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Exclusive: On Sunday night conference call with major donors, Clinton says she's going to win

John Byrne
Published: Sunday January 21, 2007
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In a private Sunday night conference call with several hundred major donors, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) trumpeted the success of her website-announced campaign and revealed that healthcare and climate change will rank among the top issues she plans to tackle as she begins her candidacy for the presidency, an individual who was on the call told RAW STORY Sunday.

Sen. Clinton's office was not immediately available for comment. Clinton declared her 2008 intentions Saturday in a message posted to her website,

"Climate change will be a major initiative as well as healthcare for all children [that will] gradually move to all Americans," a participant on the call told RAW STORY in a brief conversation Sunday night.

"She just told all these people she's gonna win," the participant said. "There's no incumbent, the timing's great and she's gonna win."

"She said she's had 100 hits a minute on website since she announced," he added.

Healthcare was a stumbling block for Clinton under her president's tenure -- the announcement to donors that it remains among her top priorities may signal that her campaign plans to cede no ground to critics who've attacked her on the issue in the past.

Clinton joined an already crowded field of Democratic candidates for the party's nomination Saturday, including 2004 former vice-presidential candidate John Edwards and Illinois Senator Barack Obama (D-IL). Joining the Democratic fray today was New Mexico governor Bill Richardson.

Polls have given Clinton a twenty point lead ahead of Obama, who said he was forming his own exploratory committee on Tuesday. If elected, the erstwhile first lady would be the first female president in US history.

New York's junior senator was one of many senators who proposed legislation earlier this week calling for a "cap" on US forces in Iraq and opposing the 21,000-troop "surge" advocated by President Bush.

Sen. Clinton has drawn criticism from the left of her party for not going far enough on Iraq. She has stopped short of setting a timetable for the withdrawal of US troops and authorized the use of force against Iraq in a Senate vote before the US-led invasion.

Raw Story's wire service contributed to this article.