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Clinton Delivers a 7-Minute Speech—the Circus Shows Up Anyway

There's moving media microscope on the soon-to-be candidate, and the scrutiny will only get more intense.

The political circus was out in full force Monday morning. Reporters and camera crews, an eager audience, and a live feed on C-SPAN—and they were all there to see a speech by Hillary Clinton.

Her remarks lasted seven minutes.

The brief remarks—delivered at an event on urban policy hosted by the Center for American Progress and the American federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees—exemplify the media microscope that follows Clinton everywhere she goes. And it's about going to get more intense. Monday's mini-speech, coupled with remarks tonight at the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting ceremony, are Clinton's last publicly announced events. The next time she willingly steps into the spotlight will likely be early April, when she announces she'll run for president.

In a sign the 2016 campaign season is beginning in earnest, Clinton's speech was held at the same time that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz announced his presidential campaign in Lynchburg, Virginia—the two speeches were broadcast on competing C-SPAN channels.

At the event, Clinton spoke about the need to make sure urban policy tackles the income inequality that is especially prevalent in large cities.

"One of the biggest issues we face is income inequality, combined with wage stagnation—they really go hand in hand," she said. "We don't have enough good jobs, we don't have people being placed into those jobs, we don't have enough social mobility."

She remained onstage throughout nearly the 90-minute event, nodding, listening, and taking notes on other speakers' remarks. At the end, she spoke for a few more minutes, calling for bipartisanship in a time of gridlock. She urged an end to "the very unproductive discussion that we've had for too long," she said, "where people are just in their ideological bunkers having arguments instead of trying to reach across those divides and come up with some solutions."