Hillary Clinton rushed to Planned Parenthood's defense Thursday, warning congressional Republicans against blocking funding for the entire federal government in an effort to stop the flow of dollars to the organization.
"I would hope that the Republicans -- and particularly the Republicans in the House, led by Speaker (John) Boehner -- would not put our country and our economy in peril pursuing some kind of emotionally, politically charged, partisan attack on Planned Parenthood to shut our government down," Clinton told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room." "I think that would be a very, very unfortunate decision."
"If they want to shut down the legal provision of abortion services, then they've got a bigger problem, because obviously Planned Parenthood does not use federal dollars to do that," Clinton said.Clinton also released a full statement to the press and the public about the GOP's shutdown threats:
Last night, 11 Republican candidates continued their race to the bottom on women’s health and women's rights. They made one outlandish statement after another. And every single candidate on stage has pledged to defund Planned Parenthood if they become president.
It's bad enough to see hateful rhetoric and lies in a presidential debate. But just like the candidates on stage last night, Republicans in Congress want to defund Planned Parenthood. And they’re willing to shut down the federal government to do it, no matter how bad that is for our country. That’s how far they’ll go to stop an organization that provides 500,000 breast exams, 400,000 pap tests, and 4.5 million STD tests every year.
Repeating false statements doesn't make them true, no matter how many times you do it. Defunding a trusted health care provider that serves one in five women in America doesn't help anyone – in fact, it would hurt hundreds of thousands of people. Speaker Boehner and his colleagues have a job to do, and they should do it. Here’s my message to them: Don’t attack women’s health care. And don’t shut down the government. -H
The CNN interview also allowed Clinton to respond to Chris Christie's ridiculous suggestion:
Hillary Clinton on Thursday laughed off Chris Christie's suggestion that she could be prosecuted for her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.
In an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room," Clinton said there's "no evidence" that her server has been hacked -- or any national security secrets have been obtained from it.
She was responding to criticism that Christie, the New Jersey governor, made Wednesday night during the second Republican presidential debate.
"This is overheated rhetoric, baseless charges, trying to somehow gain a footing in the debate and in the primary, and it really doesn't deserve any comment," Clinton said.ABC News reports that Clinton has tipped off the White House about her thoughts on Keystone XL:
The democratic presidential candidate on Thursday expressed frustration over the Obama administration's delay on making a decision on Keystone XL pipeline, and said that she is “putting the White House on notice” and will make her position known “soon” —- something she so far refused to do.
“I have been waiting for the administration to make a decision. I thought I owed them that,” Clinton said during a town hall at the Concord Boys and Girls Club, when asked by a female voter about the multi-billion dollar pipeline that runs from Canada to the Gulf Coast.
"I can’t wait too much longer. I am putting the White House on notice. I am going to tell you what I think soon.”Post-Labor Day, Clinton's high-profile endorsers will have a bigger role on the campaign trail.
MSNBC reports that both the former and current governors of Vermont, Howard Dean and Peter Shumlin, will hit the campaign trail:
Gov. Peter Shumlin will appear with Clinton in New Hampshire Thursday at an event on opiate addiction, though it’s not his first time campaigning for Clinton since endorsing her in May. The bigger prize for the Democratic front-runner will come Saturday, when former Gov. Howard Dean will speak on Clinton’s behalf to 3,000 Massachusetts Democrats at the state party’s annual convention in Springfield.Meanwhile, Senator Claire McCaskill shared her thoughts on Clinton recently, as Time reports:
McCaskill emphasized her support of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. McCaskill writes in her new memoir Plenty Ladylike that she’s had some bumps with the Clintons in the past (both when she said on the radio that she “wouldn’t want her daughter near” Bill Clinton, and when she endorsed Barack Obama over Hillary in 2008) but now throws her undivided support behind the former Secretary of State.
“I can’t imagine anyone who has run for President in my lifetime that has stronger qualifications to be President than Hillary Rodham Clinton,” she said. “The majority of this country is going to want substance and stability over anger.”
As for Clinton’s slipping poll numbers and the notion of Vice President Joe Biden entering the race, McCaskill said, “Imagine for a minute that Hillary Clinton said she wasn’t going to run, and Joe Biden said he was going to run: Joe Biden would be attacked for his recommendation not to go after Osama bin Laden, for all his gaffes, and the media would be piling on him.”
“The media would be saying, ‘You know Hillary Clinton should be getting into the race.'”The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon has posted some clips from Clinton's interview on Wednesday night.
On Being a "Tough Mother," Having "Too Much Experience," and Watching Donald Trump:
On What's in Her Classified E-Mails:
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