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The Life of Hillary Rodham-Douglas (Vice President Rodham-Douglas)
POD: Early 1972: Bill Clinton & Hillary Rodham have been dating for some months. After she discovers an act of infidelity on his part, the relationship falls apart.
1972-1975: Hillary Rodham continues work with Marian Edelman at the Washington Research Project. Among the many issues she works on: The Children's Defense Fund, migrant workers, health insurance, & daycare. She passes the bar for the District of Columbia.
1976: As the 1976 presidential campaign begins, Rodham works on Ted Kennedy's bid for the presidency. After his victory, she works on his staff, specifically to further expand National Health Insurance program. She continues work on other initiatives within his government for the next 3 years.
Late 1977: Hillary meets Jonathan Douglas, a DC-area lawyer originally from South Florida. The two fall in love and after a long-term relationship, get married in June of 1979.
1978-1979: Hillary works with the Kennedy administration and the national Democratic party of help get the ERA (Equal Rights Amendment) passed. In February of 1979, the Amendment passed in both New Mexico and Virginia, bringing the total number of states passing the amendment to thirty-six and making it part of the US constitution.
1979-1980: Rodham-Douglas works on Ted Kennedy's successful re-election campaign, right up until almost the end of her pregnancy.
November 1980: Hillary & Jonathan have a daughter, Alise. She is their only child.
1981: Jonathan and Hillary decide to locate back to his home city of Miami, moving there in August of that year. Jonathan goes to work for a Miami law firm while Hillary starts to work with the Florida Democratic Party.
1982: Rodham-Douglas is persuaded by friends and colleagues to run for the US Congress in a district in Miami. She wins easily in a traditionally Democratic district.
1984 & 1986: Rodham-Douglas is re-elected twice as a Member of Congress, each time with a larger majority. She champions the same issues that she has worked on much of her adult life, such as children, women & healthcare. She also gains experience and expertise in issues involving seniors, including Social Security, as this is important to a large portion of her constituency.
1988: Rodham-Douglas decides to run for the US Senate, in a seat left vacant by a retiring Democratic Senator. She wins a narrow victory. Doing so on the heels on Democratic losses in both the presidency and the Senate, she becomes a leading member of the Democrat opposition, gaining a high profile for a first-term senator.
1994: Hillary wins re-election.
August 1995: At a press conference in Miami, Hillary Rodham-Douglas announces that she will run for the Democratic Nomination for President.
1996 Presidential race:
At first, Rodham-Douglas garners much media attention due to the fact that she is a woman running for the presidency. However, many political insiders do not give her much of a chance, believing she is too far on the left-wing to win the nomination. However, with the decision of Jesse Jackson not to run again and to endorse her instead, Hillary gains momentum as the candidate of the left, women, and African-Americans.
Other prominent candidates include former Vice-President Bruce Babbitt and Tennessee Senator Albert Gore. However, the one is perhaps the most opposite of Rodham-Douglas is Pennsylvania Governor Bob Casey. He is a pro-life Democrat, a stance that earns much animus from supporters of Rodham-Douglas, who believe that this is incompatible with being a Democrat. Throughout many of the debates and rallies during the 1996 Democratic campaign, Casey and Rodham-Douglas are often combative toward each other.
In the early part of the campaign, Iowa surprisingly goes to Senator Gore. This is his last hurrah, though, as Casey takes New Hampshire. After a poor performance in Iowa, Rodham-Douglas finishes a strong second behind Casey. Over the next few weeks, Casey and Rodham-Douglas each win primaries, with an occasional victory going Babbitt's way. Gore drops out and there are really only 3 serious candidates on Super Tuesday. Throughout the competition, Rodham-Douglas does best in the South, winning such states as Florida and Georgia. She also wins New York in the Northeast and California in the West.
However, despite all these victories, Rodham-Douglas cannot crack the Midwest and Southwest. Casey takes key states such as Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Michigan & Illinois. He also wins in Massaschusetts and New Jersey. Babbitt manages to win some states in the West, such as Arizona, New Mexico & Colorado, but he drops out of the race after failing to win larger states.
Casey pulls out to a lead in delegates and it becomes impossible for Rodham-Douglas to catch him. However, she refuses to back out on the race and continues to fight right up until the convention. Both Babbitt and Gore endorse Casey, and their delegates manage to give Casey the victory he needs. Rodham-Douglas considers boycotting the Convention, not speaking and endorsing Casey, but she wisely decides against this course. She does not, however, do much campaigning for Casey that fall and he easily loses most of the South, including Florida.
1998: Rodham-Douglas is elected to a third term in the Senate.
1999: Hillary considers another run for the presidency, but decides against it.
2000 Presidential Race:
The Democratic nomination process for 2000 is not as drawn out and conflicted as that of 1996.
There are candidates from both ideological sides of the party. On the right, there's former VP candidate Justin Wilkinson and Georgia Senator Zell Miller. Representing the left is Jesse Jackson (in his third run) and Michigan Member of Congress Joseph Randolph. However, an early compromise favorite emerges in the former of two-term California governor Darrell McIntyre.
McIntyre is to the right on economic and foreign policy issues for the Democrats, and in about the middle on social issues (specifically, abortion, where he is pro-choice). His terms as governor have built up support for him amongst the Latino community there, which the Democrats hope will transfer over to other neighboring states.
Initially, McIntyre loses Iowa to Wilkinson, but after a victory in New Hampshire and a number of smaller victories along the way, he practically seals up the nomination by winning all but 2 of the states on Super Tuesday. Most candidates drop out at this point, but Randolph hangs on and manages to win a few states such as Michigan, Wisconsin, Maine and a couple in the West. However, his victories are mostly due to residual opposition to McIntyre from elements of the party and he drops out of the race after being mathematically eliminated.
The rest of the nomination process is pretty much a coronation with an intense debate arising over who the vice-president should be. Some feel that it should be a centrist candidate, perhaps even Wilkinson again. Others feel that the Democrats' decision to go this route in 1996 was a mistake and that the party should go back to the left-wing roots established in the 70s. The nomination of Kemp on the Republican side, with his more libertarian leanings, wins the debate for the left-leaning side of the party.
Hillary Rodham-Douglas is the choice of the McIntyre campaign, as they are drawn to her connections to both the South (a region the Democrats have not done well in since the 60s) and the black community, in addition to her experience in the Senate.
The campaign is hard-fought with both sides attacking the other's VP choices. Rodham-Douglas is portrayed as a quasi-Marxist, especially with her proposals for government-sponsored daycare. As well, her strong background and role in women's issues is hit upon by the Republicans - and yet this backfires, leading to a wide lead in the female vole for the Democrats.
On the other hand, Keating is attacked by the Democrats for his record while Governor, including the return of the death penalty in Oklahoma, welfare-reform, tax cuts, and his pro-life stances. Internal problems emerge for the Republicans, as conflicts between libertarians and social conservatives flare up, despite the compromise ticket chosen. Foreign policy is also a key issue, as McIntyre/Rodham-Douglas endorses the Soviet proposal for unification and neutralization of East and West Germany.
On November 7th, 2000, McIntyre/Rodham-Douglas wins a narrow victory. Their main triumphs include the large states of California, Florida, New York & Pennsylvania. These four states alone provide half the total for victory the Democrats need, with other key victories coming in the Northeast, West, and a split throughout the Southwest and Midwest Industrial states. While the Democrats only won 3 southern states - Florida, West Virginia & Louisiana, these victories were enough to help put the Democrats over.
On November 4, 2008 Hillary Rodham-Douglas and her running mate Senator Evan Bayh are elected president and vice president of the united states.