Clinton says she will promote early childhood development

  • Updated: June 13, 2013 - 8:44 PM
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Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday in Chicago that she will focus much of her attention on issues promoting early childhood development, women and children and economic issues as part of the foundation created by her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

The potential 2016 White House contender offered her most extensive description of her post-Obama administration agenda since leaving her role as the nation’s top diplomat and called the Clinton Foundation “my home” for several new public policy initiatives.

Clinton noted that she had visited 112 nations as President Obama’s secretary of state and had learned several lessons during her travels around the world. Regardless of someone’s circumstances or homeland, “what people wanted was a good job,” she said. “There are too many places in our own country where community institutions are crumbling, social and public health indicators are cratering and jobs are coming apart and communities face the consequences,” she said.

The conference included sessions led by the former president; the couple’s daughter, Chelsea; Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and actress Eva Longoria. New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie, a potential 2016 White House contender, was to join the former president on stage Friday.

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