Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonOMB director: Government shutdown not a 'desired end' America tensions with Russia won’t end after Putin’s gone Hannity attacks NY Times after report says he advises Trump MORE's presidential campaign is launching a nationwide organizing push Wednesday, with paid staffers on board to initially guide grassroots volunteers to engage their friends and neighbors.
"Organizing is the heart and soul of this campaign, and as we speak, things are ramping up in all 50 states and the territories," Marlon Marshall, Clinton's director of state campaigns, says in the video, requesting interested parties join the "Ramp Up" effort through the campaign website.
As part of the push, paid staffers will be in every state, the District of Columbia and other U.S. territories through the end of May to help local supporters organize meetings and train volunteers, according to Clinton's campaign.
The program evokes another 50-state strategy employed by Democrats following their 2004 election losses, when they reportedly put between two and four paid staffers in every state to expand their competitiveness leading up to Barack ObamaBarack ObamaOMB director: Government shutdown not a 'desired end' US to step up support for Saudis, says Pentagon chief Five things to watch in France's election MORE's first presidential campaign. Republicans later mimicked the strategy.
“You cannot be a national party if you are willing to write off entire parts of our country,” former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said when touting the nationwide strategy in 2008. “Based on that pretty straightforward idea, we changed the way our party ran campaigns and reached out to voters.”
Clinton kicked off her campaign last week with a road trip to the early voting state of Iowa, followed by another campaign swing through New Hampshire earlier this week. While she is the only major Democratic candidate currently, Democrats have maintained she will face competition during the primaries.
Clinton’s organizing push was first reported by The Huffington Post.