A candidate by any other middle name

What’s in a name? Not much it seems for a U.S. presidential hopeful whose first name is Hillary.

On her U.S. Senate Web site, she is New York Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. But on her 2008 presidential campaign site, she is Hillary Clinton.

Does she have a preference? “No,” campaign spokesman Phil Singer said on Friday.

It’s not just an Internet thing. The candidate used Rodham on her official campaign forms, but the name is missing from her campaign bumper stickers, and she is often introduced as just Hillary Clinton.

Her campaign shrugs off any suggestion she has dropped the maiden name to consciously appeal to conservative voters.

“The press spends more time thinking about this topic than we — or the voters — do,” Singer insisted.

At various points in U.S. history, American women have kept their maiden names as a sign of independence.

After Hillary Rodham married Bill Clinton in 1975, she stuck with her maiden name, saying it was partly a gesture to be herself while remaining committed to her husband.

“Because I knew I had my own professional interests and did not want to create any confusion or conflict of interest with my husband’s public career, it made perfect sense to me to continue using my own name,” she wrote in her book “Living History.”

After Bill Clinton lost his 1980 re-election bid as Arkansas governor, she wrote that supporters told her that some people were uncomfortable with her decision to use her maiden name and that it had had an impact on the voting.

She decided then to go by Hillary Rodham Clinton. It may well have helped. Her husband recaptured the governor’s mansion in 1982.

Given her vast exposure during Clinton’s eight years in the White House and her more than six years in the U.S. Senate, most voters may well already have formed opinions without regard for what she calls herself, experts say.

“Very few people will be influenced by that, their position on Hillary Clinton is fixed,” said University of Virginia politics professor Larry Sabato. “It’s hard to come across people who don’t have a fixed opinion of her, love or hate.”

Her campaign Web site is www.hillaryclinton.com, but the headline across the top reads simply: “Hillary for President.”

8 Responses to "A candidate by any other middle name"

  1. gene  June 23, 2007 at 12:55 pm

    And may I ask who gives a shit? Please call her (mother president) who cares, Jesus, get real people!!

  2. Klaus Hergeschimmer  June 23, 2007 at 4:40 pm

    I am underwhelmed by Hillary ‘Go Girl Go’ Clinton’s -er I mean to say, Hillary Rodham Clinton’s dilemma.

    Go Girl Go!!! [NOT]

  3. Carl Nemo  June 24, 2007 at 1:12 am

    zzzzuh…..zzzzzzuh….zzzzzzz…snork…snork…zzzz…I-(

    Notice: restless, not happy sleep… :))

    Nemo’s sentiments concerning “billary”;i.e, her campaign, her pedigree issues, her thoughts on anything for that matter…!

    Carl Nemo **==

  4. gene  June 24, 2007 at 9:23 am

    Here is Gene laughing at what Carl said above….hahahahahahahahahaha
    your good, real good…have a great day!!!!

  5. Editor  June 24, 2007 at 9:26 am

    Request to posters:

    Please do not put long strings of characters together in a post. It causes the page to stretch out horizontally and makes it difficult to read.

    Use some restraint.

    Thanks.

  6. Carl Nemo  June 25, 2007 at 1:55 am

    Thanks for the heads-up Doug. If I had known it would have caused the site a problem I wouldn’t have done so…less z’s for sure, but I’m still sound asleep when it comes to “Billary”…:)

    Nemo **==

  7. noun  June 26, 2007 at 11:43 am

    This item is more than stupid.

    It’s Republican spin of the category I simply call CRAP (Concentrated Republican Approved Propaganda)

    Shorter bumper stickers cost less. How is that so difficult to understand?

    ———————————————–

    Democracy 101 – Insist that your vote be properly counted along with everyone else’s who is legally qualified to vote by creating a human capable audit trail !

    NO DRE’s in anyone’s back yard!

  8. noun  June 26, 2007 at 11:57 am

    This item is more than stupid.

    It’s Republican spin of the category I simply call CRAP (Concentrated Republican Approved Propaganda)

    Shorter bumper stickers cost less. How is that so difficult to understand?

    ———————————————–

    Democracy 101 – Insist that your vote be properly counted along with everyone else’s who is legally qualified to vote by creating a human capable audit trail !

    NO DRE’s in anyone’s back yard!

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