Friday, October 2, 2015

Hillary News & Views 10.2: "I am just sick of this."

Hillary News & Views closes out for the week with Clinton once again focusing on the need for gun reform.  

The Blaze reports:
Hours after the deadly shooting at a community college in Oregon, Hillary Clinton said she felt an “absolute urgency” to push for gun control. The Democratic frontrunner’s remarks came in an interview with Janet Wu, a journalist with Boston ABC affiliate WCVB-TV.
“I have to tell you, Janet, I am just sick of this,” Clinton said. “I’m sick about it, and I feel an absolute urgency for this country to start being sensible about keeping guns away from people who should not have them.”
“I’m going to be pushing this issue. Universal background checks, a long enough waiting period so that people can’t sneak in under the deadline because the full investigation wasn’t completed. I would like us to be absolutely determined, as I am, to try to do something about this,” the former secretary of state added.
Wu asked Clinton why she thought she would be able to “win this battle” with the National Rifle Association.
“Well, my husband beat them, and he got an assault weapons ban which lasted for ten years and did have a positive effect,” Clinton replied.
“I think that what we need is a national movement. When gun control issues are put on national or put on state or local ballots for referendum, they pass in many instances. So we’re going to go at this from the top down, namely go back to the Congress, go back to try and put together a sensible, bipartisan position that was supported before in the Senate to get to universal background checks.”
“But we’re also going to go from the bottom up,” she said. “I’m going to make this a voting issue, because what the NRA does in their single-minded, absolutist theology about the Second Amendment being sacrosanct, when we know that every constitutional right and amendment can be tailored in an appropriate way without breaching the Constitution, but what they do is to so intimidate and scare legislators because they make it into a single issue for voting.”
Clinton added, “I’m going to try to do everything I can as president to raise up an equally large and vocal group that is going to prove to be a counterbalance. And we’re going to tell legislators, do not be afraid. Stand up to these people because a majority of the population and a majority of gun owners agree that there should be universal background checks. And the NRA has stood in the way.”
Here's a video of Clinton's remarks:

At an event in Boston, Clinton continued to stress the need for tackling substance abuse. The Washington Times reports:
“If you have heart disease, cancer, diabetes, you can find a place and you should be able to find a place, and I want substance abuse put on the same level,” Clinton told the audience. “It saves people’s lives. There’s nothing more important. Save somebody’s life. Give somebody a second chance.”
Clinton said the prescribing of powerful prescription painkillers has also contributed to the national heroin abuse problem. She said an estimated 23 million people in the country are struggling with drug and alcohol addiction but only 1 in 10 has access to treatment.
Clinton also said the ready availability and abuse of prescription drug painkillers have helped create “a viscous, downward spiral,” with individuals getting hooked on opioid from painkillers and then shifting to cheaper heroin in search of a similar high. She said there are better ways to treat pain without potentially leaving patients addicted.
If elected president, she said, she would instruct the federal Food and Drug Administration to study who should be prescribed these powerful medications, what the recommended dose should be, and how long the prescription should last.
Latino outreach will be a central focus of Clinton's campaign in October.   

CNN reports:
Hillary Clinton is planning to focus on Latino voters this month, according to campaign aides, starting with the launch Latinos for Hillary during the Democratic presidential front-runner's trip to Florida on Friday.
The former secretary of state will roll out Latino endorsements and is campaigning in areas with large Latino populations in the coming weeks. Clinton will travel to San Antonio, Texas on Oct. 15 for her first organizing event in the state.
The trip, according to aides, will focus on Latinas and Clinton's personal story, which includes registering voters in South Texas in the 1970s. Rep. Joaquin Castro will campaign for Clinton in Nevada on Oct. 11, ahead of the first Democratic debate, and Clinton will campaign in Southern Nevada on Oct. 14, according to aides.
Clinton will also speak at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's Annual Awards Gala on Oct. 8 and will do conference calls with a number of high powered Hispanic groups, including the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus members.
The month-long push for Latino support mimics what Clinton's campaign did in September for women voters, creating events that focused on the candidate's record with the voting bloc. Aides said Thursday that the campaign will also roll out endorsements from a host of Latino community leaders, elected officials and celebrities throughout October.
The Atlantic reports on Clinton's support for work-life balance among her employees at State:
Slaughter asked if Clinton could work from home in the days after the massive 2010 blizzard in D.C. “Your staying home tomorrow will make lots of parents at higher levels feel ok about staying home with their kids. I may be one of them!” Slaughter wrote
Clinton responded that she wouldn’t have chosen to shut down the government, but that, now that that was the case, she would work from home.
“I wasn’t writing out of the blue. I knew Hillary Clinton cared,” she said onstage, talking to Mary Louise Kelly, an Atlantic contributing editor. “I talked to her about having kids when she hired me, and that’s the thing—she did, she did go home [on December 21st].”
Slaughter then recalled a story that’s also told in her new book:
One week in the State Department, Deputy Secretary of State Jim Steinberg repeatedly missed or came late for Secretary Clinton’s 8:45 meeting. On the fourth day, she raised an eyebrow at his assistant. But the minute his assistant explained that Jim’s wife was traveling (she also worked for the government) and he was taking their daughters to school, Clinton’s potential irritation turned to respect and support for his willingness to be an equal parent.
“If you work for her, you know that she cared,” said Slaughter.
Clinton is advocating for a No-Fly Zone over Syria. NBC reports:
In an apparent break with the Obama White House, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called for the creation of a no-fly zone inside Syria Thursday, the day after Russian warplanes started bombing rebels fighting the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
“I personally would be advocating now for a no-fly zone and humanitarian corridors to try to stop the carnage on the ground and from the air, to try to provide some way to take stock of what’s happening, to try to stem the flow of refugees,” Clinton said in an interview with NBC affiliate WHDH in Boston after a campaign event nearby.
U.S. officials confirmed Wednesday that Russian planes had started bombing anti-Assad forces in Syria, but that they did not appear to be targeting Islamic State forces as promised.
“I think Putin is playing a very dangerous and cynical game. He’s clearly doing everything he can to prop up Assad and to establish sort of a Russian presence in Syria and the broader Middle East,” Clinton added.
Finally, Clinton is expected to appear on Saturday Night Live this weekend. CNN Money reports:
The Democratic presidential candidate is scheduled to be on the 41st season premiere of "SNL" this weekend, the New York Times reported earlier. Clinton will appear alongside cast member Kate McKinnon, who plays the candidate on the show.
According to the Times, Clinton's appearance will take place during "the cold open," the segment of the show when the cast yells the signature phrase, "live from New York, it's Saturday Night!" Clinton hinted at the appearance during a television interview in with 7 News in Boston:
"I have fun doing this," she said. "I've been on it before ... I'm just looking to have a good time. I think we have a fun deficit in our country. I'm going to try to fill that one, too."
For more on Hillary Clinton's campaign for the presidency, check out…

The Hillary 2016 Platform Series

Part 2: Immigration Reform  

Part 3: Voting Rights  

Unfiltered Hillary: The Transcripts


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