Political Theatre: The presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton

  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a rally at the Cleveland Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio, Nov. 6, 2016. 
  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets supporters during a campaign rally in Michigan on Nov. 7, 2016.
  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton us joined on stage by President Barack Obama after speaking at a rally at Independence Mall in Philadelphia, Pa., Nov. 7, 2016.
  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, center, is joined on stage by first lady Michelle Obama, left, President Barack Obama, second from left, Chelsea Clinton, second from right, and former President Bill Clinton, right, after speaking at a rally at Independence Mall in Philadelphia, Pa., Nov. 7, 2016. 
  • Hillary Clinton greets workers at the Westchester Airport on the last day of her campaign, Nov. 7, 2016. 
  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, left, accompanied by LeBron James, right, takes the stage at a rally at the Cleveland Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio, Nov. 6, 2016. 
  • Katie Perry joins Hillary Clinton onstage at a campaign rally at the Mann Center in Philadelphia, Penn., Nov. 5, 2016. 
  • A young women cries as she listens to Hillary Clinton campaign in Philadelphia, Penn., Nov. 5, 2016. 
  • Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Pharrell Williams, and Sen. Bernie Sanders attend a Clinton rally in Raleigh, N.C. on Nov. 3, 2016.
  • Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton makes a campaign stop with Pharrell Williams on the way to North Carolina Central University on Nov. 3, 2016.
  • Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Pharrell Williams make a campaign stop on the way to North Carolina Central University on Nov. 3, 2016.
  • A supporter holds a sign that reads, “It’s her time,” as Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton campaigns in Greenville, N.C. on Nov. 3, 2016.
  • Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton campaigns in Greenville, N.C. on Nov. 3, 2016.
  • Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton campaigns in Las Vegas, Nev. on Nov. 2, 2016.
  • Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton holds a rally at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. on Nov. 2, 2016.
  • Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton holds a rally at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. on Nov. 2, 2016.
  • Supporters of Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton attend a rally in Sanford, Fla. on Nov. 1, 2016.
  • Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton campaigns in Dade City, Fla. on Nov. 1, 2016.
  • Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s plane lands near Tampa, Fla. on Nov. 1, 2016.
  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton campaigns with her vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine (not pictured), D-Va., on Oct. 22, 2016, in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign event at Dunning-Cohen Champions Field, Oct. 22, 2016, in Philadelphia, Pa. Not pictured is running mate Tim Kaine, D. Va.
  • Supporters listen as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton campaigns with her vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., on Oct. 22, 2016, in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign event at Dunning-Cohen Champions Field, Oct. 22, 2016, in Philadelphia, Pa. Not pictured is running mate Tim Kaine, D.Va.
  • Supporters listen as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton campaigns with her vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., on Oct. 22, 2016, in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton campaigns with her vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., on Oct. 22, 2016, in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is pictured on stage during the third presidential debate at UNLV in Las Vegas, Nev., on Oct. 19, 2016.
  • Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton shake hands after the first presidential debate at Hofstra University on Sept. 26; 2016 in Hempstead, N.Y.
  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton celebrates her formal acceptance of the Democratic presidential nomination and the end of the Democratic National Convention on July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Photographers are silhouetted as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is projected on to a screen while speaking on the final day of the Democratic National Convention, July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton celebrates with Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate Tim Kaine after accepting the nomination on the final day of the Democratic National Convention on July 28, 2016 in in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton hugs her daughter Chelsea as she walks onstage to accept the nomination on the final night at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pa. on July 28, 2016.
  • Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks during the final day of the Democratic National Convention on July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • A delegate from Mississippi shows off her attire in support of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on the final day of the Democratic National Convention, July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Delegates get emotional watching Hillary Clinton officially accept the Democratic presidential nomination on the fourth and final day of the Democratic National Convention on July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • A delegate from New York shows off her support for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on the fourth and final day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center on July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton hug on stage following Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention on July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • The convention crowd waves signs in support of President Barack Obama as he is pictured on stage on the third night of the Democratic National Convention, July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • First Lady Michelle Obama waves to the crowd during the first day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center on July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., is pictured on stage at the Democratic National Convention on July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • A delegate carries a sign for Hillary Clinton on the second day of the Democratic National Convention, July 26, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Former President Bill Clinton gestures to the crowd on stage before speaking during the second day session of the Democratic National Convention on July 26, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • The stage is seen through a camera eye sight ahead of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign event with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., at the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal in Cincinnati, Ohio on June 27, 2016.
  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks along side Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., at the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal in Cincinnati, Ohio on June 27, 2016.
  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes the stage accompanied by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., at the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal in Cincinnati, Ohio on June 27, 2016.
  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets supporters as she walks to the stage at a rally, June 6, 2016, in Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Cheerleaders wait for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to speak at a rally at Hueneme High School, June 4, 2016, in Oxnard, Calif.
  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally at Hueneme High School, June 4, 2016, in Oxnard, Calif.
  • A Hillary Clinton supporter wears a home-made Hillary pantsuit at Clinton’s primary victory rally, April 26, 2016 in Md.
  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets the crowd during her primary night gathering at the Philadelphia Convention Center on April 26, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign rally, March 30, 2016, at the Apollo Theatre in the Harlem neighborhood of New York, N.Y.
  • Hillary Clinton, the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination, appears on stage at the AIPAC conference in Washington, D.C., March 21, 2016.
  • Hillary Clinton supporters celebrate her wins on Super Tuesday, in Miami, Fla., March 1, 2016.
  • Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters after her victory speech on Super Tuesday in Miami, Fla., March 1, 2016.
  • Hillary Clinton rallies in Norfolk, Va., Feb. 29, 2016.
  • Hillary Clinton holds a rally in Manchester, N.H. on Feb. 8, 2016 ahead of the primary that will be held in the state on Tuesday.
  • Supporters of Hillary Clinton look on as she holds a rally in Manchester, N.H. on Feb. 8, 2016 ahead of the primary that will be held in the state on Tuesday.
  • Hillary Clinton holds a town hall with students at New England College in Henniker, N.H., Feb. 6, 2016.
  • Inside the spin room at the MSNBC Democratic debate in Durham, N.H., Feb. 4, 2016.
  • Former President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton watch as HIllary Clinton speaks during a rally in Des Moines, Iowa on Jan. 31, 2016.
  • Sec. Hillary Clinton with her husband, former President Bill Clinton and their daughter Chelsea Clinton at rally in Des Moines, Iowa on Jan. 31, 2016.
  • Supporters of Hillary Clinton are pictured during a rally with Clinton, with her husband, former President Bill Clinton and their daughter Chelsea Clinton in Des Moines, Iowa on Jan. 31, 2016.
  • Hillary Clinton holds a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, Jan. 29, 2016.
  • Democratic presidential candidate, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (L), Hillary Clinton (C) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (R) stand together before the start of the NBC, YouTube Democratic presidential debate at the Gaillard Center, January 17, 2016, in Charleston, S.C.
  • Clinton aide Huma Abedin is pictured before the NBC/YouTube Democratic debate in Charleston, S.C. on Jan. 17, 2016.
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on stage at the first Democratic Presidential debate at the Wynn Las Vegas resort and casino on Oct. 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton embraces a supporter during the New Hampshire Democratic Party Convention on Sept. 19, 2015 in Manchester, N.H.
  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton walks on stage during the New Hampshire Democratic Party Convention on Sept. 19, 2015 in Manchester, N.H.
  • Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets fellow Democrats at a fund-raising dinner in New Hampshire, Sept. 18, 2015.
  • Hillary Clinton buttons before an event in Keene, N.H. on April 20, 2015.

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As the Democratic presidential front-runner, Hillary Clinton arguably boasts experience in government and on the campaign trail unparalleled by anyone in the 2016 presidential field — but that has also made her a high-profile target for attack, allowing critics to spotlight numerous controversies in her past.

The State Department continues to release thousands of emails from Clinton’s time as secretary of state after she faced criticism for using a personal email server while in that office. The issue led her Democratic presidential rival Bernie Sanders to exclaim during a debate that “the American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails.”  

While Clinton hit the campaign trail hard throughout the year, focusing on early primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, one of her most memorable moments in 2015 was her 11-hour testimony before the House Benghazi Special Committee on the attacks in Libya. Some Republican lawmakers went on the attack, particularly focusing on her friendship with Sidney Blumenthal and what influence he might have had on her.

In January, former president Bill Clinton hit the campaign trail for the first time in support of his wife, and he spoke about her early years as a lawyer, activist, and “change maker.” His involvement in her presidential bid has also led Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump to take aim at the former president and his affair with Monica Lewinsky. 

Meanwhile, her daughter announced in late 2015 that Clinton would soon welcome a second grandchild into the Clinton family. 

These photographs were shot on assignment by Mark Peterson for MSNBC Photography as part of his on-going body of work, Political Theatre” which looks at the landscape of the American political system, published by Steidl 2016.

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