Hillary Clinton officially launched her 2016 bid for the White House with a 5,500-person rally on New York City's Roosevelt Island on Saturday.
For her second run for the White House, the former secretary of state says she'll address one issue per week from now through August, reports CNN. While she touched on some of those key topics—minimum wage, paid family leave, equal pay legislation, protecting gay and lesbians from workplace discrimination—today wasn't about reading off a list of campaign goals.
Instead, the highlights of Clinton's speech centered around the historic potential of her candidacy, rights for the middle class, and touching personal stories, including one about her mother, Dorothy Rodham.
"My mother taught me that everybody needs a chance and a champion—she knew what it was like not to have either one," she said about Rodham, who was abandoned by her parents and working on her own by 14. "Years later, when I was old enough to understand, I asked what kept her going. You know what her answer was? Something very simple: Kindness from someone who believed she mattered…And, because some people believed in her, she believed in me."
Clinton—who urged supporters to rally beside her by texting "JOIN" to the number 47246—then pledged to wage and win four fights for everyone who will let her be his or her champion, including the fight for equal pay for men and women in the workplace.
"This isn't a women's issue," she said. "It's a family issue."
As for her opponents, Clinton spoke from experience: "I know how hard this job is. I've seen it up close and personal...I think you know by now that I've been called many things by many people—'quitter' is not one of them."
After receiving "Hillary, Hillary, Hillary" chants from the crowd, Clinton ended with a strong declaration that she then topped off with a bit of comedy. "I may not be the youngest candidate in this race," she said. "But I will be the youngest woman President in the history of the United States! And the first grandmother as well. And one additional advantage: You won't see my hair turn white in the White House. I've been coloring it for years!"
You can read the full transcript of her speech fromTime.