Today's edition of Hillary News & Views begins with Clinton's vow to stand with victims of sexual assault, including those on college campuses. The New York Times reports:
Hillary Rodham Clinton pledged on Monday to take extra steps to end sexual assaults on college campuses, saying during a trip to Iowa that she would try to “ensure a fair process” in such cases and increase support for victims.
Mrs. Clinton made the remarks about “confronting the epidemic of sexual assault on college campuses” during an appearance at a “Women for Hillary” organizing meeting at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.
During her address, Mrs. Clinton said, “I saw heads nod when I said one in five women report they were sexually assaulted during college.”
“Just look around you,” she said. “If we were to have one out of every five women stand up, that would be a pretty big crowd. Think of the impact on their lives. They’re trying to manage the emotional, physical, sometimes the educational, financial fallout — they miss classes, some drop out, some never finish their education.”Clinton noted President Obama's leadership on the issue and outlined how she would continue his work. The Associated Press (via the Boston Herald) reports:
Hillary Rodham Clinton pledged Monday that she will address sexual assault on campuses if she becomes president and voiced solidarity with victims, saying, "You have the right to be believed.
Speaking to more than 500 people at the University of Northern Iowa, the Democratic presidential candidate said she will offer a comprehensive approach to campus sexual assaults. This means support to survivors, a disciplinary or legal process fair to all and more steps to prevent assaults from happening, she said.
Her campaign said that in one example, she would work to establish sexual-violence prevention education programs earlier, in secondary school "where norms begin to set in."
"Today I want to send a message to every survivor of sexual assault," Clinton said. "Don't let anyone silence your voice. You have the right to be heard. You have the right to be believed and we're with you."
Clinton said she would build on President Barack Obama's efforts to curb sexual assaults at collages. Those steps include releasing the names of colleges and universities facing Title IX investigations for their handling of such cases.A bit more from the Washington Post:
“President Obama’s administration has worked hard to shine a bright light on campus sexual assault and I intend to keep talking about that and building on it,” Clinton said at the University of Northern Iowa.
“Some campuses don’t even offer support and services including counseling and health care, so a lot of young women are truly lost and left out,” Clinton said.
“As president, I’ll fight to make sure every campus offers every survivor the support she needs.”
The AP also noted Clinton's praise of her Democratic rivals for the nomination:
Asked by an audience member for her opinion on Sanders' political views, Clinton said she was glad the Democrats were having a "vigorous debate."
She said, "He's doing a great job, and the others who are out there are working hard."CNN International has more:
During a question and answer portion of the event, a student asked Clinton what she thought of rival Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' more liberal political positions.
"I think there will be plenty of time for us to debate," Clinton said. "I think it is great that we are having having a real vigorous discussion of issues in the Democratic primary."
During a news conference with reporters after the event, Clinton said she was not worried about Sanders' surge in early state polling.
"You are supposed to have an election, you are supposed to have a contest. I think it is great ... In the Democratic primaries and caucuses, you have to try to earn every single person's support. That is what I intend to do," she said.
She also downplayed her own expectations of how the nomination race would go, when asked about her declining poll numbers among women.
"I am not one of those who ever thought this was going to be a straight shot. I have been in and around enough campaigns to know there is an ebb and flow, polls go up and down, peoples' attention and decision making changes over time. I feel very confident about where we are in the campaign," she said.As usual, she saved all of her ammunition for the GOP, while also promising to bring her legendary work ethic to the White House. The Washington Post reports:
Hillary Rodham Clinton told a college audience Monday that voters have a choice between Republicans who would ignore women’s health and economic concerns or a “president who will work her heart out.”
“I’m not going to let them shame and blame women,” Clinton said of Republican presidential candidates, whose debate Wednesday Clinton predicted would produce no new ideas that help women or those still struggling despite a national economic recovery.
“I’ve been fighting for families and underdogs my entire life. If you want a president who will tell you everything that’s wrong about America and who’s to blame for it, you’ve got plenty of other choices,” Clinton said.
“But if you want a president who will work her heart out to forge a better, stronger and fairer country, an America that works for people again, you’re looking at her.”
“We can’t afford to go through that again,” Clinton said of Republican economic priorities.
“But it’s also important to listen to them when they talk about women,” Clinton said.
A lot of what I believe is important for women, for families and for our economy, is just not on their radar screen at all.”Finally, Melissa McEwan at Shakesville once again cuts through the media treacle:
[CN: Misogyny] Here's just a real headline in the world: "In church address, Hillary Clinton pledges to be nicer to the media." Jesus Jones. Meanwhile, the media pledges to keep being utterly unfair and totally misogynistic toward Hillary Clinton.
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
September 4, 2015: MSNBC Interview with Andrea Mitchell
August 14, 2015: Iowa Wing Ding Dinner
July 31, 2015: National Urban League
July 20, 2015: Facebook Q&A
July 17, 2015: Iowa State Democratic Party Hall of Fame Dinner
23, 2015: Women in the World Summit