Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Hillary Clinton 2.0: This Presidential Campaign Will Differ from Last One

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Hillary Clinton 2.0: This Presidential Campaign Will Differ from Last One

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How Clinton plans different approach from '08

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WASHINGTON - Hillary Clinton is about to open her second bid for the presidency and this campaign will be different from the last one, says a longtime friend.

She will say more about women's issues, be more open about her personal feelings and favour small, intimate encounters with voters instead of big rallies, says Gordon Giffin.

It will be a far cry from 2008, when she campaigned as a battle-hardened Washington veteran rather than focus on the historic nature of her candidacy, as the first woman with a real chance of becoming president.

It won't happen again, Giffin said Friday.

"There is no doubt that women's rights -- women's issues, women and girls... will be front and centre in her campaign," said Giffin, the Clinton-era ambassador to Canada who worked on several Clinton family campaigns and accompanied her on recent trips to Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal.

"I think last time, in 2008, there was, not so much in her mind, but the people around her had this view that for a woman to run for president they had to run and convince the country that they were just as strong as a man. So, in a sense, the fact that she was a woman and was interested in women's issues was understated.

"I don't think that's going to occur this time."

Clinton is expected to launch her 2016 campaign with an online announcement Sunday, followed by meetings with small groups of voters.

She's already begun signalling some differences from her 2008 loss to Barack Obama, where it wasn't until her concession speech that she said anything memorable about cracking the glass ceiling.

On Friday, she released an epilogue to her latest book, which delved into her feelings about becoming a grandmother. She described her experience as a working mom, in a recent Silicon Valley speech. …

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