On Roosevelt Island in New York City, with the New World Trade Center looking down on her and the five thousand or so who turned out to attend the event, Hillary Rodham Clinton kicked off her campaign to be elected first woman President of the United States in 2016.
Newspapers with national and international presence and prestige covered her remarks channeling the hopes and dreams of former progressive presidents, with special mention of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who pulled America out of the Great Depression then inspired and guided it through World War II. She also tied herself to her husband’s two successful and prosperous terms as president, and then to President Barack Obama, who first beat her in the 2008 primary season then hired her as secretary of state.
Buckeye Papers Bury Clinton Coverage
For the biggest battleground state of the dozen or so these days that can make or break a presidential run, not one word of coverage in the capital city newspaper about her speech. Maybe for good reason, since it directly called out and took on Republican challengers, like Mr. Kasich, whose vision and policies she argued represent a return to the past. Instead of daring to report on Mrs. Clinton’s kickoff event, the Columbus Dispatch, recently gobbled up by New Media, ran another PR ode to Gov. John Kasich, who is among the every expanding platoon of GOP White House wannabes trying to call attention to themselves. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported on it but other Big Eight Buckeye publications were AWOL on Hillary’s kickoff event.
For Gov. Kasich, who may be a household name in Ohio, his notoriety ends at the state’s borders. Even though he has yet to declare his candidacy, as Hillary did Saturday, he’s been traveling to non-threatening venues in safe Republican locations to boost his national poll ratings, which are so low that he runs the embarrassment of not being among the top 10 Republicans to be on stage on August 6, when the first GOP presidential debates takes place in Cleveland, site of the 2016 Republican national convention.
In “Presidential politics, Kasich had dreams, drive in Congress,” the long-standing, reliable Republican newspaper ignored Mrs. Clinton’s remarks while it dredged up more antidote recollections of colleagues of Kasich who again tried to turn his brash and rambling 18 years in Washington, most of them spent in the minority, into a gauzy vision of an energetic politico impatient to get things done. Lucky for the nation, Kasich was spectacularly unsuccessful at what he wanted to get done, which included downsizing government and making life tougher on the vast majority of American, be they young or old, who don’t have the wealth he’s come to champion. In Ohio, often seen as the tipping point state for presidents, he’s trying to reduce the income tax rate to zero by raising use and other taxes on everyone and everything else.
Hillary is casting herself as an advocate of the middle-class. “It’s America’s basic bargain,” she said, “If you do your part you ought to be able to get ahead. And when everybody does their part, America gets ahead too. When President Clinton honored the bargain, we had the longest peacetime expansion in history, a balanced budget, (cheers, applause) and the first time in decades we all grew together, with the bottom 20 percent of workers increasing their incomes by the same percentage as the top 5 percent. When President Obama honored the bargain, we pulled back from the brink of Depression, saved the auto industry, provided health care to 16 million working people, (cheers, applause) and replaced the jobs we lost faster than after a financial crash.”
In one national poll after another, she leads Republicans across the board. She promised to do things differently from what Republicans like Gov. Kasich and others are promising to do. “Instead of an economy built by every American, for every American, we were told that if we let those at the top pay lower taxes and bend the rules, their success would trickle down to everyone else,” she said, delivering a broad side to Ohio’s Music Man CEO, who says a vision is needed but offers none different that any vision Mitt Romney or John McCain offered in 2008 or 2012.
Gov. Kasich still thinks lower taxes on the rich creates jobs and revenue, even though that’s proved patently false. His first two state budgets stole money from local governments and schools, and his third budget, still being negotiated over between warring factions from the House and Senate will be another cross for him to bear as he tries to be not just another radical face in the crowd of Republicans who rely on older, whiter and richer voters in gerrymandered districts to win.
“By the end of the month, lawmakers will have to reconcile their disagreements into a final budget. Their challenge will be to put what’s best for Ohio’s people over a sweeping and rigid anti-spending ideology,” The Toledo Blade wrote Sunday in its editorial Half-baked budget.
“Well, instead of a balanced budget with surpluses that could have eventually paid off our national debt, the Republicans twice cut taxes for the wealthiest, borrowed money from other countries to pay for two wars, and family incomes dropped. You know where we ended up,” she said. “Prosperity can’t be just for CEOs and hedge fund managers. Democracy can’t be just for billionaires and corporations. Prosperity and democracy are part of your basic bargain too.”
Republicans are tripping over themselves promising lower taxes for the wealthy and fewer rules for the biggest corporations without regard for how that will make income inequality even worse, she said. “We’ve heard this tune before. And we know how it turns out.”
No one for a second believes Gov. Kasich or Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, the politico favored by the Koch Brothers, would get tough on Wall Street or rein in banks. Every GOP candidate including John Kasich, have promised to take away health insurance from more than 16 million Americans without offering any credible alternative by shutting down the Affordable Care Act. They continue shame and blame women, rather than respect their rights to make their own reproductive health decisions. They want to put immigrants who work hard and pay taxes at risk of deportation. They turn their backs on gay people who love each other.
The Former first lady and two-term senator from New York State listed his Four Fights for everyone. “We can build an economy where hard work is rewarded. We can strengthen our families. We can defend our country and increase our opportunities all over the world. And we can renew the promise of our democracy,” she said to an energized crowd who turned out on a sunny day to see her.
“I’ll fight back against Republican efforts to disempower and disenfranchise young people, poor people, people with disabilities, and people of color,” she said, adding, “Well, 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! And the first grandmother as well.”