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Effort Launched To Mobilize Hillary Clinton Campus Armies

When Hillary Clinton visited Yale University last fall to accept an award, 100 students signed up for a campus group dedicated to supporting her likely 2016 presidential election bid.

It’s one example of how a grassroots movement to get the first female president elected is taking hold on college campuses nationwide. Her mobilizers are already actively rallying support there, determined not to let a key voting bloc slip through her grasp this time.

In 2008, one of the critical sectors Clinton lost to Barack Obama in the Democratic nomination primaries was that of college-aged Millennials. This time, Clinton has Ready for Hillary behind her, a super-PAC dedicated to garner as much campus support as possible.

This isn’t her official initiative. She is yet to indicate if she is running, and whether she is behind the scenes pushing this effort remains unclear.

The super-PAC Ready for Hillary is working with 270 Strategies, a consulting firm started by Obama supporters, to employ the “snowflake model” on campuses across the country, reports the National Review. This model allows campus groups that calls themselves “Students for Hillary” to receive guidance from the super-PAC, but to adopt their own campaigning strategies.

Ready for Hillary’s youth vote coordinator, Rachel Schneider, has been traveling the nation to recruit students to serve on Students for Hillary groups on their campuses, according to a lengthy feature in Mother Jones.

Every week, Schneider holds video conference calls to teach groups the basics of campus organizing and campaigning. The super-PAC hopes to build strong student leadership in its Students for Hillary chapters by the fall, so that upperclassmen can aggressively recruit freshman classes and other students for votes, the article details.

There are now dozens of “Students for Hillary” chapters nationwide, which operate on campuses like Yale, the University of Iowa, the University of Miami, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, according to Schneider.

Many of these groups are in their infancy, but the groundwork is being laid. Some are more ahead of the game.

At the University of Missouri, students have already plastered Clinton stickers to their backpacks and cars, due to its chapter’s extremely active work – its members have been tabling at a popular spot on campus in an effort to recruit 400 to 500 students by the end of the semester, the Mother Jones article states.

Caleb-Michael Files, the founder of Students for Hillary at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, explained to The College Fix in an email why his chapter feels the need to promote Clinton so early.

“As a very progressive student body with a very active chapter of College Democrats it was in the best interest of our students to start early,” Files said.

Files explained the UMKC chapter, which currently consists of about 20 to 25 students, believes that Clinton’s extensive and high-profile political involvement qualify her to serve as president.

“Hillary has the experience. From serving as a U.S. Senator, Secretary of State and First Lady, HRC has the experience, both foreign and domestic,” Files said. “Hillary is a mom… I am sure as hell ready for a mom to be my POTUS.”

The UMKC chapter is doing voter registration drives weekly. Next semester, they will launch a series of informational events and recruit students to sign pledge cards. They will also attempt to engage in rallying the off-campus community.

Dr. Paul Kengor, professor of political science at Grove City College and author of God and Hillary Clinton, said Clinton is very clever to mobilize college students this early. Since many colleges laud gender, race, and sexual orientation issues, Kengor said that a liberal female candidate “will be greeted with great fanfare and adulation.”

“[Colleges] are liberal bastions—left-wing ideological monoliths that trumpet diversity but reject it entirely when it comes to conservative viewpoints,” Kengor told The College Fix in an email. “The professors will embrace her as the second coming of Eleanor Roosevelt.”

However, Kengor does not believe that Clinton has the same appeal to young people that Obama did during his own presidential campaigns.

“I think a younger, hipper Republican candidate, like Marco Rubio or Rand Paul, would be more appealing to college students than Hillary Clinton,” Kengor said.

Kengor said that the vote is “wide open” in 2016, and that Clinton is “eminently beatable.”

“It would be insane for conservatives to cede the youth vote to Hillary in 2016,” he said.

According to a CIRCLE study, Mitt Romney would have won the 2012 presidential election if he had secured the youth vote in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Florida.

College Fix contributor Claire E. Healey is a student at Grove City College.

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  • Dantes

    Talk about the Vagina Monologues…

  • Donald York

    If Hillary isn’t pushing this, Bill and Chelsea are. I only hope that the Republicans have their eyes and ears open.

    • SophieCT

      No, the MILLIONS of us that voted for her are pushing this. I know it’s hard for Republicans to understand, but we have people we actually support for the good they will do and not people we support for the evil they can perpetrate.

      • Donald York

        I’m not a committed Republican, but i have to join their efforts to defeat this evil woman(if she decides to run). Our country is going backwards, not forward with the likes of Barack Obama in office. Hillary would only be a continuation of his failed policies i’m afraid.
        I have to ask the question… What real good has Hillary Clinton done for our country? Her whole career has been of corruption.

        • SophieCT

          There hasn’t been any corruption in her career. Just because you can get away with libel in an obscure internet comment doesn’t make it right. I’ve got no time for people lacking in integrity. Good day.

          • Donald York

            No corruption, do you honestly believe yourself for that comment?
            I will ask you again…What real good has Hillary Clinton done for the country? Take all the time you need.

          • SophieCT

            What part of “I’ve got no time for people lacking in integrity.” didn’t you get?

          • Donald York

            Have you thought of anything yet? Give this old country boy just one example, then we can close the conversation.

  • Brad

    If Hillary is the nominee, we could also remind our liberal friends about Hillary Clinton’s feelings about the popular Grand Theft Auto series. That has the potential to be extremely dangerous for Hillary, among younger voters. Bill Clinton’s sensationalistic anti-teenager ads from his 1996 re-election campaign (which border on “Won’t somebody please think of the children?” levels of offensiveness) could also damage Hillary. Even if promoting this information doesn’t convince younger liberals to vote Republican, if it convinces some of them not to vote, then we come out ahead. Of course, whoever the GOP nominee is, they should not focus on such “small ball” issues, but rather on the economy and foreign policy.