Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Hillary News & Views 2.10: NH Speech, Systemic Racism, Reproductive Freedom, LGBT Rights

Today's Hillary News & Views begins with a transcript of Clinton’s concession speech in New Hampshire.

Vox provides the full speech.

Clinton began by congratulating Senator Sanders:
"Thank you, all, very, very much. My goodness. I don't know what we'd have done tonight if we actually won. This is a pretty exciting event, and I'm very grateful to all of you. I want to begin by congratulating Senator Sanders on his victory tonight, and I want to thank each and every one of you. And I want to say I still love New Hampshire and I always will.
She moved on to frame the election for upcoming states:
"And here's what we're going to do. Now, we take this campaign to the entire country. We're going to fight for every vote in every state. We're going to fight for real solutions that make a real difference in people's lives."
"You know, when I started this campaign last spring, I knew we were facing profound challenges as a country. The way too many things were going just wasn't right. It isn't right that the kids I met in Flint on Sunday were poisoned because their governor wanted to save money. It isn't right for a grandmother here in New Hampshire or anywhere else to have to choose between paying rent and buying medicine because a prescription drug company increased the price 4,000 percent overnight. And it isn't right that a cashier that I met here in New Hampshire is paid less than her son for doing the same work even though she's been on the job for more years."
"Now, people — people have every right to be angry. But they're also hungry. They're hungry for solutions. What are we going to do? And that is -- that is the fight we're taking to the country. What is the best way to change people's lives so we can all grow together? Who is the best change-maker? And here's what I promise. Here's what I promise: I will work harder than anyone to actually make the changes that make your lives better.
"In this campaign, you've heard a lot about Washington and about Wall Street. Now, Senator Sanders and I both want to get secret, unaccountable money out of politics, and let's remember, let's remember, Citizens United, one of the worst Supreme Court decisions in our country's history, was actually a case about a right-wing attack on me and my campaign. A right-wing organization took aim at me and ended up damaging our entire democracy.
"So, yes, you're not going to find anybody more committed to aggressive campaign finance reform than me. We also agree -- we also agree that Wall Street can never be allowed to once again threaten main street, and I will fight to rein in Wall Street, and you know what, I know how to do it."
"So when I tell you no bank could be too big to fail and no executive too powerful to jail, you can count on it. Now, the real differences in this race are truly over, 'How do we create a future of prosperity, opportunity, and security for all of us?' We need to build a growth and fairness economy with higher wages and more good-paying jobs — including a bold, national mission to create millions of jobs in clean energy, manufacturing, and infrastructure."
"And we need -- we need to unleash, again, the innovation of our entrepreneurs and small businesses (and) make it easier for parents to balance work and family. Close the loopholes in our tax code. Crack down on corporations that game the system. Stop other countries from taking advantage of us with unfair trade practices."
Clinton then expanded the inequality argument beyond economics:
"But even all that is not enough. We also have to break through the barriers of bigotry. African-American parents shouldn't have to worry that their children will be harassed, humiliated, even shot because of the color of their skin. Immigrant families shouldn't have to lie awake at night listening for a knock on the door. LGBT Americans shouldn't be fired from their jobs because of who they are or who they love. And let's finally deliver something long overdo, equal pay for women in this economy. So here's how I see it. A president has to do all parts of the job for all Americans to make sure nothing holds you back. Not debt, not discrimination, not a deck that's always stacked for those at the top.
"We need to break down those barriers and build ladders of opportunity for every person. That's how we will build a better tomorrow together, and that has been the cause and work of my life. You know, my family and my faith taught me a simple thing, do all the good in all the ways you can for all the people you can. That's what called me to a life of service. Just like millions of teachers and nurses and police officers and firefighters and members of our armed services, who get up every day and do the quiet work, the heroic work for all the rest of us."
"But when children anywhere in our country go to bed hungry, or are denied a quality education, or who face abuse or abandonment, that diminishes all of us. That's why I did start my career at the Children's Defense Fund. That's why I went undercover in Alabama to expose racism in schools. That's why I worked to reform juvenile justice in South Carolina. And that is why I went to Flint, Michigan, on Sunday."
"When people anywhere in America are held back by injustice, that demands action. That is why I believe so strongly that we have to keep up with every fiber of our being the argument for, the campaign for human rights. Human rights as women's rights, human rights as gay rights, human rights as worker rights, human rights as voting rights, human rights across the board for every single American. Now, that is who I am. That is what I've always done."
Finally, a message to both those who supported her opponent and her own supporters:
"I know I have some work to do, particularly with young people, but I will repeat again what I have said this week. Even if they are not supporting me now, I support them. Because I know -- I know I've had a blessed life, but I also know what it's like to stumble and fall. And so many people across America know that feeling."
"And we've learned it's not whether you get knocked down that matters: It's whether you get back up. So, my friends, please join me in building on the progress we've made under President Obama. Pushing forward every single day for as long as it takes to break down those barriers that hold us back. We've got to believe in the basic proposition of our country when all Americans have the chance to succeed, when each of us has the opportunity to live up to our own God-given potential."
"Then and only then can America live up to its potential as well. So let me -- let me thank all of you. I am very grateful to my wonderful family, knowing they are by my side. Keeps me going every day. To the thousands of volunteers and organizers who called neighbors and knocked on doors in the New Hampshire snow."
"To everyone who went to to give what you could, more than 700,000 people have contributed to this campaign. The vast majority giving less than $100. I know that doesn't fit with the narrative. I know there are those who want to deny the passion and the purpose you all show every day for this campaign, but you are the reason we are here and you are the reason we are going to win the nomination and then win this election together."

Some analysis of her strategy going forward, as states that reflect the diversity of the Democratic coalition begin to vote.

CNN reports:
Hillary Clinton's top campaign aides said tonight, shortly before their candidate conceded defeat in New Hampshire, that their goal in the coming days and weeks will be to broaden the race for the Democratic nomination and make the case that voters actually care about more than just taking on Wall Street. The decision means, in effect, the Clinton campaign plans to double down on the broad messaging they have used for the past two months instead of mimicking Bernie Sanders and focusing more on the economy. Aides said they want to test this theory about voters in the coming weeks.
Clinton's top aides feel that most voters, while drawn to Sanders' focused message, actually care about more than just Wall Street and the banks and can be swayed by plans on a range of topics, including more hyperfocused issues such as Alzheimer’s, autism and education.
The campaign also plans to focus more on March 1 states, not just upcoming contests in Nevada and South Carolina. Clinton's campaign started this plan earlier this month, when they began to move more staff into Super Tuesday states. They currently have at least an aide in each state that votes on March 1.
“This is going to be fought on a broader range of issues,” said Jen Palmieri, Clinton’s communications director. "Going forward, we will be talking about Nevada and South Carolina, but we will also be spending time in other Super Tuesday states because March is really going to matter.”
The Washington Post reports:
The Democratic race heads next to Nevada, where there is a significant Latino population. Clinton is expected to win the Feb. 20 Democratic caucuses, although Sanders’s team is predicting the finish could be close.
A week later comes the South Carolina primary, in which Clinton is heavily favored because of her support among African American voters, who make up more than half of the Democratic electorate there.
Clinton’s decision to leave New Hampshire on Sunday and make a visit to Flint, Mich., was an early indicator of the new direction that her campaign is taking. Clinton has pointed to the poisonously high levels of the lead in the water of the predominantly African American city as evidence of lingering economic and racial inequality.
Shortly before the polls in New Hampshire closed Tuesday, the Clinton campaign announced that the mothers of Eric Garner, Dontre Hamilton and Jordan Davis — African American men whose deaths as a result of gun violence or at the hands of police helped spawn the Black Lives Matter movement — will be appearing at events on her behalf in coming weeks.
Clinton also will be speaking more about her work as a young woman investigating racial discrimination by private academies in Alabama, examining the living conditions of young people incarcerated in adult jails in South Carolina, and registering Latinos to vote in Texas as a campaign worker for 1972 Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern.
She plans to continue hammering Sanders for his mixed record on gun control, which her campaign sees as a top priority among African Americans. She will also argue that his proposal for a government-run health-care system is not as good for low-income and minority Americans as the existing one set up under the Affordable Care Act.
Politico reports:
The next two early states to vote, Nevada and South Carolina, have much larger Latino and African American populations, which means he no longer has the luxury of appealing to his base of white liberals.
“He can’t get there from here. She can win with everything he’s got,” said Joe Trippi, who faced a similar problem when he was trying to figure out the math for the 2004 campaign of Howard Dean, another Vermont liberal popular among white progressives, but one who didn’t have a primary opponent with the kind of strength among African-Americans and other minority voters that Clinton’s shown in 2008 and so far in this race.
“Once you leave New Hampshire, the Democratic Party is 44 percent non-white,” Trippi said. “What Iowa should have told everybody is that they’re probably going to dead heat each other among the 56 percent of white Democrats—and that’s probably being generous to him, because of all the conservative and moderate white Democrats elsewhere around the country.”
Sanders has said that he plans to stick around until the convention, and new investments in television ads in Minnesota, Colorado, Massachusetts, and Oklahoma (all largely white states) on Tuesday sent a clear message that he has the money to fund that kind of prolonged challenge.
That still won’t be enough to take Clinton down: Sanders would need to almost run the table in the 10 caucus states that come in March and do respectably enough in the primary states, all while holding off a Clinton machine that’ll be pulling out all the stops.
Illinois State Sen. Terry Link, an assistant majority leader in Springfield and a Clinton delegate, said that he doesn’t expect there to be much of a race on his home turf on March 15.
“Sanders will obviously do very well in New Hampshire, but I think after that, where does he go?” Link said. “You see the handwriting on the wall.”
Sanders will also need to defuse the all-but-inevitable grenade that will be rolled into the fray by his rivals -- that Sanders is trying to beat an almost all-white path to the nomination through the notably not diverse Democratic electorates in caucus states like Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas, Maine, Idaho, Utah, Alaska, and Washington.
Talking Points Memo reports:
Moments after the New Hampshire Democratic primary was called for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) by the major networks, Hillary Clinton's campaign blasted out a three-page memo penned by campaign manager Robby Mook stressing the importance of the primaries that come after the first four in February.
"The reason is simple: while important, the first four states represent just 4% of the delegates needed to secure the nomination; the 28 states that vote (or caucus) in March will award 56% of the delegates needed to win," the memo said.
In addition to the delegate math, the memo argued that "the March states better reflect the true diversity of the Democratic Party and the nation."
Ultimately, it promised that, come the March primaries, "Hillary Clinton is well positioned to build a strong – potentially insurmountable – delegate lead next month."
To buttress that point, the memo pointed to her "high levels of support in the African American and Hispanic communities," which the memo said was rooted in her past advocacy for minorities on issues like criminal justice and immigration. It also touted the campaign's ground game, which the memo said is using a "data-driven approach" to capitalize on the delegate apportionment in March primary states.
FiveThirtyEight reports:
I’m not sure I buy that tonight is an equally poor result for both Democratic and Republican “party elites.” It’s been clear to us for a long time that New Hampshire was an excellent state for Bernie Sanders, between its white and liberal demographics and its proximity to Vermont. The key tests of the breadth of Sanders’s constituency are still to come.
For Republicans, however, New Hampshire is a state that’s supposed to winnow the field. Instead, it’s given us a mess, with four “establishment” candidates all bunched up between 8 percent and 16 percent of the vote as I type this. Although it’s not quite the worst-case scenario for the GOP — Trump’s middling performance in Iowa is evidence that he can be stopped under the right conditions — they’re in a pretty rough spot.
The Guardian reports:
Bernie Sanders’ campaign, in some ways, taps into the desire for an alternative to Clinton that voters sought in 2008. And yet African Americans, the strongest, most consistent voting block, haven’t abandoned Clinton this time; many are unfamiliar or uncomfortable with the socialist democratic values Sanders proposes to bring to the White House. Clinton still holds many crucial endorsements from elected officials, unions, activist groups and black clergy. She now frequently invokes Obama in her remarks, a key signal to voters that she intends to be heir to his legacy.
The Sanders camp, however, appears to have only recently taken this relationship seriously, employing surrogates such as former Ohio state senator Nina Turner, scholar and Obama critic Cornel West and hip-hop artist Killer Mike, in an attempt to connect with black voters who are angry, alienated and outside the black Democratic establishment or disappointed with Obama’s record.
It is a strategy that should have been employed months ago. Sanders is a true believer in that he simply thinks people will support him without actually courting voters. In the earlier days of his campaign, rallies that swelled to 20,000 were homogeneous, dominated by blue-collar white Americans. The turning point for Sanders among many African Americans was when the candidate fluffed his response to a Black Lives Matter protest at his rally in Seattle last August, an incident that outraged his supporters.
Yet that incident only underscored a fraught history between the black community and the white left. The white left in America has often asked black America to subordinate the fight against racism for a collective struggle against class divisions. That demand ignores the fact that racism overlays and complicates every aspect of American life.
In addition, to some young black voters, Sanders’ answer to the question of reparations for the descendants of slavery had been disappointingly lacklustre, again showing a misunderstanding of how race and class intersect.
For others, Sanders’ words sound like idealism that isn’t rooted in a tangible plan. Job creation, single-payer healthcare and free college are great ideas but would require huge political capital to become reality. To the black Democratic establishment, Clinton seems more plausible.
South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn is considering a formal endorsement of Clinton.

The Washington Post reports:
Close friends and family have put heavy pressure on him to use his prestige in the state to make it known who he supports.
“That was certainly my intention,” he said of his initial plan to remain neutral. “But I am re-evaluating that. I really am having serious conversations with my family members.”
At his weekly session with reporters Tuesday, Reid reiterated his plan to stay neutral.
Without formally stating who they want him to endorse, Clyburn made clear that the most pressure came from Clinton supporters, particularly his wife and one of his daughters.
He acknowledged that the Congressional Black Caucus’s political action committee, chaired by Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.), has decided to endorse Clinton but is holding off making it formal out of deference to Clyburn as he considers his own decision.
In the interview, Clyburn said he could not envision a scenario in which he would publicly go against his allies in the CBC — which leaves him with two options, remaining publicly neutral or endorsing Clinton. An endorsement of Sen. Bernie Sanders,  a self-described democratic socialist, does not seem plausible, he said.
If Clyburn did endorse Clinton, it would be a symbolic victory for the former secretary of state and a final attempt to heal the wounds from her previous presidential bid in South Carolina.
Instead, Clyburn said Tuesday, Clinton’s victory in Iowa, however narrow, held support for the former first lady, particularly among his state’s African-American voters.
Even a big Sanders win in New Hampshire would not shift the dynamic in South Carolina, he argued.
“Whatever happens in New Hampshire,” Clyburn said in an interview Thursday, Clinton “got inoculated a bit. It won’t matter a whole lot.”
Despite the youth vote, Clyburn said Clinton remains steady in South Carolina among voters most likely to show up for the primary. “There’s not been a big surge,” he said of the Vermont senator’s support. “The reliable primary voters that I know don’t seem to have shifted at all.”
Clinton picked up another South Carolina endorsement.

State Senator Marlon Kimpson endorses:
In a press conference today, Senator Marlon Kimpson endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, highlighting her record on fighting for children and families and plans to build on President Obama’s progress.
“Dating back to Hillary Clinton’s time in South Carolina working to remove teenagers jailed side-by-side with adult prisoners, she’s been fighting for children and families in our state throughout her entire life. Her longtime fight for opportunity and justice didn’t begin a few months ago — it’s been decades of work — especially for those without a voice
“She’s the candidate who has bold plans to build on President Obama’s record of investing in affordable health care and good jobs. Her priorities are the right priorities for South Carolina families—from addressing the public health crisis of gun violence to improving our schools, and she will always ensure our children have the opportunities to succeed.”
Systemic racism has been a primary focus of Clinton’s campaign, and with the primary moving to states with large minority populations, she is emphasizing related issues more than ever.

Here’s her new campaign ad:

Maya Harris writes for Medium:
By now, you’ve probably heard the statistic: Women who work full-time, year round in the U.S. are still paid just 79 cents for every dollar men earn. But what people don’t always clarify is this: That figure represents an average for all women — and women of color often lose out even more.
Anyone who is serious about taking on income inequality needs to be serious about closing the gender pay gap. Women of color bring in a larger share of family income than ever before, and they are more likely to support families without the income of another earner. Every dollar makes a difference — and that makes closing the wage gap even more important.
Hillary understands that when women earn less for their work, they lose out on money that could go toward groceries, rent, and college funds. As Hillary said in South Carolina last May, “When any parent is short-changed, the entire family is short-changed. And when families are short-changed, America is short-changed. And therefore this is not a women’s issue — this is a family issue and an American economic issue.”
During those same remarks, Hillary outlined an aggressive plan to ensure fair pay for all, including:
  • Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act. This bill would provide sorely needed additional tools for women to fight for equal pay, and if Republicans stopped blocking it, it would be law today. Hillary first introduced this legislation in the Senate in 2005, and she will champion it as president.
  • Increase pay transparency. As Hillary said last May, “You can’t stand up for equal pay if you don’t know whether you’re paid equally.” Last week, President Obama announced an important step to do just that. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Department of Labor proposed to collect pay data by gender, race, and ethnicity from businesses with 100 or more people, covering over 63 million employees. This step will improve enforcement of our equal pay laws and help to ensure women are compensated fairly.
  • Raise wages for low-income workers. Hillary believes that no one who is working full time should have to raise their family in poverty. The lowest paid jobs in America are disproportionately held by women, especially women of color — particularly tip-dependent jobs like servers and hairdressers, who are often paid far less than the minimum wage, sometimes as little as $2.13 an hour. And they face increased instances of exploitation, wage theft, and sexual harassment. Hillary will fight to raise wages and increase workplace protections for these workers, and she’ll make it easier for more women to enter higher paying fields like science, engineering, and technology.
  • Implement family-friendly policies like paid leave and flexible scheduling. Hillary has pointed to the so-called “motherhood penalty” that women incur on the job — and women of color are even less likely to have access to paid family and medical leave or sick days. We need workplace policies that allow parents to meet their obligations at home without sacrificing pay at work.
President Obama recently took important steps to advance equal pay for women. To build on the progress we’ve made under President Obama, we need to elect Hillary Clinton. We cannot let the Republicans take us backwards — and make no mistake, that’s exactly what they’ll do. One Republican candidate for president said he’d never even heard of the Paycheck Fairness Act. Another went so far as to say that efforts to guarantee fair pay reminded him of the Soviet Union.
Hillary Clinton understands that closing the gender pay gap is a fundamental part of what we need to do to keep growing our economy. And for women of color, that can’t happen fast enough.
Clinton and her campaign are pushing back against state GOP legislation that moves to restrict reproductive rights and supporting measures that push for LGBTQ equality.

News OK reports:
Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign Monday blasted a proposed ballot question in Oklahoma that would ban abortion and make some forms of contraception illegal.
Maya Harris, a senior adviser to the Democrat's campaign, said Clinton “believes Oklahoma women have a constitutional right to safe, legal abortion and to contraception, and they deserve to be able to make their health care decisions without interference from government or extreme special interest groups.”
Harris' comments came in response to an initiative petition filed Jan. 27 by a Norman man who wants a statewide vote to change the Oklahoma Constitution.
The proposed ballot question says it would prohibit abortion and “contraception that causes the death of an unborn human being.”
It would also ban “the deliberate destruction of unborn human beings created in a laboratory” and any created by in vitro fertilization.
Harris said, “Banning abortion and common forms of birth control is not only unconstitutional — it is bad for the health of Oklahoma women. This initiative petition should be challenged and, if it makes it on the ballot, rejected by Oklahomans like similar measures have been rejected by voters in other states.”
Miami Herald reports:
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday announced her support for Florida’s Competitive Workforce Act, which would ban LGBT discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations.
“LGBT Floridians deserve to live their lives free from discrimination — and establishing comprehensive nondiscrimination protections would be a critical step forward for both Florida and the nation,” Clinton said in a statement to the Miami Herald. “I’m heartened to see the business community working hand in hand with both Republicans and Democrats to turn words into action. This is a win-win for both Florida families and the state’s economy. As president, I will fight for full federal equality for LGBT Americans and ensure protections like these become the law of the land nationwide.”

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