At first rally, Hillary Clinton gives rationale for 2016 quest – CNN

New York (CNN)Hillary Clinton took the stage on New York City’s Roosevelt Island Saturday, looking to offer hundreds of supporters her answer to the question that has dogged her presidential campaign through its first two months: Why?

The Democratic frontrunner in the 2016 race used the stirring geography of the narrow island in New York City’s East River to make a case for new economic policies designed to benefit the middle class — and present herself as the candidate to make them happen.

“Prosperity can’t be just for CEOs and hedge fund managers,” Clinton told the crowd. “Democracy can’t be just for billionaires and corporations. Prosperity and democracy are part of your basic bargain, too. You brought our country back. Now it’s time, your time, to secure the gains and move ahead. And you know what? America can’t succeed unless you succeed.”

The rally marks Clinton’s departure from the low-key and carefully choreographed small roundtable events that she’s held in the first states to vote in the presidential nominating contest — Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada — since announcing her candidacy in April.

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Supporters began lining up at 6:30 a.m. for a rally that wouldn’t begin until four hours later. Media flocked onto the narrow island, with 550 journalists requesting credentials.

And Clinton’s aides welcomed the attention, billing the rally as the real launch of her campaign — and of the case she’ll make to voters for the next year and a half.

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