Clinton calls for 'better deal' at first major rally
Hillary Clinton held the first major rally June 13 of her campaign to become the first woman president of the United States, promising a "better deal" for struggling middle-class Americans.
She chose home turf in New York, where she has a trenchant fan base and served as senator for eight years, to deliver a personal speech outlining why she was running again and to promise tax breaks and universal pre-school.
Several thousand of her most devoted admirers braved scorching heat and a strict security cordon to pack a relatively small venue at a memorial to famed World War II and New Deal president Franklin D. Roosevelt.
"I may not be the youngest candidate in this race, but I will be the youngest woman president in the history of the United States," the 67 year old said to cheers and applause. "And the first grandmother as well!"
The former secretary of state was joined on stage by husband and former president Bill, daughter Chelsea and their son-in-law Marc Mezvinsky, embracing, holding hands and waving to a rapturous sea of waving flags.
With chants of "Hillary!" and whoops of delight, it was a festival of wholesome middle-class America, decked with red, white and blue flags, bordered by leafy trees and overlooked by the skyscrapers of New York.
She drew on the disadvantaged background of her mother, who was forced to work as a maid aged 14 during the Great Depression, to tell voters that she understood first hand their problems.
"My mother taught me that everybody needs (a) chance and a champion. She knew what it was like not to have either one," Clinton said.
"Prosperity just can't be for CEOs and hedge fund managers. Democracy can't be just for billionaires.