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 The private sector has created more than 11 million jobs during the Obama administration, including hundreds of thousands of American manufacturing jobs.  President Obama gave her an opportunity to be Secretary of State and stand up for Americans around the globe. She proud of that record. THE CAMPAIGN Hillary has made clear this campaign isn’t about her, it is about the American people, and that ethos will be reflected in every facet of the campaign. That’s the start of the different kind of campaign that Hillary wants to run – one that is squarely focused on having a conversation with voters – answering their questions, asking them questions and sharing ideas.  Her first trip will be to Iowa and then she’ll continue from there through other early primary and caucus states in the weeks ahead to ask questions, answer questions and share ideas.  We know she enjoys and thrives when she gets to interact directly with voters.  There will plenty of time for big rallies and high profile media interviews, but she wants to start her campaign by talking to voters one-by-one. Hillary will work hard to earn every vote, run hard in early primary and caucus states and not take anything for granted – the primary will be competitive. There’s no such thing as an “inevitable candidate” in Iowa and New Hampshire, and Hillary’s plans are to run hard in each early state. She and campaign manager Robby Mook have set the tone that the campaign will always operate as if it is running from behind.  She is surrounding herself with scrappy, battle-tested operatives and advisers who work hard and run campaigns like they're 10 points behind, even if they aren't.  In Iowa, no Democratic candidate for president has ever received more than 50% of the caucus vote unless they were a sitting president, vice president, or Iowa Senator Tom Harkin.  In New Hampshire, no Democrat in a contested primary in the last 25 years has won by more than 27,000 votes or received more than 50% of the vote. Even running unopposed in 2012 as the incumbent president, President Obama received around 80% of the primary vote. The campaign will have the resources needed to compete, but it will be built with a flat fundraising structure, a key grassroots donor base and a merit-based finance organization. Initially fundraising will be a challenge – with lower limits and a smaller list than Obama in 2011.

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