The Presidential Election: Round 2. (Hillary Clinton)

This week, I’m going to talk facts about Hillary Clinton. I have to admit, I’m a bit frustrated with the news and media when “reporting” on Clinton. In contrast to the research I did last week on Rand Paul, in which all media I found was in direct relation to his campaign and his views on issues… Every. Single. Article I have found on Clinton is about her personal life, her social life, or refers to her gender in the title or various scandals she is facing. Examples: “A Woman of a Certain Age, Hillary Clinton…”, “Design experts trash Hillary Clinton…”, “Bill Clinton weighs in on wife, Hillary Clinton…”, “A Female President Would Be Cool…” Most of the articles keep raising the question, “what role will Bill Clinton play in his wife’s presidency?” SERIOUSLY, GUYS?! Since when have we worried about what role George W. Bush’s wife, or Obama’s wife would play? Did that influence your voting AT ALL in the previous elections? SERIOUSLY?! I mean, I get it. This is a unique situation- never before has a Presidential candidate been married to a former President. Of course it will raise concerns and questions. But that’s not what any of these reports are focusing on. They just want comments from her HUSBAND. Not the FORMER PRESIDENT. There’s a difference.

So yeah. I’m frustrated. It’s 2015. Is it really such a surprise that an intellectual woman could possibly hold a position of power? I want to learn about Hillary Clinton the same way I can easily learn about the other, male competitors. So to all the reporters out there delivering the “news,” we get it. She’s a woman. Now tell me what I actually want to know- what would she bring to the United States if she were elected President? So if someone could get out there and actually start reporting the news instead of just talking about her gender, which hasn’t been a secret since her birth, it would be much appreciated.

Who is Hillary Clinton?

-Former US Secretary of State under President Obama from 2009-2013
-US Senator from NY
-Former First Lady to Bill Clinton

Where does Hillary Clinton stand on certain issues?

  1. Gay Rights: Wants to make same-sex marriage a Constitutional Right. Her position on the issue has changed over the years. She was once opposed to same-sex marriage, then wanted it left to the states, but has presently completely changed her stance. “We move forward when gay and transgendered women are embraced as our colleagues and friends, not fired from their jobs because of who they love. We move forward when women who came to this country in search of a better life can earn a path to citizenship.”
  2. Women’s Rights: Believes women are extremely important to this country. Wants paid leave for mothers of newborn children. Equal pay for women. Women’s rights should be treated as human rights. “There are those who offer themselves as leaders … who see nothing wrong with denying women equal pay, who offer themselves as leaders who would de-fund the country’s leading provider of family planning and want to let health insurance companies once again charge women just because of our gender.”
  3. War: Won’t take war off the table as a possible way to rid Iran of nuclear weapons, as it makes them a threat to Israel. She believes limiting Iran of nuclear weapons is an important step in national security.
  4. Foreign Policy: Will stand by Israel. Supporter of their safety and security. Wants to ease tension with Iran and Syria through direct engagement. Believes Iran should not be allowed possession of nuclear weapons.
  5. Abortion: Pro-Choice
  6. Student Loans/Debt: Endorses Obama’s plan to make community college free for 2 years. Wants to simplify the application for financial aid. Big supporter of Pell Grants.
  7. Healthcare: Pro ObamaCare. Intends to defend it.
  8. Criminal Justice: “Let’s make sure that federal funds to state and local law enforcement are used to bolster best practices, rather than buy weapons of war that have no place on our streets or contribute to unnecessary force or arrests.”
  9. Marijuana: Cautiously approaching the issue. Hasn’t made a firm stance yet. May leave it to the states to decide. Wants to do more research on legalizing medical marijuana before making a decision.
  10. Immigration: Doesn’t want families torn apart by deportation. Wants Congress to pass permanent bipartisan reform.

What are the highlights of Hillary Clinton’s campaign?

Her focus is on family (i.e social issues). She wants to keep families strong and together, whether that be through the support of gay marriage, passing immigration laws that keep families together, or increasing wages and equality for women.

Again, any feedback or comments are welcome. I am trying to learn as much as I can about these candidates and would love any additional information you can offer. And, if I have been misinformed on any of the above topics, please let me know so I can make corrections accordingly.

I will be back next week with a profile on Marco Rubio.


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