Hillary Clinton on Principles & Values

Democratic Jr Senator (NY)

Poll: support among women 13% higher than among men

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton accepted her party's nomination for a second term as the New York senator in the Buffalo convention, but she sure didn't sound as if she was running only for that seat. A new ABC News/Washington Post Poll shows a huge gender gap among Clinton supporters, even among Democrats, with women more likely to support Clinton than men by a margin of 13 points. The gap continues with Republicans, where three in 10 women indicated a willingness to support Clinton compared with two out of 10 Republican men.

While Clinton has proved popular with the Democratic base in places like New York City, she is much weaker with the political center, the moderates and Independents in states like Ohio and Florida that she will need to win a general election. A daunting 42 percent of all Americans say they'd never vote for her for president.

Source: 2008 speculation by Jake Tapper & Drew Millhon, ABC News May 31, 2006

Hillary's paradox: she's not as liberal as people think

Q: If not Hillary Clinton in 2008, then who?

A: There are ten or twelve plausible candidates for the Democratic nomination for the President, some of whom we haven't really thought about yet. It could be Mark Warner, from Virginia, or Evan Bayh, from Indiana. Each person has a reason that he-and they're all men-would be a better alternative nationally to Hillary Clinton. What's bubbling beneath the surface right now is a feeling that Hillary Clinton could certainly capture the nomination, but she is not the best person to run for the Presidency. This goes back to the paradox of Hillary Clinton: she is a moderate figure-she's never actually been as liberal as people think. But by 2008 the country will have had sixteen or seventeen years of knowing Hillary, and people's ideas about her are fairly fixed. If only because of the amount of money she's raised, she's formidable, and she's in the way of all of these other guys

Source: 2008 speculation, by Jeffrey Goldberg in the New Yorker May 29, 2006

Early frontrunner based on name recognition and money

Dick Morris, the political consultant who advised the Clintons in the White House & who roughly personifies what people hate about political consultants, published a book called "Condi vs Hillary", touting the thesis that only Condoleezza Rice could foil Clinton's ambitions.

When Republican types meet, the Hillary-chat is the same. Formidable candidate... shedloads of money... unrivalled name recognition... impressive job in the Senate... husband a big asset... great hairdo.

Among Democrats, you will find many who say she SHOULD be the next president-her admirers remain legion-but you will be very hard pressed to find many who say with confidence she WILL.

Early polls indicate that while she's streets ahead for the Democratic nomination, she gets soundly beaten by all the most plausible Republicans. So, among Democrats the snatches of conversation are like this: Hated on the Left... impossibly high negatives... terrible performer in public... too much Bill baggage... awful pantsuits.

Source: 2008 speculation by Gerard Baker in The Peninsula (Qatar) Apr 8, 2006

House of Representatives has been run like a plantation

Sen. Clinton's Senate opponent called on her to apologize for comparing the GOP-controlled House of Representatives to "a plantation." The White House, meanwhile, charged that the New York Democrat's comments were "out of bounds."

Clinton made her comments during a speech on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. "When you look at the way the House of Representatives has been run like a plantation, and you know what I'm talking about," she told a crowd at a church in Harlem . "It has been run in a way so that nobody with a contrary view has had a chance to present legislation, to make an argument, to be heard."

Her Senate opponent, John Spencer, said yesterday, "Sen. Clinton's racially motivated comments are shameful & deserved to be repudiated. Sen. Clinton has forgotten the New York tradition of senators like Robert Kennedy & Pat Moynihan, who brought people of different races and cultures together. Sen. Clinton is now dividing people based on race to try to help herself politically."

Source: Noreen O'Donnell, The Journal News Jan 18, 2006

Not involved in pardons, neither with husband nor brother

Sen. Clinton said she was disappointed after learning her brother had been paid to help two convicts win clemency from her husband, former President Bill Clinton. Clinton said she had no knowledge that her brother Hugh Rodham had been paid almost $400,000 for legal work for two applicants for presidential clemency, Carlos Vignali and Almon Braswell.

Although she demanded he return the money, Clinton said she has not spoken with her brother at all since the news broke. “I knew nothing about my brother’s involvement in these pardons,“ she said. ”I love my brother, but. I’m very disappointed and I’m very disturbed.“ Rodham’s lawyer said he had returned most of the fees to both clemency clients. She added that she had no role in any of her husband’s 11th-hour pardons.

The disclosures opened up a new area for congressional investigators, who were already looking into a controversy over former President Clinton’s pardon of fugitive financier Marc Rich and his business partner.

Source: Kate Snow & Eileen O’Connor, CNN.com Feb 22, 2001

No problems with presidential transition; resolved by Xmas

First lady and U.S. Senator-elect Hillary Rodham Clinton predicted Wednesday that the presidential election would be resolved before Christmas if legal challenges over Florida’s disputed votes are handled in an “expeditious manner.”

“I think both campaigns have filed legal actions and we have the time to have those heard,” said Clinton, who endorsed Gore’s position in the dispute. “I believe that it certainly is important that every American have the confidence that his or her vote is counted and certainly in Florida there are questions about votes that haven’t been counted. I think those should be resolved,“ she said.

America’s government institutions, including the presidency, are ”strong and resilient“ enough to weather the current dispute, Clinton said. She added that Gore as well as his Republican rival, Texas Gov. George W. Bush, would ”certainly be able to hit the ground running“ after taking office.

Source: CNN.com Nov 29, 2000

Rejected Independence Party; they include Pat Buchanan

CLINTON [to Lazio]: When the Independence Party was considering who to nominate, I made it very clear that I would not run on a party line with Pat Buchanan because of his anti-Semitic comments. You were more than happy to accept that particular line.

LAZIO: Mrs. Clinton, that’s not totally accurate. Your people were up there working hard for that.

CLINTON: I’ve specifically said publicly that I wouldn’t take it if they nominated Pat Buchanan. It was up to them to decide what to do.

LAZIO: I condemned him and the fact that he has been intolerant.

CLINTON: You know, I can only respond because, you know, as The Forward said when they endorsed me, Jewish voters should reject smear campaigns and inaccurate information.

Q: Did you accept the Independence nomination?


CLINTON: That’s because it wasn’t offered.

LAZIO: No. It wasn’t offered to either one of us, to be fair about that.

Source: NY Senate debate on NBC Oct 28, 2000

Supported teacher tests & China women despite unpopularity

Q: Can you give me one example where you have taken an unpopular course despite what your advisers say because you thought it was right?

CLINTON: Well, I’ll give you two. You know, back in 1983 - when I was probably the first person in the country who said that we should test teachers - that was extremely unpopular, and it caused quite an uproar. But it was the right thing to do, and I still believe today that we should be testing new teachers and raising standards for our teachers. And then in 1995, when I went to China to speak on behalf of women’s rights, there were many people, inside and outside our own government, people literally around the world, who said I shouldn’t go, that I shouldn’t make a speech, that I shouldn’t criticize the Chinese government.

Source: NY Senate debate on NBC Oct 28, 2000

Lazio’s a nice young man, but it’s about policy differences

Q: You would think that you dislike each other. Is that true?

LAZIO: It’s not a matter of personal dislike, [but] to point at the differences between candidates and the philosophy between two candidates.

Q: Do you dislike him?

CLINTON: No. I think that I have no personal animus at all toward Mr. Lazio. He seems like a very nice person.

Q: Well, name three things that you like about him.

CLINTON: Well, it seems like he has a very nice family. And that he has worked very hard. And that he’s an attractive young man.

Q: And you name three things you like about her.

LAZIO: Well, I think you’re an attractive woman. And I think you’ve got a very nice family. I’m sure you’re a very good mother as well.

CLINTON: Thank you very much. But that’s not what this election’s about. And what it is about are the very significant differences between us on everything like education and health care and the economy and the environment and guns and choice and Social Security and the budget surplus.

Source: NY Senate debate on NBC Oct 28, 2000

Experience and choices as a woman will make me good senator

Q: Why did you stay with your husband?

CLINTON: I have worked to make sure women had the choices that were right for them. I’ve made my choices. We have a family that means a lot to us. Many of my experiences will give me insights into what I can do to be a good senator. I’ve had experience balancing family and work. I’ve had to worry about making sure that my parents were well taken care of, as well as taking care of my daughter. The choices that I’ve made are right for me. I can’t talk about anybody else’s choice. I can only say that mine are rooted in my religious faith, in my strong sense of family, and in what I believe is right and important. I want to be sure that there’s a voice in the Senate that reminds us that we’re still threatened with the right to choose that might disappear if the wrong person is elected president, the wrong people are elected to the Senate. I think my experience as a woman will make me the kind of senator who really understands what’s at stake.

Source: Senate debate in Manhattan Oct 8, 2000

Get New York a fair share of budget surplus & Medicaid

Q: As a junior senator, will you be able to ensure that N.Y. will receive its fair share of federal aid?

CLINTON: One of the issues I’ve been talking about is how we can get more of New York’s fair share. We have a chance to do that because we have a surplus. One of the biggest injustices is the Medicaid formula. I’ve come forward with a plan that would get us more money. I look forward to working with Chuck Schumer. I would be a vigorous proponent of what we need.

Source: Senate debate in Manhattan Oct 8, 2000

New Yorkers are diverse, big dreamers

Q: Define a New Yorker.

CLINTON: What it means to be a New Yorker is to be the best human being you can be, to do the best with your life you can do, to dream the biggest dreams, to demonstrate that we can make this wonderful patchwork quilt of a place not only work but show the rest of the world that people from different backgrounds and experiences not only can get along but build a better future.

Source: Senate debate in Manhattan Oct 8, 2000

Hillary: Lazio has chutzpah to call himself “mainstream”

CLINTON: Listening to the congressman’s response, reminds me of a word I’ve heard a lot of this past year: chutzpah. He stands here and tells us that he’s a moderate, mainstream, independent member of Congress. Well, in fact he was a deputy whip to Newt Gingrich. He voted to shut the government down. He voted to cut $270 billion from Medicare. He voted for the biggest education cuts in our history. Time and time again when he’s had a choice to make, particularly at the critical turning point, when our country was really on the line with Newt Gingrich’s Contract With America, he stood with the Republican leadership and Newt Gingrich.

LAZIO: Mrs. Clinton’s last remark has to redefine the word chutzpah. Mrs. Clinton, you, of all people, shouldn’t try to make guilt by association. Newt Gingrich isn’t running in this race, I’m running in this race. Let’s talk about my record. Let’s lower taxes. Let’s deregulate energy. And let’s build on my work in Congress already to get the job done.

Source: Clinton-Lazio debate, Buffalo NY Sep 13, 2000

We’re better off than 1992; elect Gore & continue progress

We’re a stronger, better country than we were in 1992. When Bill, Al, Tipper and I got on that bus after our convention eight years ago, we began a journey that took us through America’s heartland. Along the way we saw faces of hope -- but also faces of despair -- fathers out of work, mothers trapped on welfare, children with unmet medical needs. How can we continue America’s progress? By electing Al Gore and Joe Lieberman!
Source: Address to the Democratic National Convention Aug 14, 2000

Support minimum wage & more teachers, in Senate or out

Hillary Rodham Clinton said she would “probably be connected with a foundation or academic institution in some way” if she loses her bid to be elected US senator from New York. “I’ll support the same issues -- raising the minimum wage, expanding the earned income tax credit for poor working people, and putting more teachers in the classroom to lower class size in our public schools,” she said in the interview in Ladies Home Journal.When asked what accomplishments she’s most proud of as first lady, Mrs. Clinton noted her involvement in extending health care to children, making it easier for people who lose or change jobs to keep their health insurance, and speeding up and providing tax incentives for the adoption and foster care systems.
Source: CNN.com May 3, 2000

New Democrat: individual responsibility and community

I have gone from a Barry Goldwater Republican to a New Democrat, but I think my underlying values have remained pretty constant; individual responsibility and community. I do not see those as being mutually inconsistent.
Source: New York Magazine.com Apr 3, 2000

National experience & ability to get along will serve NY

Whoever represents New York has to be able to get along with other senators from other places in order to make that argument, and to make it clear that it’s not just a New York problem.
Source: CNN.com Feb 11, 2000

New to the neighborhood, but not new to NY issues

For over 30 years in many different ways, I’ve seen first hand the kinds of challenges New Yorkers face today. I may be new to the neighborhood, but I am not new to your concerns. I care about the same issues you care about. I understand them. I know that we can make progress on them. That’s why my friend, I want to be your Senator.
Source: Announcement Speech, SUNY Purchase Feb 6, 2000

End divisional politics

I will fight against the division politics of revenge and retribution. If you put me to work for you, I will work to lift people up, not put them down.
Source: Announcement Speech, SUNY Purchase Feb 6, 2000

“Vast right wing conspiracy”

[On the Today show in Jan. 1998, one week into the Monica Lewinsky scandal] Mrs. Clinton said, “.the President has denied these allegations on all counts, unequivocally.... The real story here, for anybody willing to tell it and write about it and explain it, is this vast right-wing conspiracy that has been conspiring against my husband since the day he announced for president. When all this is put into context... some folks are going to have a lot to answer for.”
Source: Hillary’s Choice by Gail Sheehy, p. 5 & 8 Dec 9, 1999

Stands by her man despite “pain in marriage”

[On the Today show in Jan. 1998] Q: You said in 1992 regarding Gennifer Flowers, “I’m not some Tammy Wynette standing by my man.” In the same interview, your husband admitted that he had “caused pain in your marriage.” Six years later you are still standing by this man. Do you think he would admit that he again has caused pain in this marriage?
A: With utter certainty, Hillary declares that she and her husband “know everything there is to know about each other.”
Source: Hillary’s Choice by Gail Sheehy, p. 9 Dec 9, 1999

Decried 1980s materialism & excesses of corporate America

In 1987, Hillary expressed a fervent concern that corporate America was running amok and subverting bedrock American values. She cited a rogue’s gallery of corporate raiders--Ivan Boesky, Carl Icahn, and T. Boone Pickens--and bemoaned environmental degradation caused by companies [such as at] Three Mile Island and Love Canal. Foreshadowing her later fascination with “the politics of meaning,” she talked about the excesses of yuppie materialism, hyper-individualism, and narcissism that were
Source: Hillary’s Choice by Gail Sheehy, p.173 Dec 9, 1999

Hillary’s choice: Co-president or White House wife?

In 1995, Hillary spoke at the dedication of Eleanor Roosevelt College. The focal point was choice: “Eleanor Roosevelt understood that every one of us every day has choices to make about the kind of person we are and what we wish to become. You can decide to be someone who brings people together, or you can fall prey to those who wish to divide us. You can be someone who educates yourself, or you can believe that being negative is clever and being cynical is fashionable. You have a choice.”

It sounded like her own internal debate. What would be Hillary’s choice? Who to be? Hillary Rodham, co-president? Hillary Clinton, White House wife? Or Hillary Roosevelt? Her core vision of herself as a policy maker had been shaken by the outright rejection of her health care reform plan. Hillary consoled herself with her favorite quote from ER: “To undo mistakes is always harder than not to create them, but we seldom have foresight. Therefore, we have no choice but to try to correct our past mistakes.”

Source: Hillary’s Choice by Gail Sheehy, p.261-262 Dec 9, 1999

Never left Bill because they were a team

[During the Monica scandal,] the obsessive question in the national conversation was: “Why doesn’t she leave him?” The most practical answer was that if she left him then, she would have been blamed, along with Monica, for bringing down his presidency. Bill and Hillary Clinton were a team; this was their legacy; her self-interest did not lie in further tarnishing the record they had built together. The more pretinent question from her perspective was: How could she leave the White House after all she’s endured to get there? Her life strategy, decided long ago, was to take the raw material of this brilliant, emotionally battered child with a good heart and a desperate ambition and shape him into a political star to which she could hitch her wagon full of dreams for changing the world. It took Hillary to raise a president. Said a White House lawyer, “Hillary’s made a clear decision. She’s going to rise or fall with him. So she’s going to stand with him.”
Source: Hillary’s Choice by Gail Sheehy, p.302-303 Dec 9, 1999

Not some little woman standing by her man

I’m not sitting here like some little woman standing by her man like Tammy Wynette. I’m sitting here because I love him and I honor what he’s been through and what we’ve been through together. If that’s not enough for people, then, heck, don’t vote for him.
Source: Unique Voice, p. 47: Campaign speech Jul 2, 1992

Humanness goes beyond acquisitiveness

We are exploring a world that none of us understands. But there are some things we feel, feelings that our prevailing acquisitive and competitive corporate life.is not the way of life for us. We’re searching for more immediate, ecstatic and penetrating modes of living. That attempt at forging for many of us. has meant coming to terms with our humanness.
Source: Unique Voice, p. 9: Commencement Address, Wellesley May 31, 1969

Voted NO on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice.

Vote on the Nomination -- a YES vote would to confirm Samuel A. Alito, Jr., of New Jersey, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Reference: Alito Nomination; Bill PN 1059 ; vote number 2006-002 on Jan 31, 2006

Voted NO on confirming John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Vote on the Nomination (Confirmation John G. Roberts, Jr., of Maryland, to be Chief Justice of the United States )
Reference: Supreme Court Nomination of John Roberts; Bill PN 801 ; vote number 2005-245 on Sep 27, 2005

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