A nod to the progressives she needs to woo in her party, Hillary Clinton plans to officially launch her campaign with a speech in New York City this month where she will use the occasion to praise the liberal hero Franklin D. Roosevelt, her campaign said Monday.
“Throughout her career, Hillary Clinton has been inspired by FDR’s belief that America is stronger when we summon the work and talents of all Americans and has long admired Eleanor Roosevelt as a role model,” a campaign official said.
While the Democratic presidential candidate has already announced that she is running for president, her campaign is billing the June 13 speech at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park in New York City as her “official campaign launch speech.”
Following the speech, Clinton will travel to the four early nominating states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada.
In recent weeks, Clinton opted for doing “listening tour” appearances instead of doing interviews with reporters or discussing her agenda in detail.
But a campaign official said Monday that she will use her speech in New York to “lay out her view of the challenges facing this country and her vision and ideas for moving the country forward.”