Monday, November 23, 2015

Hillary News & Views 11.23: Personal Loss in Mali, Caring for Caregivers, '94' on Climate Change

Today’s Hillary News & Views begins with the tragedy in Mali. 

Clinton personally knew one of the victims, and publicly expressed her condolences.

The Guardian reports:
Hillary Clinton on Saturday expressed her condolences to the family of Anita Datar, the American aid worker who was killed in a terrorist attack on a luxury hotel in Mali on Friday.
The former secretary of state said Datar, 41, a mother and sometime Peace Corps volunteer, had represented the “best of America’s generous spirit”. Datar was the former partner of one of Clinton’s former advisers, Clinton said.
In a heartfelt statement, Clinton, the leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, said she had known Datar as “ the loving mother of a wonderful seven-year-old boy and the former partner of David Garten, one of my senior policy advisers in the Senate”.
“My heart breaks thinking of the burden [her son] will now bear on his small shoulders and the courage he will have to show in the days ahead,” she said.
“As I said this week, America must wage and win an immediate battle against Isis, al-Qaida and other terrorist networks, as well as a generational struggle against radical jihadism.
“We face a choice between fear and resolve. Anita’s murder should deepen our resolve. American must lead the world to meet this threat.”

Clinton is proposing tax credits and expanded Social Security benefits to help offset caregiver costs.

The Los Angeles Times reports:
"We need to recognize the value of the work that caregivers give to all of us, both those who are paid and the great number who are unpaid," Clinton told the crowd of more than 400 people gathered at a middle school.
The caregiver proposal is part of a series of tax proposals geared at the middle class that Clinton is rolling out. In her plan, Clinton states that the number of Americans needing long-term care is expected to grow from about 12 million today to 27 million by 2050. She says family members often have to take time away from work, using vacation time or personal time to provide care.
"The lost wages and the work that is sometimes given up are costing families — especially women, who make up the majority of both paid and unpaid caregivers," Clinton said.
The former secretary of State is also seeking to provide additional Social Security benefits to those who spend time out of the workforce to care for immediate family. She wants to enhance support for care workers and increase funding for a program that offers state-level grants to programs for caregivers. Clinton's campaign says the plan would cost $10 billion over 10 years and would be paid for through other revenue increases.
Clinton focuses on her long history fighting for health care and her current focus on reducing prescription drug prices in her latest campaign ad:

The Associated Press requested that climate experts score the presidential candidates on accuracy regarding their statements on climate change. Clinton came out on top.
The Star Tribune reports:
When it comes to climate science, two of the three Democratic presidential candidates are A students, while most of the Republican contenders are flunking, according to a panel of scientists who reviewed candidates' comments.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton had the highest average score at 94.
Below Clinton's 94 were O'Malley with 91; Sanders, 87; Bush, 64; Christie, 54; Ohio Gov. John Kasich, 47; Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, 38; Fiorina, 28; Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, 21; businessman Donald Trump, 15; retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, 13; and Cruz with 6.
Clinton is promising that incomes will go up for middle class families, but not taxes.
The Washington Post reports:
“You know the deck is rigged, but we’ve got to reshuffle that deck,” Clinton said, speaking to the growing concern within her party’s base that the political and economic systems are skewed to benefit the rich and powerful. “And make sure we are raising incomes for the middle class, not raising taxes on the middle class. And I will not do that.”
“Other candidates want to increase taxes for the working people and the middle class as part of their health plans,” Clinton said Saturday. “Well, I don’t want to see your taxes go up, I want to see your health-care costs go down.
“We can manage to do that while preserving the accomplishment of the Affordable Care Act,” she said.
Clinton has expanded her campaign infrastructure beyond the early voting states, but more importantly, she’s providing needed funds for state parties.
Politico reports:
Certainly, the Brooklyn-based campaign is still spending a considerable chunk of its time on Iowa and New Hampshire — and running a rotation of fresh ads across both states. But she’s making moves in South Carolina and Nevada, dispatching high-profile surrogates, unleashing Bill Clinton, and even deploying cash to strategically useful state Democratic parties long before her rivals have anywhere near the organizational capacity to follow suit.
The campaign has been using its joint fundraising agreement with the Democratic National Committee and state parties to start spreading election-season cash and bolster local relationships: According to Federal Election Commission filings that landed on Friday, Team Clinton has sent funds to state parties in Florida, Pennsylvania, Wyoming and Massachusetts. At the same time, Bill Clinton has been stepping up his own fundraising blitz for the campaign, scheduling at least 20 events this month, including eight in March states.
“I don’t think it’s any explicit strategy to finish [Sanders and O’Malley] off,” said one Democratic strategist close to the Clinton campaign, summing up the campaign’s intensification and the current state of play. “If things were going badly — and they’re obviously not — I think they’d be doing the same thing."
“But,” he acknowledged, she’s "playing the long game."


  1. Hillary got the HIGHEST score re climate change from a panel of scientists reviewing the matter. Ted Cruz got the lowest. PS: do you have the R vs. D breakdown of the latest Fox News national poll???

    1. I have the feeling that Fox News polls over the next year are going to show Fox News viewers exactly what they want to see.

  2. I've read through the Fox Poll internals. I can't figure out if there was a one point Rep advantage in the sampling or a six point R edge.

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