Goodbye, Hillary Rodham Clinton. Hello, Hillary Clinton. In a memo to staffers, Associated Press political editor David Scott said that from now on, the agency will omit Rodham when referring to Clinton:
“Until recently, the presidential candidate, former senator and secretary of state used all three names,” wrote Scott. “It was how she had been known for many years. It was the name she used as an author and how she signed legal documents (‘H R Clinton’) as late as this summer. However, the campaign has branded itself from the start as Hillary Clinton. When asked, the campaign says to go with Hillary Clinton.”
When referring to Bill and Hillary Clinton, the AP will use both first and last name.
“We will not use courtesy titles, such as Mrs. Clinton, to distinguish between the two,” added Scott. “AP stopped using ‘Mrs.’ long ago.”