Hillary Clinton lent her voice to the cause of early childhood education—and offered a peek into whether her plans to run again for president will involve a headquarters in Brooklyn. NY1’s Josh Robin filed this report.
Hillary Clinton is making some music , and sending smoke signals about her political future.
After wrapping up an event with First Lady Chirlane McCray in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, we asked Clinton if we'll see more of her in the borough.
Robin: “Secretary, can we expect you back in Brooklyn? Your headquarters possibly?”
Clinton: “All in good time. All in good time. You know, I was happy to be here at this exemplary center supporting the work that the mayor is doing on behalf of our kids.”
Clinton is said to be looking at leasing space in a Brooklyn heights space. Observers say a move to Brooklyn could add a little youth to a figure atop politics for decades.
Wednesday, Clinton surrounded herself with youngsters, none older than 18 months.
The visit was meant to press grown-ups to read and talk to their kids as early as possible. It's part of a new campaign between city hall and the Clinton Foundation.
"When we talk read and sing things to our children, we are building their brains. And the bond between the child and the caregiver grows stronger," McCray said.
"The only way were going to fix inequity in this country is if we give everybody the right start. And learning begins at birth that's where we have to start," said Laura Ensler of FirstStepNYC.
The city is, of course, now offering universal prekindergarten and Clinton says the entire nation should follow—sounding more and more like a presidential candidate.
“Well, we don't have it yet. Some cities, some states are doing more than others, but the Chinese—they get it. They know that were in a competition so that kids who grow up are going to be competing for jobs, competing for incomes,” Clinton said.
Expect Clinton to make similar pitches in other states—maybe coordinating it all from an office a few subway stops away.