth|Van Natta|2007|p=60}} From 1978 until they entered the White House, she had a higher salary than her husband.{{sfn|Bernstein|2007|p=130}} During 1978 and 1979, while looking to supplement their income, Rodham engaged in the trading of cattle futures contracts;{{sfn|Gerth|Van Natta|2007|pp=66–67}} an initial $1,000 investment generated nearly $100,000 when she stopped trading after ten months.{{sfn|Gerth|Van Natta|2007|pp=73–76}} At this time, the couple began their ill-fated investment in the Whitewater Development Corporation real estate venture with Jim and Susan McDougal.{{sfn|Gerth|Van Natta|2007|pp=66–67}} Both of these became subjects of controversy in the 1990s.On February 27, 1980, Rodham gave birth to the couple's only child, a daughter who they named Chelsea. In November 1980, Bill Clinton was defeated in his bid for re-election.{{sfn|Bernstein|2007|pp=159–160}}

    Later Arkansas years

    File:Reagans with the Clintons.jpg|thumb|alt=The Reagans and the Clintons walking a red carpet during the 1987 Dinner Honoring the Nation's Governors|Governor Bill and First Lady Hillary Clinton attend the 1987 Dinner Honoring the Nation's Governors with President Ronald and First Lady Nancy ReaganNancy ReaganTwo years after leaving office, Bill Clinton returned to his job as governor of Arkansas after he won the election of 1982. During her husband's campaign, Hillary began to use the name "Hillary Clinton", or sometimes "Mrs. Bill Clinton", to assuage the concerns of Arkansas voters; she also took a leave of absence from Rose Law to campaign for him full-time.{{sfn|Bernstein|2007|p=166}} During her second stint as the first lady of Arkansas, she made a point of using Hillary Rodham Clinton as her name.{{efn|name=ex04|As of 1993, she had not legally changed her name from Hillary Rodham.NEWS,weblink Again: It's Hillary Rodham Clinton. Got That?, Kelly, Michael, The New York Times, February 14, 1993, Bill Clinton's advisers thought her use of her maiden name to be one of the reasons for his 1980 gubernatorial re-election loss. During the following winter, Vernon Jordan suggested to Hillary Rodham that she start using the name Clinton, and she began to do so publicly with her husband's February 1982 campaign announcement to regain that office. She later wrote, "I learned the hard way that some voters in Arkansas were seriously offended by the fact that I kept my maiden name."Clinton 2003, pp. 91–93; Morris 1996, p. 282. Once he was elected again, she made a point of using "Hillary Rodham Clinton" in work she did as first lady of the state.NEWS,weblink The long, hot summer Hillary Clinton became a politician, Kruse, Michael, Politico, April 14, 2015, Once she became first lady of the United States in 1993, she publicly stated that she wanted to be known as "Hillary Rodham Clinton". She has authored all of her books under that name. She continued to use that name on her website and elsewhere once she was a U.S. senator. When she ran for president during 2007–08, she used the name "Hillary Clinton" or just "Hillary" in campaign materials.NEWS,weblink Name changes define Clinton's various career stages, Williams, Joseph, Boston Globe, February 26, 2007, She used "Hillary Rodham Clinton" again in official materials as secretary of state. As of the 2015 launch of her second presidential campaign, she again switched to using "Hillary Clinton" in campaign materials;NEWS,weblink 'Hillary Clinton' Is Back, But Will There Be A Return of the Rodham?, Elving, Ron, NPR, April 13, 2015, in November 2015 both the Associated Press and The New York Times noted that they would no longer use "Rodham" in referring to Clinton, with the Times stating that "the Clinton campaign confirmed ... that Mrs. Clinton prefers to be simply, 'Hillary Clinton'".NEWS, Lauren, Easton,weblink Updating AP style on Hillary Clinton, Associated Press, November 30, 2015, ; NEWS, Amy, Chozick,weblink Times Drops 'Rodham' in Referring to Hillary Clinton, The New York Times, November 30, 2015, }} She was named chair of the Arkansas Education Standards Committee in 1983, where she sought to reform the state's court-sanctioned public education system.Bernstein 2007, pp. 170–75. Bernstein states that "the political battle for education reform ... would be her greatest accomplishment in public life until she was elected to the U.S. Senate."NEWS, Hillary Clinton Guides Movement to Change Public Education in Arkansas,weblink Spring 1993, Old State House (Little Rock), Old State House Museum, April 16, 2014,weblink" title="">weblink April 16, 2014, In one of the Clinton governorship's most important initiatives, she fought a prolonged but ultimately successful battle against the Arkansas Education Association to establish mandatory teacher testing and state standards for curriculum and classroom size. It became her introduction into the politics of a highly visible public policy effort. In 1985, she introduced Arkansas's Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youth, a program that helps parents work with their children in preschool preparedness and literacy.BOOK, Kearney, Janis F., Conversations: William Jefferson Clinton, from Hope to Harlem, Writing Our World Press, 2006, 978-0-9762058-1-4, p. 295. She was named Arkansas Woman of the Year in 1983 and Arkansas Mother of the Year in 1984.Morris 1996, p. 330.Brock 1996, pp. 176–77.Clinton continued to practice law with the Rose Law Firm while she was the first lady of Arkansas. She earned less than the other partners, as she billed fewer hours{{sfn|Gerth|Van Natta|2007|p=63}} but still made more than $200,000 in her final year there.NEWS,weblink Rose Law Firm, Arkansas Power, Slips as It Steps Onto a Bigger Stage, The New York Times, Labaton, Stephen, February 26, 1994, The firm considered her a "rainmaker" because she brought in clients, partly thanks to the prestige she lent it and to her corporate board connections. She was also very influential in the appointment of state judges. Bill Clinton's Republican opponent in his 1986 gubernatorial re-election campaign accused the Clintons of conflict of interest, because Rose Law did state business; the Clintons countered the charge by saying that state fees were walled off by the firm before her profits were calculated.{{sfn|Gerth|Van Natta|2007|pp=80–81}}From 1982 to 1988, Clinton was on the board of directors, sometimes as chair, of the New World Foundation,NEWS,weblink Limbaugh Responds to FAIR, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, FAIR, June 28, 1994, May 9, 2008, which funded a variety of New Left interest groups.Troy 2006, p. 29. From 1987 to 1991, she was the first chair of the American Bar Association's Commission on Women in the Profession, created to address gender bias in the legal profession and induce the association to adopt measures to combat it.{{sfn|Gerth|Van Natta|2007|pp=82–84}} She was twice named by The National Law Journal as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America—in 1988 and in 1991.{{sfn|Gerth|Van Natta|2007|pp=87–88}} When Bill Clinton thought about not running again for governor in 1990, Hillary Clinton considered running. Private polls were unfavorable, however, and in the end he ran and was re-elected for the final time.{{sfnm |1a1=Bernstein |1y=2007 |1pp=187–89 |2a1=Gerth |2a2=Van Natta |2y=2007 |2p=85}}(File:Hillary Clinton 1992.jpg|thumb|upright|left|alt=Formal color portrait of Clinton, 1992|Clinton in 1992)Clinton served as chairman of the board of the Children's Defense FundWEB,weblink Board of Directors Emeritus, Children's Defense Fund, May 31, 2007,weblink October 12, 2006, dead, and on the board of the Arkansas Children's Hospital's Legal Services (1988–92)WEB,weblink Hon. Hillary Rodham Clinton, FindLaw, May 31, 2007, In addition to her positions with nonprofit organizations, she also held positions on the corporate board of directors of TCBY (1985–92),NEWS,weblink Hillary Rodham Clinton, The Washington Post, May 30, 2007,weblink" title="">weblink June 12, 2007, Bio entry. Wal-Mart Stores (1986–92)NEWS, Wal-Mart's First Lady,weblink Harkavy, Ward, May 24, 2000, The Village Voice, and Lafarge (1990–92).NEWS, Vermonters to Hillary: Don't Tread on Us,weblink Picard, Ken, May 4, 2005, Seven Days (newspaper), Seven Days, TCBY and Wal-Mart were Arkansas-based companies that were also clients of Rose Law. Clinton was the first female member on Wal-Mart's board, added following pressure on chairman Sam Walton to name a woman to it.NEWS, As a Director, Clinton Moved Wal-Mart Board, but Only So Far,weblink Barbaro, Michael, May 20, 2007, The New York Times, Once there, she pushed successfully for Wal-Mart to adopt more environmentally friendly practices. She was largely unsuccessful in her campaign for more women to be added to the company's management and was silent about the company's famously anti-labor union practices.NEWS,weblink Clinton Remained Silent As Wal-Mart Fought Unions, Ross, Brian, Brian Ross (journalist), Sauer, Maddy, Schwartz, Rhonda, ABC News, January 31, 2008, According to Dan Kaufman, awareness of this later became a factor in her loss of credibility with organized labor, helping contribute to her loss in the 2016 election, where slightly less than half of union members voted for Donald Trump.WEB,weblink How Dark Money, Gerrymandering And Democratic Complacency Altered Wisconsin Politics, Davies, Dave, July 17, 2018, NPR, August 10, 2019, WEB,weblink Donald Trump got Reagan-like support from union households, Bump, Philip, November 10, 2016,, August 10, 2019,

    Bill Clinton presidential campaign of 1992

    Clinton received sustained national attention for the first time when her husband became a candidate for the 1992 Democratic presidential nomination. Before the New Hampshire primary, tabloid publications printed allegations that Bill Clinton had engaged in an extramarital affair with Gennifer Flowers.NEWS,weblink Clintons to Rebut Rumors on '60 Minutes', The New York Times, January 25, 1992,weblink April 1, 2010, In response, the Clintons appeared together on 60 Minutes, where Bill denied the affair, but acknowledged "causing pain in my marriage".NEWS,weblink In 1992, Clinton Conceded Marital 'Wrongdoing', The Washington Post, January 26, 1992, This joint appearance was credited with rescuing his campaign.Troy 2006, pp. 39–42; Gerth and Van Natta 2007, pp. 94–96. During the campaign, Hillary made culturally disparaging remarks about Tammy Wynette's outlook on marriage as described in her classic song "Stand by Your Man".{{efn|Clinton said in the joint 60 Minutes interview, "I'm not sitting here as some little woman 'standing by my man' like Tammy Wynette. I'm sitting here because I love him and I respect him, and I honor what he's been through and what we've been through together." The seemingly sneering reference to country music provoked immediate criticism that Clinton was culturally tone-deaf, and Tammy Wynette herself did not like the remark because "Stand by Your Man" is not written in the first person.NEWS,weblink 2000: Hillary Clinton is first First Lady in Senate, BBC News, November 7, 2000, Wynette added that Clinton had "offended every true country music fan and every person who has 'made it on their own' with no one to take them to a White House."Troy 2006, p. 42. A few days later, on Primetime Live, Hillary Clinton apologized to Wynette. Clinton would later write that she had been careless in her choice of words and that "the fallout from my reference to Tammy Wynette was instant—as it deserved to be—and brutal."Clinton 2003, p. 108. The two women later resolved their differences, with Wynette appearing at a Clinton fund raiser.}} Later in the campaign she commented she could have chosen to be like women staying home and baking cookies and having teas, but wanted to pursue her career instead.{{efn|Less than two months after the Tammy Wynette remarks, Clinton was facing questions about whether she could have avoided possible conflicts of interest between her governor husband and work given to the Rose Law Firm when she remarked, "I've done the best I can to lead my life ... You know, I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was fulfill my profession, which I entered before my husband was in public life."Clinton 2003, p. 109. The "cookies and teas" part of this statement prompted even more culture-based criticism of Clinton's apparent distaste for women who had chosen to be homemakers; the remark became a recurring campaign liability.{{sfn|Bernstein|2007|pp=205–06}} Clinton subsequently offered up some cookie recipes as a way of making amends, and would later write of her chagrin: "Besides, I've done quite a lot of cookie baking in my life, and tea-pouring too!"}} The remarks were widely criticized, particularly by those who were, or defended, stay-at-home mothers. In retrospect she admitted they were ill-considered. Bill said that in electing him, the nation would "get two for the price of one", referring to the prominent role his wife would assume.Burns 2008, p. 140. Beginning with Daniel Wattenberg's August 1992 The American Spectator article "The Lady Macbeth of Little Rock", Hillary's own past ideological and ethical record came under attack from conservatives.NEWS, The Lady Macbeth of Little Rock, Wattenberg, Daniel, The American Spectator, August 1992, Daniel Wattenberg,weblink March 15, 2016,weblink" title="">weblink March 16, 2016, dead,
    At least twenty other articles in major publications also drew comparisons between her and Lady Macbeth.NEWS,weblink Backlash for Hillary Clinton Puts Negative Image to Rout, September 24, 1992, Toner, Robin, The New York Times,

    First lady of the United States (1993–2001)

    When Bill Clinton took office as president in January 1993, Hillary Rodham Clinton became the first lady. Her press secretary reiterated she would be using that form of her name.{{efn|name=ex04}} She was the first in this role to have a postgraduate degree and her own professional career up to the time of entering the White House.WEB,weblink Hillary Rodham Clinton, PBS, December 2, 2014, dead,weblink" title="">weblink December 28, 2014, Clinton had the first postgraduate degree through regular study and scholarly work. Eleanor Roosevelt had previously been awarded a postgraduate honorary degree. Clinton's successor Laura Bush became the second first lady with a postgraduate degree. She was also the first to have an office in the West Wing of the White House in addition to the usual first lady offices in the East Wing.Troy 2006, p. 71. She was part of the innermost circle vetting appointments to the new administration. Her choices filled at least eleven top-level positions and dozens more lower-level ones.Troy 2006, p. 68. After Eleanor Roosevelt, Clinton was regarded as the most openly empowered presidential wife in American history.Troy 2006, p. xii.NEWS, First Lady President?, Rajghatta, Chidanand, January–February 2004, Verve (Indian magazine), Verve, Chidanand Rajghatta,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink July 1, 2004, Some critics called it inappropriate for the first lady to play a central role in matters of public policy. Supporters pointed out that Clinton's role in policy was no different from that of other White House advisors, and that voters had been well aware she would play an active role in her husband's presidency.NEWS, The First Lady: Homemaker or Policy-Maker?,weblink Peart, Karen N, Scholastic Press, August 22, 2006, Bill Clinton's campaign promise of "two for the price of one" led opponents to refer derisively to the Clintons as "co-presidents" or sometimes use the Arkansas label "Billary".NEWS,weblink Israel's new friend: Hillary, born-again Zionist, July 15, 1999, Greenberg, Paul, Jewish World Review, NEWS,weblink A perilous portmanteau?, Zimmer, Benjamin, Language Log, November 1, 2005, August 22, 2006, Benjamin Zimmer, The pressures of conflicting ideas about the role of a first lady were enough to send Hillary Clinton into "imaginary discussions" with the also-politically-active Eleanor Roosevelt.{{efn|The Eleanor Roosevelt "discussions" were first reported in 1996 by The Washington Post writer Bob Woodward; they had begun from the start of Hillary Clinton's time as first lady.NEWS,weblink Mrs. Clinton Calls Sessions Intellectual, Not Spiritual, The New York Times, June 25, 1996, Clines, Francis X., Following the Democrats' loss of congressional control in the 1994 elections, Clinton had engaged the services of Human Potential Movement proponent Jean Houston. Houston encouraged Clinton to pursue the Roosevelt connection, and while no psychic techniques were used with Clinton, critics and comics immediately suggested that Clinton was holding séances with Eleanor Roosevelt. The White House stated that this was merely a brainstorming exercise, and a private poll later indicated that most of the public believed these were indeed just imaginary conversations, with the remainder believing that communication with the dead was actually possible.NEWS,weblink Wheen, Francis, Never mind the pollsters, The Guardian, July 26, 2000, London, Francis Wheen, In her 2003 autobiography, Clinton titled an entire chapter "Conversations with Eleanor", and stated that holding "imaginary conversations [is] actually a useful mental exercise to help analyze problems, provided you choose the right person to visualize. Eleanor Roosevelt was ideal."Clinton 2003, pp. 258–59.}} From the time she came to Washington, Hillary also found refuge in a prayer group of the Fellowship that featured many wives of conservative Washington figures.NEWS, Hillary's Prayer: Hillary Clinton's Religion and Politics,weblink Mother Jones (magazine), Mother Jones, September–October 2007, Joyce, Kathryn, Sharlet, Jeff, {{sfn|Bernstein|2007|pp=313–14}} Triggered in part by the death of her father in April 1993, she publicly sought to find a synthesis of Methodist teachings, liberal religious political philosophy and Tikkun editor Michael Lerner's "politics of meaning" to overcome what she saw as America's "sleeping sickness of the soul"; that would lead to a willingness "to remold society by redefining what it means to be a human being in the twentieth century, moving into a new millennium."NEWS, Saint Hillary, Kelly, Michael, The New York Times Magazine, May 23, 1993,weblink NEWS,weblink The Politics of What?, Painton, Priscilla, Time (magazine), Time, May 31, 1993,

    Health care and other policy initiatives

    {{See also|Clinton health care plan of 1993}}(File:Hillary Clinton healthcare presentation 53520u (cropped1).jpg|thumb|alt=Photograph of Clinton making a presentation sitting at a table in front of a microphone | Clinton gives the presentation of her health care plan, September 1993)In January 1993, President Clinton named Hillary to chair a task force on National Health Care Reform, hoping to replicate the success she had in leading the effort for Arkansas education reform.{{sfn|Bernstein|2007|pp=170–75}} Unconvinced regarding the merits of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), she privately urged that passage of health care reform be given higher priority.BOOK, For Love of Politics: Inside the Clinton White House, Sally Bedell, Smith, Sally Bedell Smith, Random House, 2007, 978-1-4000-6324-6, 117,weblink BOOK, Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership Nixon to Clinton, David, Gergen, David Gergen, Simon & Schuster, 2000, 280, The recommendation of the task force became known as the Clinton health care plan. This was a comprehensive proposal that would require employers to provide health coverage to their employees through individual health maintenance organizations. Its opponents quickly derided the plan as "Hillarycare" and it even faced opposition from some Democrats in Congress.{{sfnm |1a1=Bernstein |1y=2007 |1pp=287–89, 400–02 |2a1=Gerth |2a2=Van Natta |2y=2007 |2pp=139–40}} Some protesters against the proposed plan became vitriolic and during a July 1994 bus tour to rally support for the plan, Clinton wore a bulletproof vest at times.{{sfnm |1a1=Bernstein |1y=2007 |1pp=287–89, 400–02 |2a1=Gerth |2a2=Van Natta |2y=2007 |2pp=139–40}}Failing to gather enough support for a floor vote in either the House or the Senate (although Democrats controlled both chambers), the proposal was abandoned in September 1994.{{sfn|Bernstein|2007|pp=287–89, 400–02}} Clinton later acknowledged in her memoir that her political inexperience partly contributed to the defeat but cited many other factors. The first lady's approval ratings, which had generally been in the high-50 percent range during her first year, fell to 44 percent in April 1994 and 35 percent by September 1994.Bernstein 2007, pp. 240, 380, 530. The Whitewater investigations were also a factor in her declining rating.Republicans made the Clinton health care plan a major campaign issue of the 1994 midterm elections.NEWS,weblink A Detailed Timeline of the Healthcare Debate portrayed in 'The System', May 1996, PBS, September 25, 2007,weblink" title="">weblink October 29, 2007, They saw a net gain of 53 seats in the House election and seven in the Senate election, winning control of both; many analysts and pollsters found the plan to be a major factor in the Democrats' defeat, especially among independent voters.NEWS,weblink The Once and Future Hillary, Carney, James, Time (magazine), Time, December 12, 1994, The White House subsequently sought to downplay Clinton's role in shaping policy.Burns 2008, p. 141. Opponents of universal health care would continue to use "Hillarycare" as a pejorative label for similar plans by others.NEWS, The Republican Who Thinks Big on Health Care,weblink December 4, 2005, Klein, Joe, Time (magazine), Time, Joe Klein, File:Hrcraad.jpg|thumb|upright|left|alt=Clinton reads a book to an African-American grade-schooler in Maryland during Read Across America Day in 1998|Clinton reads to a Maryland child during Read Across America DayRead Across America DayAlong with senators Ted Kennedy and Orrin Hatch, Clinton was a force behind the passage of the State Children's Health Insurance Program in 1997. This federal bill gave state support to children whose parents could not provide them health coverage. She conducted outreach efforts on behalf of enrolling children in the program once it became law.NEWS,weblink Giving Hillary Credit for SCHIP, Jackson, Brooks,, March 18, 2008, She promoted nationwide immunization against childhood diseases and encouraged older women to get a mammogram for breast cancer screening, with coverage provided by Medicare.WEB,weblink Remarks by First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton at Medicare Mammography Awareness Campaign Kick-off, Clinton, Hillary Rodham, The White House, May 1, 1995, March 23, 2007,weblink" title="">weblink October 2, 2006, dead, She successfully sought to increase research funding for prostate cancer and childhood asthma at the National Institutes of Health. She worked to investigate reports of an illness that affected veterans of the Gulf War, which became known as the Gulf War syndrome.WEB, First Lady Biography: Hillary Clinton,weblink National First Ladies' Library, August 22, 2006, Enactment of welfare reform was a major goal of Bill Clinton's presidency. When the first two bills on the issue came from a Republican-controlled Congress lacking protections for people coming off welfare, however, Hillary urged him to veto the bills, which he did.{{sfn|Bernstein|2007|pp=461–65}} A third version came up during his 1996 general election campaign that restored some of the protections but cut the scope of benefits in other areas; critics, including her past mentor Edelman, urged her to get the president to veto it again.{{sfn|Bernstein|2007|pp=461–65}} But she decided to support the bill, which became the Welfare Reform Act of 1996, as the best political compromise available.{{sfn|Bernstein|2007|pp=461–65}} This caused a rift with Edelman that Hillary later called "sad and painful".NEWS,weblink From Welfare Shift in '96, a Reminder for Clinton, Goodman, Peter S., The New York Times, April 11, 2008, Together with Attorney General Janet Reno, Clinton helped create the Office on Violence Against Women at the Department of Justice.In 1997, she initiated and shepherded the Adoption and Safe Families Act, which she regarded as her greatest accomplishment as the first lady. In 1999, she was instrumental in the passage of the Foster Care Independence Act, which doubled federal monies for teenagers aging out of foster care.NEWS,weblink Campaigns Soft-Pedal on Children and the Poor, Sengupta, Somini, The New York Times, October 29, 2000, As First Lady of the United States, Clinton was the host for various White House conferences. These included one on Child Care (1997),AV MEDIA,weblink Clinton, Hillary Rodham: Address to the White House Conference on Child Care, Clinton, Hillary Rodham, Encyclopædia Britannica, October 23, 1997, September 25, 2007, on Early Childhood Development and Learning (1997),WEB,weblink Remarks by the President and the First Lady at White House Conference on Early Child Development and Learning, Clinton, Hillary Rodham, The White House, April 17, 1997, April 11, 2014,weblink" title="">weblink September 22, 2003, dead, and on Children and Adolescents (2000).WEB,weblink White House Conference on Children and Adolescents, American Psychological Association, April 26, 2000,weblink" title="">weblink June 27, 2001, She also hosted the first-ever White House Conference on Teenagers (2000),NEWS,weblink White House convenes conference on teen-agers, CNN, May 2, 2000, January 6, 2007,weblink" title="">weblink and the first-ever White House Conference on Philanthropy (1999).NEWS,weblink Talking It Over, Clinton, Hillary Rodham, Creators Syndicate, October 27, 1999, September 25, 2007, Clinton traveled to 79 countries during this time,NEWS,weblink The Résumé Factor: Those 8 Years as First Lady, Healy, Patrick, The New York Times, December 26, 2007, breaking the record for most-traveled first lady previously held by Pat Nixon.WEB,weblink First Lady Biography: Pat Nixon, National First Ladies' Library, October 18, 2007, She did not hold a security clearance or attend National Security Council meetings, but played a role in U.S. diplomacy attaining its objectives.NEWS,weblink The Résumé Factor: Those 2 Terms as First Lady, Healy, Patrick, The New York Times, December 26, 2007, A March 1995 five-nation trip to South Asia, on behest of the U.S. State Department, without her husband, sought to improve relations with India and Pakistan.{{sfn|Bernstein|2007|pp=419–21}} Clinton was troubled by the plight of women she encountered, but found a warm response from the people of the countries she visited, and gained a better relationship with the American press corps.{{sfnm |1a1=Bernstein |1y=2007 |1pp=419–21 |2a1=Gerth |2a2=Van Natta |2y=2007 |2pp=149–51}} The trip was a transformative experience for her and presaged her eventual career in diplomacy.(File:First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton's Remarks to the Fourth Women's Conference in Beijing, China.webm|thumb|thumbtime=1:01|right|alt=Clinton speaking at a podium with several onlookers. She is delivering her "human rights are women's rights and women's rights are human rights" speech in Beijing during September 1995.|Clinton delivering her "human rights are women's rights and women's rights are human rights" speech in Beijing in September 1995 (20:19))In a September 1995 speech before the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, Clinton argued forcefully against practices that abused women around the world and in the People's Republic of China itself. She declared, "it is no longer acceptable to discuss women's rights as separate from human rights".NEWS, Tyler, Patrick,weblink Hillary Clinton, In China, Details Abuse of Women, The New York Times, September 6, 1995, Delegates from over 180 countries heard her say: "If there is one message that echoes forth from this conference, let it be that human rights are women's rights and women's rights are human rights, once and for all." In doing so, she resisted both internal administration and Chinese pressure to soften her remarks. The speech became a key moment in the empowerment of women and years later women around the world would recite Clinton's key phrases.Hudson and Leidl 2015, pp. 7–8. During the late 1990s, she was one of the most prominent international figures to speak out against the treatment of Afghan women by the Taliban.BOOK, Taliban: Islam, Oil and the New Great Game in Central Asia, Rashid, Ahmed, I.B. Tauris, 2002, 978-1-86064-830-4, Ahmed Rashid, Taliban: Islam, Oil and the New Great Game in Central Asia, pp. 70, 182.WEB,weblink Feminist Majority Joins European Parliament's Call to End Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan, Feminist Majority, Spring 1998, September 26, 2007,weblink" title="">weblink August 30, 2007, She helped create Vital Voices, an international initiative sponsored by the U.S. to encourage the participation of women in the political processes of their countries.Hudson and Leidl 2015, pp. 25–26. It and Clinton's own visits encouraged women to make themselves heard in the Northern Ireland peace process.NEWS,weblink Clinton and Northern Ireland, Dobbs, Michael, The Washington Post, January 10, 2008, Michael Dobbs (American author),

    Whitewater and other investigations

    {{Details|topic=these investigations|Whitewater controversy|Travelgate|Filegate|Hillary Clinton cattle futures controversy}}Clinton was a subject of several investigations by the United States Office of the Independent Counsel, committees of the U.S. Congress and the press.The Whitewater controversy was the focus of media attention from its publication in a New York Times report during the 1992 presidential campaignNEWS, Gerth, Jeff,weblink Clintons Joined S.& L. Operator in an Ozark Real-Estate Venture, The New York Times, March 8, 1992, Jeff Gerth, and throughout her time as the first lady. The Clintons had lost their late-1970s investment in the Whitewater Development Corporation; at the same time, their partners in that investment, Jim and Susan McDougal, operated Madison Guaranty, a savings and loan institution that retained the legal services of Rose Law Firm{{sfn|Gerth|Van Natta|2007|pp=72–73}} and may have been improperly subsidizing Whitewater losses. Madison Guaranty later failed, and Clinton's work at Rose was scrutinized for a possible conflict of interest in representing the bank before state regulators her husband had appointed. She said she had done minimal work for the bank.NEWS,weblink Whitewater started as 'sweetheart' deal, CNN, May 6, 1996, Independent counsels Robert Fiske and Kenneth Starr subpoenaed Clinton's legal billing records; she said she did not know where they were.{{sfn|Gerth|Van Natta|2007|pp=158–60}} After a two-year search, the records were found in the first lady's White House book room and delivered to investigators in early 1996.{{sfn|Gerth|Van Natta|2007|pp=158–60}} The delayed appearance of the records sparked intense interest and another investigation concerning how they surfaced and where they had been.{{sfn|Gerth|Van Natta|2007|pp=158–60}} Clinton's staff attributed the problem to continual changes in White House storage areas since the move from the Arkansas Governor's Mansion.{{sfn|Bernstein|2007|pp=441–42}} On January 26, 1996, Clinton became the first spouse of a U.S. president to be subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury.NEWS,weblink Frontline (U.S. TV series), Frontline, Once Upon a Time in Arkansas: Rose Law Firm Billing Records, October 7, 1997, After several Independent Counsels had investigated, a final report was issued in 2000 that stated there was insufficient evidence that either Clinton had engaged in criminal wrongdoing.NEWS,weblink Statement by Independent Counsel on Conclusions in Whitewater Investigation, The New York Times, September 21, 2000, File:Hillary Clinton Bill Chelsea on parade.jpg|thumb|left|alt=Chelsea, Bill, and Hillary Clinton take an inauguration day walk down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., on January 20, 1997, when Bill started a second term as president.|The Clintons take an Inauguration Day walk down Pennsylvania AvenuePennsylvania AvenueScrutiny of the May 1993 firings of the White House Travel Office employees, an action that became known as "Travelgate", began with charges that the White House had used audited financial irregularities in the Travel Office operation as an excuse to replace the staff with friends from Arkansas.{{sfn|Bernstein|2007|pp=327–28}} The 1996 discovery of a two-year-old White House memo led to the investigation being focused on whether Clinton had orchestrated the firings and whether the statements she made to investigators about her role in the firings were true.{{sfn|Bernstein|2007|pp=439–44}}NEWS, Johnson, David, Memo Places Hillary Clinton at Core of Travel Office Case, The New York Times, January 5, 1996,weblink The 2000 final Independent Counsel report concluded she was involved in the firings and that she had made "factually false" statements, but that there was insufficient evidence that she knew the statements were false or knew that her actions would lead to firings, to prosecute her.NEWS, Hughes, Jane,weblink Hillary escapes 'Travelgate' charges, BBC News, June 23, 2000, In March 1994, newspaper reports revealed that Clinton had earned spectacular profits from cattle futures trading in 1978–79.NEWS,weblink Top Arkansas Lawyer Helped Hillary Clinton Turn Big Profit, Gerth, Jeff, Jeff Gerth, The New York Times, March 18, 1994, etal, The press made allegations that Clinton had engaged in a conflict of interest and disguised a bribery. Several individuals analyzed her trading records, but no formal investigation was made and she was never charged with any wrongdoing.NEWS, Rosett, Claudia,weblink Hillary's Bull Market, The Wall Street Journal, October 26, 2000, Claudia Rosett,weblink" title="">weblink December 8, 2000, An outgrowth of the "Travelgate" investigation was the June 1996 discovery of improper White House access to hundreds of FBI background reports on former Republican White House employees, an affair that some called "Filegate". Accusations were made that Clinton had requested these files and she had recommended hiring an unqualified individual to head the White House Security Office.NEWS,weblink 'Filegate' Depositions Sought From White House Aides, CNN, April 1, 1998, The 2000 final Independent Counsel report found no substantial or credible evidence that Clinton had any role or showed any misconduct in the matter.NEWS,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink January 24, 2003, Independent counsel: No evidence to warrant prosecution against first lady in 'filegate', CNN, July 28, 2000, In early 2001, a controversy arose over gifts that were sent to the White House; there was a question whether the furnishings were White House property or the Clintons' personal property. During the last year of Bill Clinton's time in office, those gifts were shipped to the Clintons' private residence.NEWS,weblink Clintons Began Taking White House Property a Year Ago, Los Angeles Times, February 10, 2001, NEWS,weblink Clintons Say They'll Return Disputed Gifts, George Lardner Jr, February 6, 2001, The Washington Post,

    It Takes a Village release and tour

    {{See also|It Takes a Village}}In 1996, Clinton presented a vision for American children in the book (It Takes a Village|It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us). In January 1996, she went on a ten-city book tour and made numerous television appearances to promote the book,NEWS,weblink Chronicle, Brozan, Nadine, The New York Times, January 17, 1996, July 28, 2007, although she was frequently hit with questions about her involvement in the Whitewater and Travelgate controversies.NEWS,weblink On Book Tour, Mrs. Clinton Defends Herself, Doreen, Carvajal, The New York Times, January 14, 1996, July 28, 2007, NEWS,weblink With Resolve, First Lady Lays Out Defense, Todd S. Purdum, The New York Times, January 17, 1996, July 28, 2007, Todd S. Purdum, The book spent 18 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller List that year, including three weeks at number one.See results of this New York Times archive search. On list January 28 through May 26, 1996. At number one February 4, 11 and 18. By 2000, it had sold 450,000 copies in hardcover and another 200,000 in paperback.NEWS,weblink White House Welcome, Roxanne Roberts, The Washington Post, October 4, 2000, Clinton received the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album in 1997 for the book's audio recording.{{sfn|Bernstein|2007|p=446}} She was the first president's wife to win a Grammy Award.BOOK, Jeffrey D. Schultz, Encyclopedia of Women in American Politics,weblink 1999, Greenwood Publishing Group, 978-1-57356-131-0, 40–,

    Response to Lewinsky scandal

    {{Further|Clinton–Lewinsky scandal}}In 1998, the Clintons' private concerns became the subject of much speculation when investigations revealed the president had engaged in an extramarital affair with 22-year-old White House intern Monica Lewinsky.Troy 2006, pp. 176–77. Events surrounding the Lewinsky scandal eventually led to the impeachment of the president by the House of Representatives; he was later acquitted by the Senate. When the allegations against her husband were first made public, Hillary Clinton stated that the allegations were part of a "vast right-wing conspiracy".Troy 2006, p. 183.BOOK, Grant, Philippe R., Knight, Peter, Conspiracy Theories in American History: An Encyclopedia, 2003, ABC-CLIO, 978-1576078129, 177, Concerned by the many conspiracy theories involving her husband, [she] claimed ... there was a 'vast right-wing conspiracy' to undermine their credibility., She characterized the Lewinsky charges as the latest in a long, organized, collaborative series of charges by Bill's political enemies{{efn|Clinton was referring to the Arkansas Project and its funder Richard Mellon Scaife, Kenneth Starr's connections to Scaife, Regnery Publishing and its connections to Lucianne Goldberg and Linda Tripp, Jerry Falwell, and others.NEWS,weblink Persecuted or Paranoid? A look at the motley characters behind Hillary Clinton's 'vast right-wing conspiracy', Kirn, Walter, Time (magazine), Time, February 9, 1998, Walter Kirn, }} rather than any wrongdoing by her husband. She later said she had been misled by her husband's initial claims that no affair had taken place.Troy 2006, p. 187. After the evidence of President Clinton's encounters with Lewinsky became incontrovertible, she issued a public statement reaffirming her commitment to their marriage. Privately, she was reported to be furious at him and was unsure if she wanted to remain in the marriage.{{sfn|Bernstein|2007|pp=512, 517–18, 521}} The White House residence staff noticed a pronounced level of tension between the couple during this period.Brower 2015, pp. 141–49.Public reaction varied. Women variously admired her strength and poise in private matters that were made public. They sympathized with her as a victim of her husband's insensitive behavior and criticized her as being an enabler to her husband's indiscretions. They also accused her of cynically staying in a failed marriage as a way of keeping or even fostering her own political influence.{{sfn|Gerth|Van Natta|2007|p=195}} In the wake of the revelations, her public approval ratings shot upward to around 70 percent, the highest they had ever been.{{sfn|Gerth|Van Natta|2007|p=195}} In her 2003 memoir, she would attribute her decision to stay married to "a love that has persisted for decades" and add: "No one understands me better and no one can make me laugh the way Bill does. Even after all these years, he is still the most interesting, energizing and fully alive person I have ever met."Clinton 2003, p. 75.Issues that surrounded the Lewinsky scandal left Bill Clinton with substantial legal bills. In 2014, Hillary would say she and Bill had left the White House "not only dead broke, but in debt". The statement may have been literally accurate but ignored the potentially enormous earning power of ex-presidents who gave paid speeches after leaving office. The couple would also have the ability to secure loans from banks.NEWS,weblink Hillary Clinton says she and Bill were 'dead broke', Greenberg, Jon,, June 10, 2014,

    Other books and initiatives

    Other books published by Clinton when she was the first lady include (Dear Socks, Dear Buddy|Dear Socks, Dear Buddy: Kids' Letters to the First Pets) (1998) and (An Invitation to the White House|An Invitation to the White House: At Home with History) (2000). In 2001, she wrote an afterword to the children's book Beatrice's Goat.NEWS,weblink Read a Book, Buy a Goat, Apuzzo, Matt, The Day (New London), The Day, November 16, 2005, She was the founding chair of Save America's Treasures, a nationwide effort matching federal funds with private donations to preserve and restore historic items and sites.WEB,weblink Save America's Treasures – About Us, Save America's Treasures, March 23, 2007,weblink" title="">weblink December 28, 2007, This included the flag that inspired "The Star-Spangled Banner" and the First Ladies National Historic Site in Canton, Ohio. She also published a weekly syndicated newspaper column titled "Talking It Over" from 1995 to 2000.NEWS, BuzzFeed, Christopher, Massie, April 21, 2015,weblink R. Kelly, Big Bird, And 28 Other Highlights From Hillary Clinton's First Lady Columns, WEB,weblink Hillary Rodham Clinton – Talking It Over, Creators Syndicate, August 24, 2007, It focused on her experiences and those of women, children and families she met during her travels around the world.

    Traditional duties

    She was head of the White House Millennium CouncilNEWS,weblink Clinton toasts 2000 at White House VIP dinner, CNN, December 31, 1999, and hosted Millennium Evenings,WEB,weblink Millennium Evenings, White House Millennium Council, June 20, 2008,weblink" title="">weblink May 13, 2008, dead, a series of lectures that discussed futures studies, one of which became the first live simultaneous webcast from the White House. Clinton also created the first White House Sculpture Garden, located in the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, which displayed large contemporary American works of art loaned by museums.WEB,weblink Remarks By First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton at The Sculpture Garden Reception, The White House, January 5, 1996, March 23, 2007,weblink" title="">weblink April 8, 2007, dead, In the White House, Clinton placed donated handicrafts of contemporary American artisans, such as pottery and glassware, on rotating display in the state rooms. She oversaw the restoration of the Blue Room to be historically authentic to the period of James Monroe,BOOK, Graff, Henry Franklin, The Presidents: A Reference History, Simon & Schuster, 2002, 978-0-684-31226-2,weblink p. liii. and the Map Room to how it looked during World War II.BOOK, Lindsay, Rae, The Presidents' First Ladies, Gilmour House, 2001, 978-0-9653753-3-7, 248–49,weblink Working with Arkansas interior decorator Kaki Hockersmith over an eight-year period, she oversaw extensive, privately funded redecoration efforts around the building, often trying to make it look brighter. These included changing of the Treaty Room and a presidential study to have a 19th century look. Overall the redecoration brought mixed notices, with Victorian furnishings for the Lincoln Sitting Room being criticized the most.Brower 2015, pp. 50–55. Clinton hosted many large-scale events at the White House, including a state dinner for visiting Chinese dignitaries, a New Year's Eve celebration at the turn of the 21st century and a state dinner honoring the bicentennial of the White House in November 2000.

    United States Senate (2001–2009)

    2000 U.S. Senate election

    When New York's long-serving U.S. senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan announced his retirement in November 1998, several prominent Democratic figures, including Representative Charles Rangel of New York, urged Clinton to run for his open seat in the Senate election of 2000.{{sfn|Bernstein|2007|p=530}} Once she decided to run, the Clintons purchased a home in Chappaqua, New York, north of New York City, in September 1999.NEWS, Nagourney, Adam,weblink With Some Help, Clintons Purchase a White House, The New York Times, September 3, 1999, Adam Nagourney, She became the first wife of the president of the United States to be a candidate for elected office.{{sfn|Gerth|Van Natta|2007|p=204}} Initially, Clinton expected to face Rudy Giuliani—the mayor of New York City—as her Republican opponent in the election. Giuliani withdrew from the race in May 2000 after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and matters related to his failing marriage became public. Clinton then faced Rick Lazio, a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives who represented New York's 2nd congressional district. Throughout the campaign, opponents accused Clinton of carpetbagging, because she had never resided in New York State or participated in the state's politics before the 2000 Senate race.{{sfn|Gerth|Van Natta|2007|pp=200, 204}}Bill de Blasio was Clinton's campaign manager. She began her drive to the U.S. Senate by visiting all 62 counties in the state, in a "listening tour" of small-group settings.{{sfn|Gerth|Van Natta|2007|p=210}} She devoted considerable time in traditionally Republican Upstate New York regions. Clinton vowed to improve the economic situation in those areas, promising to deliver 200,000 jobs to the state over her term. Her plan included tax credits to reward job creation and encourage business investment, especially in the high-tech sector. She called for personal tax cuts for college tuition and long-term care.NEWS,weblink Hillary Rodham Clinton scores historic win in New York, CNN, November 8, 2000, dead,weblink" title="">weblink January 15, 2016, The contest drew national attention. During a September debate, Lazio blundered when he seemed to invade Clinton's personal space by trying to get her to sign a fundraising agreement.{{sfn|Gerth|Van Natta|2007|pp=212–13}} Their campaigns, along with Giuliani's initial effort, spent a record combined $90 million.NEWS,weblink Lazio Sets Spending Mark for a Losing Senate Bid, Levy, Clifford J., The New York Times, December 13, 2000, Clinton won the election on November 7, 2000, with 55 percent of the vote to Lazio's 43 percent.{{sfn|Gerth|Van Natta|2007|pp=212–13}} She was sworn in as U.S. senator on January 3, 2001.{{sfn|Bernstein|2007|p=6}} Publisher Simon & Schuster paid Clinton a near-record advance of $8 million in December 2000 for her autobiography, released in 2003, as Living History.{{sfn|Bernstein|2007|p=544}}

    First term

    File:ClintonSenate.jpg|thumb|upright|right|alt=Clinton being sworn in as U.S. Senator by Vice President Al Gore in 2000. Her husband Bill and daughter Chelsea are looking on.|Reenactment of Hillary Rodham Clinton being sworn in as a U.S. Senator by Vice President Al Gore in the Old Senate ChamberOld Senate Chamber(File:Hillary Rodham Clinton.jpg|thumb|upright|Clinton's official photo as U.S. senator)Upon entering the Senate, Clinton maintained a low public profile and built relationships with senators from both parties.NEWS,weblink Clinton's quiet path to power, Chaddock, Gail Russell, The Christian Science Monitor, March 10, 2003, She forged alliances with religiously inclined senators by becoming a regular participant in the Senate Prayer Breakfast.{{sfn|Bernstein|2007|p=548}} She served on five Senate committees: Committee on Budget (2001–02),WEB,weblink Senate Temporary Committee Chairs, University of Michigan Documents Center, May 24, 2001, May 30, 2007,weblink" title="">weblink July 7, 2007, dead, Committee on Armed Services (2003–09),NEWS,weblink Hillary's War, The New York Times Magazine, May 29, 2007, Gerth, Jeff, Jeff Gerth, Van Natta, Don Jr., Don Van Natta Jr., Committee on Environment and Public Works (2001–09), Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (2001–09) and Special Committee on Aging.WEB,weblink Committees, Official Senate website, October 11, 2007,weblink" title="">weblink She was also a member of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in EuropeWEB,weblink About the Commission: Commissioners, Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, September 29, 2007,weblink" title="">weblink January 3, 2009, (2001–09).NEWS,weblink Senate, House appoint Helsinki commissioners, The Ukrainian Weekly, May 20, 2001, Following the September 11 terrorist attacks, Clinton sought to obtain funding for the recovery efforts in New York City and security improvements in her state. Working with New York's senior senator, Charles Schumer, she was instrumental in securing $21 billion in funding for the World Trade Center site's redevelopment.{{sfnm |1a1=Bernstein |1y=2007 |1p=548 |2a1=Gerth |2a2=Van Natta |2y=2007 |2pp=231–32}} She subsequently took a leading role in investigating the health issues faced by 9/11 first responders.{{sfn|Gerth|Van Natta|2007|pp=238–39}} Clinton voted for the USA Patriot Act in October 2001. In 2005, when the act was up for renewal, she expressed concerns with the USA Patriot Act Reauthorization Conference Report regarding civil liberties.WEB,weblink Statement of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton on the USA Patriot Act Reauthorization Conference Report, Official Senate website, December 16, 2005, February 14, 2008,weblink In March 2006 she voted in favor of the USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 that had gained large majority support.WEB,weblink U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 109th Congress – 2nd Session ... On the Conference Report (H.R. 3199 Conference Report), United States Senate, March 2, 2006, April 24, 2008, Clinton strongly supported the 2001 U.S. military action in Afghanistan, saying it was a chance to combat terrorism while improving the lives of Afghan women who suffered under the Taliban government.NEWS, New Hope For Afghanistan's Women,weblink Time (magazine), Clinton, Hillary, November 24, 2001, Clinton voted in favor of the October 2002 Iraq War Resolution, which authorized President George W. Bush to use military force against Iraq.Balz and Johnson 2009, pp. 74, 76–77.After the Iraq War began, Clinton made trips to Iraq and Afghanistan to visit American troops stationed there. On a visit to Iraq in February 2005, Clinton noted that the insurgency had failed to disrupt the democratic elections held earlier and that parts of the country were functioning well.NEWS, Clinton says insurgency is failing,weblink Associated Press, USA Today, February 19, 2005, Observing that war deployments were draining regular and reserve forces, she co-introduced legislation to increase the size of the regular U.S. Army by 80,000 soldiers to ease the strain.WEB,weblink Clinton among senators urging larger-sized army, Lyman, Peter, July 14, 2005,, August 11, 2019, In late 2005, Clinton said that while immediate withdrawal from Iraq would be a mistake, Bush's pledge to stay "until the job is done" was also misguided, as it gave Iraqis "an open-ended invitation not to take care of themselves".NEWS, Hillary Clinton says immediate withdrawal from Iraq would be 'a big mistake', Associated Press, U-T San Diego, November 21, 2005,weblink Fitzgerald, Jim, September 14, 2014,weblink" title="">weblink November 22, 2015, dead, Her stance caused frustration among those in the Democratic Party who favored quick withdrawal.Heilemann and Halperin 2010, pp. 34, 39. Clinton supported retaining and improving health benefits for reservists and lobbied against the closure of several military bases, especially those in New York.NEWS, Hillary's Military Offensive,weblink Meadows, Susannah, December 12, 2005, Newsweek, She used her position on the Armed Services Committee to forge close relationships with a number of high-ranking military officers.NEWS,weblink H is for Hawk, Landler, Mark, Mark Landler, The New York Times Magazine, April 24, 2016, 28–35, (By 2014 and 2015 Clinton had fully reversed herself on the Iraq War Resolution, saying she "got it wrong" and the vote in support had been a "mistake".NEWS, Lerner, Adam,weblink Hillary Clinton says her Iraq war vote was a 'mistake', Politico, May 19, 2015, )Clinton voted against President Bush's two major tax cut packages, the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 and the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003. Simon & Schuster released Living History:{{sfn|Bernstein|2007|p=544}} The book set a first-week sales record for a nonfiction work,NEWS,weblink Clinton memoir tops Best-Selling Books list, Donahue, Deirdre, USA Today, June 17, 2003, went on to sell more than one million copies in the first month following publication,NEWS,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink dead, May 11, 2011, Clinton's Book Sales Top 1 Million, Associated Press, July 9, 2003, and was translated into twelve foreign languages.WEB,weblink Hillary Rodham Clinton, William J. Clinton Presidential Center, May 9, 2009,weblink" title="">weblink July 8, 2009, Clinton's audio recording of the book earned her a nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album.NEWS,weblink Gorbachev and Clinton win Grammy, BBC News, February 9, 2004, Clinton voted against the 2005 confirmation of John Roberts as chief justice of the United States and the 2006 confirmation of Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court, filibustering the latter.NEWS,weblink Stark Contrasts Between McCain and Obama in Judicial Wars, Lewis, Neil A., The New York Times, May 28, 2008, NEWS, Anti-Alito filibuster soundly defeated,weblink CNN, January 30, 2006, In 2005, Clinton called for the Federal Trade Commission to investigate how hidden sex scenes showed up in the controversial video game (Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas).NEWS, Clinton wades into GTA sex storm,weblink July 14, 2005, BBC News, Along with senators Joe Lieberman and Evan Bayh, she introduced the Family Entertainment Protection Act, intended to protect children from inappropriate content found in video games. In 2004 and 2006, Clinton voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment that sought to prohibit same-sex marriage.WEB,weblink Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton – Voting Record, Project Vote Smart, April 14, 2008, NEWS,weblink Gay marriage ban defeated in Senate vote, Associated Press, Associated Press, NBC News, June 7, 2006, Looking to establish a "progressive infrastructure" to rival that of American conservatism, Clinton played a formative role in conversations that led to the 2003 founding of former Clinton administration chief of staff John Podesta's Center for American Progress, shared aides with Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, founded in 2003 and advised the Clintons' former antagonist David Brock's Media Matters for America, created in 2004.{{sfn|Gerth|Van Natta|2007|pp=267–69, 313, 401}} Following the 2004 Senate elections, she successfully pushed new Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid to create a Senate war room to handle daily political messaging.{{sfn|Gerth|Van Natta|2007|pp=267–69}}

    2006 reelection campaign

    In November 2004, Clinton announced she would seek a second Senate term. She easily won the Democratic nomination over opposition from antiwar activist Jonathan Tasini.WEB,weblink Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, 2016/Senator,, August 11, 2019, The early frontrunner for the Republican nomination, Westchester County District Attorney Jeanine Pirro, withdrew from the contest after several months of poor campaign performance.NEWS,weblink Sen. Clinton's GOP challenger quits race, CNN, December 21, 2005, Hirschkorn, Phil, Clinton's eventual opponent in the general election was Republican candidate John Spencer, a former Mayor of Yonkers. Clinton won the election on November 7, 2006, with 67 percent of the vote to Spencer's 31 percent,NEWS,weblink New York State Board of Elections, General Election Results, New York State, December 14, 2006, December 16, 2006, dead,weblink" title="">weblink August 22, 2012, carrying all but four of New York's sixty-two counties.NEWS, Newsweek,weblink Is America Ready?, December 25, 2006, Her campaign spent $36 million for her reelection, more than any other candidate for Senate in the 2006 elections. Some Democrats criticized her for spending too much in a one-sided contest, while some supporters were concerned she did not leave more funds for a potential presidential bid in 2008.NEWS, Kornblut, Anne, Zeleny, Jeff, The New York Times, Clinton Won Easily, but Bankroll Shows the Toll, November 21, 2006, A1, In the following months, she transferred $10 million of her Senate funds toward her presidential campaign.Balz and Johnson 2009, p. 91.

    Second term

    File:Hillary Clinton at the Senate Armed Services Committee.jpg|thumb|right|alt=Clinton listens as the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Michael Mullen, responds to a question during his 2007 confirmation hearing with the Senate Armed Services Committee. She is in the background, sitting behind a desk with a placard bearing the words "MRS CLINTON", and is wearing a blue suit. A man wearing a black suit sits behind Clinton, taking notes.|Clinton listens as the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Michael Mullen, responds to a question during his 2007 confirmation hearing with the Senate Armed Services Committee ]]Clinton opposed the Iraq War troop surge of 2007, for both military and domestic political reasons (by the following year, she was privately acknowledging the surge had been successful).{{efn|General Jack Keane, one of the architects of the surge, later related that he tried to convince Clinton of its merits at the time, but that she felt it would not succeed and that U.S. casualties would be too high. Keane said that sometime during 2008 she told him, "You were right, this really did work". In 2014, Secretary of Defense Gates related that after Clinton had left the Senate and become Secretary of State, she told President Obama that her opposition to the 2007 Iraq surge had been political, due to her facing a strong challenge from the anti-Iraq War Obama in the upcoming Democratic presidential primary. Gates also quotes Clinton as saying, "The Iraq surge worked."NEWS,weblink Hillary Told the President That Her Opposition to the Surge in Iraq Had Been Political, Weigel, David, Slate (magazine), Slate, January 10, 2014, Clinton responded that Gates had misinterpreted her remark regarding the reason for her opposition.}} In March of that year, she voted in favor of a war-spending bill that required President Bush to begin withdrawing troops from Iraq by a deadline; it passed almost completely along party linesNEWS, Bush Repeats Veto Threat on Spending Bill That Includes Iraq Withdrawal Timetable,weblink Fox News Channel, March 28, 2007, September 14, 2014,weblink" title="">weblink December 27, 2014, dead, but was subsequently vetoed by Bush. In May, a compromise war funding bill that removed withdrawal deadlines but tied funding to progress benchmarks for the Iraqi government passed the Senate by a vote of 80–14 and would be signed by Bush; Clinton was one of those who voted against it.NEWS,weblink House, Senate pass war funding bill, CNN, May 25, 2007, She responded to General David Petraeus's September 2007 Report to Congress on the Situation in Iraq by saying, "I think that the reports that you provide to us really require a willing suspension of disbelief."NEWS,weblink Clinton Spars With Petraeus on Credibility, Lake, Eli, The New York Sun, September 12, 2007, In March 2007, in response to the dismissal of U.S. attorneys controversy, Clinton called on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to resign.NEWS, Hillary Clinton Calls for Gonzales' Resignation,weblink ABC News, March 13, 2007, Regarding the high-profile, hotly debated immigration reform bill known as the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007, Clinton cast several votes in support of the bill, which eventually failed to gain cloture.WEB,weblink On the Cloture Motion (Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to Consider S.1639), June 26, 2007, United States Senate, April 22, 2008, As the financial crisis of 2007–08 reached a peak with the liquidity crisis of September 2008, Clinton supported the proposed bailout of the U.S. financial system, voting in favor of the 0 billion law that created the Troubled Asset Relief Program, saying it represented the interests of the American people. It passed the Senate 74–25.NEWS,weblink Senate Passes Economic Rescue Package, NY1 News, October 2, 2008,weblink" title="">weblink April 1, 2016, In 2007, Clinton and Virginia senator Jim Webb called for an investigation into whether the body armor issued to soldiers in Iraq was adequate.WEB,weblink 10 things you didn't know about Hillary Clinton's senate career, O' Shea, Jennifer, December 3, 2008, US News, July 25, 2016,

    2008 presidential campaign

    Clinton had been preparing for a potential candidacy for U.S. president since at least early 2003.{{sfn|Bernstein|2007|pp=550–52}} On January 20, 2007, she announced via her website the formation of a presidential exploratory committee for the United States presidential election of 2008, stating: "I'm in and I'm in to win."{{sfn|Gerth|Van Natta|2007|p=5}} No woman had ever been nominated by a major party for the presidency, and no first lady had ever run for president.When Bill Clinton became president in 1993, a blind trust was established; in April 2007, the Clintons liquidated the blind trust to avoid the possibility of ethical conflicts or political embarrassments as Hillary undertook her presidential race. Later disclosure statements revealed the couple's worth was now upwards of $50 million.NEWS, Hillary Clinton: Midas touch at work,weblink MSNBC, Middleton, Tim, September 4, 2007,weblink" title="">weblink January 29, 2008, They had earned over $100 million since 2000—most of it coming from Bill's books, speaking engagements and other activities.NEWS,weblink Clintons' earnings exceed $100m, BBC News, April 5, 2008, (File:Hillary Clinton Speaks to College Democrats.jpg|left|thumb|alt=Photograph of Clinton speaking at a lectern to the College Democrats|Clinton addresses the 2007 CDA National Convention)Throughout the first half of 2007, Clinton led candidates competing for the Democratic presidential nomination in opinion polls for the election. Senator Barack Obama of Illinois and former senator John Edwards of North Carolina were her strongest competitors. The biggest threat to her campaign was her past support of the Iraq War, which Obama had opposed from the beginning. Clinton and Obama both set records for early fundraising, swapping the money lead each quarter.NEWS,weblink Clinton outpaces Obama in fundraising for third quarter, CNN, October 2, 2007, At the end of October, Clinton fared poorly in her debate performance against Obama, Edwards and her other opponents.Balz and Johnson 2009, pp. 95–99.Heilemann and Halperin 2010, pp. 145–49. Obama's message of change began to resonate with the Democratic electorate better than Clinton's message of experience.File:Hillary Clinton Feb 3 2008.jpg|thumb|right|alt=Clinton speaking at a college rally as part of her 2008 presidential campaign, with a crowd behind her looking on. She is speaking at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, two days before "Super Tuesday", the day in 2008 when the largest number of simultaneous state-level elections was held. She is wearing a black suit. There are blue banners with the word "Hillary" on them, hung around the room, as well as a large white-on-burgundy banner with the words "Augsburg College".|Clinton campaigning at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, two days before Super Tuesday, 2008Super Tuesday, 2008In the first vote of 2008, she placed third in the January 3 Iowa Democratic caucus behind Obama and Edwards.Kornblut 2009, p. 57. Obama gained ground in national polling in the next few days, with all polls predicting a victory for him in the New Hampshire primary.WEB,weblink New Hampshire Democratic Primary, RealClearPolitics, January 8, 2008, January 9, 2008, Clinton gained a surprise win there on January 8, narrowly defeating Obama.Heilemann and Halperin 2010, pp. 186–90. It was the first time a woman had won a major American party's presidential primary for the purposes of delegate selection.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink December 16, 2014, Firsts for Women in U.S. Politics, Center for American Women and Politics, August 18, 2014, Also weblink" title="">"The 2008 Presidential Campaign of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton" from them. See Shirley Chisholm#1972 presidential campaign for the previous marks for best performance by a major-party woman presidential candidate. Explanations for Clinton's New Hampshire comeback varied but often centered on her being seen more sympathetically, especially by women, after her eyes welled with tears and her voice broke while responding to a voter's question the day before the election.NEWS,weblink Clinton had voters' sympathy – and a message they liked, Decker, Cathleen, Barabak, Mark Z., Los Angeles Times, January 10, 2008, The nature of the contest fractured in the next few days. Several remarks by Bill Clinton and other surrogates,NEWS,weblink Analysis: Bill Clinton's Lost Legacy, Ververs, Vaughn, CBS News, January 26, 2008, and a remark by Hillary Clinton concerning Martin Luther King Jr. and Lyndon B. Johnson,{{efn|When asked for her reaction to an Obama remark about the possibility that his campaign represented false hope, Clinton responded: "I would point to the fact that Dr. King's dream began to be realized when President Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, when he was able to get through Congress something that President Kennedy was hopeful to do, the President before had not even tried, but it took a president to get it done. That dream became a reality, the power of that dream became real in people's lives because we had a president who said we are going to do it, and actually got it accomplished."}} were perceived by many as, accidentally or intentionally, limiting Obama as a racially oriented candidate or otherwise denying the post-racial significance and accomplishments of his campaign.NEWS,weblink Bill Clinton Tries to Tamp Down 'Fairy-Tale' Remark About Obama, Hulse, Carl, Healy, Patrick, The New York Times, January 11, 2008, Despite attempts by both Hillary and Obama to downplay the issue, Democratic voting became more polarized as a result, with Clinton losing much of her support among African Americans.Balz and Johnson 2009, pp. 163–66. She lost by a two-to-one margin to Obama in the January 26 South Carolina primary, setting up, with Edwards soon dropping out, an intense two-person contest for the twenty-two February 5 Super Tuesday states. Bill Clinton had made more statements attracting criticism for their perceived racial implications late in the South Carolina campaign, and his role was seen as damaging enough to her that a wave of supporters within and outside of the campaign said the former president "needs to stop".NEWS,weblink Clinton campaign advisers: Bill Clinton 'needs to stop', Crowley, Candy, CNN, January 28, 2008, Candy Crowley, The South Carolina campaign had done lasting damage to Clinton, eroding her support among the Democratic establishment and leading to the prized endorsement of Obama by Ted Kennedy.Balz and Johnson 2009, pp. 156, 173–78.(File:2008 Democratic Primaries Popular Vote.svg|thumb|left|upright=1.2|alt=Chart of 50 states, showing state-by-state popular votes in the Democratic primaries and caucuses, shaded by percentage won. Popular vote winners and delegate winners differed in New Hampshire, Nevada, Missouri, Texas, and Guam.|State-by-state popular votes in the Democratic primaries and caucuses, shaded by percentage won: Obama in purple, Clinton in green. (Popular vote winners and delegate winners differed in New Hampshire, Nevada, Missouri, Texas and Guam.))On Super Tuesday, Clinton won the largest states, such as California, New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts, while Obama won more states;Balz and Johnson 2009, pp. 188–89. they almost evenly split the total popular vote.Heilemann and Halperin 2010, p. 223. But Obama was gaining more pledged delegates for his share of the popular vote due to better exploitation of the Democratic proportional allocation rules.NEWS,weblink How Obama Did It, Sizemore, Justin M., University of Virginia Center for Politics, Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, June 5, 2008, The Clinton campaign had counted on winning the nomination by Super Tuesday and was unprepared financially and logistically for a prolonged effort; lagging in Internet fundraising as Clinton began loaning money to her campaign.NEWS,weblink The Five Mistakes Clinton Made, Tumulty, Karen, Time (magazine), Time, May 8, 2008, There was continuous turmoil within the campaign staff, and she made several top-level personnel changes.Balz and Johnson 2009, pp. 148–54, 190–92. Obama won the next eleven February contests across the country, often by large margins and took a significant pledged delegate lead over Clinton.NEWS,weblink The Long Road to a Clinton Exit, Baker, Peter, Rutenberg, Jim, The New York Times, June 8, 2008, On March 4, Clinton broke the string of losses by winning in Ohio among other places, where her criticism of NAFTA, a major legacy of her husband's presidency, helped in a state where the trade agreement was unpopular.Balz and Johnson 2009, p. 196. Throughout the campaign, Obama dominated caucuses, for which the Clinton campaign largely ignored and failed to prepare. Obama did well in primaries where African Americans or younger, college-educated, or more affluent voters were heavily represented; Clinton did well in primaries where Hispanics or older, non-college-educated, or working-class white voters predominated.NEWS,weblink Pennsylvania Pitch: Can Obama Connect With Lower-Income Whites?, Phillips, Matt, The Wall Street Journal, March 18, 2008, NEWS,weblink In Clinton vs. Obama, Age Is a Great Predictor, Seelye, Katherine Q., The New York Times, April 22, 2008, Behind in delegates, Clinton's best hope of winning the nomination came in persuading uncommitted, party-appointed superdelegates.Balz and Johnson 2009, pp. 216–17.File:Hillary Rodham Clinton DNC 2008.jpg|thumb|right|alt=Clinton speaking on behalf of Barack Obama before a convention audience during the second night of the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. Multiple audience members in the foreground wave white flags with the word "Hillary" written in marker.|Clinton speaks on behalf of her former rival, Barack Obama, during the second night of the 2008 Democratic National Convention in DenverDenverFollowing the final primaries on June 3, 2008, Obama had gained enough delegates to become the presumptive nominee.Heilemann and Halperin 2010, p. 258. In a speech before her supporters on June 7, Clinton ended her campaign and endorsed Obama.Allen and Parnes 2014, pp. 25, 30. By campaign's end, Clinton had won 1,640 pledged delegates to Obama's 1,763;NEWS,weblink Election Center 2008: Delegate Scorecard, CNN, June 4, 2008, July 6, 2008, at the time of the clinching, Clinton had 286 superdelegates to Obama's 395,NEWS,weblink The Final Math, Kleefeld, Eric, Talking Points Memo, June 4, 2008,weblink" title="">weblink July 1, 2008, with those numbers widening to 256 versus 438 once Obama was acknowledged the winner. Clinton and Obama each received over 17 million votes during the nomination process{{efn|WEB,weblink 2008 Democratic Popular Vote, RealClearPolitics, July 8, 2008, The popular vote count for a nomination process is unofficial, and meaningless in determining the nominee. It is difficult to come up with precise totals due to some caucus states not reporting popular vote totals and thus having to be estimated. It is also difficult to compare Clinton and Obama's totals, due to only her name having been on the ballot in the Michigan primary.}} with both breaking the previous record.NEWS,weblink Clinton Puts Up Popular Vote Ad, Cillizza, Chris, The Washington Post, June 1, 2008, Clinton was the first woman to run in the primary or caucus of every state and she eclipsed, by a very wide margin, Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm's 1972 marks for most votes garnered and delegates won by a woman. Clinton gave a passionate speech supporting Obama at the 2008 Democratic National Convention and campaigned frequently for him in fall 2008, which concluded with his victory over McCain in the general election on November 4.NEWS,weblink Clinton-Obama Détente: From Top Rival to Top Aide, Bumiller, Elisabeth, The New York Times, November 22, 2008, Clinton's campaign ended up severely in debt; she owed millions of dollars to outside vendors and wrote off the $13 million that she lent it herself. The debt was eventually paid off by the beginning of 2013.NEWS,weblink Hillary Clinton's campaign debt finally paid off, Yoon, Robert, CNN, January 22, 2013, (File:Hillary Clinton official Secretary of State portrait crop.jpg|thumb|alt=Hillary Clinton dressed in a black suit seen in her official secretary of state portrait in 2009|Hillary Clinton in her official secretary of state portrait, 2009)

    Secretary of state (2009–2013)

    {{See also|Foreign policy of Barack Obama}}

    Nomination and confirmation

    File:Hillary_Clinton_sworn_in_as_SecState_1-21-09_clinton-SIC-1.21.09_600_1.jpg|thumb|alt=Hillary Clinton taking oath as Secretary of State on January 21, 2009. She is on the left side of the image, facing toward the right. The oath is being administered by Associate Judge Kathryn Oberly, who is standing directly in front of Hillary (on the right side of the photo) and facing toward the left. Bill Clinton, who is standing on both women's side in the background of the image, is holding a Bible.|Associate Judge Kathryn Oberly of the D.C. Court of Appeals administers the oath of office of secretary of state to Hillary Rodham Clinton as her husband Bill ClintonBill ClintonIn mid-November 2008, President-elect Obama and Clinton discussed the possibility of her serving as secretary of state in his administration.Allen and Parnes 2014, pp. 48–52. She was initially quite reluctant, but on November 20 she told Obama she would accept the position.NEWS,weblink Last Tour of the Rock-Star Diplomat, Myers, Steven Lee, The New York Times Magazine, July 1, 2012, 18–23, 49, Allen and Parnes 2014, pp. 58–60. On December 1, President-elect Obama formally announced that Clinton would be his nominee for secretary of state.NEWS,weblink As it happened: Obama nominates Hillary Clinton for secretary of state, The Guardian, December 1, 2008, Elana, Schor, NEWS,weblink" title="">weblink September 27, 2012,weblink Obama Confirms Hillary in Top Job, Sky News, December 1, 2008, Clinton said she did not want to leave the Senate, but that the new position represented a "difficult and exciting adventure". As part of the nomination and to relieve concerns of conflict of interest, Bill Clinton agreed to accept several conditions and restrictions regarding his ongoing activities and fundraising efforts for the William J. Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative.Allen and Parnes 2014, p. 81.The appointment required a Saxbe fix, passed and signed into law in December 2008.NEWS,weblink Bush Approves Bill Reducing Secretary of State's Pay, Falcone, Michael, The New York Times, December 19, 2008, Confirmation hearings before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee began on January 13, 2009, a week before the Obama inauguration; two days later, the committee voted 16–1 to approve Clinton.NEWS,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink April 9, 2014, Senate panel backs Clinton as secretary of state, Associated Press, NBC News, January 15, 2009, By this time, her public approval rating had reached 65 percent, the highest point since the Lewinsky scandal.NEWS,weblink As Senate Hearings Begin, Hillary Clinton's Image Soars, Jones, Jeffrey M., Gallup Organization, January 13, 2009, On January 21, 2009, Clinton was confirmed in the full Senate by a vote of 94–2.NEWS,weblink Senate Confirms Clinton as Secretary of State, Phillips, Kate, January 21, 2009, The New York Times, Clinton took the oath of office of secretary of state, resigning from the Senate later that day.NEWS, Clinton sworn in at State Dept. and then resigns Senate, Brian, Tumulty, The Journal News, January 21, 2009,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink February 1, 2009, She became the first former first lady to serve in the United States Cabinet.NEWS,weblink Obama Brings Hillary to Cabinet, GOP to Ariz. State House, Rudin, Ken, NPR, December 1, 2008,

    First half of tenure

    File:President Obama, Secretary Clinton and Prime Minister Brown at the 2009 NATO summit.jpg|thumb|right|alt=Obama whispering to Clinton at a summit meeting, with multiple soldiers in uniform standing behind them and heads of state sitting behind and in front of them. They are in the 21st NATO summit, which was held in April 2009.|Clinton and Obama confer at the 21st NATO summit, April 2009]]Clinton spent her initial days as secretary of state telephoning dozens of world leaders and indicating that U.S. foreign policy would change direction: "We have a lot of damage to repair."NEWS,weblink World breathes sigh of relief, Hillary Clinton says, Richter, Paul, Los Angeles Times, January 28, 2009, She advocated an expanded role in global economic issues for the State Department, and cited the need for an increased U.S. diplomatic presence, especially in Iraq where the Defense Department had conducted diplomatic missions.NEWS,weblink Clinton Moves to Widen Role of State Dept., Landler, Mark, Cooper, Helene, The New York Times, December 22, 2008, Clinton announced the most ambitious of her departmental reforms, the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, which establishes specific objectives for the State Department's diplomatic missions abroad; it was modeled after a similar process in the Defense Department that she was familiar with from her time on the Senate Armed Services Committee.Allen and Parnes 2014, pp. 150–51. The first such review was issued in late 2010. It called for the U.S. leading through "civilian power" as a cost-effective way of responding to international challenges and defusing crises.NEWS,weblink Hillary Clinton's vision for foreign policy on a tight budget, LaFranchi, Howard, The Christian Science Monitor, December 15, 2010, It also sought to institutionalize goals of empowering women throughout the world. A cause Clinton advocated throughout her tenure was the adoption of cookstoves in the developing world, to foster cleaner and more environmentally sound food preparation and reduce smoke dangers to women.File:Lavrov and Clinton reset relations-1 (cropped).jpg|thumb|left|alt=Hillary Clinton standing with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Both of them are holding a "reset button". They are in a room with a window to the left and an American flag behind them|Russian Foreign Minister Sergey LavrovSergey LavrovIn a 2009 internal debate regarding the War in Afghanistan, Clinton sided with the military's recommendations for a maximal "Afghanistan surge", recommending 40,000 troops and no public deadline for withdrawal. She prevailed over Vice President Joe Biden's opposition but eventually supported Obama's compromise plan to send an additional 30,000 troops and tie the surge to a timetable for eventual withdrawal.Allen and Parnes 2014, pp. 122–24.In March 2009, Clinton presented Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov with a "reset button" symbolizing U.S. attempts to rebuild ties with that country under its new president, Dmitry Medvedev.NEWS,weblink 3 Presidents and a Riddle Named Putin, Baker, Peter, The New York Times, March 23, 2014, Allen and Parnes 2014, pp. 136–38. The photo op was remembered for a mistranslation into Russian. The policy, which became known as the Russian reset, led to improved cooperation in several areas during Medvedev's time in office. Relations would worsen considerably, however, following Vladimir Putin's return to the position in 2012.NEWS, DNC Email Hack: Why Vladimir Putin Hates Hillary Clinton,weblink NBC News, July 26, 2016, In October 2009, on a trip to Switzerland, Clinton's intervention overcame last-minute snags and saved the signing of an historic Turkish–Armenian accord that established diplomatic relations and opened the border between the two long-hostile nations.NEWS,weblink Turkey, Armenia sign historic accord, Lee, Matthew, Associated Press, The Guardian, London, October 10, 2009, NEWS,weblink In Middle East Peace Talks, Clinton Faces a Crucial Test, Landler, Mark, The New York Times, September 4, 2010, In Pakistan, she engaged in several unusually blunt discussions with students, talk show hosts and tribal elders, in an attempt to repair the Pakistani image of the U.S.NEWS,weblink The State of Hillary: A Mixed Record on the Job, Klein, Joe, Time (magazine), Time, November 5, 2009, {{efn|These efforts were not immediately rewarded, largely due to the unpopularity of drone attacks in Pakistan and other U.S. anti-terrorism actions. Polls in Pakistan and other Muslim countries showed approval of the U.S. declined among its citizens between 2009 and 2012. Confidence that Clinton was doing the right thing in world affairs was also low. The confidence ratings for Clinton were high in most European countries and generally mixed in the BRIC countries.WEB,weblink Global Opinion of Obama Slips, International Policies Faulted, Pew Research, June 13, 2012, 1–2, }} Beginning in 2010, she helped organize a diplomatic isolation and international sanctions regime against Iran, in an effort to force curtailment of that country's nuclear program; this would eventually lead to the multinational Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action being agreed to in 2015.NEWS,weblink Iran Policy Now More in Sync With Clinton's Views, Mark, Landler, The New York Times, February 16, 2010, NEWS,weblink Hillary Clinton endorses nuclear deal, Michael, Crowley, Politico, July 14, 2015, Clinton and Obama forged a good working relationship without power struggles; she was a team player within the administration and a defender of it to the outside and was careful that neither she nor her husband would upstage the president.NEWS,weblink From Bitter Campaign to Strong Alliance, Landler, Mark, Cooper, Helene, The New York Times, March 19, 2010, Clinton formed an alliance with Secretary of Defense Gates as they shared similar strategic outlooks.Allen and Parnes 2014, pp. 117–21. Obama and Clinton both approached foreign policy as a largely non-ideological, pragmatic exercise. She met with him weekly but did not have the close, daily relationship that some of her predecessors had had with their presidents; moreover, certain key areas of policymaking were kept inside the White House or Pentagon.NEWS,weblink Hillary Clinton's legacy at State: Splendid but not spectacular, Richter, Paul, Los Angeles Times, January 28, 2013, NEWS,weblink Long Engagements, Packer, George, George Packer, The New Yorker, February 11, 2013, Nevertheless, the president had trust in her actions.File:U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, greets Service members after her speech at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam 101029-N-QE566-002.jpg|thumb|right|alt=Clinton greeting U.S. military personnel at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam. The personnel are wearing uniforms and standing side-by-side.|Clinton greets service members at Andersen Air Force Base, GuamGuamIn a prepared speech in January 2010, Clinton drew analogies between the Iron Curtain and the free and unfree Internet.NEWS,weblink Sino-U.S. ties hit new snag over Internet issues, Richter, Paul, Pierson, David, Los Angeles Times, January 23, 2010, Chinese officials reacted negatively towards it. The speech garnered attention as the first time a senior American official had clearly defined the Internet as a key element of American foreign policy.NEWS,weblink China Rebuffs Clinton on Internet Warning, Landler, Mark, Wong, Edward, The New York Times, January 22, 2010, In July 2010, she visited South Korea, where she and Cheryl Mills worked to convince SAE-A, a large apparel subcontractor, to invest in Haiti despite the company's deep concerns about plans to raise the minimum wage. In the summer of 2010, the South Korean company signed a contract at the US State Department, ensuring that the Caracol Industrial Park would have a key tenant.NEWS, Earthquake Relief Where Haiti Wasn’t Broken,weblink August 24, 2019, The New York Times, July 5, 2012, Deborah Sontag, This was part of the "build back better" program initiated by her husband, named UN Special Envoy to Haiti in 2009 after a tropical storm season caused $1 billion in damages to the island.NEWS,weblink Bill Clinton to be UN Haiti envoy, BBC News, May 19, 2009, August 24, 2019, In January 2011, Clinton traveled to Haiti in order to help pave the way for the election of Michel Martelly.WEB, Katz, Jonathan, The King and Queen of Haiti,weblink Politico, August 22, 2019, May 4, 2015, [T]he government that Hillary Clinton helped put in power during that January 2011 trip—and that both Clintons have backed strongly since—has proven itself unworthy of that trust.,

    Second half of tenure

    The 2011 Egyptian protests posed the most challenging foreign policy crisis yet for the Obama administration.NEWS,weblink Hillary Clinton plays key role in dance with Hosni Mubarak, Thrush, Glenn, Politico, February 2, 2011, Clinton's public response quickly evolved from an early assessment that the government of Hosni Mubarak was "stable", to a stance that there needed to be an "orderly transition [to] a democratic participatory government", to a condemnation of violence against the protesters.NEWS,weblink Factbox – Evolution of U.S. stance on Egypt, Reuters, February 2, 2011, NEWS,weblink Hillary urges probe into new Cairo violence, Staff Reporter, The Nation (Pakistan), The Nation, Lahore, February 4, 2011, Obama came to rely upon Clinton's advice, organization and personal connections in the behind-the-scenes response to developments. As Arab Spring protests spread throughout the region, Clinton was at the forefront of a U.S. response that she recognized was sometimes contradictory, backing some regimes while supporting protesters against others.NEWS,weblink Obama Takes Hard Line With Libya After Shift by Clinton, Cooper, Helene, Myers, Steven Lee, The New York Times, March 18, 2011, File:US Secretary of State at the London Conference on Libya (5570842641).jpg|thumb|upright=0.7|alt=Hillary Clinton speaks at a London meeting to discuss NATO military intervention in Libya on March 29, 2011. She is standing behind a blue podium with a sign that has the words "THE LONDON CONFERENCE ON LIBYA" printed in white-on-blue text in capital letters.|The London meeting to discuss NATO military intervention in Libya, March 29, 2011]]As the Libyan Civil War took place, Clinton's shift in favor of military intervention aligned her with Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice and National Security Council figure Samantha Power This was a key turning point in overcoming internal administration opposition from Defense Secretary Gates, security advisor Thomas E. Donilon and counterterrorism advisor John Brennan in gaining the backing for, and Arab and U.N. approval of, the 2011 military intervention in Libya.NEWS,weblink Day after saying no second term, a big win for Hillary Clinton, Thrush, Glenn, Politico, March 17, 2011, Secretary Clinton testified to Congress that the administration did not need congressional authorization for its military intervention in Libya, despite objections from some members of both parties that the administration was violating the War Powers Resolution. The State Department's legal advisor argued the same point when the Resolution's 60-day limit for unauthorized wars was passed (a view that prevailed in a legal debate within the Obama administration).BOOK, Savage, Charlie, Power Wars: Inside Obama's Post-9/11 Presidency, 639, 643–49, Little, Brown and Company, New York, 2015, 978-0-316-28657-2, Charlie Savage, Clinton later used U.S. allies and what she called "convening power" to promote unity among the Libyan rebels as they eventually overthrew the Gaddafi regime.NEWS,weblink Hillary Clinton and the Rise of Smart Power, Calabresi, Massimo, Time (magazine), Time, November 7, 2011, 26–31, See also NEWS,weblink TIME magazine editor explains Hillary Clinton's 'smart power', CNN, October 28, 2011, The aftermath of the Libyan Civil War saw the country becoming a failed state.NEWS,weblink Hillary Clinton's real Libya problem, Collinson, Stephen, CNN, June 15, 2015, The wisdom of the intervention and interpretation of what happened afterward would become the subject of considerable debate.NEWS,weblink Was The 2011 Libya Intervention A Mistake?, Nick, Robins-Early, The Huffington Post, March 7, 2015, JOURNAL, Obama's Libya Debacle, Alan J., Kuperman, Foreign Affairs, March–April 2015, JOURNAL,weblink Who Lost Libya?, Derek, Chollet, Ben, Fishman, Foreign Affairs, May/June 2015, May–June 2015, During April 2011, internal deliberations of the president's innermost circle of advisors over whether to order U.S. special forces to conduct a raid into Pakistan against Osama bin Laden, Clinton was among those who argued in favor, saying the importance of getting bin Laden outweighed the risks to the U.S. relationship with Pakistan.BOOK, Mark, Bowden, Mark Bowden, The Finish: The Killing of Osama Bin Laden, Atlantic Monthly Press, 2012, 978-0-8021-2034-2, 198–204, Allen and Parnes 2014, pp. 233–37. Following completion of the mission on May 2 resulting in bin Laden's death, Clinton played a key role in the administration's decision not to release photographs of the dead al-Qaeda leader.NEWS,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink dead, May 7, 2011, Why Obama Nixed the Photo Release, Ambinder, Marc, Cooper, Matthew, National Journal, Washington, DC, May 4, 2011, During internal discussions regarding Iraq in 2011, Clinton argued for keeping a residual force of up to 10,000–20,000 U.S. troops there. (All of them ended up being withdrawn after negotiations for a revised U.S.–Iraq Status of Forces Agreement failed.)File:Clinton talking with Suu Kyi.jpg|thumb|right|alt=Clinton standing with Aung San Suu Kyi. The two women are discussing something during Clinton's 2011 visit to Burma.|Clinton meeting with Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu KyiAung San Suu KyiIn a speech before the United Nations Human Rights Council in December 2011, Clinton said that, "Gay rights are human rights", and that the U.S. would advocate for gay rights and legal protections of gays abroad.Allen and Parnes 2014, p. 372. The same period saw her overcome internal administration opposition with a direct appeal to Obama and stage the first visit to Burma by a U.S. secretary of state since 1955. She met with Burmese leaders as well as opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and sought to support the 2011 Burmese democratic reforms.Ghattas 2013, pp. 294–304. She also said the 21st century would be "America's Pacific century",JOURNAL, Clinton, Hillary, America's Pacific Century, Foreign Policy, 189, November 2011, 56–63, a declaration that was part of the Obama administration's "pivot to Asia".Ghattas 2013, p. 187.During the Syrian Civil War, Clinton and the Obama administration initially sought to persuade Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to engage popular demonstrations with reform. As government violence allegedly rose in August 2011, they called for him to resign from the presidency.Ghattas 2013, pp. 282–85. The administration joined several countries in delivering non-lethal assistance to so-called rebels opposed to the Assad government and humanitarian groups working in Syria.NEWS, Myers, Steven Lee, U.S. joins effort to equip and pay rebels in Syria,weblink The New York Times, April 1, 2012, During mid-2012, Clinton formed a plan with CIA Director David Petraeus to further strengthen the opposition by arming and training vetted groups of Syrian rebels. The proposal was rejected by White House officials who were reluctant to become entangled in the conflict, fearing that extremists hidden among the rebels might turn the weapons against other targets.NEWS,weblink Backstage Glimpses of Clinton as Dogged Diplomat, Win or Lose, Gordon, Michael R., Landler, Mark, The New York Times, February 3, 2013, Allen and Parnes 2014, p. 340.In December 2012, Clinton was hospitalized for a few days for treatment of a blood clot in her right transverse venous sinus.Allen and Parnes 2014, pp. 339–42, 360–62. Her doctors had discovered the clot during a follow-up examination for a concussion she had sustained when she fainted and fell nearly three weeks earlier, as a result of severe dehydration from a viral intestinal ailment acquired during a trip to Europe. The clot, which caused no immediate neurological injury, was treated with anticoagulant medication, and her doctors have said she has made a full recovery.{{efn|While generally experiencing good health in her life, Clinton had previously had a potentially serious blood clot in her knee while first lady in 1998, for which she had required anticoagulant treatment.NEWS,weblink Hillary Clinton: My life at 60, Evans, Heidi, New York Daily News, Daily News, New York, October 25, 2007, An elbow fracture and subsequent painful recuperation had caused Clinton to miss two foreign trips as Secretary of State in 2009.Allen and Parnes 2014, pp. 139–41. The 2012 concussion and clot episode caused Clinton to postpone her congressional testimony on the Benghazi attack and to miss any foreign trips planned for the rest of her tenure. After returning to public activity, she wore special glasses for two months, with a Fresnel lens for the left eye to compensate for double vision, a lingering effect of the concussion.NEWS,weblink Hillary Clinton's Glasses Are For Concussion, Not Fashion, Hughes, Dana, Childs, Dan, ABC News, January 25, 2013, She remained on anticoagulant medication as a precaution.NEWS,weblink Hillary's health 'excellent,' doctor says, Karni, Annie, Politico, July 31, 2015, }}

    Overall themes

    (File:Obama and Biden await updates on bin Laden.jpg|thumb|Clinton, along with members of the national security team, receive an update on Operation Neptune Spear in the White House Situation Room on May 1, 2011. Everyone in the room is watching a live feed from drones operating over the Osama bin Laden complex.|alt=President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with members of the national security team, receive an update on Operation Neptune's Spear, a mission against Osama bin Laden, in one of the conference rooms of the Situation Room of the White House, on May 1, 2011. They are watching live feed from drones operating over the bin Laden complex.)Throughout her time in office (and mentioned in her final speech concluding it), Clinton viewed "smart power" as the strategy for asserting U.S. leadership and values. In a world of varied threats, weakened central governments and increasingly important nongovernmental entities, smart power combined military hard power with diplomacy and U.S. soft power capacities in global economics, development aid, technology, creativity and human rights advocacy.NEWS,weblink In farewell speech, Clinton calls for 'smart power' on global stage, Madison, Lucy, CBS News, January 31, 2013, As such, she became the first secretary of state to methodically implement the smart power approach.Ghattas 2013, pp. 11, 334. In debates over use of military force, she was generally one of the more hawkish voices in the administration.NEWS,weblink Hillary Clinton's Unapologetically Hawkish Record Faces 2016 Test, Crowley, Michael, Time (magazine), Time, January 14, 2014, In August 2011 she hailed the ongoing multinational military intervention in Libya and the initial U.S. response towards the Syrian Civil War as examples of smart power in action.NEWS,weblink Clinton: US using 'smart power' for Libya, Syria, CBS News, August 16, 2011, Clinton greatly expanded the State Department's use of social media, including Facebook and Twitter, to get its message out and to help empower citizens of foreign countries vis-à-vis their governments.And in the Mideast turmoil, Clinton particularly saw an opportunity to advance one of the central themes of her tenure, the empowerment and welfare of women and girls worldwide.NEWS,weblink The Hillary Doctrine, Lemmon, Gayle Tzemach, Newsweek, March 6, 2011, Moreover, in a formulation that became known as the "Hillary Doctrine", she viewed women's rights as critical for U.S. security interests, due to a link between the level of violence against women and gender inequality within a state, and the instability and challenge to international security of that state.NEWS,weblink At the Pinnacle of Hillary Clinton's Career, Combe, Rachael, Elle (magazine), Elle, April 5, 2012, Hudson and Leidl 2015, pp. 3–4. In turn, there was a trend of women around the world finding more opportunities, and in some cases feeling safer, as the result of her actions and visibility.Hudson and Leidl 2015, pp. 57–60.Clinton visited 112 countries during her tenure, making her the most widely traveled secretary of stateNEWS,weblink Scare Adds to Fears That Clinton's Work Has Taken Toll, Landler, Mark, The New York Times, January 4, 2013, {{efn|Clinton's 112 countries visited broke Madeleine Albright's previous mark of 96.NEWS,weblink Frequent flier Hillary Clinton hits 100-country mark, Lee, Matthew, Associated Press, Yahoo! News, June 28, 2012, Clinton's sum of 956,733 air miles traveled, however, fell short of Condoleezza Rice's record for mileage. That total, 1,059,207, was bolstered late in her tenure by repeated trips to the Middle East.NEWS,weblink Clinton, Rice vie for most traveled secretary of State, Jackson, David, USA Today, June 18, 2012, }} (Time magazine wrote that "Clinton's endurance is legendary".) The first secretary of state to visit countries like Togo and East Timor, she believed that in-person visits were more important than ever in the virtual age.NEWS,weblink Departing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Leaves Behind a Legacy of Firsts, Parnass, Sarah, Hughes, Dana, ABC News, December 23, 2012, As early as March 2011, she indicated she was not interested in serving a second term as secretary of state should Obama be re-elected in 2012; in December 2012, following that re-election, Obama nominated Senator John Kerry to be Clinton's successor.NEWS,weblink Clinton's Blood Clot Is Located Near Her Brain, Doctors Say, Cooper, Helene, The New York Times, December 31, 2012, Her last day as secretary of state was February 1, 2013.NEWS,weblink Is Hillary Clinton closing the door on politics?, Miller, Jake, CBS News, January 29, 2013, Upon her departure, analysts commented that Clinton's tenure did not bring any signature diplomatic breakthroughs as some other secretaries of state had accomplished, and highlighted her focus on goals she thought were less tangible but would have more lasting effect.Ghattas 2013, pp. 216, 225.

    Benghazi attack and subsequent hearings

    {{See also|2012 Benghazi attack|United States House Select Committee on Benghazi}}File:Obama and Clinton at Transfer of Remains Ceremony for Benghazi attack victims Sep 14, 2012.jpg|thumb|alt=Obama and Clinton at a somber occasion, honoring the Benghazi attack victims at the Transfer of Remains Ceremony, held at Andrews Air Force Base on September 14, 2012. There are soldiers standing behind Obama and Clinton, and everyone is standing on a large wooden floor with their left hands to their side and their right hands on their upper chests.|Obama and Clinton honor the Benghazi attack victims at the Transfer of Remains Ceremony, held at Andrews Air Force BaseAndrews Air Force BaseOn September 11, 2012, the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, was attacked, resulting in the deaths of the U.S. Ambassador, J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. The attack, questions surrounding the security of the U.S. consulate, and the varying explanations given afterward by administration officials for what had happened became politically controversial in the U.S.NEWS,weblink Clinton: I'm responsible for diplomats' security, Labott, Elise, CNN, October 16, 2012, On October 15, Clinton took responsibility for the question of security lapses saying the differing explanations were due to the inevitable fog of war confusion after such events.NEWS, Gordon, Michael,weblink Clinton Takes Responsibility for Security Failure in Libya, The New York Times, October 15, 2012, On December 19, a panel led by Thomas R. Pickering and Michael Mullen issued its report on the matter. It was sharply critical of State Department officials in Washington for ignoring requests for more guards and safety upgrades, and for failing to adapt security procedures to a deteriorating security environment.NEWS,weblink Three in State Dept. resign after report, United Press International, December 19, 2012, It focused its criticism on the department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security and Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs; four State Department officials at the assistant secretary level and below were removed from their posts as a consequence.NEWS,weblink 4 Are Out at State Dept. After Scathing Report on Benghazi Attack, Gordon, Michael R., Schmitt, Eric, The New York Times, December 19, 2012, Clinton said she accepted the conclusions of the report and that changes were underway to implement its suggested recommendations.Clinton gave testimony to two congressional foreign affairs committees on January 23, 2013, regarding the Benghazi attack. She defended her actions in response to the incident, and while still accepting formal responsibility, said she had had no direct role in specific discussions beforehand regarding consulate security.NEWS,weblink Clinton takes on Benghazi critics, warns of more security threats, Dougherty, Jill, Cohen, Tom, CNN, January 24, 2013, Congressional Republicans challenged her on several points, to which she responded. In particular, after persistent questioning about whether or not the administration had issued inaccurate "talking points" after the attack, Clinton responded with the much-quoted rejoinder, "With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided that they'd they go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, Senator."WEB,weblink In Context: Hillary Clinton's 'What difference does it make' comment, PolitiFact, May 8, 2013, In November 2014, the House Intelligence Committee issued a report that concluded there had been no wrongdoing in the administration's response to the attack.NEWS,weblink GOP panel on Benghazi finds no Obama administration wrongdoing, Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, November 22, 2014, File:Hillary Clinton Testimony to House Select Committee on Benghazi (1).png|thumb|upright=0.9|alt=Clinton testifying before the House Select Committee on Benghazi on October 22, 2015. She is standing behind a podium with a microphone, with many people behind her.|Clinton testifying before the House Select Committee on BenghaziHouse Select Committee on BenghaziThe House Select Committee on Benghazi was created in May 2014 and conducted a two-year investigation related to the 2012 attack.NEWS,weblink Analysis: House Benghazi Committee report was drowned by politics, Singer, Paul, USA Today, June 28, 2016, Its actions were often seen through the prism of domestic politics. This was especially the case in September 2015, when House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy credited the Benghazi hearings with lowering Clinton's poll numbers, thereby contradicting the Republicans' previous talking points on the investigation.NEWS,weblink Boehner's likely successor credits Benghazi committee for lowering Hillary Clinton's poll numbers, Weigel, David, The Washington Post, September 30, 2015, On October 22, 2015, Clinton testified at an all-day and nighttime session before the committee.NEWS, Michael D., Shear, Michael S., Schmidt,weblink Benghazi Panel Engages Clinton in Tense Session, The New York Times, October 22, 2015, NEWS, David A., Fahrenthold, Elise, Viebeck,weblink GOP lands no solid punches while sparring with Clinton over Benghazi, The Washington Post, October 22, 2015, The hearing included many heated exchanges between committee members and Clinton and among the committee members themselves. Clinton was widely seen as emerging largely unscathed from the hearing, because of what the media perceived as a calm and unfazed demeanor and a lengthy, meandering, repetitive line of questioning from the committee.For accounts of Clinton's appearance before the select committee, see NEWS,weblink Gearan, Anne, Tumulty, Karen, Viebeck, Elise, Clinton, back in the Benghazi hot seat, withstands Republicans' grilling, The Washington Post, October 22, 2015, ; NEWS,weblink Hattern, Julian, Parnes, Amie, Clinton largely unscathed by GOP Benghazi hearing, The Hill (newspaper), The Hill, October 22, 2015, ; NEWS,weblink Bade, Rachel, Clinton survives 11-hour Benghazi grilling, Politico, October 22, 2015, ; NEWS,weblink Where the Benghazi Committee Went Wrong, Cassidy, John, The New Yorker, October 22, 2015, ; NEWS,weblink No clear wins for GOP at Benghazi hearing, Troyan, Mary, USA Today, October 23, 2015, ; and NEWS,weblink Marathon Benghazi hearing leaves Hillary Clinton largely unscathed, Collinson, Stephen, CNN, October 23, 2015, The committee issued competing final reports in June 2016 that broke along partisan lines. The Republican report offered some new details about the attack but no new evidence of culpability by Clinton.NEWS,weblink House Benghazi Report Finds No New Evidence of Wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton, Herszenhorn, David M., The New York Times, June 28, 2016,

    Email controversy

    A controversy arose in March 2015, when the State Department's inspector general revealed that Clinton had used personal email accounts on a non-government, privately maintained server exclusively—instead of email accounts maintained on federal government servers—when conducting official business during her tenure as secretary of state. Some experts, officials, members of Congress and political opponents contended that her use of private messaging system software and a private server violated State Department protocols and procedures, and federal laws and regulations governing recordkeeping requirements.NEWS,weblink Soros 'Advised Clinton on Handling Albania Unrest',, August 2, 2018, The controversy occurred against the backdrop of Clinton's 2016 presidential election campaign and hearings held by the House Select Committee on Benghazi.NEWS,weblink Using Private Email, Hillary Clinton Thwarted Record Requests, Schmidt, Michael S., Chozick, Amy, The New York Times, March 3, 2015, NEWS,weblink Clinton email review could find security issues, Leonnig, Carol D., Helderman, Rosalind S., Gearan, Anne, The Washington Post, March 6, 2015, In a joint statement released on July 15, 2015, the inspector general of the State Department and the inspector general of the intelligence community said their review of the emails found information that was classified when sent, remained so at the time of their inspection and "never should have been transmitted via an unclassified personal system." They also stated unequivocally this classified information should never have been stored outside of secure government computer systems. Clinton had said over a period of months that she kept no classified information on the private server that she set up in her house.NEWS, Schmidt, Michael S., Apuzzo, Matt, Hillary Clinton Emails Said to Contain Classified Data,weblink The New York Times, July 24, 2015, Government policy, reiterated in the nondisclosure agreement signed by Clinton as part of gaining her security clearance, is that sensitive information can be considered as classified even if not marked as such.NEWS,weblink Clinton Emails Held Indirect References to Undercover CIA Officers, Dilanian, Ken, NBC News, February 4, 2016,weblink" title="">weblink March 10, 2016, dead, After allegations were raised that some of the emails in question fell into the so-called "born classified" category, an FBI probe was initiated regarding how classified information was handled on the Clinton server.NEWS, Schmidt, Michael S., Apuzzo, Matt, Hillary Clinton Emails Take Long Path to Controversy,weblink The New York Times, August 8, 2015, The New York Times reported in February 2016 that nearly 2,100 emails stored on Clinton's server were retroactively marked classified by the State Department. Additionally, the intelligence community's inspector general wrote Congress to say that some of the emails "contained classified State Department information when originated."NEWS,weblink Fact checking the Hillary Clinton email controversy, March 9, 2016, The Washington Post, Kessler, Glenn, In May 2016, the inspector general of the State Department criticized her use of a private email server while secretary of state, stating that she had not requested permission for this and would not have received it if she had asked.NEWS, Steven Lee, Myers,weblink Hillary Clinton Is Criticized for Private Emails in State Dept. Review, The New York Times, May 25, 2016, Clinton maintained she did not send or receive any emails from her personal server that were confidential at the time they were sent. In a Democratic debate with Bernie Sanders on February 4, 2016, Clinton said, "I never sent or received any classified material—they are retroactively classifying it." On July 2, 2016, Clinton stated: "Let me repeat what I have repeated for many months now, I never received nor sent any material that was marked classified."WEB,weblink FBI Probe Contradicts Clinton's Claim She Never Sent Classified Emails, ABC News, July 5, 2016, July 12, 2016, WEB, Kessler, Glenn,weblink Clinton's claims about receiving or sending 'classified material' on her private e-mail system, The Washington Post, August 27, 2015, July 12, 2016, On July 5, 2016, the FBI concluded its investigation. In a statement, FBI director James Comey said:110 e-mails in 52 e-mail chains have been determined by the owning agency to contain classified information at the time they were sent or received. Eight of those chains contained information that was Top Secret at the time they were sent; 36 chains contained Secret information at the time; and eight contained Confidential information, which is the lowest level of classification. Separate from those, about 2,000 additional e-mails were "up-classified" to make them Confidential; the information in those had not been classified at the time the e-mails were sent.WEB,weblink Statement by FBI Director James B. Comey on the Investigation of Secretary Hillary Clinton's Use of a Personal E-Mail System,, July 5, 2016, July 12, 2016,weblink July 17, 2016, WEB,weblink Revisiting Clinton and Classified Information, Kiely, Eugene, July 7, 2016, July 22, 2016,, Three emails, out of 30,000, were found to be marked as classified, although they lacked classified headers and were marked only with a small "c" in parentheses, described as "portion markings" by Comey. He also said it was possible Clinton was not "technically sophisticated" enough to understand what the three classified markings meant. The probe found Clinton used her personal email extensively while outside the United States, both sending and receiving work-related emails in the territory of sophisticated adversaries. Comey acknowledged that it was "possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton's personal email account". He added that "[although] we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information". Nevertheless, Comey asserted that "no reasonable prosecutor" would bring criminal charges in this case, despite the existence of "potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information". The FBI recommended that the Justice Department decline to prosecute. On July 6, 2016, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch--who had met privately with Bill Clinton on June 27WEB,weblink Bill Clinton meeting causes headaches for Hillary, Eli Watkins, CNN, CNN, WEB,weblink Conflict? Clinton, Lynch met privately in PHX, June 29, 2016, KNXV, --confirmed that the probe into Clinton's use of private email servers would be closed without criminal charges.WEB, Zapotosky, Matt,weblink Justice Department closes Clinton email probe without charges, The Washington Post, December 14, 2012, July 12, 2016, On October 28, 2016, Comey notified Congress that the FBI had begun looking into newly discovered Clinton emails. Law enforcement officials said that while investigating allegedly illicit text messages from Anthony Weiner, husband of Clinton aide Huma Abedin, to a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina, they discovered emails related to Clinton's private server on a laptop computer belonging to Weiner. On November 6, Comey notified Congress that the FBI had not changed the conclusion it had reached in July.NEWS,weblink USA Today, FBI declares it is finally done investigating Hillary Clinton's email, Fredreka, Schouten, Kevin, Johnson, Heidi, Przybyla, November 6, 2016, The notification was later cited by Clinton as a factor in her loss in the 2016 presidential election.NEWS,weblink Hillary Clinton Blames F.B.I. Director for Election Loss, The New York Times, November 12, 2016, Chozick, Amy, The emails controversy received more media coverage than any other topic during the 2016 presidential election.NEWS,weblink Don't blame the election on fake news. Blame it on the media., Columbia Journalism Review, December 7, 2017, en, NEWS,weblink News Coverage of the 2016 National Conventions: Negative News, Lacking Context, September 21, 2016, Shorenstein Center, December 7, 2017, en-US, WEB,weblink Partisanship, Propaganda, and Disinformation: Online Media and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election {{!, Berkman Klein Center||language=en|access-date=December 7, 2017}}On January 4, 2018, the Daily Beast reported that Justice Department officials were again looking into Clinton's use of a private email server. The website, citing "a former senior DOJ official familiar with department leadership's thinking", reported that Justice Department officials were "acutely aware of demands from President Donald Trump" to investigate Clinton.NEWS, Betsy, Woodruff,weblink Exclusive: Justice Department 'Looking Into' Hillary Clinton's Emails – Again, The Daily Beast, January 4, 2018, May 4, 2018,

    Clinton Foundation, Hard Choices, and speeches

    (File:Former Secretary of State Clinton Delivers Remarks at Groundbreaking Ceremony of the U.S. Diplomacy Center (14943786999) (cropped).jpg|thumb|right|upright|alt=Clinton standing behind lectern wearing a charcoal-colored suit, smiling and looking to her right|Clinton in September 2014)When Clinton left the State Department, she returned to private life for the first time in thirty years.NEWS,weblink Hillary Clinton leaving world stage, but for how long?, Holland, Steve, Reuters, January 16, 2013, She and her daughter joined her husband as named members of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation in 2013.Allen and Parnes 2014, pp. 374–75, 382–85. There she focused on early childhood development efforts, including an initiative called Too Small to Fail and a $600 million initiative to encourage the enrollment of girls in secondary schools worldwide, led by former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.NEWS,weblink Hillary Clinton unveils $600m global female education plan, Associated Press, The Guardian, September 25, 2014, In 2014, Clinton published a second memoir, Hard Choices, which focused on her time as secretary of state. {{as of|2015|July}}, the book has sold about 280,000 copies.NEWS, Berenson, Tessa, Here's Which 2016 Candidate's Book Sold the Most Copies,weblink Time (magazine), Time, July 28, 2016, Clinton also led the No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project, a partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to gather and study data on the progress of women and girls around the world since the Beijing conference in 1995;NEWS,weblink Hillary Clinton launches global data project on women and girls, Rucker, Philip, The Washington Post, February 13, 2014, its March 2015 report said that while "There has never been a better time in history to be born a woman ... this data shows just how far we still have to go."NEWS,weblink Unpacking Hillary Clinton's 'No Ceilings' Report, Fleming, Olivia, Elle (magazine), Elle, March 10, 2015, The foundation began accepting new donations from foreign governments, which it had stopped doing while she was secretary of state.{{efn|name=excf|During Clinton's tenure there were several cases where foreign governments continued making donations to the Clinton Foundation at the same level they had before Clinton became secretary of state, which was permissible under the agreement forged before she took office. There was one instance of a new donation, $500,000 from Algeria for earthquake relief in Haiti, that was outside the bounds of the continuation provision and should have received a special State Department ethics review but did not.NEWS,weblink Foreign governments gave millions to foundation while Clinton was at State Dept., Rosalind S., Helderman, Tom, Hamburger, The Washington Post, February 25, 2015, The foundation's new stance {{as of|2015|April|lc=y}} and Clinton's presidential candidacy was to accept foreign governmental donations only from Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and the United Kingdom.NEWS,weblink Clinton Foundation only allowing six foreign countries to donate, Braun, Stephen, Associated Press, Boston Globe, April 16, 2015, }} However, even though the Clinton Foundation had stopped taking donations from foreign governments, they continued to take large donations from foreign citizens who were sometimes linked to their governments.JOURNAL,weblink The Clinton Foundation and Conflicts of Interest, 10.1038/nature19793, 27706136, The Atlantic, 538, 7624, 257–259, March 20, 2015, October 6, 2016, Dong, Xiao, Milholland, Brandon, Vijg, Jan, She began work on another volume of memoirs and made appearances on the paid speaking circuit. There she received $200,000–225,000 per engagement, often appearing before Wall Street firms or at business conventions. She also made some unpaid speeches on behalf of the foundation.NEWS,weblink Hillary Clinton Taps Speechmaking Gold Mine, Chozick, Amy, The New York Times, July 11, 2013, For the fifteen months ending in March 2015, Clinton earned over $11 million from her speeches.NEWS,weblink Clintons have made more than $25 million for speaking since January 2014, Gold, Matea, Helderman, Rosalind S., Gearan, Anne, The Washington Post, May 15, 2015, For the overall period 2007–14, the Clintons earned almost $141 million, paid some $56 million in federal and state taxes and donated about $15 million to charity.NEWS,weblink Clintons earned nearly $141M from 2007 to 2014, tax returns show, CNN, July 31, 2015, {{as of|2015}}, she was estimated to be worth over $30 million on her own, or $45–53 million with her husband.NEWS, Fontevecchia, Agustino, The Richest And Poorest Presidential Candidates: From Hillary's Millions To Marco Rubio's Debts,weblink Forbes, September 29, 2015, Clinton resigned from the board of the foundation in April 2015, when she began her presidential campaign. The foundation said it would accept new foreign governmental donations from six Western nations only.{{efn|name=excf}}

    2016 presidential campaign

    File:Hillary Clinton Elizabeth Warren Manchester NH October 2016 (1).jpg|thumb|upright|alt= Photograph of Clinton in a light blue suit, holding a microphone and speaking in front of Elizabeth Warren who is seated behind her | Clinton campaigning for president in Manchester, New Hampshire, in October 2016, with Massachusetts senator Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Warren{{Further|2016 United States presidential election|2016 Democratic Party presidential candidates|2016 Democratic Party presidential primaries|2016 Democratic National Committee email leak}}On April 12, 2015, Clinton formally announced her candidacy for the presidency in the 2016 election.NEWS,weblink Hillary Clinton Announces 2016 Presidential Bid, Chozick, Amy, The New York Times, April 12, 2015, She had a campaign-in-waiting already in place, including a large donor network, experienced operatives and the Ready for Hillary and Priorities USA Action political action committees and other infrastructure.NEWS,weblink Can Anyone Stop Hillary?, Von Drehle, David, Time, January 27, 2014, The campaign's headquarters were established in the New York City borough of Brooklyn.NEWS,weblink A peek inside Hillary Clinton's Brooklyn HQ, Karnie, Annie, Politico, July 16, 2015, Her campaign focused on: raising middle class incomes, establishing universal preschool, making college more affordable and improving the Affordable Care Act.NEWS,weblink This time around, Clinton aligns position with progressive Democrats, Associated Press, PBS, April 19, 2015, Initially considered a prohibitive favorite to win the Democratic nomination, Clinton faced an unexpectedly strong challenge from democratic socialist Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. His longtime stance against the influence of corporations and the wealthy in American politics resonated with a dissatisfied citizenry troubled by the effects of income inequality in the U.S. and contrasted with Clinton's Wall Street ties.NEWS,weblink Hillary Clinton's Paid Speeches to Wall Street Animate Her Opponents, Confessore, Nicholas, Horowitz, Jason, The New York Times, January 21, 2016, NEWS,weblink For some Americans, politicians' promises of change and disruption have come too slowly, or failed altogether, Pace, Julie, Associated Press, USA Today, January 30, 2016, In the initial contest of the primaries season, Clinton only very narrowly won the Iowa Democratic caucuses, held February 1, over an increasingly popular Sanders—NEWS,weblink All Precincts Reported: Clinton Defeats Sanders By Historically Small Margin, WHO-TV, Hepker, Aaron, February 2, 2016, NEWS,weblink Clinton hangs on in revised Iowa caucus results, The Hill, Richardson, Bradford, February 7, 2016, the first woman to win them. In the first primary, held in New Hampshire on February 9, she lost to Sanders by a wide margin.NEWS,weblink Outsiders sweep to victory in New Hampshire, Collison, Stephen, CNN, February 10, 2016, Sanders was an increasing threat in the next contest, the Nevada caucuses on February 20, but Clinton managed a five-percentage-point win, aided by final-days campaigning among casino workers.NEWS,weblink Hillary Clinton takes Nevada in victory over Bernie Sanders, Reston, Maeve, CNN, February 21, 2016, Clinton followed that with a lopsided victory in the South Carolina primary on February 27. These two victories stabilized her campaign and showed an avoidance of the management turmoil that harmed her 2008 effort.NEWS,weblink How Clinton hit the reset button on 2016, Thrush, Glenn, Karni, Annie, Politico, March 3, 2016, On March 1 Super Tuesday, Clinton won seven of eleven contests, including a string of dominating victories across the South buoyed, as in South Carolina, by African-American voters. She opened up a significant lead in pledged delegates over Sanders.NEWS,weblink Minority Voters Push Hillary Clinton to Victories, Healy, Patrick, Chozick, Amy, The New York Times, March 1, 2016, She maintained this delegate lead across subsequent contests during the primary season, with a consistent pattern throughout. Sanders did better among younger, whiter, more rural and more liberal voters and in states that held caucuses or where eligibility was open to independents. Clinton did better among older, black and Hispanic voter populations, and in states that held primaries or where eligibility was restricted to registered Democrats.NEWS,weblink Bernie Sanders Wins Caucuses As Map Ahead Gets Tougher, Terkel, Amanda, The Huffington Post, March 6, 2016, NEWS,weblink Bernie's math: Improbable, not impossible, Shepard, Steven, Politico, March 28, 2016, NEWS,weblink New York's closed primary could be Bernie Sanders' Achilles' heel, Seitz-Wald, Alex, MSNBC, April 11, 2016, By June 5, 2016, she had earned enough pledged delegates and supportive superdelegates for the media to consider her the presumptive nominee.NEWS,weblink Hillary Clinton Has Clinched Democratic Nomination, Survey Reports, Chozick, Amy, June 6, 2016, Healy, Patrick, The New York Times, On June 7, after winning most of the states in the final major round of primaries, Clinton held a victory rally in Brooklyn becoming the first woman to claim the status of presumptive nominee for a major American political party.NEWS,weblink Hillary Clinton celebrates victory, CNN, June 8, 2016, Collinson, Stephen, By campaign's end, Clinton had won 2,219 pledged delegates to Sanders' 1,832; with an estimated 594 superdelegates compared to Sanders' 47.NEWS,weblink Democratic Party: CNN delegate estimate, CNN, June 18, 2016, She received almost 17 million votes during the nominating process, as opposed to Sanders' 13 million.WEB,weblink Democratic Convention 2016, The Green Papers, June 29, 2016, File:Bernie Sanders & Hillary Clinton (28250130386).jpg|thumb|left|alt=Clinton standing at a podium speaking and looking to her right; Bernie Sanders is standing behind her.| United States senator Bernie SandersBernie SandersClinton was formally nominated at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on July 26, 2016, becoming the first woman to be nominated for president by a major U.S. political party.NEWS, Rappeport, Alan, Alcindor, Yamiche, Martin, Jonathan, Democrats Nominate Hillary Clinton Despite Sharp Divisions,weblink The New York Times, July 26, 2016, Her choice of vice presidential running mate, Senator Tim Kaine, was nominated by the Convention the following day.NEWS, Keneally, Meghan, Struyk, Ryan, Tim Kaine Nominated as Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate,weblink ABC News, July 27, 2016, Her opponents in the general election included Republican Donald Trump, Libertarian Gary Johnson and Jill Stein of the Green Party. Around the time of the convention, WikiLeaks released emails that suggested the DNC and the Clinton campaign tilted the primary in Clinton's favor.Clinton held a significant lead in national polls over Trump throughout most of 2016. In early July, Trump and Clinton were tied in major polls following the FBI's conclusion of its investigation into her emails.NEWS,weblink Poll Finds Voters in Both Parties Unhappy With Their Candidates, Chozick, Amy, July 14, 2016, The New York Times, Thee-Brennan, Megan, NEWS,weblink Poll: Clinton and Trump Now Tied as GOP Convention Kicks Off, July 19, 2016, NBC News, FBI Director James Comey concluded Clinton had been "extremely careless" in her handling of classified government material.NEWS,weblink The polls are swinging against Hillary Clinton because she gave voters reason to distrust her, Barro, Josh, July 14, 2016, Business Insider, In late July, Trump gained his first lead over Clinton in major polls following a three to four percentage point convention bounce at the Republican National Convention. This was in line with the average bounce in conventions since 2004, although it was toward the low side by historical standards.WEB,weblink Election Update: Why Our Model Is Bullish On Trump, For Now,, July 28, 2016, August 3, 2016, WEB,weblink Trump takes lead over Clinton as GOP convention generates a bounce for its nominee, Lauter, David, July 25, 2016, Los Angeles Times, July 25, 2016, NEWS,weblink Donald Trump bounces into the lead, Agiesta, Jennifer, July 25, 2016, CNN, July 25, 2016, Following Clinton's seven percentage point convention bounce at the Democratic National Convention, she regained a significant lead in national polls at the start of August.WEB,weblink Post-Democratic convention bounce: 7 points for Clinton,, August 3, 2016, WEB,weblink Election Update: Clinton's Bounce Appears Bigger Than Trump's, August 1, 2016,, August 3, 2016, In fall 2016, Clinton and Tim Kaine published Stronger Together, which outlined their vision for the United States.NEWS, Chozick, Amy, September 14, 2016, Sales of Hillary Clinton's New Book Are Off to a Slow Start,weblink The New York Times, New York, October 1, 2016, (File:HRC 2016 concession speech 22.jpg|thumb|right|upright=0.9|alt=Photograph of Clinton delivering her concession speech|Clinton delivering her concession speech)Clinton was defeated by Donald Trump in the November 8, 2016, presidential election.NEWS,weblink Fox News projects: Trump wins presidency, defeats Clinton in historic election upset, November 8, 2016, Fox News Channel, November 9, 2016, By the early morning hours of November 9, Trump had received 279 projected electoral college votes, with 270 needed to win; media sources proclaimed him the winner.NEWS, Clinton vs. Trump: Voters Have Their Say on Election Day,weblink The New York Times, November 9, 2016, November 9, 2016, Clinton then phoned Trump to concede and to congratulate him on his victory, whereupon Trump gave his victory speech.NEWS, Horowitz Satlin, Alana, Clinton Delays Concession Speech As Trump Seizes Victory,weblink The Huffington Post, November 9, 2016, November 9, 2016, The next morning Clinton made a public concession speech in which she acknowledged the pain of her loss, but called on her supporters to accept Trump as president, saying: "We owe him an open mind and a chance to lead."NEWS,weblink Highlights of Hillary Clinton's Concession Speech and President Obama's Remarks, November 9, 2016, The New York Times, November 17, 2016, Though Clinton lost the election by capturing only 232 electoral votes to Trump's 306, she won the popular vote by more than 2.8 million votes, or 2.1% of the voter base.NEWS, Begley, Sarah, Hillary Clinton Leads by 2.8 Million in Final Popular Vote Count,weblink December 21, 2018, Time (magazine), Time, December 20, 2016, NEWS, Krieg, Gregory, It's official: Clinton swamps Trump in popular vote,weblink December 21, 2018, CNN, December 22, 2016, She is the fifth presidential candidate in U.S. history to win the popular vote but lose the election.{{efn|The others were:Andrew Jackson who lost to John Quincy Adams; Samuel Tilden who lost by one electoral vote to Rutherford B Hayes; Grover Cleveland who lost to Benjamin Harrison; and Al Gore who lost to George W Bush.}}NEWS,weblink Five presidential nominees who won popular vote but lost the election, Revesz, Rachael, November 16, 2016, The Independent, November 18, 2016, JOURNAL, Remnick, David, Hillary Clinton Looks Back in Anger,weblink The New Yorker, September 14, 2017, September 13, 2017, She won the most votes of any candidate who did not take office and the third-most votes of any candidate in history,NEWS, Nichols, John, Hillary Clinton's Popular-Vote Victory Is Unprecedented â€“ and Still Growing,weblink March 6, 2018, The Nation, November 16, 2016, NEWS, Kreig, Gregory, It's official: Clinton swamps Trump in popular vote,weblink March 6, 2018, CNN, December 22, 2016, though she did not have the greatest percentage win of a losing candidate. (Andrew Jackson won the popular vote by 10.4% but lost to John Quincy Adams).WEB,weblink Largest Landslide Victories in US Presidential Election History,, August 11, 2019, On December 19, 2016, when electors formally voted, Clinton lost five of her initial 232 votes due to faithless electors, with three of her Washington votes being cast instead for Colin Powell, one being cast for Faith Spotted Eagle, and one in Hawaii being cast for Bernie Sanders.NEWS,weblink Tracking the Electoral College Vote, December 19, 2016, The New York Times, Schmidt, Kiersten, Andrews, Wilson, March 9, 2017,

    Post-2016 election activities

    (File:Bill and Hillary Clinton at 58th Inauguration 01-20-17 (cropped).jpg|left|thumb|alt=Photograph of Bill and Hillary Clinton attending Donald Trump's inauguration|Bill and Hillary Clinton attending Donald Trump's inauguration)In their respective capacities as a former president and a former first lady, Bill and Hillary Clinton attended the inauguration of Donald Trump with their daughter, Chelsea. The morning of the inauguration Clinton wrote on her Twitter account, "I'm here today to honor our democracy & its enduring values, I will never stop believing in our country & its future."WEB,weblink Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Shake Hands at Inaugural Luncheon, Petit, Stephanie, January 20, 2017, People (magazine), People, April 7, 2017, Clinton delivered a St. Patrick's Day speech in Scranton, Pennsylvania, on March 17, 2017, referring to reports of her being seen taking walks in the woods around Chappaqua following her loss in the presidential election.NEWS,weblink Hillary Clinton says she's 'ready to come out of the woods', March 18, 2017, USA Today, WEB,weblink In the Chappaqua woods, a search for Hillary Clinton, McCrummen, Stephanie, December 17, 2017, The Washington Post, June 6, 2017, Clinton indicated her readiness to emerge from "the woods" and become politically active again.On March 24, 2017, after the postponement of a Congressional vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Clinton labeled the day "a victory for the 24,000,000 people at risk of losing their health insurance" and warned of an ongoing battle to maintain coverage.NEWS,weblink Hillary Clinton: Today was a victory, 'but this fight isn't over yet', March 24, 2017, Brooke, Seipel, The Hill (newspaper), The Hill, She went on to call the American Health Care Act "a disastrous bill" during a San Francisco speech four days later.NEWS,weblink Hillary Clinton: Failure of 'Disastrous' GOP Health Bill a 'Victory for All Americans', Daniella, Silva, March 29, 2017, NBC News, After the House narrowly passed the American Health Care Act on May 4, Clinton dubbed it a "shameful failure of policy & morality by GOP".NEWS,weblink Hillary Clinton: Republican Health Care Bill Is a 'Shameful Failure of Policy and Morality', May 4, 2017, Abigail, Abrams, Time (magazine), Time, On June 23, the day after Senate Republicans revealed a draft of their healthcare reform legislation, Clinton tweeted, "This is a critical moment about choosing people over politics. Speak out against this bill."NEWS,weblink Clinton tells supporters to speak out against ObamaCare repeal bill, June 23, 2017, The Hill (newspaper), The Hill, Max, Greenwood, Clinton commented that she would not seek public office again in April.NEWS,weblink Hillary Clinton says she won't run for public office again, Demick, Barbara, April 6, 2017, Los Angeles Times, April 7, 2017, On April 6, in response to the Khan Shaykhun chemical attack, Clinton said the U.S. should take out Bashar al-Assad's airfields and thereby "prevent him from being able to use them to bomb innocent people and drop sarin gas on them."NEWS,weblink Hillary Clinton: US should 'take out' Assad's air fields, April 6, 2017, MJ, Lee, Dan, Merica, CNN, In May 2017 Clinton announced the formation of Onward Together, a new political action committee that she wrote is "dedicated to advancing the progressive vision that earned nearly 66 million votes in the last election".NEWS,weblink Clinton launches new political action group, May 15, 2017, The Hill (newspaper), The Hill, Ben, Kamisar, In a June 2017 appearance at a Baltimore fundraiser for the Elijah Cummings Youth Program in Israel (ECYP), Clinton condemned the 2017 Portland train attack: "When violence motivated by hatred from, Portland, Oregon, to College Park, ends the lives of young Americans, this program's mission of spreading tolerance is more urgent than ever."NEWS,weblink Clinton calls for religious unity in wake of Portland attack, June 5, 2017, Cristiano, Lima, Politico, On June 14, after the Congressional baseball shooting, Clinton tweeted, "2 sides take the field tomorrow, but we're all ultimately on one team. My thoughts are with the members of Congress, staff & heroic police."NEWS,weblink Clinton reacts to shooting: We're all on one team, Julia, Manchester, The Hill (newspaper), The Hill, June 14, 2017, Clinton's third memoir, What Happened, an account of her devastating loss in the 2016 election, was released on September 12, 2017, by Simon & Schuster, in print, e-book, and as an audiobook read by the author.NEWS,weblink Hillary Rodham Clinton to Author New Book of Personal Essays for Simon & Schuster, Simon & Schuster, May 29, 2017, A book tour and a series of interviews and personal appearances were arranged for the launch.WEB,weblink Hillary Clinton Plans 'What Happened' Book Tour, Kreps, Daniel, August 28, 2017, Rolling Stone, September 11, 2017, What Happened sold 300,000 copies in its first week,WEB, Italie, Hillel,weblink Clinton book has sold more than 300,000 copies, Yahoo! Entertainment (Associated Press story), September 21, 2017, October 7, 2017, WEB,weblink Hillary Clinton's memoir sells 300,000 copies in its first week, Charles, Ron, September 20, 2017,, The Washington Post, September 20, 2017, less than her 2003 memoir, Living History, but triple the first-week sales of her previous memoir, 2014's Hard Choices.NEWS, Nevins, Jake,weblink Hillary Clinton's What Happened sells 300,000 copies in first week, The Guardian, September 20, 2017, September 20, 2017, Simon & Schuster announced that What Happened had sold more e-books in its first-week than any nonfiction e-book since 2010. As of December 10, 2017, the book had sold 448,947 hardcover copies.NEWS,weblink Bestsellers/Hardcover Nonfiction, Publishers Weekly, An announcement was made in February 2017 that efforts were under way to render her 1996 book It Takes a Village as a picture book.NEWS,weblink Hillary Clinton's 'It Takes a Village' repackaged for kids, Press Trust of India, The Times of India, February 9, 2017, April 21, 2018, Marla Frazee, a two-time winner of the Caldecott Medal, was announced as the illustrator. Clinton had worked on it with Frazee during her 2016 presidential election campaign.NEWS, Krug, Nora, Hillary Clinton has a new children's book. You may recognize its message.,weblink May 21, 2019, The Washington Post, September 7, 2017, en, The result was published on the same day of publication as What Happened.NEWS,weblink Hillary Clinton to open up about the 2016 election in new book titled 'What Happened', Diamond Naga, Siu, Politico, July 27, 2017, July 27, 2017, The book is aimed at preschool-aged children, although a few messages are more likely better understood by adults.In October 2018, Hillary and Bill Clinton announced plans for a 13-city speaking tour in various cities in the United States and Canada between November 2018 and May 2019.NEWS,weblink Bill and Hillary Clinton set to begin 6-month speaking tour, USA Today, October 10, 2018, Hillary was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in law (LLD) at Queen's University Belfast on October 10, 2018, after giving a speech on Northern Ireland and the impacts of Brexit at Whitla Hall, Belfast.NEWS,weblink Clinton says people of NI deserve a 'better future', October 10, 2018,, October 10, 2018, A package that contained a pipe bomb was sent to Clinton's home in Washington, D.C, on October 24, 2018. It was intercepted by the Secret Service. Similar packages were sent to several other Democratic leaders and to CNN.NEWS, Kennedy, Merrit, Apparent 'Pipe Bombs' Mailed To Clinton, Obama And CNN,weblink October 25, 2018, NPR, October 24, 2018, NEWS, "Potentially destructive devices" sent to Clinton, Obama, CNN prompt massive response,weblink October 25, 2018, CBS News, October 24, 2018, On March 4, 2019, Clinton announced that she would not run for president in 2020.NEWS, News 12 Westchester, Yonkers, New York, March 4, 2019, 'I'm not running': Hillary Clinton rules out 2020 bid for first time on camera in exclusive interview with News 12, March 4, 2019,weblink

    Comments on President Trump

    On February 27, 2017, Clinton called on President Trump to address the shooting of two Indian men by Adam Purinton.NEWS,weblink Hillary Clinton Says President Trump Must 'Step Up' after Kansas Shooting, February 27, 2017, Time (magazine), Time, Madeline, Farber, On May 2, Clinton said Trump's use of Twitter "doesn't work" when pursuing important negotiations. "Kim Jong Un ... [is] always interested in trying to get Americans to come to negotiate to elevate their status and their position". Negotiations with North Korea should not take place without "a broader strategic framework to try to get China, Japan, Russia, South Korea, to put the kind of pressure on the regime that will finally bring them to the negotiating table with some kind of realistic prospect for change."NEWS,weblink Clinton slams Trump's Twitter diplomacy: 'That doesn't work', May 2, 2017, Nolan D., McCaskill, Politico, While delivering the commencement speech at her alma mater Wellesley College on May 26, Clinton asserted President Trump's 2018 budget proposal was "a con" for underfunding domestic programs.NEWS,weblink Hillary Clinton tears into Trump in commencement address, May 26, 2017, Rebecca, Shabad, CBS News, On June 1, when President Trump announced withdrawal of the U.S. from the Paris Agreement, Clinton tweeted that it was a "historic mistake."NEWS,weblink Clinton says she worries Trump may be doing 'lasting damage' to nation's institutions, June 1, 2017, CBS News,

    Political positions

    File:Secretary Clinton Meets With King Abdullah.jpg|thumb|alt=Photograph of Secretary of State Clinton meeting with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. She is seated on the left, he is on the right. Their interpreters are in the background. | Secretary of State Clinton meets with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. Clinton supports maintaining U.S. influence in the Middle East.]]Using her Senate votes, several organizations have attempted to measure Clinton's place on the political spectrum scientifically. National Journal{{'}}s 2004 study of roll-call votes assigned Clinton a rating of 30 on the political spectrum, relative to the Senate at the time, with a rating of 1 being most liberal and 100 being most conservative.NEWS,weblink Clinton burnishes hawkish image, July 14, 2005, NBC News, Curry, Tom, National Journal{{'}}s subsequent rankings placed her as the 32nd-most liberal senator in 2006 and 16th-most liberal senator in 2007.NEWS,weblink National Journal: Obama Most Liberal Senator In 2007, Montopoli, Brian, CBS News, January 31, 2008, A 2004 analysis by political scientists Joshua D. Clinton of Princeton University and Simon Jackman and Doug Rivers of Stanford University found her likely to be the sixth-to-eighth-most liberal senator.JOURNAL,weblink "The Most Liberal Senator"? Analyzing and Interpreting Congressional Roll Calls, Political Science & Politics, October 2004, Clinton, Joshua D., Jackman, Simon, Rivers, Doug, 805–11, harv, The Almanac of American Politics, edited by Michael Barone and Richard E. Cohen, rated her votes from 2003 through 2006 as liberal or conservative, with 100 as the highest rating, in three areas: Economic, Social and Foreign. Averaged for the four years, the ratings are: Economic = 75 liberal, 23 conservative; Social = 83 liberal, 6 conservative; Foreign = 66 liberal, 30 conservative. Total average = 75 liberal, 20 conservative.{{efn|See BOOK, The Almanac of American Politics, 2008, Barone, Michael, Cohen, Richard E., Richard E. Cohen, National Journal, 1126, Michael Barone (pundit), The Almanac of American Politics, And 2006 edition of same, 1152. The scores for individual years are [highest rating 100, format: liberal, (conservative)]: 2003: Economic {{=}} 90 (7), Social {{=}} 85 (0), Foreign {{=}} 79 (14). Average {{=}} 85 (7). 2004: Economic {{=}} 63 (36), Social {{=}} 82 (0), Foreign {{=}} 58 (41). Average {{=}} 68 (26). 2005: Economic {{=}} 84 (15), Social {{=}} 83 (10), Foreign {{=}} 66 (29). Average {{=}} 78 (18). 2006: Economic {{=}} 63 (35), Social {{=}} 80 (14), Foreign {{=}} 62 (35). Average {{=}} 68 (28).}} According to FiveThirtyEight's measure of political ideology, "Clinton was one of the most liberal members during her time in the Senate."WEB,weblink Hillary Clinton Was Liberal. Hillary Clinton Is Liberal., May 19, 2015,, July 27, 2016, Organizations have also attempted to provide more recent assessments of Clinton after she reentered elective politics in 2015. Based on her stated positions from the 1990s to the present, On the Issues places her in the "Left Liberal" region on their two-dimensional grid of social and economic ideologies, with a social score of 80 on a scale of zero more-restrictive to 100 less-government stances, with an economic score of ten on a scale of zero more-restrictive to 100 less-government stances.WEB,weblink Hillary Clinton, On the Issues, June 23, 2016, Crowdpac, which does a data aggregation of campaign contributions, votes and speeches, gives her a 6.5L rating on a one-dimensional left-right scale from 10L (most liberal) to 10C (most conservative).WEB,weblink 2016 Presidential Candidates, Crowdpac, February 28, 2016, Through 2008, she had an average lifetime 90 percent "Liberal Quotient" from Americans for Democratic Action,WEB,weblink Voting Records, Americans for Democratic Action, March 21, 2009, Average consists of a 95 in 2001 through 2004 and 2006, a 100 in 2005, a 75 in 2007, and a 70 in 2008 (the decline in the final two years was due to missed votes while campaigning for president) and a lifetime eight percent rating from the American Conservative Union.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink February 18, 2013, 2008 U.S. Senate Votes, American Conservative Union, April 15, 2014, Lifetime rating is given.In March 2016, Clinton laid out a detailed economic plan, which The New York Times called "optimistic" and "wide-ranging". Basing her economic philosophy on inclusive capitalism, Clinton proposed a "clawback" that would rescind tax relief and other benefits for companies that move jobs overseas; providing incentives for companies that share profits with employees, communities and the environment, rather than focusing on short-term profits to increase stock value and rewarding shareholders; increasing collective bargaining rights; and placing an "exit tax" on companies that move their headquarters out of America to pay a lower tax rate overseas.NEWS,weblink Clinton Offers Economic Plan Focused on Jobs, Chozick, Amy, March 4, 2016, The New York Times, May 7, 2016, Clinton currently opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) (though she previously described it as "the gold standard"NEWS,weblink Donald Trump says Hillary Clinton lauded controversial Trans-Pacific trade deal, @politifact, November 7, 2016, of trade deals). She supports the U.S. Export-Import Bank and holds that "any trade deal has to produce jobs and raise wages and increase prosperity and protect our security".WEB,weblink Hillary Clinton on Trade, Campaign 2016, Council on Foreign Relations, August 3, 2016, WEB,weblink Compare Clinton and Trump on Trade, Campaign 2016, Council on Foreign Relations, August 3, 2016, As senator (2001–2009), her record on trade was mixed; she voted in favor of some trade agreements but not others.Given the climate of unlimited campaign contributions following the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, Clinton called for a constitutional amendment to limit "unaccountable money" in politics.NEWS,weblink Clinton patches relations with liberals at campaign's outset, Lerder, Lisa, April 19, 2015, The Big Story, Associated Press,weblink" title="">weblink June 23, 2015, live, April 19, 2015, In July 2016, she "committed" to introducing a U.S. constitutional amendment that would result in overturning the 2010 Citizens United decision.NEWS,weblink Clinton: I will introduce campaign finance amendment in first 30 days, Merica, Dan, July 16, 2016, CNN, also see 2 1/2-minute video, July 17, 2016, NEWS,weblink Clinton pledges constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United ruling, Oreskes, Benjamin, July 16, 2016,, July 17, 2016, On December 7, 2015, Clinton presented her detailed plans for regulating Wall Street financial activities in the New York Times.NEWS,weblink Hillary Clinton: How I'd Rein In Wall Street, Clinton, Hillary, December 7, 2015, The New York Times, December 7, 2015, (File:Hillary for America 2016 logo.svg|thumb|left|alt=Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign logo, a large blue letter "H" with a red arrow facing right, overlaying the horizontal bar of the "H". The head of the arrow is also overlaid over the right vertical bar of the "H", with two small blue triangles poking out where the bar of the "H" is not covered by the arrow.|Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign logo)Accepting the scientific consensus on climate change, Clinton supports cap-and-trade,NEWS,weblink Hillary Clinton on the Issues, The New York Times, April 12, 2015, March 31, 2016, and opposed the Keystone XL pipeline.NEWS, Obama rejects Keystone XL pipeline,weblink CNN,, May 23, 2016, She supported "equal pay for equal work," to address current shortfalls in how much women are paid to do the same jobs men do.WEB,weblink Hillary Clinton: Equal pay, problem-solving would be top priorities, February 24, 2015, CBS News, Clinton has explicitly focused on family issues and supports universal preschool. These programs would be funded by proposing tax increases on the wealthy, including a "fair share surcharge".WEB,weblink Investing in America by Restoring Basic Fairness to Our Tax Code,, dead,weblink October 20, 2016, Clinton supported the Affordable Care ActNEWS, How Obamacare Could Backfire on Hillary Clinton, Pianin, Eric,weblink Fiscal Times, August 6, 2016, and would have added a "public option" that competed with private insurers and enabled people "50 or 55 and up" to buy into Medicare.WEB,weblink In nod to Sanders, Clinton offers new health care proposals, Associated Press, July 21, 2016, NEWS,weblink Hillary Clinton Takes a Step to the Left on Health Care, Rappeport, Alan, May 10, 2016, Sanger-katz, Margot, The New York Times, July 21, 2016, On LGBT rights, she supported the right to same-sex marriage. In 2013, Clinton first expressed support for a national right to same-sex marriage; in 2000, she was against such unions altogether and in 2006, she said only that she would support a state's decision to permit same-sex marriages.WEB,weblink Hillary Clinton's changing position on same-sex marriage,, Sherman, Amy, August 3, 2016, In 2000, she was the first spouse of a US president to march in an LGBT pride parade.WEB, Nate White,weblink Why Hillary's experience argument actually does check out – Medium,, June 28, 2016, dead,weblink August 21, 2016, In 2016, she was the first major-party presidential candidate ever to write an op-ed for an LGBT newspaper (Philadelphia Gay News).WEB,weblink PGN Exclusive: Hillary Clinton addresses LGBT equality,, 2016, October 9, 2016, Clinton held that allowing undocumented immigrants to have a path to citizenship "{{bracket|i}}s at its heart a family issue",NEWS,weblink A Path to Citizenship, Clinton Says, 'Is at Its Heart a Family Issue', May 5, 2015, The New York Times, Chozick, Amy, May 6, 2015, and expressed support for Obama's Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) program, which would allow up to five million undocumented immigrants to gain deferral of deportation and authorization to legally work in the United States.WEB,weblink How Tim Kaine and Hillary Clinton Compare on the Issues, Shepherd, Katie, Rappeport, Alan, July 22, 2016,,weblink" title="">weblink December 17, 2016, live, August 12, 2019, WEB,weblink Hillary Clinton Promises Deportation Relief, Despite Supreme Court Ruling, Foley, Elise, July 14, 2016,,weblink" title="">weblink December 5, 2016, live, August 12, 2019, She opposed and criticized Trump's call to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States. However, in 2014, Clinton opposed DACA.WEB,weblink Hillary Clinton Said Children of Illegal Immigrants Should Be Sent Back in 2014 CNN Interview, Price, Greg, September 8, 2017,, August 12, 2019, Expressing support for Common CoreAV MEDIA,weblink Hillary Clinton Education Roundtable in Iowa,, November 25, 2015, she said, "The really unfortunate argument that's been going on around Common Core, it's very painful because the Common Core started off as a bipartisan effort. It was actually nonpartisan. It wasn't politicized ... Iowa has had a testing system based on a core curriculum for a really long time. And {{bracket|speaking to Iowans}} you see the value of it, you understand why that helps you organize your whole education system. And a lot of states unfortunately haven't had that and so don't understand the value of a core, in this sense a Common Core."WEB,weblink Hillary Clinton quotes about education, Wright, Brandon, June 7, 2016, The Thomas B. Fordham Institute, On foreign affairs, Clinton voted in favor of the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq in October 2002,WEB,weblink Roll Call Vote 107th Congress - 2nd Session On the Joint Resolution (H.J.Res. 114 ), October 11, 2002,, August 12, 2019, a vote she later "regretted."NEWS,weblink Hillary Clinton regrets her Iraq vote. But opting for intervention was a pattern., Kranish, Michael, September 15, 2016, December 10, 2016, The Washington Post, She favored arming Syria's rebel fighters in 2012 and has called for the removal of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.NEWS,weblink Was Clinton right about arming Syrian rebels?, January 17, 2016, CNN, She supported the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999 and the NATO-led military intervention in Libya to oust former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.NEWS,weblink Clinton unlikely to change course on intervention, Chapman, Steve, July 26, 2007, Chicago Tribune, NEWS,weblink Hillary Clinton, 'Smart Power' and a Dictator's Fall, Becker, Jo, February 27, 2016, Shane, Scott, The New York Times, Clinton is in favor of maintaining American influence in the Middle East.NEWS,weblink Trump fires back at Clinton over Muslim ban: 'Ask Hillary who blew up the plane last night', Yilek, Caitlin, May 19, 2016, The Hill, She has told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, "America can't ever be neutral when it comes to Israel's security and survival."NEWS,weblink Hillary Clinton to AIPAC: Donald Trump's foreign policy 'dangerously wrong.', March 21, 2016, The Jewish Journal (Boston North), Jewish Journal,weblink" title="">weblink March 24, 2016, Clinton expressed support for Israel's right to defend itself during the 2006 Lebanon War and 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict.NEWS,weblink Clinton Vows to Back Israel in Latest Mideast Conflict, Healy, Patrick, July 18, 2006, The New York Times, NEWS,weblink Hillary Clinton blasts 'unfair' world reaction over Gaza, cites anti-Semitism as factor, TOI Staff, August 10, 2016, The Times of Israel, In April 2017, Clinton called for strikes against Syrian airfields.WEB, Greenwald, Glenn, The Spoils of War: Trump Lavished With Media and Bipartisan Praise For Bombing Syria,weblink The Intercept, April 7, 2017, In 2000, Clinton advocated for the elimination of the electoral college.NEWS,weblink Hillary Calls For End To Electoral College, CBS News Staff, November 10, 2000,, December 10, 2016,weblink March 23, 2019, live, "We are a very different country than we were 200 years ago", Clinton said. "I believe strongly that in a democracy, we should respect the will of the people and to me, that means it's time to do away with the Electoral College and move to the popular election of our president." "I hope no one is ever in doubt again about whether their vote counts.", She promised to co-sponsor legislation that would abolish it, resulting in the direct election of the president.NEWS,weblink The Case for the Electoral College, December 19, 2000,, August 12, 2019,weblink" title="">weblink November 14, 2016, WEB,weblink Time to eliminate the Electoral College?, La Jeunesse, William, November 5, 2012,,weblink" title="">weblink October 22, 2016, live, August 12, 2019,

    Religious views

    (File:Msc2011 dett-clinton 0298 (cropped2).jpg|thumb|upright|left|alt=Informal pose of Clinton, in which she is wearing a beige wool jacket and facing toward the right. The angle at which Clinton is photographed is from her bottom right side.|Clinton in February 2011)Clinton has been a lifelong Methodist, attending various churches throughout her lifetime; all belonging to the United Methodist Church: Clinton discussed her faith at 2014 United Methodist Women church rally at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Kentucky.WEB,weblink Hillary Rodham Clinton: Assembly 2014, umwomen, April 28, 2014, YouTube, However, she has seldom discussed her faith while campaigning.NEWS,weblink Some in Iowa Surprised by Hillary Clinton's Ease With Faith, The New York Times, Amy Chozick, January 29, 2016, July 22, 2016, NEWS,weblink Hillary Clinton Gets Personal on Christ and Her Faith, The New York Times, Amy Chozick, January 25, 2016, July 22, 2016,
    She has openly discussed her Christianity on several occasions, discussing for example the importance of loving one's neighbor as oneself, of helping the poor and "creating opportunities for others to be lifted up". Clinton has also expressed disappointment that "Christianity, which has such great love at its core, is sometimes used to condemn so quickly and judge so harshly."
    Professor Paul Kengor, author of God and Hillary Clinton: A Spiritual Life has suggested that Clinton's political positions are rooted in her faith. She often expresses a maxim often attributed to John Wesley: "Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can." In fact, Clinton repeated this saying in her acceptance speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, adding that her mother Dorothy "made sure I learned [these] words from our Methodist faith."AV MEDIA, 2016 Democratic National Convention, Hillary Clinton Acceptance Speech, video (quote is at 48 min. 56 sec.), C-SPAN, July 28, 2016,weblink

    Cultural and political image

    File:RoseLawFirmRear2008.jpg|thumb|left|alt=A three-story, red brick building in Arkansas. The Rose Law Firm is located inside this building. Clinton worked at Rose Law Firm for fifteen years.|Clinton worked at Rose Law FirmRose Law FirmOver a hundred books and scholarly works have been written about Clinton. A 2006 survey by the New York Observer found "a virtual cottage industry" of "anti-Clinton literature" put out by Regnery Publishing and other conservative imprints. Some titles include (Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House), Hillary's Scheme: Inside the Next Clinton's Ruthless Agenda to Take the White House and Can She Be Stopped?: Hillary Clinton Will Be the Next President of the United States Unless ... Books praising Clinton did not sell nearly as wellWEB,weblink Da Hillary Code, Smith, Ben, The New York Observer, March 12, 2006, (other than her memoirs and those of her husband). When she ran for Senate in 2000, a number of fundraising groups such as Save Our Senate and the Emergency Committee to Stop Hillary Rodham Clinton sprang up to oppose her.NEWS,weblink Levy, Clifford J., Clinton Rivals Raise Little Besides Rage, The New York Times, October 27, 2000, Don Van Natta found that Republican and conservative groups viewed her as a reliable "bogeyman" to mention in fundraising letters, on a par with Ted Kennedy, and the equivalent of Democratic and liberal appeals mentioning Newt Gingrich.NEWS, Van Natta, Don Jr., Hillary Clinton's Campaign Spurs A Wave of G.O.P. Fund-Raising, The New York Times, July 10, 1999,weblink Don Van Natta Jr., Clinton has also been featured in the media and popular culture in a wide spectrum of perspectives. In 1995, writer Todd S. Purdum of The New York Times characterized Clinton as a Rorschach test,NEWS, Purdum, Todd S, The First Lady's Newest Role: Newspaper Columnist, The New York Times, July 24, 1995,weblink Todd Purdum, an assessment echoed at the time by feminist writer and activist Betty Friedan, who said, "Coverage of Hillary Clinton is a massive Rorschach test of the evolution of women in our society."BOOK, Jamieson, Kathleen Hall, Beyond the Double Bind: Women and Leadership, 1995, Oxford University Press, 978-0-19-508940-0, 22–25, Hillary Clinton as Rorschach Test, Kathleen Hall Jamieson,weblink She has been the subject of many satirical impressions on Saturday Night Live, beginning with her time as the first lady. She has made guest appearances on the show herself, in 2008 and in 2015, to face-off with her doppelgängers.NEWS,weblink Raftery, Liz, Who Did the Best Hillary Clinton Impression on SNL? (Video), TV Guide, April 30, 2015, NEWS, Monica, Alba, Jillian, Sederholm, Hillary Clinton Tends Bar, Impersonates Trump in 'SNL' Cameo" (Video), NBC News, October 4, 2015, Jonathan Mann wrote songs about her including "The Hillary Shimmy Song", which went viral.WEB,weblink The Hillary Shimmy Song, YouTube, September 28, 2016, September 16, 2017, WEB,weblink Please Vote For Hillary Even Though You Don't Want To, YouTube, August 31, 2016, September 16, 2017, WEB,weblink Song A Day: Year Eight | Jonathan Mann,, September 16, 2017, WEB, Johnson, Chris,weblink 'The Hillary Shimmy Song' explodes on internet,, September 30, 2016, September 16, 2017, (File:Hillary Clinton April 2015 (1).jpg|thumb|alt=Hillary Clinton dressed in a black suit and a green shirt, sitting in a café. She is smiling, and a red teacup is situated in front of her. The foreground is distorted due to the presence of various small objects.|Clinton in April 2015)She has often been described in the popular media as a polarizing figure, though some argue otherwise.For sources describing her as a polarizing figure, see Purdum, "The First Lady's Newest Role", op. cit.;NEWS, Dowd, Maureen, Hillary Clinton as Aspiring First Lady: Role Model, or a 'Hall Monitor' Type?, The New York Times, May 18, 1992,weblink Maureen Dowd, ; NEWS, Sullivan, Amy, Hillary in 2008?, Washington Monthly, July–August 2005,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink July 14, 2005, ; AV MEDIA, Hillary Clinton's Polarizing Force as a Candidate, Daniel Schorr, audio, July 16, 2006, NPR,weblink ; NEWS, How Americans View Hillary: Popular but Polarizing,weblink Cox, Ana Marie, August 19, 2006, Time (magazine), Time, Ana Marie Cox, ; and those referenced in NEWS,weblink Hillary Clinton: Not Polarizing and Highly Electable, The Hill (newspaper), The Hill, October 10, 2007, Davis, Lanny, Lanny Davis, . For sources arguing against the notion, see the same Davis piece; and BOOK, Estrich, Susan, The Case for Hillary Clinton, HarperCollins, 2005, 978-0-06-083988-8, Susan Estrich, 66–68,weblink In the early stages of her 2008 presidential campaign, a Time magazine cover showed a large picture of her with two checkboxes labeled "Love Her", "Hate Her".NEWS,weblink The Presidential Ambitions of Hillary Clinton, August 26, 2006, Time (magazine), Time, September 27, 2007, Mother Jones titled its profile of her "Harpy, Hero, Heretic: Hillary".WEB,weblink Harpy, Hero, Heretic: Hillary, Hitt, Jack, Mother Jones (magazine), Mother Jones, January–February 2007, October 7, 2007, Jack Hitt, Following Clinton's "choked up moment" and related incidents in the run-up to the January 2008 New Hampshire primary, both The New York Times and Newsweek found that discussion of gender's role in the campaign had moved into the national political discourse.NEWS,weblink Women's Support for Clinton Rises in Wake of Perceived Sexism, Kantor, Jodi, The New York Times, January 10, 2008, Jodi Kantor, NEWS,weblink Letting Hillary Be Hillary, Meacham, Jon, Newsweek, January 21, 2008, Jon Meacham, Newsweek editor Jon Meacham summed up the relationship between Clinton and the American public by saying the New Hampshire events, "brought an odd truth to light: though Hillary Rodham Clinton has been on the periphery or in the middle of national life for decades ... she is one of the most recognizable but least understood figures in American politics."Once she became secretary of state, Clinton's image seemed to improve dramatically among the American public and become one of a respected world figure.NEWS,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink October 14, 2010, Hillary Clinton Leads the Pack in Bloomberg Popularity Poll, Torregrossa, Luisita Lopez, Politics Daily, October 12, 2010, Her favorability ratings dropped, however, after she left office and began to be viewed in the context of partisan politics once more.PRESS RELEASE,weblink Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton Extend Run as Most Admired, Gallup Organization, December 29, 2014, By September 2015, with her 2016 presidential campaign underway and beset by continued reports regarding her private email usage at the State Department, her ratings had slumped to some of her lowest levels ever.WEB,weblink Hillary Clinton's Favorable Rating One of Her Worst, Dugan, Andrew, McCarthy, Justin, Gallup Organization, September 4, 2015, During 2016 she acknowledged that: "I'm not a natural politician, in case you haven't noticed."NEWS,weblink Hillary Clinton: 'I am not a natural politician', The Week, March 9, 2016,

    Electoral history

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    Books and recordings

    {{See also|Bibliography of Hillary Clinton}}{{external media| float = right| video1 = Booknotes interview with Clinton about It Takes a Village, March 3, 1996 (57:44), C-SPAN}}
    • (It Takes a Village|It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us) (1996). Clinton received the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album in 1997 for the book's audio recording.{{sfn|Bernstein|2007|p=446}}
    • (Dear Socks, Dear Buddy|Dear Socks, Dear Buddy: Kids' Letters to the First Pets) (1998)
    • (An Invitation to the White House|An Invitation to the White House: At Home with History) (2000)
    • Living History (Simon & Schuster, 2003){{sfn|Bernstein|2007|p=544}} The book set a first-week sales record for a nonfiction work, went on to sell more than one million copies in the first month following publication, and was translated into twelve foreign languages.
    • Hard Choices (2014){{as of|2015|July}} The book has sold about 280,000 copies.
    • With Tim Kaine, Stronger Together (2016)
    • What Happened (Simon & Schuster, 2017, in print, e-book, and audio read by the author)


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    See also






    BOOK, Allen, Jonathan, Parnes, Amie, HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton, Crown Publishers, New York, 2014, 978-0-8041-3675-4, HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton, BOOK, Dan, Balz, Dan Balz, Haynes, Johnson, Haynes Johnson, The Battle for America, 2008: The Story of an Extraordinary Election, Viking Penguin, New York, 2009, 978-0-670-02111-6, BOOK, Bernstein, Carl, Carl Bernstein, A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton, 2007, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 978-0-375-40766-6, harv, BOOK, Brock, David, David Brock, The Seduction of Hillary Rodham, Free Press (publisher), The Free Press, New York, 1996, 978-0-684-83451-1, BOOK, Brower, Kate Andersen, The Residence: Inside the Private World of The White House, 2015, HarperCollins, Harper, New York, 978-0-06-230519-0, BOOK, Burns, Lisa M., First Ladies and the Fourth Estate: Press Framing of Presidential Wives, Northern Illinois University Press, DeKalb, Illinois, 2008, 978-0-87580-391-3, BOOK, Clinton, Hillary Rodham, Living History, New York, 2003, Simon & Schuster, 978-0-7432-2224-2, Living History (book), BOOK, Gerth, Jeff, Jeff Gerth, Van Natta, Don Jr., Don Van Natta Jr., Her Way: The Hopes and Ambitions of Hillary Rodham Clinton, 2007, Little, Brown and Company, New York, 978-0-316-01742-8, harv, BOOK, Ghattas, Kim, Kim Ghattas, The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power, Times Books, New York, 2013, 978-0-8050-9511-1, BOOK, Heilemann, John, John Heilemann, Halperin, Mark, Mark Halperin, Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime, HarperCollins, New York, 2010, 978-0-06-173363-5, Game Change, BOOK, Valerie M. Hudson, Hudson, Valerie M., Leidl, Patricia, The Hillary Doctrine: Sex & American Foreign Policy, Columbia University Press, New York, 2015, 978-0-231-16492-4, BOOK, Kornblut, Anne, Anne Kornblut, Notes from the Cracked Ceiling: Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, and What It Will Take for a Woman to Win, Crown Books, New York, 2009, 978-0-307-46425-5, BOOK, Maraniss, David, David Maraniss, First in His Class: A Biography of Bill Clinton, Simon & Schuster, New York, 1995, 978-0-671-87109-3, harv, BOOK, Morris, Roger, Roger Morris (American writer), Partners in Power: The Clintons and Their America, 1996, New York, Henry Holt and Company, Henry Holt, 978-0-8050-2804-1, harv, BOOK, Olson, Barbara, Barbara Olson, Hell to Pay: The Unfolding Story of Hillary Rodham Clinton, Washington, Regnery Publishing, 1999, 978-0-89526-197-7, BOOK, Troy, Gil, Gil Troy, Hillary Rodham Clinton: Polarizing First Lady, Lawrence, Kansas, University Press of Kansas, 2006, 978-0-7006-1488-2,

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