Meet the Candidates: Hillary Clinton

By, Ariell Branson

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Hillary Clinton was born in Chicago in 1947 to a Methodist family. She attended Wellesley College for her undergraduate degree and then earned a JD from Yale Law School. In 1975, she married Bill Clinton with whom she later had a daughter, Chelsea. She served as a U.S. Senator for the state of New York and also as Secretary of State during the Obama administration. Clinton loves reading mystery novels, hot sauce and has two dogs, Maisie and Tally.

 

The Issues

 Taxation: Clinton is committed to creating a fairer tax code and ensuring that the wealthiest Americans and large corporations pay their share, while providing tax relief to working families. Clinton believes, “It’s outrageous that multi-millionaires and billionaires are allowed to play by a different set of rules than hardworking families, especially when it comes to paying their fair share of taxes.” She also wants to cut taxes for small businesses in order to foster economic growth.

 

Immigration: Clinton believes that we should introduce comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to full citizenship. She also wants to end the “three and ten year bars,” which are provisions of current immigration law that prohibit applicants for permanent residency to return to the U.S. if they were previously in the country illegally. Clinton thinks, “If we claim we are for family, then we have to pull together and resolve the outstanding issues around our broken immigration system. The American people support comprehensive immigration reform not just because it’s the right thing to do—and it is—but because they know it strengthens families, strengthens our economy, and strengthens our country. . . . We can’t wait any longer for a path to full and equal citizenship.”

 

Healthcare: Clinton believes that we should defend the Affordable Care Act, bring down out-of-pocket costs, reduce the cost of prescription drugs and protect consumers from unjustified price increases. As president she wants to “build on the progress we’ve made.” Specifically, she has stated, “I’ll do more to bring down health care costs for families, ease burdens on small businesses, and make sure consumers have the choices they deserve. And frankly, it is finally time for us to deal with the skyrocketing out-of-pocket health costs, and particularly runaway prescription drug prices.”

 

Education: Clinton wants to launch a national campaign to modernize the teaching profession, rebuild American schools and dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline. Clinton believes that, “Education should be the great door opener, and yet we know it often doesn’t turn out that way. I think every child in this country deserves a good teacher in a good school, regardless of the ZIP code you live in.”

 

LGBT Rights: Clinton wants to fight for full equality for LGBT Americans by passing the Equality Act. She also intends to end conversion therapy for minors and combat youth homelessness. She also wants to protect transgender individuals from violence and make it easier for them to change their gender marker on their birth certificates and other methods of identification. She says, “There are still too many places where lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans are targeted for harassment and violence. There are still too many young people out there feeling hopeless and alone.”

 

The Environment: Clinton wants to keep public lands public and combat international wildlife trafficking. She also intends to defend, implement and extend smart pollution and efficiency standards. As president, she would launch a $60 billion Clean Energy Challenge to cut carbon pollution and expand clean energy. Clinton assures voters, “I won’t let anyone take us backward, deny our economy the benefits of harnessing a clean energy future, or force our children to endure the catastrophe that would result from unchecked climate change.”

 

Trade: When it comes to trade, Clinton’s stance is slightly less consistent. As Secretary of State Clinton called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) the "gold standard in trade agreements." However, now she has stated that “she will be watching closely to see what is being done to crack down on currency manipulation, improve labor rights, protect the environment and health, promote transparency and open new opportunities for our small businesses to export overseas.”

 

Abortion:  Hillary Clinton has expressed support for abortion rights, funding Planned Parenthood and reconsidering the 1973 Helms Amendment, which prohibits the use of foreign assistance funds for abortion. She will “make sure that a woman’s right to make her own health decisions remains as permanent as all of the other values we hold dear.” She wrote that she will always fund and support Planned Parenthood, “fight to protect access to safe and legal abortion,” and “support comprehensive, inclusive sex education.”