Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at an event at Rancho High School, May 5, 2015, in Las Vegas. 
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Hillary Clinton advocates for paid family leave on Mother’s Day


In a new campaign video released Sunday, 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is capitalizing on Mother’s Day to advocate for paid family leave and generally “making it easier to be a mother.”

“At a time that should be so exciting and joyful, I see so many women who are just distraught. They have to immediately go back to work. They don’t know how they’re going to manage,” Clinton says in the video, as a montage of families plays out on-screen. “It is outrageous that America is the only country in the developed world that doesn’t guarantee paid leave.”

The video starts personal, with Clinton talking about her mother’s tough upbringing, and the encouragement and “high standards” she set for the former secretary of state growing up. “That lit a spark,” Clinton says, as the video transitions into a more political tone. 

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The lighthearted, upbeat video comes on the heels of a big week for Clinton’s campaign. Following the entry of her first official Democratic opponent Bernie Sanders into the race, Secretary Clinton surprised many by eagerly embracing super PAC Priorities USA, despite the firm stance she’s taken on campaign finance reform. And in Nevada, Clinton went all in on immigration reform, announcing a position to the left of President Obama. 

Despite hits to her image, and an uptick in her unfavorable rating following the email revelations and news about questionable Clinton Foundation connections, Clinton continues to best all of her 2016 opponents, according to the latest NBC/WSJ poll