June 13th, 2013
11:30 AM ET
10 months ago

All in the family at Clinton Global Initiative

Updated at 12:39 p.m. ET on Thursday 6/13

Chicago (CNN) - Hillary Clinton burst back onto the political scene Thursday, delivering an expansive speech that kicked off the two-day Clinton Global Initiative meeting in Chicago.

In her remarks, the former secretary of state formally announced the group her husband founded more than a decade ago would be renamed to include both herself and daughter Chelsea, making it the official family business. And she described in relative detail the three areas she'll focus on at the organization: early childhood development, expanding opportunities for women and girls, and improving economic development around the world.

The enthusiastic crowd reacted the loudest when the former presidential candidate - and potential 2016 White House hopeful - declared one of her goals was to help women around the world become more engaged in the political process.

"When women participate in politics, the effects ripple out across society," Clinton said to applause and cheers.

Calling women the "world's most underused resource," Clinton cited statistics showing economies improving when women become engaged.

While Clinton has spoken at award ceremonies and has delivered a few paid speeches in the past several months, Thursday's remarks reflected the first major policy address Clinton has delivered since leaving the State Department earlier this year.

The former secretary of state joined Twitter early this week, and used her second tweet to drive people to her speech.

Her policy initiatives largely reflect the goals she set for herself at State, including the use of "smart power" to improve conditions in developing nations. In her address, she said neither governments nor markets alone could drive change around the world, leaving an opening for groups like the Clinton Initiative to provide resources to people in need.

While the group has significant international programs – including a water program in Burma that Chelsea Clinton visited in May – there are substantial problems in United States that also require the group's attention, Hillary Clinton asserted.

"In too many places in our own country, community institutions are crumbling," she said, noting the unemployment rate among young people was double the national average. Saying she "worries deeply about all the disconnected young men in our society," Clinton called for renewed investment in American education programs she said were falling behind global competitors.

America's "values still inspire the world and still can guide our way forward," she proclaimed, noting that despite "the lines that divide us - the political, geographical - we can take on any challenge."


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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    You go girl. After the last couple of years of watching potential republican candidates who are now in the house and senate, you've got it made.

    Maybe you could go bi-partisan and ask Christie to be your VP.

    June 13, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    One has to ask.......are all of them being paid a salary, from the donated funds???????

    June 13, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  3. Fair is Fair

    "Hillary Clinton is bursting back into the political scene this week and is set to give a splashy speech Thursday morning"
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    Could you possibly be more in the stachel for her, CNN?

    June 13, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  4. Malory Archer

    Rick McDaniel

    One has to ask.......are all of them being paid a salary, from the donated funds???????

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Yeah, so? Other charitible organizaitons do the same. If you don't like it don't contribute. Do you have a problem with the he komen foundation paying their execs HUGE salaries, or are is this another case of "selective outrage"?

    June 13, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  5. bassman

    Think I'll watch a more important speech. Sarah Palin will be speaking at the Faith & Freedom Coalition. She will be addressing the “Road to Majority” Conference, June 13-15 at the JW Marriot Hotel in Washington, DC

    June 13, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  6. patNY

    She should focus on something that will continue to expand her creds for when she becomes President.

    June 13, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. Obama's Patriot Act cannot be trusted, just like the man

    Rick McDaniel
    One has to ask.......are all of them being paid a salary, from the donated funds???????
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    I'm sure you'll find the whole family on the payroll making big bucks for doing nothing. Just like Elizabeth Warren was getting paid a 6 figure salary from Harvard for doing nothing. It is the way of the world for the rich lefties that like to pretend they care about people while stealing them blind.

    June 13, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  8. anonymous

    What does it matter?!!! Every single appearance Hillary Clinton makes should be protested and interrupted with this shout for justice for our 4 dead Americans. She needs to come clean on her involvement, or lack there of. Way too many unanswered questions for her to ever be considered for a leadership position again.

    June 13, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  9. Fair is Fair

    "Just like Elizabeth Warren was getting paid a 6 figure salary from Harvard for doing nothing. It is the way of the world for the rich lefties that like to pretend they care about people while stealing them blind."
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    Hey... Ed Markey collects social security while drawing a $160,000 salary as a US rep... no wonder he feels it necessary to run for senate... it's tough to make ends meet, ya know!

    June 13, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |