Hillary to ‘Officially’ Launch Campaign with June 13 Rally–Two Months After Announcing Candidacy

Hillary Rodham Clinton
The Associated Press

Two months after announcing her presidential candidacy with a YouTube video that left out Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton will formally kick off her campaign on June 13 with a rally on New York City’s Roosevelt Island.

Clinton has avoided the press and swerved to the left on a host of issues–she has railed against income inequality and attacked hedge fund managers, declared that gay marriage is a constitutional right, and vowed to “go even further” than President Barack Obama on executive amnesty–at highly controlled roundtable events in early primary states during the last two months. But the fallout from Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large and Government Accountability Institute President Peter Schweizer’s Clinton Cash has overshadowed her campaign. Since Clinton’s April 12 announcement, numerous polls have found that a majority of Americans do not view Clinton as someone who is “honest and trustworthy.”

Though Clinton announced her candidacy before Sen. Bernie Sanders (I–VT) and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, Sanders and O’Malley both have had their kickoff rallies. Clinton holds a commanding lead over O’Malley and Sanders in every poll, but even Democrats who were not bothered by her scandals acknowledged in a recent Iowa poll that they could damage her in the general election. A Bloomberg-Des Moines Register poll found that though only a fifth of Iowa Democrats are bothered by her scandals, even 41% of Democrats thought Clinton’s use of a private email account will hurt in the general election. In addition, 39% of Iowa Democrats felt that the Benghazi scandal will hurt her in the general election while another 37% thought the Clinton Foundation scandals will do the same.

Clinton will head to the four early caucus/primary states–Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada–the week after her kickoff rally, which will pay homage to Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Clinton has long admired Eleanor Roosevelt, with whom she reportedly had imaginary conversations in the White House while Clinton was First Lady.