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Hillary Rodham Clinton


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Hillary Clinton is a politician who was U.S. secretary of state from 2009 to 2013 after serving as a senator from New York from 2001 to 2009. She was the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate but lost the general election, having made an unsuccessful primary bid in 2008. She was also the first lady of the United States when her husband, Bill Clinton, served as president from 1993 to 2001. In 2008 and 2016 Clinton has spoken openly about her Methodist faith and how it informs her policy stances. In particular, she cites religion as influencing her focus on children's issues, healthcare, and support of faith-based initiatives to help address poverty and build stronger communities. Like Barack Obama, Clinton made religious outreach a central part of her 2008 campaign, with several staffers devoted to the task and regular stops in places of worship. In 2016 she mentioned faith less frequently, instead focusing primarily on economic issues like reducing income inequality.