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She could make history in 2016 as the first woman to be elected U.S. president.
And she's coming to Winnipeg.
Former U.S. secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is widely expected to run for the Democratic party presidential nomination in the 2016 election, will deliver the keynote address at an event at the RBC Winnipeg Convention Centre on Jan. 21.
'My doctrine is the Goldilocks doctrine ‐ not too hot, not too cold, just right'‐ former U.S. senator Hillary Clinton
Her speech will be part of the Global Perspectives series, which is sponsored by CIBC.
In addition to already being on the campaign trail, Clinton is touring in support of a new book, Hard Choices, which chronicles her work to "restore America's leadership" after eight years under the George W. Bush administration.
Clinton has spoken several times in Canada since stepping down as secretary of state in early 2013. In October, she told an Ottawa crowd military action against Islamic extremists in Iraq and Syria is essential to stop the growth of IS outside the region. She also spoke in Toronto in June as part of the promotional tour for her memoir, Hard Choices. And in March in Montreal, she criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin's actions in Crimea and Ukraine and said Canada has a key role to play in deterring further aggression.
Clinton tends to generate headlines whenever she speaks. For example, explaining to the New York Times on how she does business: "I choose my cards. I play them to the best of my ability. Move on to the next hand."
To the Atlantic, she explained how she lives her life: "My doctrine is the Goldilocks doctrine -- not too hot, not too cold, just right."
And on being a woman: "I am a woman and, like millions of women, I know there are still barriers and biases out there, often unconscious, and I want to build an America that respects and embraces the potential of every last one of us."
And showing a lighter side: "If I want to knock a story off the front page, I just change my hairstyle."
Getting Clinton to speak here is not going to be cheap for organizers. According to a story in the Washington Post, officials at the University of California at Los Angeles recently finalized a deal with her to speak on campus for the "special university rate" of $300,000.
Since stepping down as secretary of state nearly two years ago, Clinton has made dozens of paid appearances across the U.S. at industry conventions, universities and Wall Street banks. Her fees are often funnelled through to the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, the family's non-profit group.
(Her focus at the foundation includes working on behalf of women and girls, supporting early-childhood development and helping young people develop the skills they need to find good jobs.)
It's not uncommon for celebrity speakers to make special requests for food and drink, and Clinton is apparently no exception. Her list reportedly includes a case of still water (room temperature) to be deposited stage right; a carafe of warm/hot water, coffee cup and saucer, pitcher of room-temperature water, water glass, and lemon wedges to be situated both on a table on stage as well as in another room where she would stand for photos with VIPs.
Other requests reportedly include:
-- Long, flat pillows for back support.
The latest updates on the novel coronavirus and COVID-19.
-- A lavalier mike so she can give TED-like lectures.
-- Coffee, tea, room-temperature sparkling and still water, diet ginger ale, crudité, hummus and sliced fruit in the green room.
-- A computer, mouse, printer and a scanner.
This won't be the first time the U.S. Secret Service has worked a Winnipeg event involving a high-powered politician. Clinton's husband, former U.S. president Bill Clinton, spoke at a $1,100-per-plate dinner here in 2003 as well as another event at the Winnipeg Concert Hall. Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger spoke at the convention centre in early 2011.
Clinton finished second to U.S. President Barack Obama in 2008 in the Democratic nomination race.
The Hillary file
Born: October 26, 1947 in Chicago.
Education: Wellesley College, Yale Law School.
Early political activism: Worked on Sen. Walter Mondale's subcommittee on migrant workers, campaigned for Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern, staffed the House judiciary committee's impeachment inquiry during the Watergate scandal, worked on Jimmy Carter's successful 1976 campaign for president.
First Lady of Arkansas: Clinton served for a dozen years, starting in 1979, when her husband, Bill, was elected governor. While in the role, she volunteered and helped set policy on education, family and children's issues.
First Lady of the United States: When her husband was elected president in 1992, Clinton became one of the most active first ladies in history, trying and failing to shepherd health-care reform through Congress and joining her husband in battling several scandals, including the Monica Lewinsky affair.
New York Senator: Clinton became the first female senator for New York in 2000 and the only first lady to hold national office. She voted against a federal ban on same-sex marriage and for the war in Iraq and enjoyed very high approval ratings.
Presidential campaign: In 2007, Clinton announced her plan to run for president, touching off a long and often bitter battle for the Democratic nomination Barack Obama eventually won.
Secretary of State: Named to the post in 2009 by Obama, Clinton became the most well-travelled top diplomat in the country's history. She stickhandled many global issues, including Wikileaks and the Arab Spring. Her final months in office were marred by the State Department's handling of the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya that killed two. Clinton stepped down as secretary of state in early 2013.
Possible presidential run: She has not yet declared her intention to run in 2016, but The Associated Press reports she is expected to make her intentions known in the coming weeks, likely in early 2015. She has been largely mum on policy, avoiding comment on issues such as the Keystone XL pipeline or the new climate change agreement between the U.S. and China.
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