Fil-Ams air mixed views on Clinton's presidential bid

By Don Tagala, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Apr 14 2015 11:18 AM | Updated as of Apr 15 2015 04:46 AM

An "I'm Ready for Hillary" sticker lays on a table during the "Ready for Hillary" rally in Manhattan, New York. Photo by Darren Ornitz, Reuters

TAMPA, Florida - Democratic Party presidential front runner Hillary Rodham Clinton is officially in the 2016 race to the White House.

“I’m getting ready to do something too. I’m running for president,” she said in an announcement via social media on Sunday.

In a simultaneous launch of Clinton’s campaign website, a tweet and a Youtube video announcement that shows everyday people of different ages, races and sexual orientation, she focused on the American voters.

Her strategy is to convince voters that she is the right candidate to address income inequality and her message is to fight for the middle class.

“Every day, Americans need a champion and I want to be that champion," she said.

Even President Barack Obama praised his former Democratic opponent, Saturday.

"I think she would be an excellent president," Obama said.

Some Filipino supporters in Tampa said they have been waiting for Clinton’s announcement.

Crystal Geiger of Winter Haven said, "She cannot please everybody but educational wise, capability niya, yung way of thinking niya, magaling naman talaga si Hillary.”

"Registered ako as Republican, kaya lang parang iba na ang takbo ng Republican ngayon," Toto Jose of Newport Ritchey, said.

Jose added, "Parang nagsawa na ako sa pagmamando ng mga lalaki. Parang gusto ko naman na subukan naman natin ang babae. So ako, mas gusto ko si Hillary Clinton, kahit siya Democrat.”

Political opponents wasted no time criticizing Clinton and her presidential bid.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said, “Hillary Clinton’s been running for president for at least a decade. She’s been running from scandal for even longer. In fact, Clinton is synonymous to scandal. Can you actually remember a time when the Clinton’s haven’t been associated with controversy?”

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said, “Hillary Clinton is just not trustworthy. This whole story about her having erased all of her emails even though they were subject to recall and review by Congress, I think that’s made people remember that with the Clintons, it’s always something.”

Republican presidential contender Rand Paul released an anti-Hillary Clinton attack ad on Sunday that said, “Hillary Clinton represents the worst in Washington Machine.”

Former Florida governor and likely Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush released a YouTube video slamming the Democratic presidential candidate.

“We must to do better than the Obama-Clinton foreign policy that has damaged relationships with our allies and emboldened our enemies. Better than their failed, big government policies that grow our debt and stand in the way of real economic growth and prosperity. I believe its conservative ideas that will renew America," Bush said.

Some Filipino Republicans in Florida are confident that a third Bush would beat Clinton and occupy the White House in 2016.

Pilipino-American Political Aggregation Group’s (PAPAG) President Bert Almeda said, "Jeb Bush has done a lot for the Filipino community. In fact, we were given $500,000 in Tallahasee before this foundation started."

Roland Young, a member of PAPAG said, “Jeb Bush has a lot of money that he could raise and you know elections, the more money you have, the more electable you are."

But first-time voter, 18-year-old Monica Jewel Ortiz said Clinton has a good shot at winning and expected her detractors to do what it takes to bring her down.

"I think it’s their job to criticize her because she’s a very qualified person to run the country. So it’s their job to critique her and it’s her job to prove them wrong. And I know she will," Ortiz said.

Clinton kicked off her campaign via social media but her team said the former First Lady will soon meet with voters in Iowa and host a formal kickoff event some time next month.

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