Today's Hillary News & Views begins with what's quickly becoming the best meme from Tuesday night's debate.
When asked, Clinton dismissed the opportunity to respond to Lincoln Chafee's attacks on her character with a simple "No."
That "No" has resurfaced on Clinton's Twitter feed, with the meme being used to respond To Rand Paul's endorsement of workplace discrimination:
The feeling when a GOP candidate says it's acceptable to be fired for being gay. https://t.co/cF9mw5k8fq pic.twitter.com/cYFvcW27mQ— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 14, 2015
More on the debate in a little bit, but first there are two more big endorsements to celebrate.
Last week, U.S. News spotlighted the fact that Clinton had yet to receive an endorsement from Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey:
While his colleague, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, is undoubtedly the most coveted endorsement of the lot, Markey's absence from Clinton's roster is glaring. During an interview in August, he stated the obvious – that Clinton is the real favorite – but stopped there. As a congressman in 2008, Markey stayed neutral during the Clinton-Obama clash, and his office confirms there's "no endorsement yet" this time around.
Bay State Democratic consultant Mary Anne Marsh speculates that as the junior senator, Markey is probably following Warren's lead and won't make a move before she does.Markey has chosen not to wait for Warren.
In an email Wednesday, the Bay State’s junior senator, Ed Markey, said the former secretary of state is his choice for president.
“Hillary has spent her career fighting for American families and working to ensure they can achieve their American Dream,” Markey said in a statement.
“She understands the challenges facing our nation – college affordability, income inequality, access to affordable health care – and has real plans for how to address them.”
He underscored Clinton’s detailed policy proposals to address issues, including the opioid crisis and climate change, as reasons for his endorsement.
“She is the only candidate to release a comprehensive strategy to address the prescription drug and heroin epidemic that is destroying communities in Massachusetts and throughout this country,” he said.
“And I believe there is no one better to lead the effort to combat climate change here at home against the climate deniers and around the world as we partner with other nations to implement clean energy solutions.”The Boston Globe reports:
“She had complete command of the issues that I care about,” Markey said, pointing to climate change and opioid addiction.
Markey said he advised former president Bill Clinton and the current Clinton campaign chairman, John Podesta, of his decision.
“I’ve actually felt it was going to be her all along,” Markey said. “This goes back several months.”
“I’ve just been trying to wait for the right moment,” he said.Markey is the 34th sitting Senator to endorse Clinton.
Clinton also picked up another union endorsement yesterday, and it's the one responsible for the breathtaking mural that is this HN&V entry's featured image.
Here's the press release from the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades:
As the next president of the United States, Hillary Clinton is ready to meet the priorities of the members of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades and working families," said IUPAT General President Kenneth Rigmaiden to a crowd of IUPAT members.
"She is committed to creating jobs with significant infrastructure investment to rebuild our roads, bridges and highways, and she is ready to advance training programs, like union apprenticeships, to fill those jobs. The proud men and women of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades are ready to work every day to elect Hillary Clinton as our next President of the United States."
The event took place at the IUPAT District Council 15 training center where Secretary Clinton took a short tour and met with several instructors and apprentices to see a demonstration of how they learn their trades. The IUPAT represents men and women who work in the industrial and commercial painting, drywall finishing, glazing and glasswork, floor covering installation and sign and display crafts, among other trades.
"Hillary Clinton's distinctive experience serving both as a senator and secretary of state is what makes her the clear choice to be our next president." Rigmaiden continued.
"She is the only candidate who, as president, will ably meet the challenges that face a world leader on a daily basis, while still embracing and focusing on the concerns working families have at home -- including healthcare, education for our children and fair pay for all."
"It was our honor to welcome Secretary Clinton to the training center to see first-hand how the IUPAT and its fellow Building Trades unions are dedicated to training a workforce second to none in the construction industry," said John Smirk, business manager/secretary-treasurer of IUPAT District Council 15.
"We are looking forward to putting that same commitment work for her on the campaign trail."Now back to the debate.
Clinton's Twitter account has already highlighted something significant. She was the only candidate on that stage to defend Planned Parenthood and reproductive rights:
Last night, Hillary was the only candidate to confront GOP attacks on Planned Parenthood. http://t.co/kHpSMSC4C5— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 14, 2015
Hillary took the stage last night for her first debate of the campaign primary—and she more than did us proud. Here are eight moments we loved (and apparently we weren’t the only ones):
1. She made reproductive rights part of the conversation.
Hillary was the first candidate to confront Republican attacks on Planned Parenthood … and the last.They certainly aren't the only ones who caught that distinction.
Huffington Post reports:
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was the only presidential candidate to utter the name of Planned Parenthood, the reproductive health provider that has faced unprecedented attacks on its funding this year, during the Democrats' first primary debate of the election Tuesday.
CNN's moderators didn't ask the candidates any questions about Planned Parenthood or abortion access during the two-hour debate. But Clinton took the opportunity to mention the provider when she was asked whether it would be possible to advance paid family leave through Congress, while Republicans are -- ostensibly -- concerned about new forms of government intervention.
In her answer, Clinton pivoted away from the question of the political feasibility of passing the policy to point out that Republicans have no problem intervening in women's reproductive health care decisions since they try to chip away at abortion access and defund Planned Parenthood.Shakesville reports that it was one of Clinton's high points of the night:
During a question about paid family leave, Clinton gave a great policy answer about the economics of it and then pivoted brilliantly: "It's always the Republicans or their sympathizers who say, 'You can't have paid leave, you can't provide health care.' They don't mind having Big Government to interfere with a woman's right to choose and to try to take down Planned Parenthood. They're fine with big government when it comes to that. I'm sick of it!" POW.The Guardian wonders if Clinton is the only candidate who has women's issues on their agenda:
Though she gave the last of the debate’s opening statements, Clinton’s was the first mention of women that wasn’t a reference to a candidate’s wife or daughters (“I believe in equal pay for equal work for women, but I also believe it’s about time we had paid family leave for American families and join the rest of the world”) as well as the second (“and, yes, finally, fathers will be able to say to their daughters, you, too, can grow up to be president”).
Clinton later used a question on Social Security to talk more at length about women who are dependent on lower Social Security checks because of past income inequality and some women’s reliance on a husband’s income.
She also made the next reference to women in the debate (“I can’t think of anything more of an outsider than electing the first woman president, but I’m not just running because I would be the first woman president”).
But it wasn’t until after a series of questions on climate change and energy policy that host Dana Bash asked the first question about women’s issues of the debate – more than 90 minutes into a 2-hour debate.
[W]hen it came to women’s issues at the first of six Democratic debates: no full-throated defense of reproductive rights, no discussion of how access to abortion is becoming tantamount to the right to have one, no mention of campus sexual assaults during the debates about university education, no mention of girls in Stem (or sexual harassment in Stem at public universities, which has been in the news), no real discussion of Planned Parenthood or the threatened government shutdown, nothing about the Hyde Amendment or contraception access in the health care, or even which women should or would be considered for potential cabinet positions.
It was as though women in America had become a side issue, something brought up in passing, voters not unique from the masses.The Nation also noticed:
But it’s also worth noting that it was the lone woman on stage–Clinton–who argued most forcefully for equal pay, paid family leave, and reproductive rights, and who brought up the shameful attacks on Planned Parenthood. The men are all good on the issue; the woman led.How Clinton's gender matters is getting quite a bit of post-debate coverage, even from atypical sources that don't usually focus on politics, like Cosmopolitan:
I'm not the biggest fan of Hillary Clinton. But my daughter is. My 7-year-old, Willa, is plainly angry that there has never been a woman president. And she knows Hillary Clinton is running and wants her to win.
[W]ith voters across the board downright clamoring to shake up the establishment, the best arrow in Clinton's quiver in this regard is her gender.
She's trying to walk a fine line, effectively arguing to voters: Yes, I'm the most experienced and best positioned to get things done, but I'm also not the establishment status quo because I'm a woman.
Clinton also played into this during the Democratic debate last night, and it was effective — a sign that it's a strategy she should continue to embrace.
Clinton has always been an outspoken feminist since her days in college all the way through her time as first lady.
Hillary increasingly claiming the mantle of gender allows her to remind voters that she's fought for women's issues her entire life.
One of the best moments of the Democratic debate came when Anderson Cooper asked Hillary Clinton if her plan to establish paid family leave would amount to the sort of expansion of "big government" about which Republicans complain.
Clinton, who had already spoken of having to take care of a sick baby while trying to get to work, got heated.
"They don't mind having big government interfere with a woman's right to choose and take down Planned Parenthood," she said.
"They're fine with big government when it comes to that. I'm sick of it!"
It was a strong and stunning moment of pointing out flagrant Republican hypocrisy while simultaneously demonstrating her clear priorities and leadership for women's health and reproductive freedom.
Hillary Clinton's best strategy is to keep being that leading woman candidate — not running from that identity but toward it and being herself, a proud feminist who supports women's rights.
As Clinton heralded in her opening remarks, "Finally, fathers will be able to say to their daughters, you, too, can grow up to be president."
Yes, and mothers like me too.And finally, after a debate performance in which a strong woman was described as both a "seamstress" and a "sorceress" by the New York Times, the Telegraph wonders how much gender gets in the way of Clinton getting her due:
Watching last night’s debate between the five men and women who hope to win the Democratic nomination for the US presidency, there was only one candidate who stood head and shoulders above the rest: Hillary Clinton.
Actually, she was physically by far the smallest figure on the stage. But politically and intellectually she was a titan.
I find it utterly baffling why this fact continues to elude so many of the American people.
For a start she was the lone woman on stage.
And for a country whose founding principles rest on opportunity and equality, it remains little short of scandalous that the only women to be given the keys to the Oval Office are the wives of the 43 presidents so far. Oh, and the ladies who have no doubt done the dusting over the years.
The breadth and depth of her experience was immediately apparent, by contrast with the other speakers yesterday, as she gave accomplished responses to everything from trade to climate change to the Syrian war.
If she was a man, she’d be called a political giant. But those kind of words don’t often get applied to women.
There’s a terrible irony that Mrs Clinton has fought all her life for women’s rights, and yet here she is struggling to shatter one of America’s most impenetrable glass ceilings.
In her 2008 presidential tilt, she thanked her supporters for helping her put “about 18 million cracks” in that ceiling.
US Democrats would be crazy not to give her the chance to punch right through it.
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