Evan Real, US Weekly – April 22, 2016
In an exclusive cover story interview for the latest issue of Us Weekly, the former First Lady, New York Senator and Secretary of State opens up about how her 18-month-old granddaughter, Charlotte, has inspired her current presidential campaign — as Us Weekly‘s Christina Garibaldi and Ian Drew discuss in the video above.
Judy Kurtz, E! Online – January 19, 2016
Both presidential candidates have a daughter who’s currently pregnant. So while the road to the White House isn’t exactly marked with diaper changes and late-night feedings for the front-runners, should we be expecting more stories about babysitting and family values on the campaign trail?
Suzanna Gamboa, NBC News – December 24, 2015
Hillary Clinton’s campaign has run into another Twitterstorm over her Latino outreach over a blog that compares her to “abuelas” (Latina grandmothers), displaying the tightrope candidates are walking as they try to woo the community.
Katie Rogers, New York Times – December 23, 2015
Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president has been savvy about talking to young voters in the parlance of the social web, using emojis, sleek graphics and other formats. But the list “7 things Hillary Clinton has in common with your abuela” seemed to backfire this week.
Justin Wm. Moyer, The Washington Post – December 23, 2015
Anyone still in possession of a dusty Obama 2008 “Si se puede” sign knows that candidates must be ready to reach out to a diverse array of voters — particularly Latinos — when trying to win the White House. But, to some on Twitter, this seemed a bit much. Was Clinton, a white woman educated at Wellesley and Yale, trying to somehow inhabit the character of a wise Latina (to borrow a phrase from Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor)? Or worse: Was she trying to compare her struggles to that of Spanish-speaking immigrants, many undocumented and still living in the shadows as GOP candidates mull mass deportation?
Eliza Collins, Politico – December 22, 2015
Hillary Clinton’s campaign is playing off the news that her daughter Chelsea is having another baby with a list of “7 ways Hillary Clinton is just like your abuela,” using the Spanish term for “grandmother.” The list, posted on her campaign website, includes quotes, photos, tweets and video clips from Clinton giving off grandmotherly vibes — like reading to children and tweeting about vaccines — while also demanding “el respeto” (respect in Spanish).
Char Adams, People – December 9, 2015
The first Democratic debate of the 2016 presidential race was a big night for Hillary Clinton. And its significance didn’t go unnoticed by her granddaughter, Charlotte. The night marked the first time the 1-year-old called Clinton “grandma.” “It was pretty exciting,” Clinton tells PEOPLE. “We’re going to let her decide if she wants to stick with that.”
John Sides, The Washington Post – October 21, 2015
I reached out to Jill Greenlee, a political scientist at Brandeis University and the author of “The Political Consequences of Motherhood.” (I previously discussed her research here). Along with Grace Deason and Carrie Langner, she wrote recent article “Mothers on the campaign trail: implications of Politicized Motherhood for women in politics.” In this article, they review academic literature on gender, motherhood, and politics and discuss hypotheses about the possible implications of “politicized motherhood” for political candidates. Greenlee kindly answered some questions via e-mail.
Amita Kelly, NPR – September 17, 2015
Voters have apparently felt it, as polls have showed she has big hurdles when it comes to people liking and trusting her. She has tried — largely unsuccessfully — to appear relatable, talking about how she’s a new grandmother. But, for the first time in this campaign, she may have finally found her stride Wednesday night as a likable grandmother on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Chris Tognotti, Bustle – September 14, 2015
Whenever a candidate runs for president, it’s a big experience for their family, too. Even the process of campaigning turns a bright spotlight on some of these people, even though it’s those whose family members actually win who really get thrust into the public eye — your Chelsea Clintons, your Bush twins, your Sasha and Malia Obamas, and so forth. It’s nice to get a little familiar with some of the candidates’ families well in advance of when it might get more serious. For example: Who are Carly Fiorina’s children?