Monday, January 4, 2016

Hillary News & Views 1.4: NH Town Halls, Downballot Democrats, and Beyond Buffett

Today’s Hillary News & Views has a firm foot in 2016, starting with coverage of her return to the campaign trail in New Hampshire yesterday.

Mashable reports:
After an hour-long stump speech, Clinton took questions from the audience gathered in the gymnasium at Gilbert R. Hood middle school. Three of those questions came from young children, who asked about everything from lifting folks out of poverty to helping children in foster care.
The most emotional moment of the afternoon came from a young girl who said she is in foster care because of her mother's substance abuse.
"I feel strongly we've got to improve our foster care system, because when children come to foster care they become all of our children," Clinton said. "They should be given all of our love and support when they face a situation like this," Clinton said. "Thank you for raising it."
Shortly after, Clinton called on a little girl who asked what ideas Clinton had to help the poor.
Clinton responded with some of her ideas, including profit-sharing at companies and fixing low-income housing to bring living costs down.
"But it really starts with, No. 1, a good job and the training and skills to get and keep that good job and raising incomes so people are rewarded for their work," Clinton said.

The Concord Monitor reports:
“I am a 13-year-old autistic child,” she said. “My parents are struggling, middle-class, hard-working Americans. How can you reassure them I will be taken care of when they are gone? No one else takes care of me like they do.”
Clinton told Bowne about her plan to give a tax credit to people who are caregivers for aging or disabled family members. She also emphasized her plan to spend more money on scientific research on Alzheimer’s and autism, and to create safe environments for young people with disabilities to find services.
“I want to pledge to you, Angelina, that I’m going to do what I can to get more money into research, to get more supportive services, to do the best job in collecting what we know works in helping young people go as far as their hard work and talents will be able to take them.”
And she praised President Obama, who will soon unroll a series of executive actions on gun control and background checks.
“I’m very hopeful and excited that the president is going to take some action with executive orders in the next week or two, in trying to get more gun sellers to have to conduct background checks,” Clinton said.
“But if it’s a Republican that walks into the White House, within the first day, the executive orders will be reversed.”
“I have a pretty good idea of what it takes,” Clinton said. “I’ve been there. I’ve been privileged to not only live in the White House, but also to work with President Obama. And I don’t want to see the Republicans turn the clock back on the progress we’ve made as a nation.”
The Boston Herald reports:
Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton yesterday trumpeted her party’s recent history of bolstering the economy while in the Oval Office, invoking her ex-president husband and President Obama, who she credited for improving the lives of all Americans — not just the rich.
“Look at any of the proposals that the Republicans have made and they add up to trillions of dollars of more tax breaks as opposed to my 
approach that we need the wealthy to pay more in taxes and we don’t need any tax increases for the middle class — that’s my approach,” Clinton told more than 700 people at a town hall meeting here. She credited her husband’s presidency with creating 23 million jobs and said Obama doesn’t get the “credit he deserves for preventing us from falling in a great depression.”
WMUR reports:
It was standing room only in Derry for a town hall meeting with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the countdown to the New Hampshire primary continues.
Her visit comes a day before former President Bill Clinton will hit the campaign trail in support of her run for the White House.
Clinton told the crowd of more than 700 people that the next president must be a Democrat.
“I'm thrilled that New Hampshire is one of the places that gets to make the first decision,” said Clinton.
“Incomes go up for everybody, not just for those at the top, we know unemployment goes down and you are four times more likely to have a recession when you have a republican in the White House,” said Clinton.
Clinton talked about how she would fight for equal pay for women, something she says sets her apart from Republican candidates.
“How can you live in 2015 and believe that women don't deserve to get paid for our work to a level that is equivalent to men get paid?” Clinton asked the crowd.
CNN reports:
Hillary Clinton said Sunday Saudi Arabia's recent execution of 47 people, including Shia Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr raises "serious questions" that the U.S. needs to ask the country's government.
"Clearly this raises serious questions that we have to raise directly with the Saudi government," Clinton said in response to a Derry town hall question about how she would handle the situation as president.
"We have governments we work with on a number of issues whose policies and values are antithetical to ours, to be just blunt about it. And yet who also have certain interests with us that we are involved in," she said.
Clinton said she joined other leaders in "statements of concern" about the executions, specifically calling out the Obama administration, European governments and human rights groups.
"I think that even our friends who we work with on so many areas should not be immune from our criticism and our questions about rule of law about their treatment of minorities," Clinton added.
The Daily Beast comments on the media’s boredom with Clinton’s focus on issues:
As we go into the New Year mesmerized by Donald Trump and his politically incorrect rants, it’s worth noting that among all the candidates in both parties, the one with the best odds of becoming the next president is Hillary Clinton. With the Iowa caucuses just weeks away, don’t you think it’s time we paid attention to the multitude of policies, proposals and programs she has rolled out over the last seven months?
They may not lead the nightly news or go viral on social media, but they are breaking through with voters in Iowa and New Hampshire. There are two-dozen in all, fleshed out with fact sheets according to a tally provided by the Clinton campaign, and they range from national security to quality of life issues.
In an election cycle that has been anything but conventional, Clinton is running a textbook campaign, methodically laying out her proposals from what she would do about ISIS and terrorism, down to her views on GMO’s (genetically modified organisms in our food). Clinton was asked about GMO’s at a recent Baltimore fundraiser. A donor who was there told Grandmaison that he thought that would stump her, but she has a three-point program.
It’s almost comical how prepared Clinton is, especially when compared to Trump, who offers very little in the way of conventional policies. “She has a different electorate than he does,” says Matt Bennett with Third Way, a centrist Democratic group. While the Republicans are focused on style and rhetoric, the race between Clinton and Sanders is much more substantive, “and she’s got to make clear what she stands for. And because she is the favorite to become president, she is acting like a president.”
Clinton’s candidacy has been breaking fundraising records, and she’s used her position of strength to benefit candidates nationwide.

Politico reports:
Clinton is seeking to be the Democratic Party’s standard-bearer. Sanders is attempting to lead a movement.
The first evidence came in a news release barely 13 hours into the election year, when the front-runner announced she had raised the most presidential primary money of any nonincumbent in an off-year. Bringing in $38 million in 2015’s closing months, she raced past her $100 million primary goal for the year — all while bagging an extra $18 million for other Democrats along the way.
That $18 million gap is the clearest delineation yet of the fault line in the Democratic primary, a rift that’s as much about fundraising strategy as it is about campaign philosophy. It’s laid bare a contest between an establishment-oriented front-runner who has embraced her role as the party’s de facto leader — promising since the first days of her campaign to raise funds to rebuild local parties from the ground up — and a populist insurgent who only recently started identifying as a Democrat. While Sanders frequently mentions the importance of electing Democrats, he focuses instead on his own “political revolution,” which he contends will sweep other party members into office.
She used her joint fundraising agreement with the Democratic National Committee and state parties to invest in the central party organization and at least 12 state committees — ranging from Alaska to Florida — in the closing months of 2015, according to public filings.
“Helping Democratic candidates win up and down the ticket is a top priority for Hillary Clinton, which is why she’s also proud to be doing her part to ensure Democrats have the resources we need to win,” explained campaign manager Robby Mook in the fundraising announcement, making the explicit case for financially supporting fellow party members.
You can also help support downballot candidates through purchases in Clinton’s campaign store:
Clinton is previewing her tax policies that are being rolled out this week.

Bloomberg reports:
Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton will unveil proposals this month that will “go beyond the Buffett Rule” to raise the effective tax rates paid by the wealthiest Americans, she said Saturday.
“As president, I'll do what it takes to make sure the super-wealthy are truly paying their fair share,” Clinton said in a statement responding to the Internal Revenue Service's release of new data on tax rates paid by the 400 wealthiest U.S. households, which averaged 22.89 percent in 2013.
She called billionaire Warren Buffett's plan, which would set the minimum effective tax rate for those earning $1 million per year at 30 percent, “one idea that would help achieve greater fairness in our tax system.”
Since launching her campaign in April, Clinton has bemoaned what she sees as unfair tax policy, arguing it's wrong “when hedge fund managers pay a lower tax rate than truck drivers or nurses.”
In the statement, Clinton praised President Barack Obama for taking steps to push the effective tax rate for the wealthiest U.S. households higher in 2013, up from 16.72 percent in 2012.
“It's clear that those at the top are still gaming the system and leaving hard-working American families holding the bag,” she said. “A quarter of the very highest earning taxpayers, those earning more than $250 million per year on average, pay a federal income tax rate of less than 20 percent. That's not fair and it's not good for our economy, placing burdens on middle class families and holding back investments that would help us grow.”

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