Hillary Clinton Tells Her Late Mother's Heartbreaking Story in First TV Campaign Ads

08/03/2015 AT 02:30 PM EDT

Hillary Clinton is making her beloved late mother, Dorothy Rodham, the centerpiece of the first TV commercials for her presidential campaign.

In two new campaign videos hitting the airwaves on Tuesday, Clinton tells the story of her mother, who was abandoned by her parents when she was 8 and sent to L.A. to live with grandparents who "didn't want her."

Against the odds, Dorothy went on to create a "loving family" for Clinton and her two brothers.

"I think about all the Dorothys all over America who fight for their families, who never give up," Clinton says in the clip. "That's why I'm doing this. That's why I've always done this – for all the Dorothys."



Dorothy, who lived with Clinton up until her death at 92 in 2011, campaigned with her daughter during her first bid for president in 2008 – and it appears she's still a major source of inspiration for Clinton during her second run.

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"My mom's life and what she went through are big reasons why standing up for kids and families became such a big part of my life," Clinton says in another new campaign video, which outlines her history of helping children – from her early years as a lawyer for the Children's Defense Fund, to her fight to get health care for 8 million kids during her time as First Lady, all the way up to her newest position as grandma to baby Charlotte.

If she's lucky, Clinton's next title will be Grandmother-in-Chief!
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