Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Hillary News & Views 8.4: Defunding Planned Parenthood, Denver, Dr. Currie, and Dorothy

Today's edition of Hillary News & Views features Clinton's strongest statements yet on Planned Parenthood, an endorsement from a prominent supporter of Obama in 2008, organizational activity in Denver, and two biographical campaign ads that will be her first TV spots of the election cycle.

Starting off with Planned Parenthood, Clinton released this video yesterday in support of the organization:

As she has done previously with attacks on voting rights and immigrants, Clinton connected the current attacks on Planned Parenthood to the larger, long-term strategy of Republicans to roll back reproductive rights:
If this feels like a full-on assault on women’s health, that’s because it is.

When politicians talk about defunding Planned Parenthood, they’re talking about blocking millions of women, men and young people from live-saving preventive care.

Unfortunately, these attacks aren’t new. They’re more of the same.

We’ve seen them in Wisconsin where Gov. Walker defunded Planned Parenthood and left women across the state stranded with nowhere else to turn. 

We’ve seen them in Florida where Jeb Bush funneled millions of taxpayer dollars into abstinence-only programs while gutting funds for crucial family planning programs. 

And we’ve seen them in Texas where Gov. Perry drastically cut funding for breast and cervical cancer screenings and then signed legislation that forced health centers across the state to close their doors.

When they attack women’s health, they attack America’s health and it’s wrong and we’re not going to let them get away with it.
 More News & Views after the jump!

Clinton is hitting Denver today to organize and to raise money.  The Denver Post reports:
Hillary Clinton is diverting from the early-state campaign trail Tuesday to raise big bucks in Colorado.
In her first campaign trip to the state, Clinton is scheduled to attend three fundraisers and meet supporters in what aides say is her first organizing event outside the initial presidential nominating states...
"She has been coming here for a long, long time for herself and the president and has built a lot of relationships," said Michael Stratton, a Denver political consultant and longtime Clinton family friend, in a recent interview. "Some of her strongest, biggest supporters are here."
Huffington Post has run an endorsement of Clinton by Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie, Director of the Center for Peace and Spirituality and University Chaplain at Pacific University:
As a person of faith deeply committed to the common good, I am supporting Hillary Clinton in the 2016 race for president. In 2008, I supported Barack Obama over Clinton. Why support Clinton now? She is the most progressive candidate in the race with the experience to bring opportunity to this nation...

Hillary Clinton has the best chance to create a winning national coalition that allows us to further promote the common good of our nation. Unlike her GOP opponents, she acknowledges climate change and has announced ambitious goals to fight this international crisis that will impact our national security and the lives of this generation and the next. Perhaps no issue is more important. From Pope Francis to local churches in U.S. communities, people of faith have been demanding action on climate change and Congress has done everything possible to deny or delay responsible reforms that will protect God's creation. 

No candidate besides Hillary Clinton has the diversity of experiences that would make her a successful president. Her election would signal to girls across the globe that no goal is out of reach. As a father of two young girls, who wonder aloud why their nation has never seen fit to entrust the presidency to a women, I recognize the historic importance of Clinton's candidacy.
Finally, Clinton has released her first two television campaign ads of the season, both featuring the inspiring story of her mother, Dorothy Rodham.

Spot #1: "Dorothy"

Spot #2: "Family Strong"

For more on Hillary Clinton's campaign for the presidency, check out…  

The Hillary 2016 Platform Series  

Part 1: Criminal Justice Reform  

Part 2: Immigration Reform  

Part 3: Voting Rights  

Unfiltered Hillary: The Transcripts

July 31, 2015: National Urban League

July 20, 2015: Facebook Q&A

July 17, 2015: Iowa State Democratic Party Hall of Fame Dinner

April 23, 2015: Women in the World Summit

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