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Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton wait for her to arrive Saturday, June 13, 2015, on Roosevelt Island in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Democratic presidential campaigns are making their appeals to voters in three different states. Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks in New York and Iowa, Bernie Sanders makes his push in Iowa, and Martin O’Malley appeals for support in New Hampshire. The latest from the events Saturday:


8:32 p.m. (EDT)

Hillary Rodham Clinton is wrapping up her campaign kickoff at a Sioux City, Iowa, house party of supporters. In an event streamed online, Clinton is asking supporters around the country to sign up to join her campaign.

Clinton says she had an “amazing event” earlier in New York and plans to lay out policy steps in the coming weeks and months that she hopes will set an agenda for the nation.

Clinton says, “Everybody has a role to play.”

The Iowa house party of 60 Clinton supporters is one of nearly 600 across the nation and covers every congressional district in the country.

Clinton says she’s not a quitter and that “I don’t believe we should ever quit on our country.”


3:15 p.m. (EDT)

Martin O’Malley says he has something Democratic presidential rival Hillary Rodham Clinton does not: executive experience.

Campaigning Saturday in New Castle, New Hampshire, the former governor of Maryland and mayor of Baltimore said: “I bring not only that executive experience but also a new perspective.”

O’Malley acknowledges that his foreign policy resume can’t match Clinton’s, the former secretary of state. But he adds that it’s time for America to have a fresh perspective on world affairs.

“I don’t think either the Democrats or the Republicans have figured out America’s role in the world or a foreign policy that actually works and serves our interest in this new age that’s developed,” he says.


1:20 p.m. (EDT)

As Hillary Rodham Clinton is talking about building a better America in New York, Democratic rival Bernie Sanders is in Iowa talking about political revolution.

The Vermont senator and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate says, “There is no state in the country where we have a better opportunity to do that than here in Iowa.”

Sanders opened a campaign office in Des Moines on Saturday, pledging to build a robust volunteer and paid organization in the leadoff caucus state. He already has five paid staffers in Iowa and is getting passionate reaction from supporters during a three-day campaign swing that includes town hall meetings.

Sanders says Iowa will be key for his insurgent campaign against Clinton, who is the dominate front-runner in the 2016 Democratic field.


12:55 p.m. (EDT)

Amid all the day’s attention on Hillary Rodham Clinton, 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney says he won’t be surprised if Republicans “are the party that has two women on the ticket” in 2016.

Romney praised former technology executive Carly Fiorina after she spoke Saturday at his conference in Utah. He suggests that New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte would be a good running mate for Fiorina.

Fiorina was the last of six Republican presidential prospects to appear at the event with elite Romney donors, which ends on Saturday.

The former Hewlett-Packard CEO is the GOP’s only woman running for president in 2016. Fiorina didn’t criticize Clinton as directly on Saturday as she often does but claims “more foreign policy experience than anyone running” for president.


12:40 p.m. (EDT)

Hillary Rodham Clinton has wrapped up the first major speech of her 2016 campaign, saying, “I have been called many things by many people. Quitter is not one of them.”

Clinton told the crowd of thousands on New York’s Roosevelt Island that is something she got from her late mother, Dorothy Rodham. She says she would confide in her mother after hard days in the Senate and at the State Department.

Clinton says, “I wish my mother could have been with us longer. … I wish she could have seen the America we are going to build together. … Where we don’t leave any one out or any one behind.”


12:30 p.m. (EDT)

While Hillary Rodham Clinton is focused primarily on economic policy in her campaign kickoff speech in New York, she’s also making some time to talk about foreign policy.

She says, “There are a lot of trouble spots in the world, but there is a lot a good news, too.”

Clinton served as secretary of state for four years under President Barack Obama. She told the crowd on Roosevelt Island she had stood up to Russian President Vladimir Putin and was in the White House Situation Room the night Osama bin Laden was killed.

She says the U.S. is uniquely positioned to confront a variety of challenges around the world and says she would do whatever it takes to “keep American safe.”

Clinton says strong American leadership can shape global events and keep the country from being shaped by them.

Foreign policy has become a touchstone issue in the Republican campaign, with the rise of the Islamic State and the U.S. role in the Middle East at the center of the debate.


12 p.m. (EDT)

Hillary Rodham Clinton is kicking off her campaign by stoking the memories of a few former Democratic presidents: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Barack Obama and her husband, Bill Clinton.

Clinton says all three former presidents embraced the idea that “real and lasting prosperity must be built by all and shared by all.”

In a speech billed by her staff as a debut moment for her second campaign for president, Clinton is also giving a nod to the prospect she would be the first woman elected to the White House.

She told the thousands gathered at her outdoor rally on Roosevelt Island she was glad to be with them “in a place with absolutely no ceilings.”


11:45 a.m. (EDT)

While Hillary Rodham Clinton puts the final touches on her widely anticipated speech in New York, campaign rival Martin O’Malley is practicing some retail politics in New Hampshire.

The former Maryland governor is hanging out at a Democratic Party tent at an annual festival in downtown Portsmouth. It’s the first of several stops he plans to make in the early voting state on Saturday.

Among the questions from voters was one on trade, and O’Malley says, “I think we should stop doing see bad trade deals, and we have to do more to reign in recklessness on Wall Street.”

O’Malley is an opponent of giving President Barack Obama “fast track” trade authorization, which would allow Congress to accept or reject a trade deal but not amend it. The legislation stalled in Congress on Friday and was opposed by organized labor, liberals and others. Clinton has yet to taken a firm position on the deal.


11:05 a.m. (EDT)

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook is taking an all-hands-on-deck approach to her campaign rally in New York.

Standing near the entrance of her Saturday event on Roosevelt Island, Mook is welcoming attendees — and hawking merchandise. It’s a job that would typically go to a low-level staffer or volunteer.

Mook called out to the crowd filtering into Four Freedoms park, “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to our rally today.”

Then, he directed them to a table selling Clinton campaign T-shirts and other campaign-branded merchandise. He shouted, “Thanks for being here_and buy some products.”


10:45 a.m. (EDT)

A crowd of eager and excited Democrats has gathered to hear Hillary Rodham Clinton’s first major speech as she seeks her party’s the presidential nomination.

Clinton launched her campaign in April, but her team is billing Saturday’s event on Roosevelt Island in New York’s East River as the kickoff of her second run for the White House.

More than 500 reporters are on hand to cover the event under overcast skies.

Clinton’s team says she is putting the finishing touches on her address, in which she is expected to call for a new era of shared prosperity for American workers.

Clinton is scheduled to speak just before noon Eastern time.

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