Friday, April 22, 2016

Hillary News & Views 4.22: Guns, Party Unity, Time 100, Primary Turnout, General Election Prep


Today’s Hillary News & Views begins with Clinton’s continued focus on gun control while on the campaign trail.

Politico reports:
“It is just too easy for people to reach for a gun to solve their problems. It makes no sense," Clinton said in remarks preceding a panel in Hartford, Connecticut, that featured family members of gun-violence victims, including at nearby Newtown's Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012. "And we can do this consistent with the Second Amendment, we can do this with the support of responsible gun owners, and that is exactly what we will do. And I want you to know that I know I don’t have all the answers.”
“I’m not here to make promises I can’t keep. I am here to tell you I will use every single minute of every single day if I’m so fortunate enough to be your president looking for ways that we can save lives, that we can change the gun culture."
“I’m raising it everywhere I go, because we need a national movement. The gun lobby is the most powerful lobby in Washington," Clinton said, touting Connecticut's laws as an exemplar for the rest of the country. "You can talk about Wall Street, the drug companies, the insurance companies, oil. They’re all powerful, don’t get me wrong. Nobody is more powerful than the gun lobby, because they have figured out how to intimidate elected officials at all levels, who basically just stopped thinking about this problem because they’re too scared to stand up to the NRA."
After a discussion with the panelists, Clinton remarked that some of them and others "who take a stand against gun violence and against the gun lobby ... are subjected to some of the most vile harassment on the internet that you can imagine."
"It is beyond decency. Erica found that out when she began to stand up and speak out," Clinton said. "There is an organized effort, again, to intimidate and silence—‘just go back and you know quit worrying about it, these things happen.'"
In attempting to explain why she is putting the issue into such stark relief this election season, Clinton said, “I think it’s just the accumulation over now about 25 years of being in too many rooms with too many people who have lost someone they loved to gun violence, and how it just doesn’t make sense to me.
"I find it absolutely indefensible, the arguments that are made by people who will not accept responsibility for what is going on in our country," she added. "And so I feel so privileged to be here with the panelists and to know there are others in this audience today who have gone through similar experiences and maybe even transformations about how one things and how dedicated you’ve become."

Clinton is moving toward unifying the party as she prepares for the general election.

CNN reports:
Clinton didn't take any shots at Sanders during her first post-New York rally on Wednesday night, instead delivering her standard stump speech and casting the April 26 primaries in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Maryland as a "great opportunity to start us on the path to the White House." 
"I can't do this unless you help me," Clinton told the audience. 
Clinton aides say leaving Sanders largely out of her stump speeches is not part of any concerted strategy this week but rather an effort to focus on a more inclusive message in the coming days, trying to turn down the heat in what has become a contentious Democratic primary. 
One aide characterized the message as "love and kindness" with a focus on local issues.
Clinton did this in Pennsylvania on Wednesday when she mentioned the number of gun deaths in the city over the weekend, including the story of a 4-year-old girl who was killed when a gun accidentally went off inside her home. 
Aides said this change in tone, however, does not mean that Clinton is looking past the Vermont senator or won't ever invoke the candidate whose top campaign aides contend still has a path to the nomination despite the loss in New York. 
"As decisive as the outcome in New York was, we intend to spend the next week focused on the primary against Sen. Sanders and campaigning vigorously across all five states holding contests next Tuesday," Brian Fallon, Clinton's press secretary, said Wednesday. "We believe we can add to our pledged delegate lead even further, and pull that much closer to clinching the nomination."
Politico reports:
During a discussion on ABC's "Good Morning America," Clinton was asked by uncommitted superdelegate Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.) how she would keep younger voters, particularly those who have enthusiastically supported Sanders and opposed her during the primary process, in her column in November.
“I think I’ll make the case, and from everything I’ve seen—both personal conversations and research that has been done, just as it was with me when I dropped out, you know, the vast majority of Sen. Sanders’ young supporters will look at the choice," Clinton said.
She continued, noting that she has acknowledged as much to Sanders' supporters, "The choice will be pretty stark if either of the two leading Republican candidates become the nominee, and I’m confident that we’ll all join together.”
Hartford Courant reports:
"We've got to look at this from several different perspectives simultaneously," Clinton said, referring to the multi-faceted efforts at curbing the 33,000 gun deaths a year in the United States. "Part of what I want us to really think about is how to put resources where they are needed most."
Ted Carroll, president of Leadership Greater Hartford, was among the fence-sitters until the last week or 10 days. Of Sanders, he said, "You've got to like the guy, he's absolutely committed. He's got values that are very much in tune with my own."
But Carroll added, "You want somebody who can also build a consensus."
"There is so much stalemate going on and I have a feeling people will be willing to move a little more," Carroll said.
Besides, it's becoming ever clearer that Hillary is the nominee-to-be. Connecticut's role in the primary season will be just that, in part: Making the outcome much clearer after the New York victory that set up a Clinton run to the Democratic convention in July.
"That victory caused me and some other people to conclude that she is not only going to be the nominee, but also the best candidate," Carroll said.
Melissa McEwan writes for Blue Nation Review:
I am now a fervent Hillary supporter—but I have not always been one. It was only after I spent time deep-diving into her background and career that I came to appreciate who she really is, and how vastly she diverges from the media caricature of her.
I have never met Hillary Clinton—though I have been in the same room with her while she’s speaking, and even in that space, the disparity between who she is and who the media says she is is starkly visible—but over and over, I’ve heard from people who have met her, including from people who have worked with and for her, that she is both one of the warmest, kindest people they’ve ever met and a most passionate progressive.
The fierce, remarkable loyalty that people who know her have for Hillary is “explained” with cynical explanations that act in conjunction with the false frames about her destructive ambition and monstrous ego: They are afraid of retribution; they’re angling for a slice of her power; their fealty is bought.
But the truth is much simpler: They are loyal to her because she has earned their loyalty. With her talents, her tenacity, and her personal kindness, and her progressive politics.
Because she is a builder.
She builds relationships and she builds trust and she wants to build a better world.
There is a Hillary most progressives can get excited about. She may be harder to know than the average candidate—through a combination of media misrepresentation and her resulting guardedness in front of that media. She knows this about herself; there’s a reason she favors intimate campaign stops at ice cream shops over giant public rallies.
But sometimes it takes a minute to get to know the people who will become your lifelong co-conspirators in building things.
Hillary knows this, too. This is why she tells people who don’t support her: “You may not be for me now, but I am for you regardless.”
Clinton has been named one of the most influential people this year by Time.

Senator Amy Klobuchar writes:
In 2010 a devastating earthquake hit Haiti. With 160,000 dead, the country was in chaos. Somewhere in the rubble were dozens of orphans set to be adopted by families in my state. Records were destroyed, protocols abandoned. Yet distraught Minnesota moms were on the ground, looking for their children.
When they called me, I called the only person I knew would help: then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She didn’t pawn it off or think it too small. She went to work. She got those babies home, and a few were even brought to the Port-au-Prince airport in a State Department car, diapers, bottles and all.
That’s the Hillary I know—the friend who takes the call, the public servant who listens and acts, the mom who makes sure it gets done right. She has a spine of steel and a work ethic to match America’s.
Cosmpolitan has a feature covering Clinton’s positions on fourteen key issues. Here’s a sample:

Gun Control

Clinton has proposed a "commonsense" approach to gun control: She wants stricter regulations on gun access, specifically tightening background checks and regulating the sales of guns at gun shows and online. During a campaign event in South Carolina, Clinton addressed the issue of gun control with young African-Americans, many of whom have had friends and families affected by gun violence. "I know we are a smart enough nation to figure out how you protect responsible gun owners' rights and get guns out of the hands of people who shouldn't have them," Clinton said at this event.

Student Loans

Clinton has a 10-year, $350 billion higher education proposal that aims to make college more affordable and reduce interests rates on student loans. The proposal would raise the $350 billion over 10 years by cutting tax deductions for the wealthy. The basis of Clinton's higher education plan is to help students attend a four-year public university without taking out student loans to pay for tuition. This plan also aims to make it possible for students to attend community college for free. Clinton has proposed that students should be involved in work-study programs, through which students would work up to 10 hours a week and use the money they earn toward education costs.
Clinton will consider an all-female ticket for the general election.

Huffington Post reports:
“We’ll start with a broad list [of potential vice presidential candidates] and then begin to narrow it,” Clinton 2016 chairman John Podesta told The Boston Globe. “But there is no question that there will be women on that list.”
The biggest predictor of primary and caucus results this year isn’t turnout.

DAM Politics reports:
The true predictor of performance this primary season is the racial composition of a state's population. When a state is home to more white people, Bernie wins, and Hillary does well in states with greater diversity. 
There's very little correlation between the overall turnout of eligible voters in a primary/caucus and a candidate's performance in that contest. Bernie's done well in sparsely-attended caucuses and Hillary's done well in sparsely-attended primaries. They've both done well in primaries with larger turnout numbers. 
The most interesting statistic to come out of this primary cycle is how strongly a state's racial makeup affects how well Hillary or Bernie performs in that state's primary or caucus. The trend is stark—Bernie's best performance comes from states that are overwhelmingly white, and Hillary's best performance comes from states that are home to a significant number of Black and Latino voters.
Clinton-aligned SuperPAC Priorities USA is raising and spending for the general election.
Politico reports:
The PAC spent almost as much as it raised, with the vast majority — $10 million — marked for a digital ad reservation through Precision Network. Another $541,000 to Civis Analytics was labeled as “General Election Analytics."



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