Hillary Brings Tanden On Board For ’08

Neera Tanden
Neera Tanden

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has appointed Neera Tanden as her campaign policy director for the 2008 presidential primaries. Tanden will join the campaign in the next few weeks. (Hindustan Times). As a top aide to Hillary Clinton for nearly 15 years, she has served as Senator Clinton’s legislative director and as deputy campaign manager for Clinton’s senate race. Other positions held include issues director for the Democratic Congressional Campain Committee and senior policy advisor to the NYC Schools Chancellor.

The Yale Law grad and mother of two “began her political ascent by volunteering for then Massachusetts Governor Mike Dukakis’ presidential campaign in 1988. At age 18, she was a precinct leader…Tanden went on to be a press aide for the Clinton/Gore campaign in 1992 and this enabled her to work for the Clinton administration.” (IACPA)

In “Campaigns Are Destiny,” a January 2006 article for The American Prospect, Tanden offered an analysis of President Bush’s low approval ratings as the result of the intensely negative type of campaign he ran.

Responding to questions about balancing family and political life as a South Asian American woman, she has said, “The White House is just a pressure-filled environment for anyone. There is so much scrutiny. Hillary’s office, where I worked, was very supportive of women in this balancing act. She was a mother too and that made her very compassionate about such issues…very few people left Hillary’s staff.” (IACPA)

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