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Hillary Clinton, ready to lead

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a rally at Palace of Agriculture at Colorado State Fair Grounds on Wednesday, Oct. 12, in Pueblo, Colo.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a rally at Palace of Agriculture at Colorado State Fair Grounds on Wednesday, Oct. 12, in Pueblo, Colo. The Washington Post

The name Hillary Clinton is enough to stir the passions of voters across the country. In a long career, she has garnered a strong following but also intense opposition.

For a long time, her name has shown up on both ends of the political discourse: On one side, her energy and dedication to numerous causes over 40 years have earned her admiration and praise; on the other side, a series of controversies and scandals have, in the eyes of many, tainted her aspirations for higher office.

But it is precisely her seasoned experience in public office, gleaned in a series of high-profile posts, that gives her a distinct edge over her opponents.

A history of weathering adversity, a deep understanding of socioeconomic issues that affect the world and a clear path forward place Clinton at the forefront of the race for president.

From her early days as a college student working on migrant worker issues, to her years as a senator and later as secretary of state, Clinton’s career encompasses a wealth of practical knowledge that allows her to confront challenges with confidence.

Whether she is advocating for national security policies, immigration reform or education initiatives, Clinton has spent decades formulating policies in an effort to improve the lives of Americans.

Her work as senator for the state of New York, in which she reached across the aisle to pursue bipartisan support for legislative proposals, has prepared her to press ahead with a strong national agenda.

It is a formidable task, but one that Clinton is prepared to tackle. She’s a fighter with steadfast calm and determination who has the vision to forge ahead with the nation’s urgent affairs and the ability to set aside the acrimonious months that have divided us all.

Juan Antonio Ramos is editorial director of La Estrella, the Star-Telegram’s weekly bilingual publication.

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