The presidential campaign: Hillary Clinton
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 photographer Mark Peterson for MSNBC Photography as part of his on-going body of work “Political Theater” which examines the landscape of the American political system.