Hillary Clinton

U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton claps along with the audience as she arrives at a campaign event in Mason City, Iowa, United States, May 18, 2015. (REUTERS/Jim Young)

Post Politics
By Robert Costa
May 22, 2015 at 4:50 PM

EXETER, N.H. — Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday sought to distance herself somewhat from both her husband, a previous president, and Barack Obama, the current White House occupant who defeated her in 2008.

“I’m not running for my husband’s third term and I’m not running for Barack Obama’s third term,” Clinton said here, where she met with activists. “I’m running to continue the positive results oriented policies that both of them worked for.”

Clinton is attempting a balancing act between highlighting her own identity as a former U.S. senator and secretary of state while embracing many of the policies of her Democratic predecessors, especially Obama. With her husband, Clinton has already notably deviated from policies enacted or expanded under Bill Clinton by embracing gay marriage and calling for an end to harsh criminal sentencing policies that took root in the 1990s.

During her second trip to New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton also defended the low-key beginnings of her presidential campaign, which have focused on tightly controlled meetings with handpicked activists and supporters in Iowa and New Hampshire. The Clinton campaign announced Thursday that she would hold her first major campaign rally and speech event in mid-June.

“Some people had asked me, particularly in the press, when are you going to have really big events,” Clinton said. “And I said later, later, later. I want to listen to people. I want to talk to people in small groups.”