Today's Hillary News & Views kicks off with Clinton's latest endorsement, and it's a big one: HUD Secretary and potential VP pick Julian Castro.
The New York Times reports:
Julián Castro, the former mayor of this South Texas city and currently the secretary of housing and urban development, endorsed Mrs. Clinton at a Latinos for Hillary organizing event here on Thursday, the first of a series of such events designed to drum up enthusiasm among Latinos beyond the early four voting states.
“She has always, always, been there for us,” Mr. Castro told the crowd as people waved Hillary signs that read “Estoy Contigo!” (“I’m with you!”)
“I love being La Hillary,” she said, referring to what signs scattered around the event called her. “But I am not just La Hillary, I am Tu Hillary,” using the Spanish word for “your.”
She reiterated her position to go beyond President Obama’s efforts to overhaul the immigration system, saying such changes would “boost wages, create jobs and save the taxpayers money.”
But Mrs. Clinton also addressed issues like her plans for small businesses, equal pay for women, student debt and affordable child care.
The setting served as a nostalgic backdrop for Mrs. Clinton, who spent time in South Texas when she was a young organizer working to register mostly Latino voters on behalf of George McGovern’s 1972 presidential campaign.
“I was a blond girl from Chicago. I hardly knew a word of Spanish but I drove around South Texas and the Valley,” she said. “I made friends of a lifetime, so for me this is personal.”ABC News reports:
During a Q&A in San Antonio, Texas, with the president of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Javier Palomarez, Clinton was asked her thoughts on the young, Hispanic U.S. Housing and Urban Development secretary as her possible running mate.
"I think really highly of him, and I am thrilled to have his endorsement today. Both he and his twin brother are just among the best young leaders in America, regardless of category or the fact that they come from San Antonio,” Clinton said, referring to Castro, 41, and his brother, Rep. Joaquín Castro.
"I am going to really look hard at him for anything because that’s how good he is, and he deserves the accolades he’s receiving.”
Castro's endorsement was among many that Clinton received while in Texas.
My San Antonio reports:
State Sen. Carlos Uresti, former state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte and Lawrence Romo, who was appointed by President Barack Obama to head the U.S. Selective Service System, all declared their support for Clinton.
Van de Putte said Monday she was proud to add her name to a growing list of Clinton supporters.
“Hillary Clinton is probably one of the most qualified presidential candidates that we’ve had in the history of this country,” she said. “Her leadership skills are proven, she is no stranger to San Antonio and South Texas.”
Clinton has deep roots in San Antonio, noted Choco Meza, a Democratic leader who worked for Henry Cisneros when he was HUD secretary.
“People in San Antonio have a very special place in their heart for her,” Meza said.
“Folks here know her and know her 40-year career, wanting to support children, families and standing on issues important to working families.”
Clinton spent significant time in San Antonio decades ago during the national movement to boost voter registration, Meza said.
“She was at the forefront of that,” Meza said.Clinton is visiting Alabama on Saturday, part of her continued efforts to build up state parties, even in the reddest areas of the country.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be making her first visit to Alabama on Saturday as a 2016 presidential candidate.
Clinton will be giving a speech to the Alabama Democratic Conference convention at The Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover.
The event is open to the public but tickets, which cost at least $150, sold out earlier this week.They also report that voting rights will be a central part of her speech:
"Alabama is important. It's going to be important in the primary. Certainly the path to the nomination goes through the South," Karen Finney, the Clinton campaign's senior advisor for communications and political outreach, said during a visit to AL.com's Birmingham office on Thursday.
"We're going to fight for every vote. We're not going to take any votes for granted."
Clinton was the first candidate to criticize Alabama's decision to fix a budget crunch by closing satellite driver's license offices, which opponents said disproportionately affects African Americans, the poor and the elderly. Voting rights is expected to be a major focus in her speech to the ADC, which is a predominantly black organization, including ways that Clinton would advance such rights if she's elected president.
"I think she felt it was important to call that out," Finney said. "She has actually talked about what she would do in terms of restoring the Voting Rights Act" of 195.
Clinton is in favor automatic voter registration when an eligible voter turns 18.Clinton is continuing to push for gun reform, drawing a key contrast between her platform and that of Senator Bernie Sanders.
CBS News reports:
Hillary Clinton didn't get the last word on gun control at the Democratic debate on Tuesday in Las Vegas, but here on Thursday she offered a response to her chief rival for the nomination, Bernie Sanders.
"I've been told by some to quit talking about this, to quit shouting about this," she said at a colorful campaign rally, her first in Texas, that drew more than 2000.
"I'll tell you right now, I will not be silenced, and we will not be silenced."
Though she didn't say his name, Clinton was referring to Sanders. After Clinton was quick to say during the debate that Sanders isn't "tough enough" on guns, the moderator gave Sanders time to respond.
"As a senator from a rural state, what I can tell Secretary Clinton," he said, "[is] that all the shouting in the world is not going to do what I would hope all of us want, and that is keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have those guns and end this horrible violence that we are seeing."
In San Antonio on Thursday, Clinton reiterated her commitment to fighting the National Rifle Association.
"How many families need to wonder whether maybe they should tell their kids not to go to the movie theater," Clinton said.
"How many how many people have to think twice now about going to church?"Contrary to initial speculation earlier this month, Clinton's campaign has a lot of cash on hand.
Hillary Clinton has $33 million saved in her campaign’s war chest, more than any other campaign, as she heads into the most intense season of the primary this fall and early next year.
The nearly $33 million that Clinton has on hand comes after two large fundraising hauls, including $28 million raised in the third quarter of this year.
They are funds she will spend on organizing, advertising and outreach in the primary states, and if she wins the Democratic nomination, the general election.
“Thanks to the support of all of our donors, we are on track to hit our goal of $100 million during the primary, which will set us up to reach more voters, organize them, and make Hillary Clinton the Democratic nominee in 2016.” said Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook.The Washington Post reports:
Nearly 400,000 supporters have given money to Democratic presidential contender Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign so far, up from 250,000 who had made contributions by the end of June, her campaign said Thursday.
The nearly 150,000 new contributors who came aboard in the last three months show that Clinton was able to expand her donor base during a rocky period for her campaign, when she was buffeted with questions about her use of a private e-mail server as secretary of state.
More than 60 percent of her donors are women.Finally, in an oft-overlooked debate moment, Clinton has backed access to the Affordable Care Act for undocumented immigrants.
The Los Angeles Times reports:
Clinton said she favored efforts by states such as California to extend health benefits to these immigrants.
“First of all, I want to make sure every child gets healthcare ... and I want to support states that are expanding healthcare and including undocumented children and others,” Clinton said.
“I want to open up the opportunity for immigrants to be able to buy into the exchanges under the Affordable Care Act.”
The estimated 11 million people who are in the country illegally are barred from signing up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act and make up a growing proportion of those who remain uninsured.
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
April 23, 2015: Women in the World Summit