Clinton to hold first campaign rally in NYC

Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonJeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Momentum growing among Republicans for Supreme Court vote before Election Day Warning signs flash for Lindsey Graham in South Carolina MORE will hold the first major rally of her presidential campaign on June 13 in New York City.

She'll speak at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park in her adopted state, which she represented for eight years in the Senate, campaign officials told reporters. President Clinton and their daughter, Chelsea, will also be in attendance.

“Her speech will lay out her view of the challenges facing this country and her vision and ideas for moving the country forward,” an official said.


“Throughout her career, Hillary Clinton has been inspired by FDR’s belief that America is stronger when we summon the work and talents of all Americans and has long admired Eleanor Roosevelt as a role model.”

After the big event, Clinton plans to campaign through the four states holding early primary contests: Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada.

The same night as her announcement, she'll speak to volunteers and supporters at a meeting in Iowa that will be simulcast to other groups of supporters across the country.

The news comes just days after former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley announced his own bid, criticizing Clinton's ties to Wall Street at his launch event, a likely preview of his line of attack. O'Malley and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), another official contender, are running to Clinton's left.

The June 13th appearance will mark Clinton's first traditional campaign event, after spending the first few months of her bid meeting with small groups of voters in key swing states to discuss specific issues.

Four Freedoms Park is named after a key line in Roosevelt's 1940 State of the Union, where he spoke of the freedoms of speech and worship, freedoms from want and fear. The park is also a notoriously difficult part of New York to access, on Roosevelt Island in between Manhattan and Queens. It's website notes that there is "very limited parking," and for those not driving accessible by tram from Manhattan or by subway. 

This story was updated at 1:07 p.m.