Stepping back onto the campaign trail and abandoning her self-imposed lower profile, Hillary Rodham Clinton officially registered her husband as a candidate in the nation’s first primary state Friday.
She lost no time in accusing Republicans of making budget proposals that would “knock down the ladder of opportunity after they themselves have reached the top.”
With scores of reporters and camera people shoving each other to catch a glimpse of her, Clinton stood at an antique desk in the office of the New Hampshire secretary of state to submit the papers that officially begin President Clinton’s re-election campaign.
“There weren’t very many other people here when I was here before,” she said, remembering how little notice she received when she submitted the same forms in 1991.
Clinton quickly put to rest any idea that her departure from the spotlight after the Republican sweep of Congress and her focus on more traditional activities for a first lady, like receiving the White House Christmas tree, meant that she would not be a force on the campaign trail in 1996.
“I’m going to continue to do what I’ve done for more than 20 years of marriage, which is support my husband,” she said, when asked what her role would be in 1996.
“I believe very strongly in what he’s doing.”
Clinton criss-crossed the state in her first full campaign day, speaking at a Portsmouth apartment complex for the elderly, the University of New Hampshire in Durham and at a fund-raising reception for the State Democratic Party in Manchester.