Hillary pledges to rebuild US reputation abroad
US, U.S. Democratic Senator Hillary Clinton, a leading candidate for
the party's presidential nomination in next year's elections, pledged on
Monday to rebuild her country's reputation abroad by telling the world,
"the era of cowboy diplomacy is over."
"You cannot be a leader if no one is following," Clinton told a crowd
of women activists at the Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee's annual
luncheon in New York. She said the Republican Party offered "false
choice" between liberty and security and between energy independence and
the economy, the New York Sun reported online.
"I believe we can follow the constitution and protect ourselves," she
said. Confronting environmental problems would create jobs, make
American business more competitive, and create independence from foreign
energy sources, the senator said.
Clinton is the first female candidate who could realistically become
president of the Unites States and she is trying to make sure plenty of
women are on board her campaign. She portrayed her campaign for the
presidency as a historic moment built on the legacies of great women
such as her hero Eleanor Roosevelt, former first lady, reported the NY1
News, the New York City's 24-hour news channel broadcast on the web.
The senator said she draws comfort and gets inspiration during tough
time on the campaign trail by remembering Roosevelt's famous line that
women in politics must "grow skin as thick as a rhinoceros." "So
occasionally, I'll be sitting somewhere and I'll be listening to someone
perhaps not saying the kindest things about me.
And I'll look down at my hand and I'll sort of pinch my skin to make
sure it still has the requisite thickness I know Eleanor Roosevelt
expects me to have," she said.
The speech at the luncheon of the Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee,
which raises money for Democratic women running for office in New York,
kicked off a week her campaign has dedicated to highlighting women's
"Is it easy to make history? Is it easy to change history? Of course
not, but that's what women have always done," said Clinton.
New York, Tuesday, Xinhua