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Hillary Clinton’s Next Battle

  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    If Hillary Clinton’s U.S. presidential campaign is successful, her administration will face major battles with the Republicans and in unifying a divided nation.

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    • Hillary Clinton holds a slim lead over her Republican rival Donald Trump, in the latest polls projecting the outcome of the U.S. presidential election.
    • A political veteran, her campaign has been dogged by investigations into her role in the Benghazi attacks in January 2012, her use of her private email during her tenure as secretary of state and allegations about her husband, Bill Clinton’s extramarital affairs.
    • If Ms. Clinton wins the presidency, after what has been a tough campaign, she will have to unify a divided nation and faces a permanent battle with Republicans.
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Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton faces tough times ahead if she wins the U.S presidency. Source: AP

Hillary Clinton was elected president for the first time in 1968. At the time she was a student, her surname wasn’t yet Clinton but Rodham, and she presided only over her university’s student body.

Yet she was already showing the qualities that would later pave her way into the halls of power: a combative spirit, determination and strong leadership skills.

Four years at Wellesley College, a small elite women’s liberal-arts school near Boston, carved a left-wing liberal civil rights activist out of a young Republican, who had actively campaigned for the arch-conservative U.S. presidential candidate Barry Goldwater. It was a time of unrest and riots. In the fight for racial justice, tensions between white and black communities had exploded; protests against the Vietnam War had escalated. American was divided, confused and a new generation was loudly demanding their views be heard.

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