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1) We should continue in this war until Iraq is a stable democracy


"It is time to reverse the failed policies of President Bush and to end this war as soon as possible" —Hillary Clinton
Hulse, Carl and Patrick Healy "Hillary Clinton calls on Congress to repeal Iraq war authorization," International Herald Tribune (Americas) May 4 2007

Senator Clinton initially voted to authorize President Bush's use of force in Iraq, but has since declared that her initial support was based on false and misleading information. She has opposed an increase of troops and voted for a war spending bill that would have withdrawn most troops by March 2008. She has proposed a roadmap to end the war and is sponsoring a bill with Senator Byrd to terminate Bush's original authorization. If it passes, Bush would then be forced to come to congress for new authority, and she would not support this without removing most U.S. troops from the midst of what she now calls a civil war.

Ending the War in Iraq: Issues, Hillary for President

Hulse, Carl and Patrick Healy "Hillary Clinton calls on Congress to repeal Iraq war authorization," International Herald Tribune (Americas) May 4 2007

Iraq: Issues, CNN Election Center 2008

2) Efforts to combat global warming should be increased


Hillary Clinton believes that "global climate change is one of the most pressing moral issues of our time" and supports efforts to reduce carbon emissions and to create a national market-based program to reduce global-warming pollutants. Clinton wants to increase fuel efficiency and to invest in clean energy technologies (including carbon sequestration and clean coal) while restoring America's international leadership role in addressing problems associated with climate change.

"Promoting Energy Independence and Fighting Global Warming," Issues, Hillary for President

"Environment and Energy," Issues, New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton

3) The federal government should provide a universal health care system


Hillary Clinton endorses the concept of universal health care and, as First Lady, presented a plan to provide full medical coverage for all Americans. After it failed to become law, she later worked as senator to pass the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) and to modernize modern healthcare technology as well as administrative infrastructure. She also worked to pass the Vaccines for Children Program, the Early Treatment for HIV Act, and wrote the legislation requiring that new prescription drugs be tested on children as well as adults. One of her top priorities has been to end discrimination by insurance companies against people with mental health and substance abuse problems. Hillary Clinton has advocated throughout her campaign that all children receive the health care they need.

"Providing affordable and accessible health care," Hillary for President

"Health Care for Kids," Hillary TV (video 05/11/07)

4) Same-sex marriage should be banned


Hillary Clinton supports civil unions but not same-sex marriages. She opposes a constitutional amendment, however, banning same-sex marriages and says that decisions about marriage should be made at the state level.

Same-Sex Marriage, Issues, CNN Election Center 2008,

Smith, Ben: "Chuck, Hillary Regret …," New York Observer (04/26/04)

As republished by Sexual Orientation Issues in the News

5) The civil law should be reformed so that lawsuits are less common and damage verdicts against individuals and businesses are lower


Senator Clinton voted against legislation (CAFA, 2005) that would constrict the ability of plaintiffs to file class-action law suits and increase federal court jurisdiction over large class-action law suits. Nevertheless, in the article she co-authored with Barack Obama in the New England Journal of Medicine (2006), she called for reducing the amounts patients can collect for preventable injuries as well as the liability insurance premiums health care providers must pay. Both maintain that "malpractice suits often result when an unexpected adverse outcome is met with a lack of empathy from physicians and a perceived or actual withholding of essential information" and call for improved communication between patient and physician and also for greater transparency by health care providers. Obama and Clinton together sponsored "National Medical Error Disclosure and Compensation (MEDIC) Bill" to improve patient safety and deflect costly malpractice suits.

Clinton, Hillary Rodham and Barack Obama, "Making Patient Safety the Centerpiece of Medical Liability Reform" New England Journal of Medicine (05/25/06)

Clinton, Hillary Rodham and Barack Obama, "National Medical Error Disclosure and Compensation (MEDIC) Bill," 09/28/05 New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton

6) The US should increase foreign aid


We believe in fighting terror and other threats to our security by cooperating with others whenever we can and acting alone only when we are forced to. Republicans believe just the reverse -- in acting alone whenever they can, and cooperating only when there is no alternative. So for five and a half years, they have controlled the White House and the Congress, and they have succeeded in concentrating wealth and power, in resisting accountability, in ignoring evidence, and going it alone in the world. —Hillary Clinton

Annual 2006 Take Back America Conference Jun 14, 2006, Hillary Clinton On Foreign Policy, On the Issues

"Hillary Clinton views foreign aid as a vital diplomatic tool, as a means of restoring America's world reputation, as a way of securing human rights and developing democratic institutions, and as the best way America can improve the desperate conditions and hopelessness that give rise to terrorism. She proposes to spend $50 billion within five years on education to provide "an alternative in places where the only schools are also incubators of religiously-fueled extremism. And it returns immediate health and social gains and reinforces our basic value of equality." She believes education is especially empowering for girls within developing countries. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's Remarks to the Council on Foreign Relations, Council on Foreign Relations (10/31/06) 2008: Democrats Veto Responses The Caucus, New York Times (05/02/07) ."—Hillary Clinton

7) Murderers should face the death penalty


Hillary Clinton has been has been a firm, long-time supporter of the death penalty though she co-sponsored the Innocence Protection Act of 2003 which became law in 2004 as part of the Justice for All Act. These acts fund post-conviction DNA tests for those convicted under federal law. She actively backed President Clinton's Crime Bill which broadened the number of crimes subject to the federal death penalty.

"Bird-Dogging Hillary Clinton," In These Times (08/31/07)

"The Candidates on the Death Penalty," Religion and Politics, The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life

8) The government should stop subsidizing farmers


Senator Clinton often proposes federal subsidies to support those private efforts she believes serve the public interest. Although her public statements justifying farm subsidies are virtually non-existent, she has given a lot of thought to the rural problems and needs of upstate New York and other agricultural regions. She has regularly voted for farm subsidies while advocating for rural broadband access, biofuel research, entrepreneurial grants, job creation, new sources of capital, promotional efforts, and rural health and education support. Senator Clinton has taken a leadership role in supporting the 2007 Farm Bill, introducing initiatives that direct commodity foods programs designed for school children to link with local and regional farmers.

Senator Clinton Introduces Legislative Initiatives to Help Restore the Promise of Rural America New York, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (03/29/07)

"Senator Clinton Calls for Strong Rural Development Title in 2007 Farm Bill," Strategic Goals, (04/25/07)

9) Before the social security system runs out of money, we should increase social security taxes to maintain benefits


Social Security is one of the greatest inventions in American democracy, and I will do everything possible to protect & defend it, starting with getting back to fiscal responsibility, instead of borrowing from the Social Security trust fund. —Hillary Clinton

NY 2006 Senate Debate, at University of Rochester, Oct. 22, 2006, Hillary Clinton On Social Security, On the Issues

Hillary Clinton has not aggressively pushed for raising taxes but her commitment to a solvent social security without privatization is strong. Lifting the cap on the income for which payroll taxes must be paid could ultimately be one of her potential options for meeting long-term shortfalls. Clinton opposes Bush's idea of workers diverting some Social Security payroll taxes into private retirement accounts and said in 2006 that "the risky scheme to privatize would cost between $1 and $2 trillion," undermining Social Security's promise. Instead, she would like to develop new opportunities for workers to invest and build an additional nest egg. She stresses that Social Security is a family protection system, with 1/3 of the beneficiaries being either disabled, surviving dependents, or widowers and widows.

Social Security, Issues CNN Election Center 2008

Hillary Clinton On Social Security, On the Issues

10) The federal government should be able to hold a suspected terrorist indefinitely without charging them with a crime


Hillary Clinton has spoken forcefully to protect and restore the right of a defendant to challenge his or detention through a "writ of habeas corpus" and to be charged or released. She believes this right, enshrined in both Magna Carta and the Constitution, applies to citizens and non-citizens alike, and is fundamental to the rule of law. She opposed its suspension under the Military Commissions Act (2006), and supports legislation supporting its restoration. She also voted against the Graham Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (2005), which would have prevented the federal courts from accepting writs of habeas corpus from detainees.

The Graham Amendment, Part II (or, Fancy Fodder for Your Federal Courts Final), Prawfs Blog (11/11/05)

"Senator Clinton Underscores Opposition to Military Commissions Act, " New York: Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (09/28/06)

The Key Votes - Habeas Corpus Edition, Liberadio(!)

S. 185: A bill to restore habeas corpus for those detained by the United States

11) The War on Drugs is a failure and should be curtailed.


Hillary Clinton has acknowledged that America is not winning the War on Drugs and that more has to be done to reduce demand. Nevertheless, she has not called for an end to the War on Drugs, preferring instead to improve access to drug treatment. Hillary Clinton supports drug courts as alternatives to the traditional criminal justice system for low-level offenders. In her 2000 senate campaign, she said if a "person comes before the court, agrees to stay clean, is subjected to drug tests once a week, they are diverted from the criminal justice system. We need more treatment. It is unfair to urge people to get rid of their addiction and not have the treatment facilities when people finally makes up their minds to get treatment." (11/08/00)

Hillary Clinton on Drugs, On the Issues

Williams, Krissah Sen. Clinton challenges tax-cut plan ASNE Reporter (04/06/01)

12) America should take stronger and more consistent measures against the presence of illegal immigrants in the United States


Hillary Clinton says we must know precisely who is exiting and entering our country and voted to construct the U.S.-Mexican border fence. She supports immigration reform that increases funding, enhances enforcement of existing laws, provides a legal path to citizenship for some illegal immigrants, and improves technology for border security. She introduced an amendment to the proposed "Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2007" that would help reunify the nuclear families of lawful permanent residents. The amendment would reclassify the spouses and minor children of lawful permanent immigrants as "immediate relatives," thereby exempting them from visa caps.

"The Presidential Candidates On Immigration," The New York Times

"From the Senate: Clinton, Hagel, Menendez Introduce Measure to Remove Barriers to Reunification for Immigrant Families." Press Release, Hillary for President

Immigration, Issues, CNN Election Center 2008


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