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Marco Rubio’s Wife Shares Stories About Her Husband

Marco Rubio’s Wife Shares Stories About Her Husband ABC News(MIAMI) -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. -- the latest GOP 2016 presidential candidate to enter the race -- wants voters to know his personal story as the son of Cuban immigrants who came to America looking for a better life.His wife, Jeanette Dousdebes, shared a few different stories in an exclusive interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on Monday:1. High School SweetheartsMarco and Jeanette met in high school, down the road from where they live today in West Miami. The future senator won over his wife with more than his charm and sense of humor."Marco was different," Dousdebes said. "He had a depth about him that for me, that's I think what struck me about him."2. He Proposed at the Empire State Building... After dating for seven years, Rubio proposed to Jeanette as soon as he finished law school, on a trip to New York City. He popped the question at the top of the Empire State Building -- because of her favorite movie."At that time I did enjoy [Sleepless in Seattle]," she said. "And so he decided, 'Let me be creative,' and so he tried to put something that I liked at the time, and incorporate it in."3. ...Only to Take Back the RingWhile he scored points for being a romantic, Rubio didn't let his wife hold on to the ring -- he was too afraid it would fall off the building. "So he put it on and he goes, 'Okay, let me take it off and we'll put it, I'll put it back on downstairs,'" Dousdebes recalled.4. They Didn't Think He'd Run for PresidentLooking back, Rubio's wife wasn't certain her husband would ever run for president. "He talked about it, but it's one of those things that people talk about, you know, when they're young," she said. "We never thought it was going to come true."5. He's a Die-Hard Miami Dolphins FanRubio, who played football briefly in college, is a Miami Dolphins fanatic, according to Dousdebes, who briefly worked as a cheerleader for the team before getting engaged to Rubio. While the Rubios take faith -- and Sundays -- seriously, Dolphins games are also closely observed. "You can ask the neighborhood about that," Dousdebes told Stephanopoulos.6. Marco Was a SingerRubio, who is a noted lover of rap and hip-hop, used to enjoy singing along to his favorite hits. "He likes to sing. I don't know about anymore," Jeanette recalled. "There's a couple [songs he sings]." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Florida Governor to Host Summit Featuring Potential GOP 2016 Candidates

Florida Governor to Host Summit Featuring Potential GOP 2016 CandidatesState of Florida/Office of the Governor(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott has invited potential 2016 presidential candidates to Florida this summer to participate in an economic summit in Orlando.  "I am honored to host potential Republican presidential contenders in Florida to share with Americans their plans to take our country into greater prosperity, and am proud to showcase our state as a leader in job creation and economic growth," Scott told ABC News.The first ever "Governor Rick Scott's Economic Growth Summit" will take place at Disney's Yacht & Beach Club on June 2. The lineup currently features Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, Marco Rubio and Scott Walker. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Marco Rubio: Hillary Clinton’s Ideas ‘Will Not Help Everyday Americans’

Marco Rubio: Hillary Clinton’s Ideas ‘Will Not Help Everyday Americans’ ABC News(MIAMI) -- Hillary Clinton's economic proposals "will not help everyday Americans," Sen. Marco Rubio told ABC News' Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview on Monday announcing his 2016 presidential campaign."This notion that somehow if we just increase the size and scope of the federal government, it helps people who are trying to make it has been disproven," Rubio, R-Fla., said at his West Miami home. "The bigger the federal government, the more the people who can hire lobbyists and law firms to help them navigate it are going to do.""This attachment to more government and more taxes and more regulations," he said, "crush the people who are trying to make it."In the video announcing her own presidential run on Sunday, Clinton said she wanted to be a "champion" for Americans at a time when "the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top."When asked about Clinton's candidacy, Rubio said: "One of the challenges we have today in this country is that we're trying to fix 21st century problems with 20th century ideas."Rubio, who has referred to Clinton as "yesterday," doubled down on that criticism in the interview."The jobs of the 21st century require different skills and more education than in the past," he said. "We have people from yesterday -- leaders that are still grounded in the 20th century who think if we just pour more money in our existing higher education system, we'll get a 21st century result. It isn't true anymore."In a May 2014 interview with ABC's Jonathan Karl, Rubio gave Clinton an "F" for her work as secretary of state under President Obama, and said her diplomacy "failed everywhere in the world.""If she is going to run on her record as secretary of state, she's also going to have to answer for its massive failures," Rubio said.Rubio, who has represented Florida in the U.S. Senate for four-and-a-half years, sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Select Committee on Intelligence. He has been critical of the Obama administration's recent efforts to normalize relations with Cuba.At his official campaign kickoff event Monday night, Rubio took another jab at Clinton."Just yesterday, a leader from yesterday," Rubio said to loud booing from the crowd, "began a campaign for president by promising to take us back to yesterday. But yesterday is over, and we are never going back." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Obama to Travel to South Dakota in May, Will Have Visited All 50 States While President

Obama to Travel to South Dakota in May, Will Have Visited All 50 States While President Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WATERTOWN, S.D.) -- President Obama will visit South Dakota next month, ensuring that he will visit all 50 states while serving as president.ABC South Dakota affiliate KSFY News reports that the commander-in-chief will visit Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown to deliver a commencement address on May 8. Obama has made education a key part of the last two years of his second term, calling for free community college access for all Americans in his State of the Union address.While South Dakota will be the last of the 50 states that Obama visits as president, he defended himself in his interview with KSFY News Monday, saying that he had previously visited the state -- just not while president. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Kerry to Congress: ‘Give Us the Space and the Time’ to Complete Iran Nuclear Deal

Kerry to Congress: ‘Give Us the Space and the Time’ to Complete Iran Nuclear Deal Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of State John Kerry urged Congress to give the administration some "space and time" to complete a Iran nuclear deal."We have two and a half months more to negotiation," Kerry said as he headed into a classified briefing with members of the House of Representatives Monday evening. "It's a serious amount of time with some serious business still to do, so we hope Congress will listen carefully and ask the questions that it wants, but also give us the space and the time to be able to complete a very difficult task which has high stakes for our country." The secretary of state questioned whether critics have accurately depicted the framework that was agreed to last week -- about which both Iranian negotiators and those from the Obama administration seem to have opposing descriptions.Kerry said he was pleased to have the chance to discuss the situation with the members of the House, "because there have been a lot of representations, misrepresentations, a lot of questions raised -- and it's good to have an opportunity to really be able to discuss with people what is really contained within the parameters, and also to lay down some of the work that we have left to do."Despite criticism from some lawmakers, such as the 47 Republican senators who signed a letter earlier this year warning the Iranian government that a deal not approved by the U.S. Congress won't be consitutional, Kerry remains optimistic that he can shift the sense Congress has of the potential deal. "We'll wait and see," Kerry said Monday. "That's why we're here." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Marco Rubio Calls for ‘New American Century’ in Speech Officially Announcing 2016 Presidential Bid

Marco Rubio Calls for ‘New American Century’ in Speech Officially Announcing 2016 Presidential Bid Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- Marco Rubio made his presidential 2016 campaign for president official on Monday with a Monday event in Miami, hours after he told ABC News' chief anchor and This Week host George Stephanopoulos that he would seek the nation's highest office."I chose to make this announcement at the Freedom Tower," Rubio said, "because it is a symbol of our nation's identity as the land of opportunity. And I am more confident than ever that despite our troubles, we have it within our power to make our time another American Century. Speaking from in front of a backdrop that featured the words "A New American Century," the Florida senator spoke of his parents and their experience with the "American Dream.""Both of my parents were born to poor families in Cuba," Rubio explained, telling of his father's time as a bartender and his mothers work as a cashier, a maid, and a Kmart stock clerk. "They never made it big. But they were successful. Two immigrants with little money or education found stable jobs, owned a home, retired with security and gave all four of their children a life far better than their own.""At the turn of the 19th century, a generation of Americans harnessed the power of the Industrial Age and transformed this country into the leading economy in the world," Rubio said. "And the 20th century became the American Century. Now, the time has come for our generation to lead the way toward a new American Century."Rubio outlined his goals in the speech, calling for efforts to, "reform our tax code, reduce regulations, control spending, modernize our immigration laws and repeal and replace ObamaCare.""This election is not just about what laws we will pass," he explained, "it is a generational choice about what kind of country we will be."He criticized Hillary Clinton, who announced her own campaign the day before. "Just yesterday, a leader from yesterday began a campaign for President by promising to take us back to yesterday," said the Florida Republican. "But yesterday is over, and we are never going back.""I have heard some suggest that I should step aside and wait my turn," Rubio added. "But I cannot. Because I believe our very identity as an exceptional nation is at stake, and I can make a difference as President." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Why Jeb Bush Isn’t Keeping Marco Rubio Out Of 2016 Presidential Race

Why Jeb Bush Isn’t Keeping Marco Rubio Out Of 2016 Presidential Race Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Newly minted presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio said on Monday he won’t let his bid for the White House come between him and his long-time mentor, fellow Republican -- and likely 2016 rival – former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.“Jeb is my friend, he's still my friend, he will continue to be,” Rubio said in an exclusive interview with ABC News’ Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos. “I think it’s important to understand – I'm not running against Jeb Bush, and I hope he's not running against me. We are competing for the same job.”Rubio and Bush, who has yet to formally announce his own presidential bid but is widely expected to do so, have been close friends for more than 15 years. When Rubio was contemplating his first Senate run, he pledged to defer to Bush if the governor wanted the seat. So many pundits assumed Rubio would bow out of the 2016 contest if Bush launched a bid.Not so.“It's a different time,” Rubio said in the interview that took place at his West Miami home. “Back then, I was the termed-out speaker of the Florida House, he was the former sitting governor of Florida. I was at different time in my life and in my career, and the country was at a different moment.”“I just feel uniquely called to at least lend my voice to this effort – and I think we're going to be successful,” the Florida senator told Stephanopoulos. “My view of the primary is we are all going to go out and make our best argument and the voters are going to decide who they want.”Rubio, 43, revealed in 2012 that his motto in the Senate was WWJD – “What would Jeb do?”Rubio said he still has “tremendous admiration” for the 62-year-old former Florida governor. But the country needs a “new and vibrant” candidate, he said.“I think that Jeb Bush continues to be a model for people in terms of how you approach public policy. I believe public policy should always be about policies and big ideas,” Rubio said on Monday. “But we've reached a moment now, not just in my career, but the history of our country, where I believe that it needs a Republican Party that is new and vibrant, that understands the future, has an agenda for that future, and I feel uniquely qualified to offer that. And that's why I'm running for president.” Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Marco Rubio Would Reopen Gitmo, Reverse Obama Foreign Policy

Marco Rubio Would Reopen Gitmo, Reverse Obama Foreign Policy ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Marco Rubio's foreign-policy platform has a theme: undoing some of President Obama's biggest decisions.That would include reopening the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, if Obama succeeds in closing it as the president promised at the outset of his first term in the White House."Absolutely," the Florida Republican said when asked whether he would reopen the prison. The question was posed in an exclusive interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, Rubio's first as a presidential candidate."Here's why," Rubio continued. "We no longer, on an ongoing basis, detain terrorists, and so we're not getting interrogation. They're killed by a drone, or they're targeted in some other way, but there's tremendous value in capturing people that are enemy combatants and, from them, being able to gather actionable intelligence that can not only prevent attacks against the homeland and abroad, but allow us to disrupt their cells that they've created in different parts of the world."Rubio, who publicly announced his 2016 run for president in the exclusive ABC interview, had previously supported keeping the prison open. Home to military detainees from the U.S. "Global War on Terror" from the George W. Bush presidency, Obama has sought to transfer detainees out of the prison but has struggled to close it despite his pledge to do so.Rubio also vowed to reverse course on Obama's recent diplomatic endeavors with Iran, with which the United States is working to finalize a nuclear pact, and Cuba, with which Obama has opened diplomatic relations."I think from a national-security perspective, this deal with Iran is an extremely dangerous one," Rubio said when asked what he would do on his first day as president. "I think the next president of the United States is going to have to deal with that on day number one."Of the diplomatic opening with Cuba, Rubio said, "I would reverse every single one of the decisions that [Obama] made." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Spotted! Hillary Clinton Makes Surprise Pit Stop at Chipotle on Her Presidential Roadtrip

Spotted! Hillary Clinton Makes Surprise Pit Stop at Chipotle on Her Presidential Roadtrip Charles Wright(WASHINGTON) -- Hillary Clinton, who embarked on a roughly 1,000-mile road trip after formally announcing her presidential bid on Sunday, was spotted at a Chipotle in Maumee, Ohio on Monday afternoon.According to Manager Charles Wright, no one recognized Clinton, who was wearing sunglasses.The newly minted presidential candidate ordered a chicken bowl with guacamole, a chicken salad, and fruit juice, according to Wright.“She got great food,” the manager told ABC News. “Everybody loves Chipotle.”This was just the second Clinton sighting in as many days.Last night, the former secretary of state made a pit stop at a gas station in Pennsylvania, where she met a family from Michigan.   Road trip! Loaded the van & set off for IA. Met a great family when we stopped this afternoon. Many more to come. -H pic.twitter.com/5Va7zeR8RP — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 13, 2015 Clinton and her van – nicknamed “Scooby” after the Scooby Doo Mystery Machine – are headed for Iowa, where she’ll meet with voters at a local community college.   Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Marco Rubio on Presidential Bid: ‘I Can Lead this Country’

Marco Rubio on Presidential Bid: ‘I Can Lead this Country’ ABC News(MIAMI) -- Republican Sen. Marco Rubio is running for president in 2016, the Florida senator told ABC News' Chief Anchor and This Week host George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview in West Miami Monday."I think this country's at a generational moment where it needs to decide not what party it wants in charge but what kind of country are we going to want to be moving forward," Rubio told Stephanopoulos in an interview at the Florida senator’s home. "I think the 21st century can be the American century, and I believe that I can lead this country in that direction. I can help lead it there from the Senate. I can lead it there as president.”When asked whether Rubio believed he was the most qualified candidate to be the president, he said: “I absolutely feel that way.”The announcement came just a few hours before Rubio will speak to supporters at an evening event at the Freedom Tower, a downtown Miami building with historical significance for thousands of Cuban-Americans.If he is elected president in 2016, Rubio would be the first ever Cuban-American to win the White House.Rubio, 43, is the fourth major candidate to declare a run for the presidency this year. His announcement comes one day after former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced her presidential bid.Two other Republican candidates -- Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul -- entered the 2016 race within the last two weeks.Rubio was elected to the Senate in 2010 and lives in Miami with his wife Jeanette and four children.Watch World News Tonight with David Muir Monday night and Good Morning America Tuesday morning for more from Stephanopoulos' exclusive interview with Rubio. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

FBI Investigating Former White House Military Aide

FBI Investigating Former White House Military Aide iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The FBI is investigating a former top military aide to three U.S. presidents and his firm over allegations it bilked foreign investors out of millions of dollars by touting his White House ties and making promises of quick U.S. Green Cards to raise funds for a giant hotel complex, ABC News has learned. Five years after an elaborate ground-breaking ceremony in New Orleans, there is only a vacant lot and investors say almost $16 million has disappeared.The former aide, retired Air Force Col. Timothy Milbrath, confirmed to ABC News that he is aware of the FBI investigation but said the allegations against him and his firm “are not correct.” Investors said the FBI has recently conducted interviews, and city officials in New Orleans confirmed agents have collected boxes of documents related to the company. A spokesperson for the FBI in New Orleans declined to comment.The investigation centers on a project set up under a controversial U.S. immigration program known as EB-5, which allows foreign investors to obtain visas, and eventually Green Cards, if they invest at least $500,000 in projects that will create American jobs. As ABC News reported in February, an internal government review found that more than 30 EB-5 projects have come under criminal investigation, including the one set up by Col. Milbrath and a business partner, called Noble Outreach.Promotional videos and material produced by Noble Outreach to entice foreign investors flaunt Col. Milbrath’s White House ties and feature photos of him serving Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton as chief of staff to the White House Military Office.In a civil lawsuit, the investors allege that much of the $16 million they invested with Noble Outreach ended up going to Col. Milbrath, his partner William “Bart” Hungerford, Jr., and companies they controlled. None of the foreign investors were able to receive Green Cards because of the project’s failure, investors said.“We were duped,” said Terry Sumpter, a retired British police officer who says he lost the bulk of his savings investing with Noble Outreach. “It’s gut-wrenching, it really is.”Sumpter is now living in Florida on an expired visa. He has been allowed to stay in the U.S. by immigration officials, but if he leaves the country, he fears he will not be permitted to return.Milbrath told ABC News that because of the ongoing litigation, he cannot say what happened to the money but that, “Everything is accounted for.”“I can honestly say that what we have here -- the claims are not substantiated,” he said in an interview to be broadcast on ABC’s World News with David Muir.Noble Outreach is one of dozens of businesses that -- despite being under federal investigation -- remain certified by the Department of Homeland Security to operate as part of the little-known EB-5 immigrant investor program. Federal certification enables the firms to continue to solicit wealthy foreigners to invest $500,000 or $1 million in qualified U.S. projects. And they can promise in exchange that the investors will receive a two-year visa. The firms pledge that if the investment creates 10 American jobs, the investor will be able to short-cut the usually lengthy immigration process and receive a Green Card.Earlier this year, ABC News reported on firms that continued to operate as certified EB-5 regional centers despite being the subjects of national security investigations.One such firm, American Logistics International, was recruiting investors from Iran to be granted American visas, even as it was being investigated by U.S. non-proliferation agents for its possible role in smuggling sensitive electronics to Iran. American Logistics has denied being involved in any illegal activity.Internal documents obtained by ABC News showed dozens of the regional centers have been investigated for a range of criminal violations. There have been so many fraud cases involving EB-5 investment opportunities that the Securities and Exchange Commission has posted an investor alert online warning foreign investors to be “aware of investment scams targeting foreign nationals who seek to become permanent lawful U.S. residents through the Immigrant Investor Program (‘EB-5’).”Homeland Security officials said they remain powerless to revoke a regional center’s certification unless there is proof they have not been creating jobs.“USCIS only has the authority to terminate a regional center if there is evidence the center is no longer promoting economic growth -- not on the basis of national security concerns,” an agency spokesman told ABC News in a written statement. “This lack of discretion limits the ability of the Director or the Secretary to terminate a regional center in the event of suspected or even proven criminal activity.”Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson provided a statement to ABC News saying he is urging Congress to provide his agency “legal discretion to deny or revoke cases when necessary, authority to exclude people with criminal backgrounds from participating in EB-5 regional centers, and authority to require regional centers to certify compliance with our securities laws.”Terry Sumpter, the British ex-policeman, said he started researching investment opportunities in 2007 because, after a career in law enforcement and as a successful entrepreneur in England, he wanted to permanently move to the U.S. He said Noble Outreach promised a quick path to permanent residency, and if the investment paid dividends, he said it would be “a win-win.”“They were saying it was going to help the New Orleans people after Katrina, we would get our Green Card, and we’d get a return on top of that,” Sumpter said. “It really did seem like a good deal.”Noble Outreach appeared to have significant support from public officials. Milbrath and his partner, Bart Hungerford, had brokered a 30-year deal with then-New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin for exclusive rights to offer EB-5 investments in New Orleans, they established office addresses at the Watergate Hotel complex in Washington and in the D.C. suburbs. They unveiled glossy plans to build a hotel, restaurant and conference center development in a blighted lot in Algiers, a neighborhood in the shadow of the New Orleans skyline, and in 2010, at the groundbreaking event, there was a line of local officials waiting to grab a golden shovel for the photo opportunity.But the investor lawsuit alleges that behind the scenes, Noble Outreach had established a tangled web of corporate entities through which the investment money moved without the investors’ knowledge.During an 18-month period beginning in 2009, the suit alleges that one of those entities paid Milbrath and Hungerford and their wives $1.82 million in salaries. The suit alleges that the two partners “in fact, converted millions of the fund’s assets ($6 million at least) for the their own ultimate personal benefit.”Some of Noble Outreach’s early investment money went to finance other ventures, including coffee shops and restaurants in the city’s bustling French Quarter. Investors say those ventures were structured in a way that Hungerford and Milbrath retained a controlling interest, and the jobs those ventures created did not result in any investors receiving Green Cards or a financial return.The addresses Noble Outreach listed on its promotional material, it turns out, were a borrowed desk at a travel agency in the Watergate Hotel complex in Washington, D.C., and a rented mailbox at a UPS store in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Addresses in New Orleans were for a law firm that no longer represents the company and an economic development agency.When ABC News tracked down Milbrath at an event last month, he said he and his partner did not enrich themselves in the deal. The projects stalled, he said, because the firm could not recruit enough investors. He said the company struggled to get support from the federal immigration agency that was supposed to process visas.“I just know that what we did was completely within what we thought was our purview to do for the program, I really do,” he said.Milbrath said he wanted to be able to explain why the ventures have not yielded the promised benefits for the investors, but because of the lawsuit he cannot. But he did tell ABC News he believes the real fault rested with difficulties Noble Outreach had in dealing with the immigration agency that oversees the EB-5 program, USCIS. At one point, Milbrath and Hungerford enlisted help from Rep. Chris Van Hollen, a Maryland Democrat, who wrote a letter to the agency on their behalf.“Congressman Van Hollen’s office asked DHS and USCIS to respond to [Noble Outreach’s] request for information before we became aware of any investigation or complaints against the company,” Bridgett Frey, the spokeswoman for the congressman, told ABC News. “Once Congressman Van Hollen learned of complaints against NOR, he informed his staff to cease any interaction with them. Congressman Van Hollen believes that the allegations against NOR are troubling, and, if true, should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”Frey added that Van Hollen, who is now a candidate for U.S. Senate in Maryland, also supports a systematic review of the EB-5 Visa Program, which he believes “is clearly is in need of reform.”Sumpter said the greatest insult from his experience in participating in the immigrant investor program has not been the loss of money -- though he estimates that between the failed investment and legal fees, the experience has cost him upwards of $750,000. It has been the refusal of his Green Card. Once two years had expired and his investment had failed to create the required 10 jobs, the government began deportation proceedings.He said he and other Noble Outreach investors now live in limbo. If they leave the United States, they have little chance of returning as anything more than a tourist, he said.“I know one of the investors left on business to go to Europe and now he can’t get back in,” Sumpter said.He said he remains in his own brand of immigration limbo, unsure if he leaves, whether he will ever be able to have the life he does now.“I’m here because I want to be,” Sumpter said. “I’ve done nothing wrong. I’ve only done everything by the book, what has been asked of me, and it seems I’m being punished for that.” Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Twelve Defining Moments of Hillary Clinton’s Life

Twelve Defining Moments of Hillary Clinton’s Life Feng Li/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- It’s hard to imagine a time when Hillary Clinton wasn't a household name.The former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state’s path to prominence began nearly half a century ago and was aided by a series of fortuitous events as well as her own ambition.Now, at the height of her global recognition, Clinton is embarking on a second run for the White House, with the possibility of making history as the first woman president of the United States. But how did the young girl from the Chicago suburbs become the woman she is today?From her role as one-half of a political power couple to her years defending herself amid scandal, here are 12 defining moments that have shaped Clinton's life:1. Into the Spotlight -- 1969In May 1969, 21-year-old Hillary Rodham was chosen to deliver the commencement address to her graduating class at Wellesley College. A spur-of-the-moment decision to forgo her prepared remarks gave way to an impromptu, fiery speech that challenged the pro-war, Republican U.S. senator who had just addressed her fellow graduates.Word spread about the young woman who stood up so publicly to a politician. In modern-day terms, her speech went “viral.”The next month, Clinton was featured, along with four other college speakers from across the country, in a June 1969 issue of Life magazine, in an article titled: “The Class of ’69.” And by the time Clinton arrived for her first year at Yale Law School that fall, she was already a recognizable face to many of her new peers -- even, perhaps, to a totally unknown young man, named Bill Clinton.2. The Tag-Team Forms -- 1975On October 11, 1975, in a simple ceremony in their small home in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Hillary Rodham married Bill Clinton -- and the ambitions of two joined forces as one.Four years earlier, they met at Yale Law School, and with their shared passion for deep conversation and current affairs, clicked instantly.After law school, despite the disapproval from her feminist friends, Hillary Rodham left behind a job in Washington, D.C., packed her bags, and moved to Arkansas to join Bill. It was there that the couple laid the groundwork for their future, and their unparalleled political partnership took form.3. Two Becomes Three -- 1980Five years later, on Feb. 27, 1980, during Bill Clinton’s first term as governor of Arkansas, Hillary Clinton gave birth to the couple’s first and only child, Chelsea Victoria Clinton.Growing up, Chelsea was kept largely out of the spotlight. But as an adult, she eventually took on a more prominent position in public life.Chelsea now has a young daughter of her own and currently serves as the vice chair of the family’s foundation, and has since become an equal partner and player in the Clinton family brand.4. Taking the Stage -- 1993Just one week on the job as first lady of the United States and Hillary Clinton was tasked with a major effort: To overhaul the national healthcare system.In was an unprecedented move for a president to appoint his wife to such a critical effort, but Hillary Clinton had no intentions of sitting on the sidelines and took on the assignment with gusto.Ultimately, Hillary Clinton failed to garner enough support for her plan, known colloquially as “Hillarycare,” and a year later the administration abandoned the project.While the first lady took a hit in her national approval rating because of it, her work on the initiative raised her profile, and also sent a message: She could -- and would -- take on policy-making roles, too.5. The Beijing Speech -- 1995On Sept. 5, 1995, Hillary Clinton delivered a groundbreaking speech on women’s rights at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. It was there, on that day, that she so famously proclaimed, “If there is one message that echoes forth from this conference, let it be that human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights, once and for all.”In a news report from that day, The New York Times lauded the first lady for “speaking more forcefully on human rights than any American dignitary has on Chinese soil.” It was a trailblazing moment for Hillary Clinton. Ever since, Clinton has been one of the most vocal, dedicated advocates for women and girls around the world.6. Standing by Her Man -- 1998From Travelgate, to Whitewater, to allegations of infidelity, the Clinton White House years were marred by scandal. Through it all, Hillary Clinton always stood by her husband’s side, famously proclaiming there was a “vast right-wing conspiracy” against the couple.But one scandal was particularly wounding for the first lady, and that was Monica Lewinsky. Learning about Bill Clinton’s affair with Lewinsky, “was the most devastating, shocking and hurtful experience of my life,” she wrote in her memoir, Living History.Eventually though, through the counsel and guidance of friends, family and her minister, Hillary Clinton forgave her husband and stayed put. But in doing so, she also turned her sights in a new direction. And by the end of Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial, Hillary was already plotting for her own next move: a run for the Senate.7. Siding with War -- 2002 On Oct. 11, 2002, Hillary Clinton, then the junior senator from New York, voted "yes" to the Iraq War, ultimately making a decision that would haunt her.Six years later, during her campaign for presidency, Hillary Clinton was criticized for her support for the war, which at this point was deeply unpopular by the American public. Her opponent, on the other hand, then-Sen. Barack Obama, had opposed the war. This distinction, some say, cost Clinton the election.It wasn’t until years later in 2014 that Clinton fully admitted the vote had been a mistake. In her memoir, Hard Choices, Clinton wrote, "I thought I had acted in good faith and made the best decision I could with the information I had. And I wasn't alone in getting it wrong. But I still got it wrong. Plain and simple.”8. The Darkest Day -- 2008On June 7, 2008, after 17-straight months of hard-fought campaigning, Hillary Clinton acknowledged she would not be able to “shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling,” and conceded the Democratic nomination for president to then-Sen. Barack Obama.Clinton, who had hoped to make history by becoming the first woman to ever win the nomination of a major party in a U.S. presidential election, described the loss as “painful.” “My mother’s crying, and my husband’s looking very sad, and my daughter’s looking very sad,” Clinton recalled. “I felt like I had let people down.”She endorsed Obama, and over time, the foes became friends. Eventually Clinton found herself being sworn in as secretary of state to his White House cabinet.9. Becoming Cool -- 2013In 2013, two years into her new role as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton suddenly became hip, when a meme about her titled, “Texts from Hillary” became an overnight Internet sensation.The meme, which put different captions over a photo of Clinton wearing dark sunglasses while working on her blackberry on a plane to Libya, went viral online and quickly caught the attention of Hillary Clinton herself.The success of “Texts from Hillary,” along with her unrelenting itinerary and rigorous travels across the world helped transform Clinton’s image. She embraced her new-found digital presence and signed up for Twitter, even giving the creators of the meme a shout out in her first tweet.10. Defending Benghazi -- 2013On Jan. 23, 2013, after much criticism from Republican lawmakers, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified before Senate and House Committees over the 2012 attacks on an American diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stephens.Growing visibly impatient and frustrated throughout the five-hour questioning, Clinton accepted responsibility for the lack of security at the outpost, but expressed frustration with what she saw as congressional politicking.In the years since, Congressional investigations have persisted and Clinton has continued to deal with the fallout of the attack. In her most recent memoir, Hard Choices, she addressed her critics head on, chastising what she calls the politicization of a tragedy, while simultaneously launching a defense of her actions, should she run for president in 2016.11. E-mail Issues -- 2015In early 2015, as Clinton was preparing to launch her second bid for the White House, a firestorm erupted after The New York Times broke the news that Clinton had not used a government e-mail address while secretary of state, instead using only a personal e-mail address from a private server based out of her own home.After days of silence, Clinton ultimately stepped up and faced the press in a hastily planned news conference at the United Nations. She defended her use of a personal address, saying it was done solely of out “convenience” and insisted that all of her government related emails had been turned over to the State Department.But many of her critics did not find her answers satisfying and continued to voice skepticism questioning what, if anything, she was trying to hide.12. Ready for Hillary -- 2015Two years after leaving the State Department, Hillary Clinton was already being called the "presumptive" Democratic nominee for president. And she hadn’t even announced a candidacy yet.This groundswell of support for Clinton was ignited, in no small part, by one upstart group called Ready for Hillary.For two years -- until her official announcement -- the grassroots super PAC dedicated itself to its one goal of encouraging Clinton to run for president. Acting as a “campaign-in-waiting,” the group hosted roughly 1,000 low-dollar fundraising events around the country, ultimately raising $14 million dollars and identifying 3.6 million Clinton supporters.By April 2015, many of the group’s staffers had already been offered full time jobs in Clinton’s official campaign, and the only message they cared about was clear: Hillary Clinton, herself, was finally ready for Hillary. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

The 2015 session: What passed, and what it means

The 2015 session: What passed, and what it means(Courtesy Idaho Education News) BOISE — As the 2015 legislative session spilled briefly into Saturday morning — arguably, its 90th day in business — Rep. Reed DeMordaunt received compliments from both sides of the aisle. House Minority Leader John Rusche of Lewiston and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Winder of Boise sought out DeMordaunt. The Eagle […]

Hillary Clinton Logo for 2016 Presidential Campaign Riles Up Internet

Hillary Clinton Logo for 2016 Presidential Campaign Riles Up Internet @hillaryclinton/Twitter(WASHINGTON) -- Hillary Clinton made her "big announcement" on Sunday in a pre-recorded video, but what's got people riled up on the Internet is the new logo for her 2016 presidential campaign.Some Twitter users have strong feelings about the flat-designed blue "H" with a red arrow running across from left to right, and they're not holding back.While Wikileaks outright accused Clinton of stealing their "innovative" Twitter logo design, other users are seeing similarities between Clinton's logo and FedEx, Iceland's flag, the "History" channel and even hospital roadway signs.   Hillary Clinton has stolen our innovative WikiLeaks twitter logo design. Compare: @WikiLeaks vs @HillaryClinton pic.twitter.com/mifka4mXf4 — WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) April 12, 2015     This logo, though... is this FedEx? @HillaryClinton pic.twitter.com/NIV0zX73Rw — Ben Smith (@bmcsmith92) April 12, 2015     Hillary for America's logo sort of looks like Iceland's flag backwards. pic.twitter.com/jDbQX4Jf6L — Marco Carbone (@crazymonk) April 12, 2015     I can't tell if this is the @HISTORY Channel logo or @HillaryClinton's logo. Both have an "H" and a red right arrow. pic.twitter.com/CSyqRILy4y — Discord (@DlSCORD) April 13, 2015     Finally figured out what the Hillary logo reminds me of pic.twitter.com/rFF47dUlWR — Nate Cohn (@Nate_Cohn) April 12, 2015   And users want to know: What does the logo symbolize? Why is the arrow pointing to the right?Regardless of what message the logo was meant to send across, others just outright hate how it looks aesthetically. And unfortunately for Clinton, people are not sugarcoating their dissing.Visual communication scholar Keith Kennery told ABC News on Monday that one explanation for the strong reactions to the logo is that people respond first to their senses -- what they can see, hear, smell, taste and touch."That's why it's very important to have a good logo, because people have instant responses and feelings about what they see in their environment," said Kennery, who teaches at the University of South Carolina and is working on a book called Philosophy for Media Theory coming out next year. "Symbols are more basic, foundational and fundamental than any written and spoken language. We're hardwired to respond to what we see."Kennery said if he had to improve the logo, he'd redesign it from scratch. The red arrow is one of the logo's main problems, he added."Red is a symbol for danger, and the campaign has a big and bold red arrow pointing right to the right that's dominating the whole logo," he said. "I don’t know if the public wants that. The logo also looks industrial with all the hard edges of the rectangles and arrow. It just doesn't have a warm, fuzzy, welcoming feel."Clinton's campaign team did not immediately respond to ABC News' calls and email requesting comment. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Marco Rubio: Everything You Need to Know About the Prospective 2016 Presidential Candidate

Marco Rubio: Everything You Need to Know About the Prospective 2016 Presidential CandidateABC/Donna Svennevik(WASHINGTON) — Name: Marco Antonio RubioParty: RepublicanWhat he does now: Rubio, 43, is the junior Senator from Florida. He currently serves on the Senate Intelligence, Foreign Relations, Small Business & Entrepreneurship, and Commerce and Science & Transportation committees.What he used to do: Before his election to the Senate in 2010, Rubio was the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives. His very first job was building cages for exotic birds. Family tree: Rubio was born on May 28, 1971 to Mario and Oriales Rubio, Cuban immigrants who were naturalized when Rubio was a toddler. He met his wife, Jeannette Dousbedes, at age 19.  After a long-distance courtship, he popped the question atop the Empire State Building, and she quit her job as a Miami Dolphins cheerleader. The couple now lives in West Miami with their four children, Anthony, Amanda, Dominic and Daniella.What he believes in: Rubio, who has emphasized his Catholic faith on the campaign trail, was actually baptized as a Mormon at age 8, and attended the Church of Latter Day Saints throughout early adolescence.  He then converted to Catholicism, making his first communion at 13, and now attends a Baptist church.  When Time magazine dubbed him the “Republican Savior” in 2013, he denounced the label: “There is only one savior, and it is not me. #Jesus,” he tweeted. Biggest childhood challenge: As a child, Rubio had to wear leg braces because his knees turned inward. Knowing his son hated the braces and was an avid football fan, his father, Mario, would impersonate Dolphins coach Don Shula over the phone, telling Marco he needed to wear the splints  he wanted to play for the Miami team. “I always wondered why Shula had a Cuban accent on the phone but not on TV,” Rubio joked. He played football for a year at Tarkio College in Missouri before transferring to the University of Florida.What he was like in school: In high school, Rubio was so disruptive that his teacher offered to give him a C- minus if he skipped class -- and threatened an F if he returned to the classroom! “I finished my senior year with a 2.1 grade point average,” Rubio admitted. He says he and his high school buddies used to sneak out to booze at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables -- the same hotel where he would later spend his wedding night and celebrate his Senate victory. Debate Prep: To break the tension before debates, Rubio and his aides took to watching clips from the This Is Spinal Tap, a mockumentary about a British heavy metal band. Just how worried was the senator-to-be about his underdog race against Charlie Crist? “I couldn’t bring myself to write a victory speech,” he once said. Might have wished for a do-over: Call it Rubio’s watershed moment. Tapped to give the official Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union address in 2013, Rubio got a tad thirsty on-air. In the midst of his speech -- and without breaking eye contact -- he furtively reached for an off-screen water bottle and took a swig.  Instead of panicking over the awkward moment, his PAC made hay out of the gaffe, releasing a branded water bottle -- to the tune of more than $100,000.Claim to fame: Rubio was reportedly on the short list to be Mitt Romney’s running mate in 2012. But according to the New York Times, there were “questions about how thoroughly he has been vetted." The spot ultimately went to Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan.His record in the Senate: A bilingual Cuban-American son of immigrant parents, many Republicans hoped Rubio would appeal to Hispanics, but there’s long been an unspoken rift between Cuban Americans and other Hispanic Americans -- a divide that Rubio dismissed as “offensive.” In 2012, he helped craft an alternative to the Democrats’ DREAM Act. The plan, which was later scrapped, would have allowed immigrants brought to the United States by their parents to reside in the U.S. legally.  Rubio’s mother, who calls undocumented immigrants “pobrecitos” (“poor things”), urged compassion, asking her son not to “mess with them” too much. One of his biggest disagreements with President Obama: Rubio, who grew up despising Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, is virulently opposed to Obama’s intention to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba. “Now dictatorships know that if they take an American, they may be able to get unilateral policy concessions,” he told ABC. “Five years from now, Cuba will still be a dictatorship -- but a much more profitable one.” The senator even objected when Beyonce and Jay-Z visited Cuba, supposedly for “propaganda purposes.” (Maybe that’s just because he’s got a thing for the lyrical strains of Nicki Minaj.)Guilty Pleasures: Besides Spinal Tap, Rubio’s favorite movies include Pulp Fiction and Wedding Crashers. He’s an avid football fan, and once said the coolest moment in his career was catching a pass from then-Gators quarterback Tim Tebow. He jams to R&B, hip-hop, “non-offensive” rap -- but is definitely not a fan of disco.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Hillary Clinton Heads to Iowa After Announcing Candidacy for President

Hillary Clinton Heads to Iowa After Announcing Candidacy for President JP Yim/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Shortly after she announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016, Hillary Clinton climbed into a van and headed for Iowa.Clinton, 67, left Sunday afternoon from her home in Chappaqua, New York, right around the time of the announcement, an aide to the former secretary of state confirmed to ABC News.Clinton is expected to arrive in Iowa sometime Monday evening.She announced her candidacy in a video posted to YouTube. The video shows Americans getting ready for new challenges -- spring gardening, children beginning schooling, adults moving or applying for jobs -- as well as Clinton discussing the challenges she will take on in a presidential campaign. Specifically, the video focuses on the middle class."I'm running for president," Clinton said in the message, which was also posted to her new campaign website on Sunday. "Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion."In her announcement video, Clinton urged people to get involved in the cause, saying, “It’s your time. I hope you’ll join me on this journey.”Clinton enters the race as the clear front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination. Over the past two years, pro-Democratic groups like Ready for Hillary and Emily’s List have been working on her behalf to raise money, support and enthusiasm for her.In recent months, Clinton has worked behind the scenes to begin building a robust campaign apparatus, hiring a wide range of people, including many of President Obama's former advisers and strategists, for top positions in her campaign.According to her campaign, the next six to eight weeks will be a “ramp-up” period where she’ll travel across the country to “build a nation-wide grassroots organization” and to spend time “engaging directly with voters.”In May, she will hold her first rally and deliver the speech to kick off her campaign.At this early stage in the campaign, Clinton holds a clear lead over her potential Republican rivals. A recent ABC News-Washington Post poll showed Clinton ahead of potential GOP candidate Jeb Bush by a 54- to 40-percent margin in a potential matchup, with even bigger leads against Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, and Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who plans to announce on Monday whether he will launch his own White House bid.Despite her lead among other candidates, Clinton does face some challenges.  As a candidate, she will be expected to answer questions that have dogged her over the past few years, including her use of a personal email account as secretary of state, the Clinton Foundation’s acceptance of money from foreign governments, and her handling of the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. outpost in Benghazi, Libya.The former secretary of state's announcement marks Clinton’s second attempt to win the White House and become the first woman president of the United States.After her defeat at the hands of Obama in 2008, Clinton repeatedly said “no” when asked whether she would ever seek the presidency again. But in a newly-released epilogue to her memoir, Hard Choices, Clinton indicated her new role as a grandmother may have influenced her decision to run.“Rather than make me want to slow down," she wrote, "it has spurred me to speed up.” ABC Breaking US News | US News Videos Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Meet the Gay Couple Featured in Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Announcement Video

Meet the Gay Couple Featured in Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Announcement Video Hillary for America(NEW YORK) — Jared Milrad and Nathan Johnson are getting married this July. And they will have one heck of a story to tell at their wedding.The two men were among the “everyday” Americans featured in the video Hillary Clinton used to announce her candidacy for president of the United States on Sunday.Milrad, 31, a lawyer and non-profit founder, and Johnson, 30, a health care consultant, live in Chicago and appear in the video for just a few seconds. In an interview, Milrad and Johnson said they knew the video was for Clinton’s campaign but had no idea it was for her announcement. In fact, their cameo came as a surprise until this weekend.ABC News spoke to Milrad by phone on Sunday.How did you get chosen?“One of our friends who is involved with Democratic politics and did some work for Obama referred us to the media company that was doing the video.” (Milrad said the theme of the project was described to them as “big life changes” and since they were getting married they were referred).Did you know you were going to be featured in Clinton’s actual announcement video?“We didn’t know that we were going to be in this specific video. A friend had reached out that the campaign was working on a video that would be for Hillary...we didn’t specifically know what it would be for. We were happy to support Hillary and the campaign.”How did you find out you were in it?“Through family and friends who let us know they saw us on TV and on YouTube. We were actually out shopping!”What was your reaction?“I think we were both very excited and pleased and a little surprised because we didn’t know when our appearance was and we didn’t know we would be in the announcement video. I think there’s a feeling of a responsibility we both have…that we are the face of the gay community in the video. …We just want to do that justice and be a voice as much as possible for the LGBT community.”And you invited Hillary to the wedding?“We thought if she invited us to her big day -- her big announcement -- we thought it would be the right thing to do to invite her to our big day. …She would get a plus one. We want to be fair. …Given that she’s from the Chicago area, Illinois, we thought it would be the right thing.”  Thanks for inviting us to your big day @HillaryClinton. We're returning the favor & inviting you to ours. #wedding pic.twitter.com/paMtBFLLUW — Jared Milrad (@JaredMilrad) April 12, 2015 Any response? “No formal response yet, but I know she’s pretty busy. …We’ll give her a couple days.”In the video we can tell you’re walking a dog, but can’t see him. What’s his name?“Cooper. He’s a little sad he didn’t end up in the final cut.”Were you both Hillary supporters in 2008?Milrad: “I supported Obama in 2007-2008…his reelection as well. But I’ve always admired Hillary…not only that she ended up working for the president and I know she has worked for the president a great deal. But I was raised by a single mother and we were both raised by strong women…and so I think we both share a belief in breaking the glass ceiling…we really feel like it’s Hillary Clinton who should do it.”Johnson: “I was originally a Hillary supporter in 2008…switched to Obama for general. My mom has been a huge Hillary Clinton supporter like all of my life. The fact that I’m in her video is the best thing in the world for my mom. She’s more happy about that than our wedding!”Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Exclusive: Cuban Foreign Minister Says Obama Should Bypass Congress on Embargo

Exclusive: Cuban Foreign Minister Says Obama Should Bypass Congress on EmbargoYAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images(PANAMA CITY) — Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez told ABC news in an exclusive interview hours after the famous handshake between Raul Castro and Barack Obama that the U.S. president should use executive action to remove parts of the embargo immediately."The U.S. president keeps very broad basis, very wide executive powers, for use in with a real determination and the president could make the difference in the practical implementation of the blockade," he said. "And there is a practical indication to engage to the congress in a debate on these matters."Rodriguez, who was in the room with the two presidents for that historic meeting, told ABC News he expects Obama will soon take Cuba off the states sponsor of terrorism list, a major impediment to the new diplomacy between the two countries."His (Obama) announcement on the list of countries sponsors of international terrorism immediate consideration is good news," Rodriguez said. "We also appreciate it, his commitment to engage with the U.S. congress in a way to, lift the blockade or embargo in 2015."Bruno Rodriguez said the five-decade long embargo is asphyxiating the Cuban people, 76 percent of whom were born since the embargo was put in place, according to the minister.But as relations with the U.S. normalize more Americans will visit, more private businesses will open. Already, American Express and MasterCard are allowing U.S. citizens to use their credit cards in Cuba, they can bring home $100 worth of cigars, U.S. airlines are applying for regularly scheduled service and the Cubans say this will all lead to discussions of the tough issues."Even in the field of human rights or democracy, or freedom of expression, or freedom of the press, and freedom to travel, etc., and I'm ready for an engagement," he said."I can't imagine that if the U.S. has normal relations with the countries in which they have very important differences on a matter of political system and political doctrines, it could not be possible to do the same with Cuba," he added.The listing as a state sponsor of terrorism remains a priority for Cuba, which has been on the list since 1982."It was unfair. It wasn't justifiable. And I'm confident that President Obama will take the right and just decision," Rodriguez said.When it comes to reopening embassies, Rodriguez said that "common ground" has already been agreed upon on the "core of the diplomatic relations."U.S. officials tell ABC News that the Cubans are moving slowly on reopening embassies in the two capitals, because they are concerned about giving American diplomats the right to travel all over the island nation.Rodriguez, who previously served as Cuba's ambassador to the United Nations, said it's a matter of international law."All the diplomats are under the legal obligation to respect, fully respect the national law of the recipient country," he said.During the press conference with Obama and Castro on Saturday during the summit of the Americas, Castro was asked whether he ever thought he'd be sitting next to a U.S. president. His answer was indecipherable over the noise.Rodriguez told ABC News that Castro heard the question and responded: "President Raul Castro listened and responded saying: 'Yes, I did. I imagined this moment. and I worked for this moment ... and it's a moment of opportunity and a moment of hope for the American people and for the Cuban people."For Rodriguez, these dialogues and movements are just the beginning."And after this first stage, diplomatic one and when we reach common ground and the proper junction for making this historical step and exchange, high level delegation visits, etc., we will start a second stage, a second chapter. Maybe longer and more complicated," he said.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Reaction to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Announcement Mixed

Reaction to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Announcement Mixed DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After announcing on Sunday that she would officially run for president in 2016, Hillary Clinton got the expected support of a number of Democrats, and family members to boot.Clinton's tweet announcing her campaign was retweeted more than 4,000 times -- including once by her husband, former President Bill Clinton. Their daughter Chelsea Clinton took to Twitter to offer some support of her own. Very proud of you Mom! @HillaryClinton: http://t.co/PvMlg82cU2 — Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) April 12, 2015 New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, once discussed as a possible presidential candidate himself, called Clinton "a lifelong champion for middle-class families, an advocate for the underserved, and a fighter for civil rights." "She is a tested leader with the resilience and experience to be  great President," Cuomo added. "Having known and worked with her for over 20 years, I wholeheartedly endorse Hillary Clinton's campaign for President."   Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is also in Hillary's corner.   .@hillaryclinton is smart, caring and determined. She is going to be an outstanding president! #Hillary2016 — Madeleine Albright (@madeleine) April 12, 2015 Tennis legend and activist Billie Jean King tweeted her support for Clinton as well. @HillaryClinton has earned my respect and my vote to become the next President of the United States of America. — Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) April 12, 2015   Clinton also apparently has the backing of former basketball player Jason Collins, the first openly gay player in NBA history.   I love the diversity proudly presented in @HillaryClinton's new YouTube video. http://t.co/wOo1fU3sIa Be our champion & our next #President! — Jason Collins (@jasoncollins98) April 12, 2015   Predictably, some of Clinton's potential opponents, especially those from across the aisle, were less glowing about her announcement.   We must do better than Hillary. If you're committed to stopping her, add your name now. https://t.co/GUtxMw19Oh — Jeb Bush (@JebBush) April 12, 2015 I know Hillary Clinton. I served with Hillary Clinton. She does not have the right vision to lead America. http://t.co/of1Rcbyh9N — Rick Santorum (@RickSantorum) April 12, 2015   Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Then And Now: Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Campaign Announcement vs. 2008

Then And Now: Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Campaign Announcement vs. 2008 Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Much has changed since Hillary Clinton last entered a presidential field.While she chose the same format -- a pre-recorded video -- to announce the start of her campaign on Sunday just as she did in Jan. 2007, her message has changed.Here’s a look at the differences between Clinton’s announcement pitches in 2007: ABC Breaking US News | US News VideosAnd Sunday: ABC Breaking US News | US News VideosThe Last AdministrationWhat She Said in 2007: “You know, after six years of George Bush, it is time to renew the promise of America.”What She Said Sunday: "Americans have fought their way back from tough economic times, but the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top."As a Democrat hoping to succeed a Democrat in the Oval Office, Clinton will be playing more defense than offense when it comes to President Obama’s record. But history is not on her side: The White House has stayed in the same party after a two-term president only once since 1951 -- the year term limits were established for the office.Foreign PolicyWhat She Said in 2007: “Let’s talk about how to bring the right end to the war in Iraq and restore respect for America around the world.”What She Said Sunday: NothingClinton ran on ending the Iraq War and ended up losing the Democratic primary to Barack Obama, who pummeled then-Sen. Clinton for her initial support for it. In 2015, with America again leading a coalition in the Middle East — this time, against ISIS — former Secretary of State Clinton will likely run on a more hawkish line, even if her initial campaign roll out remains focused on domestic policy.Voter OutreachWhat She Said in 2007: “So let's talk. Let's chat. Let's start a dialogue about your ideas and mine…With a little help from modern technology, I'll be holding live online video chats this week, starting Monday.”What She Said Sunday: "So I'm hitting the road to earn your vote. Because it's your time, and I'm hoping you'll join me on this journey."In the proto-social era of 2007, reaching voters over “online video chats” was a new concept. Now, with the 24/7 news cycle and social media, Clinton 2.0 is reverting to face-to-face retail politics: In her upcoming tour of the early voting states, she’s expected to hold small, intimate meetings with voters to introduce her candidacy, before the official campaign kickoff in May.Domestic AgendaWhat She Said in 2007: “Let’s talk about … how to end the deficits that threaten Social Security and Medicare. And let's definitely talk about how every American can have quality affordable health care.”What She Said Sunday: "Everyday Americans need a champion -- and I want to be that champion. So you can do more than just get by. You can get ahead -- and stay ahead."Some things never change. Despite the implementation of Obamacare, the debate between Republicans and Democrats rages on. And both parties are still debating strategies to overhaul the country’s entitlement programs for the next generation of Americans. The economy took center stage in the 2008 general election with the recession, and Clinton plans to be a "champion" for middle class Americans.DeliveryWhat She Did in 2007: Clinton filmed alone on her couch in her Washington, DC home.What She Did Sunday: Clinton appeared in the last :45 seconds of her two-minute-plus campaign announcement video, after a mix of Americans -- young, old, black, white, gay, straight -- described their economic situations.While Clinton took center stage in her 2007 video, she could be considered a featured player in the new announcement, secondary to the other speakers, their stories, and the video's economic message. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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