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Hillary Clinton welcomes traveling press corps aboard her new plane

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Welcome aboard Hillary Clinton's brand new jet, now dubbed "Hill Force One." 

Clinton, who has had a somewhat standoffish relationship with the traveling press corps that follows her every move, took time Monday to welcome reporters on her campaign plane just before it took off for the first time, according to the Washington Post. 

"Hey, guys, welcome to our big plane," Clinton told the seven rows of reporters in the back of the plane. 

"I am so happy to have all of you with me," Clinton added. "I've just been waiting for this moment." 

The new plane made its debut Monday with a trip to Ohio and the Quad Cities, which is a region of four counties in northwest Illinois and southeastern Iowa. 

The plane is a Boeing 737, adorned with Clinton's "Stronger Together" slogan, as well as, the campaign's "H" logo. 

It is broken up into four cabins: one for Clinton and her aides, one for staffers, one for her Secret Service detail and one for press, according to ABC News. 

Clinton and her Vice Presidential running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine, hit the campaign trail over the holiday weekend, marking the beginning of what she called "the mad dash" to the November election. 

Jim Rutenberg, a columnist for the New York Times, wrote that allowing the press on her plane was an important move for Clinton.


Rutenberg said the move is less about the media being able to get quotes from the presidential candidate, and more about her showing transparency.

"This is about something much bigger than eyewitness accounts and plane rides. It's about how much we want to know about each candidate's plans for the White House, and how open and accessible we want them to be as president. And ultimately, it's about whether we truly believe in the premise that transparency is vital for democracy," he wrote. 

Donald Trump does not allow reporters on his airplane. In fact, he has a blacklist of reporters who are banished from the media plane that follows him, according to Rutenberg's column.

According to the Washington Post, Trump's campaign sent out an email to reporters Monday with the subject head "New plane, more questions." In it, Trump suggested questions for reporters to ask Clinton about her private email server. 


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