As In Loco Politico has already reported, Hillary Clinton has officially launched her bid for the Democratic nomination during the 48th quadrennial United States Presidential election in 2016. As polls continue to indicate, she is still ahead of her Republican opponents; Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio. So it will come as no surprise that her announcement led to a social media blitz, far greater than that of the Republican announcements. She announced her bid around 2:30 P.M. (PDT) on Twitter. Just within an hour, her tweet had been viewed by three million people and has since received around 100,000 favorites and retweets. As if that was not enough, Hillary became the top trending topic worldwide and reached a peak of 7,000 tweets per minute. Hillary’s announcement had been long anticipated and her Twitter statistics just go to show the amount of influence she already has over millions of people.
Hillary Rodham Clinton is a household name in American politics. She has been the First Lady of Arkansas, First Lady of the United States, United States Senator for New York and most recently, our 67th Secretary of State. It would be safe to assume that almost every American has heard her name and vaguely knows who she is. But, do most American’s know the real Hillary Clinton? What are Hillary Clinton’s political positions?
In order to make an informed decision regarding which candidate to support for these upcoming elections, it is vital we Americans educate ourselves as much as we can on who our candidates are and what sort of decisions we can expect from them if they reach the White House.
Hillary Rodham Clinton was born on October 26, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois. She grew up in the Park Ridge suburb along with her two younger brothers, Hugh Jr. and Anthony. Her parents are Hugh Rodham, a fabric store owner, and Dorothy Emma Howell Rodham. She was active in school and participated in sports and extra-curricular activities. Under the influence of teachers and her conservative upbringing, young Hillary was an active member of the Republican party and campaigned for Barry Goldwater during the U.S. Presidential elections in 1964. It wasn’t until 1968 that she became a Democrat. Through her hard work and exceptional academic record, she attended Wellesley College. In Wellesley she was active in student politics and was student body President a year before she graduated in 1969. She then attended Yale Law School, where she met President Bill Clinton, and graduated with honors in 1973. After her Yale graduation she became active in the Washington D.C. political sphere.
Hillary Clinton is a member of the Democratic Party. The current American Democratic Party is a center-left, social justice political party that promotes universal health care, social programs, equal opportunity, labor unions, consumer protection and economic protection. It is the liberal party of the United States that stands in contrast to the conservative Republican Party.
Hillary Clinton on the Issues
Disclaimer: Please keep in mind that these were compiled based on speeches, interviews and her voting record during time spent as a public servant. Her presidential campaign is still in its early stages and she has yet to fully develop the political platform on which she will run.
Abortion/Civil Rights and Women’s Rights
- Hillary is a strong defender for women’s rights. She has said that “Women’s rights is the great unfinished business of the 21st century”, and gave a speech titled “Women’s Rights are Human Rights” at the 1995 United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. The Clinton Foundation partnered with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to study and collect data on the progress of women all around the world.
- Wants the United States to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. This is a United Nations treaty that serves as an international bill of rights for women.
- Hillary Clinton is a feminist.
- She has been highly criticized because despite all her work towards ensuring equal rights, her foundation has received donations from Middle Eastern governments that have a less than stellar women’s rights record.
- Pro-choice advocate who supports government funded family planning centers. She believes that governments should not interfere in the reproductive lives of women. Proposes that if women are more educated and receive government funded family planning, abortion rates will drop.
- Supports gay marriage.
- Comes from a middle class family and is advocate for strengthening America’s middle class. Opposes trickle down economics.
- Opposes tax cuts for the wealthy and was highly critical of President George W. Bush’s tax cuts that benefitted wealthy Americans.
- Clinton has not signed the Americans for Tax Reform, which pledges to not create new taxes or raise existing ones. AFTR want a flat rate tax on all Americans and are anti-IRS.
- Wants to repeal portions of the Bush tax cuts, which would raise taxes to rates that existed in 2000.
- Supports a minimum wage and through her Twitter feed has expressed sympathy and support for those proposing a $15 minimum wage.
- In a 1998 speech at Harvard Medical School she stated “There are 41 million people without health insurance. Who will take care of these people in the future? How will we pay for their care? How will we pay for the extra costs that come when someone is not treated for a chronic disease or turned away from the emergency room? The job of health care reform cannot be done when access to care depends on skin color or the neighborhood they live in or the amount of money in their wallet. Let’s continue to work toward universal affordable, quality health care.”
- Supported Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
- Does not support single-payer health care. This is a system in which the government pays for all of its citizens’ health care costs. Canada and the United Kingdom have single-payer health care.
- Supporter of programs like Medicaid.
- Recognizes global warming as a real threat that must be addressed as soon as possible.
- Opposed oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
- Supporter of finding alternative energy sources and “going green”.
- In 2007 her energy plan included: Reducing greenhouse emissions by 80% from 1990 levels by 2055, cut foreign oil imports by two-thirds by 2030, and transform America’s carbon-based economy into a green sustainable economy that will create 5 million jobs over the next decade.
- In June 2014, she proposed $100B per year by 2020 for climate change mitigation.
Foreign Policy: Arab-Israeli Relations
- Supports Israel’s right to defend itself from terrorism. Has spoken at pro-Israel rallies to get Jerusalem recognized as the official capital of Israel. As Secretary of State, the filed a brief with the United States Supreme Court opposing “any American action, even symbolically, toward recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel”.
- Anti Hamas and believes the Palestinians must change their attitude towards terrorism, recognizing it as the real threat that it is.
- Supported the building of the West Bank barrier, a wall that will be built by Israel along the 1949 Armistice line in order to protect itself from Palestinian terrorism.
- Has opposed bills like H.R. 4437, which would impose harsh penalties on illegal immigrants.
- Believes America is in desperate need of an immigration reform that will allow millions of immigrants to reach a path towards citizenship.
- Supported the DREAM Act, an act which made it easier for illegal immigrants to attend higher learning institutions.
- Does not support giving illegal immigrants driver’s licenses.
- In 2006, she voted in favor of the Secure Fence Act, which authorized the construction of 700 miles of extra fence along the U.S.-Mexico boarder.