Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Hillary N&V 10.7: Sandy Hook Mom and Gun Control, Immigration, GOP Book Club, and More Endorsements

Sorry that I missed a day, folks!

Today's Hillary News & Views is packed to the brim to make up for it.

Clinton's continued push for gun control provided a powerful moment on the campaign trail with the mother of a Sandy Hook shooting victim.  

CNN reports:
Hillary Clinton grew emotional on the campaign trail Monday while introducing a mother whose child was killed during the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Clinton got choked up while bringing on to the stage Nicole Hockley, the mother of Dylan Hockley, a 6-year-old killed in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012.
The families of those killed in Newtown "have taken the unimaginable grief that they have been bearing and have tried to be the voices" for gun violence victims, Clinton said, her voice breaking.
"I want you to introduce yourself and maybe talk about what you and other parents are trying to do to get the changes that are necessary," Clinton said, turning to Hockley.
Clinton had met Hockley in a photo line before the event, according to aides, who said the interaction was not planned before the event. During the meeting in the photo line, Clinton asked Hockley if she would tell her story at the town hall, aides said. Hockley went on to tell the story of losing her son in the shooting and her efforts to push gun control legislation.
Clinton unveiled new proposals to rein in gun violence in details released overnight, which included closing the background check loophole for gun shows.
Clinton shared video from the event on Twitter:
Slate described Clinton's gun show loophole proposal as "clever":
Hillary Clinton on Monday renewed her call for aggressive new gun safety measures aimed at curbing domestic violence and mass shootings, an effort that the Democratic front-runner has been pushing with increasing force since this summer’s Charleston, South Carolina, massacre. This time, however, Hillary is promising something different: a way forward even if gun rights advocates continue to block such efforts in Congress.
"I will try every way I can to get those guns out of the hands of people who shouldn't have them," she told voters at a breakfast town hall in New Hampshire on Monday. "We need to prevent these kinds of terrible crimes that are happening."
According to her campaign, even if Congress were unwilling to act, Clinton would be able to use her executive authority to tweak the existing rules to reclassify anyone who sells a “significant number of guns” as someone “in the business of selling firearms”—a distinction that would make those high-volume private vendors who sell guns at gun shows and over the Internet subject to the same rules as larger, licensed brick-and-mortar retailers.
Clinton doesn’t appear to have settled on an answer to the question of just how many guns constitute a “significant” number, but even if her chosen definition didn’t close the loophole completely, it would at least shrink it.
Such an effort could face legal challenges in the courts and, at the very least, a guaranteed NRA-led political freakout in Washington. And, even if the effort survived both, it wouldn’t come close to ending gun violence in the United States.
But for gun safety advocates and like-minded voters who are desperate for action on a problem that can feel politically impossible, Clinton’s outside-the-box plan will be a welcome start.
Huffington Post reports on her calls for a national movement and her biting response to Jeb! Bush saying, "stuff happens":
Clinton's plan includes a repeal of the legal immunity gun manufacturers and dealers received under a law passed by Congress in 2005, something the NRA and other groups would be sure to fight against.
But one way to defeat the NRA, Clinton argued, would be to counteract the group's political power with a new organization for gun owners who would be open to more restrictions on firearms.
"Ideally, what I would love to see is gun owners, responsible gun owners, hunters, form a different organization and take back the Second Amendment from these extremists," she said.
Clinton said last week after a mass shooting at a community college in Oregon that "a national movement" was needed to demonstrate to legislators intimidated by the NRA that a majority of Americans support stronger background checks for gun sales.
Clinton also criticized former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, for saying that when "stuff happens," like mass shootings, it isn't always appropriate for there to be "more government" or government intervention.
"Governor Bush said, 'Yeah, stuff happens.' No. That’s an admission of defeat and surrender to a problem that is killing 33,000 Americans," Clinton said.

 Clinton has been reinforcing her message about gun control on Twitter, also including support from Gabrielle Giffords:
Clinton is promising a humane approach to immigration as president.  

BuzzFeed reports:
Hillary Clinton said she would be more lenient in enforcing deportation laws than the Obama administration has been, in an interview with Telemundo that airs Monday evening.
She said President Obama pursued a strategy of being tough on immigration enforcement in order to get Republicans to work with him to change significantly current immigration law — a strategy that clearly didn’t work.
“I think that strategy is no longer workable,” she said in the interview. “So therefore I think we have to go back to being a much less harsh and aggressive enforcer.”
Clinton was asked by Telemundo how she would — as she has promised — go further than Obama on immigration, after saying she is looking for every legal way to keep families together. In the interview, she said deportation law has been enforced “aggressively” during the Obama administration.
While Clinton said felons and violent people still need to be dealt with, she said she has met the wives and children of people who were deported over minor offenses.
She reiterated her call for “comprehensive immigration reform” and a path to citizenship, but said, “In the meantime, I’m not gonna be breaking up families.”
“And I think that is one of the differences,” she continued. “But I totally understand why the Obama administration… did what they did under the circumstances. But I think we’ve learned that the Republicans, at least the current crop, are just not acting in good faith.”
In a nice demonstration of intersectionality, he also tied her commitment to Hispanics to her commitment to women:
“I believe that the inflammatory, hateful rhetoric coming from Republican candidates running for the White House — is mobilizing the Hispanic community, as it should,” she said, adding that she wants to be a voice for Latinos, particularly women.
As the campaign has launched Latinos for Hillary now during Hispanic Heritage Month, it has sought to ramp up its engagement with the Hispanic community but is also focused on mobilizing and speaking to Latinas, who are more likely to vote and bring their families to vote.
“And I’m gonna be calling out corporations,” Clinton said. “You know, if you are a corporation that is selling to Hispanic consumers, and we know women do most of the buying in any part of our economy, then I’m gonna be saying, ‘Why don’t you have any diversity on your board?’”
Latinas start a lot of businesses, but don’t get the credit, she said.
“So on businesses, on wages, on moving up the business ladder, I’m gonna be a very strong voice for Hispanic women.”
Clinton has sent copies of her book, Hard Choices, to all fifteen GOP presidential candidates. Time reports:
“You know, I hear the Republicans talking from time to time in their debates and elsewhere and they say things like, ‘Oh, I don’t know what she accomplished as Secretary of State. She didn’t accomplish anything,'” she said at Strawberry Farm Bed and Breakfast in Muscatine, Iowa.
“I listened to that for a while. And then I thought maybe they just don’t know, so I have now sent each of them a copy of my book, Hard Choices, about what we did during those four years.”
A campaign aide said the idea for the book distribution came after the Republican debate last month, when Clinton was discussing with aides between events in Maine and New Hampshire the Republican focus on her accomplishments as Secretary of State. She proposed sending her book to the candidates, along with a letter introducing them to her record.
Her campaign followed through with her suggestion, sending the following letter to 14 candidates.
I understand that you and your fellow Republican candidates for president were questioning my record of accomplishments at your last debate, so I thought you might enjoy reading my book, Hard Choices. From working to restore America’s standing in the world to bringing crippling sanctions to Iran to negotiating a ceasefire in Gaza, please enjoy all 596 pages of my time as secretary of state.
With 15 candidates in the race, you’ve got enough people for a book club!
With best wishes,
I am Sincerely yours,
Hillary Rodham Clinton
According to the campaign, Clinton addressed the candidates by their formal names and without their honorifics, not how they are known to the public, such as “Piyush Jindal,” “John E. Bush,” and “Randal H. Paul, M.D.” 
In Muscatine Tuesday, Clinton went on to list the highlights of her time in office, saying the book could provide her rivals with instruction in the affairs of state. 
“I’m trying to be a good fellow candidate and give them some help so they understand what it is to have to make these hard choices when you’re sitting there and you’re facing them,” she added wryly. 
“If they want to know how to put together a coalition that imposes international sanctions on a country like Iran, they can read about it, because that’s what I did,” she said. 
“Or maybe they’re interested in how you negotiate a ceasefire on behalf of Israel when Hamas rockets are raining down on Israel and you have to do it with the Muslim Brotherhood president in Cairo of Egypt who supports Hamas. Or maybe they want to know how to get a blind dissident out of China when the Chinese government is mad because you let them go into the embassy in the first place. Or what to do about Internet freedom or anything else.”
Endorsements continue to roll in for Clinton.  

NBC News reports:
The highest-ranking woman Democratic elected official in Iowa endorsed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Monday, adding onto the pile of endorsements in the state despite Bernie Sanders' marked popularity and the potential entrance of Joe Biden into the race.
On Monday, Iowa State Senate President Pam Jochum, in a Des Moines Register editorial, became the 18th legislator to toss her early support behind Clinton. Jochum, a longtime legislator from Dubuque, chaired Barack Obama's leadership team in 2007 in the area.
"These are leaders in Iowa who folks trust," Lily Adams, Clinton's communications director in Iowa, said on Monday. "These are the local leaders or statewide leaders who are putting their name behind Hillary because they trust her to get things done for Iowans."
Clinton also won over Attorney General Tom Miller and Treasurer Mike Fitzgerald—both Obama supporters in 2008. Former U.S. Senator Tom Harkin, U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack, and current U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, who previously served as governor of Iowa, also backed Clinton this summer.
Inforum reports:
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton rolled out a list of endorsements Monday containing much of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party leadership, highlighting the former senator and secretary of state’s support among party insiders as she fends off a bid from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and a potential candidacy from Vice President Joe Biden.
Clinton’s endorsement list includes big names that were already supporting her: Gov. Mark Dayton, Lt. Gov. Tina Flint Smith, DFL Chair Ken Martin, senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and U.S. Rep. Tim Walz.
But her list of more than 60 supporters also includes House DFL leader Paul Thissen, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and an array of former officials, city council members and activists. Another Clinton endorser is Alan Page, newly freed to endorse after retiring from the Minnesota Supreme Court this summer.
Absent from the list: Senate DFL leader Tom Bakk and any of Minnesota’s constitutional officers, all of whom are Democrats. Former Vice President Walter Mondale isn’t listed, but he has endorsed Clinton.
Clinton also showcased her endorsement from Wendy Davis on Twitter:
The endorsements are part of a larger national plan for the primary and general election. New York Times reports:
At almost every turn, Mrs. Clinton uses her stump speeches to describe the importance of organizing, the absence of which played a role in her not winning the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.
Her team had planned for weeks to unveil councils in crucial states — the first being Colorado, Minnesota and Virginia — as the fall push in the Democratic nominating contest began.
But the leadership councils comprise dozens of top elected officials and superdelegates in those states, who will be asked to help target new volunteers and supporters, and who serve as surrogates in the news media in their states.
The numbers make clear the work that Mrs. Clinton’s allies have put in since 2013 to bolster her prospects. The leadership councils will eventually be in all 50 states, a campaign aide said.
And as with the Clinton campaign’s donor structure, the goal is “flat” — meaning the top elected official isn’t the leader of the group.
Many of the people on the lists — such as Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia, a friend of the Clintons and the chairman of Mrs. Clinton’s last presidential campaign — long ago endorsed her, before she was actually a candidate, and when the “super PAC” Ready for Hillary was trying to stockpile endorsements.
But in some cases, it’s the first time those endorsers have had a role in her campaign.
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


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