Monday, September 26, 2016

Hillary News & Views 9.26: Ambassadors, Kaine Woos Millennials, Chelsea, Debate Day, West Wing

Hillary in Orlando on Wednesday with disability advocate Anastasia Somoza

Guest post by swiffy

Today we begin with the updated letter from 149 career ambassadors who have endorsed Hillary Clinton as the next US President. The letter was first released September 21 with 75 names, and the list of signatories has grown since then. Note the list has strong representation from both Democratic and Republican appointees.
By contrast, Hillary Clinton’s handling of foreign affairs has consistently sought to advance fundamental US interests with a deep grounding in the work of the many tens of thousands of career officers on whom our national security depends.  Not every one of us has agreed with every decision she made (and the same would be true of every one of her predecessors), but we have profound respect for her skills, dedication, intelligence, and diplomacy.
In this election there is only one team to represent our nation and lead our career foreign policy and security professionals in a manner befitting our role as the world’s sole superpower.  Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine are the candidates we support.
Tim Kaine yesterday spoke at Miami Dade college and made a direct pitch to Millennials in the audience.
His strategy: A 45-second sales pitch to millennials hitting on issues important to them, including immigration reform, climate science, women’s health care, LGBTQ equality, equal pay for women and affordable education.
“Hillary and I are with you,” he said to an eager crowd. “The other guys are against you.”
Chelsea spoke in Johnstown, PA in support of her mother’s candidacy. The Tribune-Democrat reports she highlighted Hillary’s plans to deal with opioid addiction:
She also detailed her mother's ideas for taking on a nationwide opioid addiction crisis. Johnstown has seen several overdoses in recent days – including one involving a city police officer.
"We now lose more people to overdoses than we do to car crashes,” Chelsea said.
She said Hillary Clinton's plan includes allocating $10 billion for improved prevention programs at the high school and college levels, offering treatment options without months of waiting lists, and training for doctors and nurse practitioners to ensure the right pain medications are being prescribed.
"We have to have a comprehensive solution to this crisis, because we're losing ground," Chelsea said. "I know that here in this county, it’s one of the hardest-hit areas across the state and really across the country. We have a lot of work to do and we don’t have time to waste.”
Chelsea said her mother has made a point of campaigning in rural areas just as much as larger cities because the Democratic nominee believes it is important to ensure that "communities are once again being put in the center of the conversation."
“It’s not just about Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, it is about communities – and universities like UPJ," Chelsea said. "If we’re only solving for our cities, we have failed. We have to have a president who’s going to be a president for all Americans — regardless of where you live or work, where you’ve gone to school, what your gender is or your race, your religion.”
Today is of course the first Presidential Candidate Debate, and Time brings us a simple background discussing how the candidates have prepared. Everywhere you look, there is a lot of coverage in anticipation of tonight’s event, and I am giving it light coverage here today.
Clinton still boasts far more paths to the required 270 electoral votes. She enjoys an advantage in on-the-ground organizing in battleground states and a virtual monopoly over the airwaves. But her campaign’s failure to put Trump away has Democrats fretting. Trump is a canny media manipulator, and Monday night on Long Island offers him the best forum this fall to channel his celebrity into political credibility by projecting a presidential bearing, just as early voting gets under way….
The stylistic contrasts extend to their preparation. Clinton has solicited voluminous advice from her sprawling network of advisers and allies. She asks aides to print for her the best answers and insert them into a series of subject-specific binders, which are often spread across the kitchen counter that doubles as her desk these days, or an actual desk that one aide joked grows in size to accommodate the accumulating memos. Trump will entertain suggestions from his insular circle of advisers aboard his personal jet as he soars to campaign rallies. Clinton wants specifics and details; Trump wants one-liners that will be catnip for cable television.
A group of West Wing actors yesterday continued its tour of Ohio in support of Hillary Clinton’s candidacy. People reports:
The group is all united behind a passion for ensuring Clinton's spot as the next President. 

"There's no question, this is absolutely the most qualified human being ever to run for President," says Whitford, who played White House Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman. "She has been a leader in terms of giving people access to health care. And in her children's health insurance program, equal rights for women, LGBT rights – she has been fighting the good for fight for 45 years."
Adds Schiff, "I do not have faith that Donald Trump has any real interest in leaving the world a better place than how we found it... So there's no debate here, there's no question. I would vote for Donald Duck over Donald Trump." 

All agree that the race to the White House is not ensured for the Former Secretary of State, though. 

"We're having a circus, and there's only one candidate who is trying to talk about content and issues and the other one is trying to turn it into a wrestling match," says Schiff, who starred as Toby Ziegler on the 1999-2006 series.
The campaign posted a list of how Hillary’s policies will impact your life on Saturday.

4. If your family is struggling to find affordable preschool.

Child care is an essential component of a child’s early development—but its costs have increased by almost 25 percent in the past decade, while the wages of working families have stagnated.
As president, Hillary will lower the costs of sending your children to quality preschools. Under her plan, states will get federal funding to expand access to high quality preschool. Hillary will work across the aisle to make sure every 4-year-old in America has access to high quality preschool….
Hillary has 38 detailed proposals on her website to make life a little easier, one policy at a time. These details matter—especially when it’s about you, your kids, your family, and your community. Our country needs someone who listens to the needs of everyday Americans—and responds.
That’s why it’s more important than ever before that you commit to vote right now, because life should be made easier for American families, like yours.
The Military Times published a powerful message by Gold Star parents Jane Whitfield and Salvatore Abbate about why they are backing Hillary for President.
As those who have lost a son to war, we know it is vital to choose a commander in chief who understands service and sacrifice. Who supports our men and women in uniform. There is no one more qualified in that regard than Hillary Rodham Clinton.
For her entire career, she has committed herself to her country and its people. She values respect, diplomacy, and conflict resolution–the very qualities needed to make sure that we have allies we can depend on. That our troops are not alone in the field. That our country has the relationships and alliances needed to prevail over our enemies.
We’ve seen her turn these principles into action throughout her career. Secretary Clinton knows the stakes. She understands that keeping America strong means building strong friendships and alliances with those who share our values. She has fought for service members. She has ensured that they have the tools needed to excel at their jobs while in the military — and that they're equally equipped to succeed as veterans. She has witnessed the worst aspects of war, mourned with the families of fallen service members, and has been with those of us on the home front, giving us the support we need, too, when that job is done.  We believe the answer is clear. One candidate has fought for those who fight for our nation. The other offers only bluster and insults — outbursts that weaken our allies and, ultimately, make the jobs of our men and women in uniform more difficult and dangerous. 
The campaign noted yesterday that of five living US Presidents, none has spoken out in support of Hillary’s opponent. The Democratic ones strongly support Hillary, and the Republican ones are silent and skipped the Republican convention this year.
Later today, Hillary will debate her Republican opponent at Hofstra University. It starts at 9/6 pm Eastern/Pacific.
I saw a joint New College Compact Event in NH with Bernie Sanders has posted for Wednesday.
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Have a terrific day, everyone!


(originally posted at Daily Kos)

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