Hillary Rodham Clinton's Political Positions

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Hillary Clinton has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads. Hillary Clinton is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • "I strongly believe that every child should be wanted, cherished, and loved. For more than a decade I have worked to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, especially teen pregnancies, and to promote policies with the goal of making abortion safe, legal, and rare."http://votesmart.org/public-statement/329549/issue-position-women#.VO9fMqC0SXU (votesmart.org)

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  • "I will not raise taxes by a single penny on anyone making less than $250,000 dollars a year - that includes income taxes, capital gains and dividends taxes, and payroll taxes"http://votesmart.org/public-statement/342354/hillary-clinton-statement-on-senator-mccains-speech/?search=raise#.VO9i8aC0SXU (votesmart.org)
  • Forbes.com "While campaigning in 2008, Clinton was asked about her stance on the Bush tax cuts, to which she responded, "We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." That is a refrain we've heard throughout President Obama's eight-year presidency - that the rich must pay their "fair share." This quote, when taken with Clinton's voting record, allows us to reach some logical conclusions. If elected, Clinton would continue the policies of the existing regime, seeking to raise the taxes on the wealthy while enacting and expanding breaks for the lower and middle class." http://www.forbes.com/sites/anthonynitti/2015/04/13/what-hillary-clintons-voting-record-reveals-about-her-tax-plan/2/ (www.forbes.com)

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  • Washington Post "On Wednesday morning, Hillary Clinton appeared at New York's Columbia University to discuss crime and criminal justice in one of the first speeches of her 2016 campaign. She advocated putting cameras on police officers and changing mandatory minimum sentences. And she put a fine point on the number of people in our prisons. "It's time to end the era of mass incarceration," she said. "We need a true national debate about how to reduce our prison population while keeping our communities safe.'" http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/04/29/hillary-clinton-hopes-to-undo-the-mass-incarceration-system-bill-clinton-helped-build/ (www.washingtonpost.com)
  • "I think there is a role for mandatory minimums for violent crimes, but we have applied them far too broadly and in ways that are simply unfair to minority offenders. We need to punish illegal conduct without imposing unfair penalties that are simply out of balance with the crime. That's why the Clinton administration created a safety valve to give judges discretion for non-violent, first-time offenders. In addition to things like the safety valve, I've supported drug courts as a way to help non-violent offenders get back on the right path while confronting the consequences of their actions. We also need to eliminate the disparity between sentencing for crack and for powder cocaine violations." http://www.sentencingproject.org/doc/File/mandatory%20minimums.pdf (www.sentencingproject.org)

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  • "You shouldn't have to be the granddaughter of a President or a Secretary of State to receive excellent health care, education, enrichment, and all the support and advantages that will one day lead to a good job and a successful life [?] That's what we want for all our kids. And this isn't just idealism. It's a recipe for broadly-shared prosperity and a healthy democracy." http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/10/politics/hillary-clinton-memoir-2016-update/index.html (thehill.com)

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  • "Understanding that a vibrant middle class is essential to America's prosperity, Hillary will implement a broad set of policies to once again restore opportunity for all Americans. Hillary's economic blueprint to restore the American middle class includes: * Lowering taxes for middle class families."http://votesmart.org/public-statement/321934/issue-position-strengthening-the-middle-class/?search=raise#.VO9i7aC0SXU (www.cnn.com)

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  • "When I think about the really unfortunate argument that's been going on around Common Core, it's very painful, because the Common Core started off as a bi-partisan effort - it was actually nonpartisan. It wasn't politicized, it was to try to come up with a core of learning that we might expect students to achieve across our country, no matter what kind of school district they were in, no matter how poor their family was, that there wouldn't be two tiers of education. Everybody would be looking at what was to be learned and doing their best to try to achieve that." http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/04/20/what-hillary-clinton-said-about-the-common-core-state-standards/ (www.washingtonpost.com)

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  • Washington Post "Former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton declined in an interview published Sunday to take a position on the debate over whether the Keystone XL oil pipeline should be constructed or not." http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/06/16/hillary-clinton-has-a-keystone-xl-catch-22/ (ecowatch.com)

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  • ecowatch.com "She especially touted the economic impact of clean energy development, saying, "Aside from the deniers and the special interests and all the other folks who want to pretend we don't have a crisis is the fact that we are leaving money and jobs behind. For those on the other side, they have to answer to the reality they are denying peoples' jobs and middle class incomes and upward mobility by their refusal to look to the future.'" http://ecowatch.com/2014/09/05/hillary-clinton-climate-deniers-renewable-energy/ (ecowatch.com)

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  • "[These are] the most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges we face. The data is unforgiving no matter what the deniers try to assert. Sea levels are rising. Ice caps are melting. Storms, droughts, and wildfires are wreaking havoc." http://ecowatch.com/2014/09/05/hillary-clinton-climate-deniers-renewable-energy/ (www.cnn.com)

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  • "We have to rein in what has become [an] almost article of faith, that anybody can own a gun anywhere, anytime. And I don't believe that." http://www.politico.com/story/2014/05/hillary-clinton-gun-control-obamacare-106392.html
  • thehill.com "Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, has been a staunch advocate of gun-control proposals, such as expanding background checks and banning assault weapons. Last summer, she ripped groups that oppose those ideas as out of step with public opinion. "We cannot let a minority of people, and that's what it is, it is a minority of people, hold a view point that terrorizes the majority of people," Clinton said during a CNN town-hall event." http://thehill.com/regulation/other/239934-hillarys-2016-bid-energizes-supporters-of-gun-control (www.cnn.com)

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  • National Journal ""Our nation's future-jobs & economic growth-depends on investments made today. The GOP budget fails Americans on these principles," she wrote. "Repeal of the ACA would let insurers write their own rules again, and wipe out coverage for 16 million Americans."" http://www.nationaljournal.com/health-care/hillary-clinton-doesn-t-seem-all-that-scared-of-obamacare-20150412 (www.cnn.com)

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  • "We can't wait any longer for a path to full and equal citizenship" http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/clinton-speaks-forcefully-for-path-to-citizenship-for-illegal-immigrants/2015/05/05/21b18f20-f330-11e4-b2f3-af5479e6bbdd_story.html
  • "I support the President's decision to begin fixing our broken immigration system and focus finite resources on deporting felons rather than families." http://www.nationaljournal.com/politics/hillary-clinton-breaks-her-silence-on-immigration-reform-20141120 (www.washingtonpost.com)

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  • New York Times "Hillary Clinton supports marriage equality and hopes the Supreme Court will come down on the side of same-sex couples being guaranteed that constitutional right," Adrienne Elrod, a spokeswoman for Hillary for America, said while Mrs. Clinton was campaigning for the presidency in Iowa." http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2015/04/16/hillary-clintons-changing-views-on-gay-marriage/ (ecowatch.com)

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  • TIME "As Secretary of State, Clinton backed a bold escalation of the Afghanistan war. She pressed Obama to arm the Syrian rebels, and later endorsed air strikes against the Assad regime. She backed intervention in Libya, and her State Department helped enable Obama's expansion of lethal drone strikes. In fact, Clinton may have been the administration's most reliable advocate for military action." http://swampland.time.com/2014/01/14/hillary-clintons-unapologetically-hawkish-record-faces-2016-test/ (www.nationaljournal.com)

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  • "There are several key reasons why replacing Social Security with a privatized system would be harmful for Americans. First, privatization leaves retirees vulnerable to stock market fluctuations or poor individual investment decisions. Second, the current Social Security system is progressive and assists women and families by indexing benefits to those who earn less. Women especially would be disadvantaged by a privatized system because they would have lower annual account deposits and would likely lose the advantage of spousal benefits. Third, fully one-third of payroll taxes are used to cover disabled workers and survivors. It is uncertain how the federal government could afford to pay these benefits if a percentage of the payroll tax is diverted into individual accounts. Finally, the projected cost of changing to a privatized system while continuing to pay current benefits is estimated to be several trillion dollars in just the first decade, an unfunded liability that we can not afford." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/329566/issue-position-seniors-and-social-security#.VTZlIKC0QVY (www.nationaljournal.com)

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