Hillary Clinton in 2007 AFSCME Democratic primary debate in Carson City Nevada


On Government Reform: Cut gov’t contractors and end privatization of government

I stood with AFSCME against the privatization of Social Security and now I want to stand with you against the privatization of our government. The Bush administration has been privatizing government services. In fact, now we have more government contractors and grantees by three times the number than the entire military and Civil Service personnel. We have to stop that. And I have proposed cutting government contractors by 500,000 as soon as I’m sworn in and saving $8 billion to $10 billion.
Source: 2007 AFSCME Democratic primary debate in Carson City Nevada Feb 21, 2007

On Health Care: Universal health care coverage by the end of my second term

Q: Many experts project that it would cost between $90 billion and $120 billion to actually achieve universal health care for everyone in America. Is comprehensive reform achievable financially?

A: We already spend more money than anybody else in the world, by about $800 billion, and we have 47 million uninsured. We’re also at a competitive disadvantage because other countries either provide health care or don’t, and our companies are trying to be competing in a global economy. So I want to figure out how we provide universal health care without putting billions more into the system. Let’s get prescription drug prices down by negotiating with the drug companies, for example. I am going around the country, and I’m asking people’s advice, then I’m going to be proposing a specific plan. You know, President Kennedy said in his inauguration that he wanted to have a man on the moon by the end of the decade. Well, I want to have universal health care coverage by the end of my second term.

Source: 2007 AFSCME Democratic primary debate in Carson City Nevada Feb 21, 2007

On Health Care: Still scarred from 1990s reform, but now doing it better

You know, I have a little bit of experience in trying to reform health care. And I still have the scars to show for it. I needed some health care after that was over. And I am absolutely convinced this time we’re going to do it because the people that come to talk to me now they’re CEOs of companies, they’re doctors and nurses and hospital administrators. They know that if we don’t change the system we have, it’s going to continue hemorrhage money. We’re going to have more uninsured people. We’re going to have the fastest growing problem of people who are not going to get what they thought they paid for, and we’re going to continue to lose jobs. They’re going to be sent to other countries because we’re not being able to provide health care at a decent cost.
Source: 2007 AFSCME Democratic primary debate in Carson City Nevada Feb 21, 2007

On Principles & Values: Proud of Bill Clinton’s record as president

Q: [Regarding David Geffen’s remarks, a Hillary donor who attacked Barack], do you think that candidates should be held accountable for the statements of their supporters and donors?

A: I want to run a very positive campaign, and I sure don’t want Democrats to be engaging in the politics of personal destruction. I think we should stay focused on what we’re going to do for America. And you know, I believe Bill Clinton was a good president, and I’m very proud of the record of his two terms.

Source: 2007 AFSCME Democratic primary debate in Carson City Nevada Feb 21, 2007

On War & Peace: Require Bush to redeploy or seek additional authority

I want to start redeploying our troops out of Iraq. Within 90 days, I want to begin the process. And if the president doesn’t comply with the requirements I’ve put forth, then I think we should require that he has to seek additional congressional authority, because it has run out on what George Bush has tried to do in Iraq.
Source: 2007 AFSCME Democratic primary debate in Carson City Nevada Feb 21, 2007

On War & Peace: Takes responsibility for Iraq war vote, but not a mistake

Q: Why wasn’t your vote authorizing the Iraq war a mistake?

A: My vote was a sincere vote based on the facts and assurances that I had at the time. And I have taken responsibility for my vote, and I believe that none of us should get a free pass. It is up to the voters to judge what each of us has said and done. But I think the most important thing now is to focus on what we have to do together to try to force this president to change direction.

Q: Why are you against bringing the US troops home right now by cutting off funding?

A: I have introduced legislation to stop the escalation & to protect our troops. My legislation also says to the Iraqis: Enough. We are not going to fight your battles. We are not sending our young men and women in. You have to be on the front lines of your own defense. People ask me, “why don’t you want to cut money for American troops?” I want to cut money for Iraqi troops, because they’re not standing up and fighting the way that they have said they would.

Source: 2007 AFSCME Democratic primary debate in Carson City Nevada Feb 21, 2007

The above quotations are from 2007 AFSCME Democratic primary debate in Carson City Nevada, Feb. 21, 2007.
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