Hillary Clinton has announced something we’ve known for several months: She’s running for president. Clinton is the first Democrat to announce his or her candidacy, and the general consensus is she’ll be the nominee. Here’s a look at her stance on a number of issues likely to come up during the 2016 presidential race. Gay Marriage During the 2008 primaries Clinton didn’t support the idea of the federal government making gay marriage legal. Instead, she supported allowing states to decide for themselves. However, Clinton’s stance on the issue has changed in the same way that public opinion has changed since her last run at the presidency. Gallup polls show that in 2008 only 40 percent of the country thought gay marriages should be recognized by the law. By 2014 that rose to 55 percent. In 2013 then-Secretary of State Clinton announced her support for gay marriage. Clinton has had to defend her change in attitude several times. Last June NPR’s Terry Gross accused Clinton of changing her position for political reasons. Clinton responded by saying, “Just because you’re a politician, doesn’t mean you’re not a thinking human being. You gather information, you think through positions, you’re not 100 percent set. You’re constantly reevaluating where you stand. That was true for me.” Marijuana Legalization Clinton has been reluctant to take a firm position on the legalization of marijuana. In an interview with CNN last October she refused to say whether or not marijuana should be legal both recreationally and medicinally. When it comes to recreational use, Clinton said, “States are the laboratories of democracy. We have at least two states that are experimenting with that right now. I want to wait and see what the evidence is.” Clinton also wants more evidence before considering a federal policy on medical marijuana as well. In that same interview she said “I do think we need more research, because we don’t know how it (marijuana) interacts with other drugs. There’s a lot we don’t know.” There is a simple reason why we don’t have the research for Clinton to make a decision. Marijuana is still a schedule I drug, which means any research done with it requires a special permit from the DEA. Until marijuana is rescheduled it will be difficult for researchers to get the answers Clinton is looking for. Education, Student Debt In 2006, and again 2007, the then-senator introduced the Student Borrower Bill of Rights Act of 2006, which laid out a list of rights for student borrowers (allowed the right to designate loan overpayments to be applied to the principal) and would have imposed restrictions on lenders (limited monthly repayment requirements based on incomes). It also would have amended the federal bankruptcy law to allow borrowers to discharge some student loan debt. The bill never made it out of committee but has been re-introduced several times post-Clinton. Clinton campaigned heavily in 2008 on the growing student debt crisis, pro-borrower, even going so far as to once say, “I want to get rid of the student loan companies.” Immigration Clinton has long supported plans to reform immigration in the United States. In 2007 while serving as a senator Clinton was one of several Democrats who voted for President Bush’s immigration reform bill. It would have given some 12 million illegal immigrants a pathway to citizenship. However, despite the support of many Democrats the bill was defeated because of a lack of support from Republicans. Last year, after President Obama announced his executive actions regarding immigration, Clinton released a statement that read “I support the president’s decision to begin fixing our broken immigration system.” Later, Clinton continued her support on Twitter, while also calling for Congress to come together and create a bipartisan solution on immigration. Obamacare Clinton has always been a supporter of health care reform. During her time as First Lady she was the public face of her husband’s attempt to fix the health care industry. While that action ultimately failed, it laid the groundwork for President Obama to take up the issue once again. Unlike a lot of Democratic candidates who tried to distance themselves from Obamacare during the last election cycle, Clinton has been tying herself to the landmark legislation. She often touts the program’s successes on Twitter and has encouraged the rest of the Democratic Party to show support for it. While she doesn’t believe Obamacare is perfect, she does show unwavering support. If she becomes president, she believes there are changes that can be made to make it even better.
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This video is a compilation video of speeches and interviews stitched together in way that, hopefully, helps people get a basic feel for where the two 2016 U.S. presidential nominees stand on most of the big issues before (or if?) they do a debate. Use the time codes links below to jump ahead to any specific issue. Issue Time Codes: =========================== * 2nd amendment - 00:00:07 http://www.breitbart.com/2nd-amendment/ * Planned Parenthood - 00:02:47 http://www.breitbart.com/tag/planned-parenthood/ * Obamacare - 00:04:27 http://www.breitbart.com/tag/obamacare/ * Immigration: The Border - 00:06:41 http://www.breitbart.com/tag/border-surge/ * Sanctuary Cities - 00:07:48 http://www.breitbart.com/tag/sanctuary-city/ * Trade / Jobs (NAFTA/TPP) - 00:09:35 NAFTA: http://www.breitbart.com/tag/nafta/ TPP: http://www.breitbart.com/tag/tpp/ * Refugee/Migrant Crisis - 00:13:50 http://www.breitbart.com/tag/syrian-refugees/ * Muslim Immigration - 00:15:22 http://www.breitbart.com/tag/muslims/ * Radical Islamic Terror - 00:18:01 http://www.breitbart.com/tag/radical-islamic-terrorism/ Notes: =========================== - I tried to give each candidate equal time on each issue but for various reasons some spots are not even (usually due to a lack of good/related video footage). - My bias on the candidates may be obvious/common knowledge at this point but for the record I did try to consciously avoid editing the footage in a way that tricks the user (*cough* like Katie Couric *cough*). My goal is/was to let the candidates speak for themselves but if I failed at this anywhere my apologies. * PS: I tried to keep it shorter than my last video but I didn't want it to be a bunch of mini-clips with no depth so it ended up near 20 minutes long. Sorry for folks who would have preferred a short version. Other Stuff: =========================== * Please DO share this LINK anywhere/wherever you'd like!! That said I would politely ask that no one download and re-post this video elsewhere without contacting me first though (I had some weird issues w/that last time). * All video clip footage copyright/credit goes to the original owners. * Sorry in advance if the audio levels or sync isn't perfect all the way through. All the clips were different so I may have missed some spots. * Check out my previous video if you haven't seen it somewhere already: "Donald Trump: The Long Road to the White House" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxf1XmVZ9qY)
How Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders view the major issues of the 2016 Democratic Primary Presidential Campaign. More info. on Bernie Sanders: https://berniesanders.com/issues/ More info. on Hillary Clinton: https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/ Subscribe to TDC: https://www.youtube.com/TheDailyConversation/ Music from YouTube's audio library: “Legend of One” “Inner Journey” “Decisions” “Let Go” Like our page on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/thedailyconversation Join us on Google+ https://plus.google.com/100134925804523235350/posts Follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/thedailyconvo Script: This is how Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders compare on the most important issues. On foreign policy both candidates support the nuclear deal with Iran and seem to view the world much the same way as President Obama, who prioritizes smart power and diplomacy over military force. But Hillary’s vote authorizing the Iraq war still haunts her, while Bernie Sanders was one of the most outspoken critics of the Bush administration from the start and voted against the Iraq war. Hillary Clinton, though, has been First Lady, Senator, and then Secretary of State, so she may have more on-the-job foreign policy experience than anyone who’s ever run for President. As Madam Secretary, she helped make the call to take out Osama Bin Laden and travelled to more countries than anyone else in history, playing a central role in rebuilding the International Community's’ trust in the United States after the damage caused by the recklessness of the Bush administration. When it comes to climate change, Sanders wants to create a nationwide tax on carbon and methane emissions, while Clinton wants to get America generating at least 33% of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2027--that’s up from just 13% in 2014. Both are strongly in favor of comprehensive immigration reform to create a path to citizenship for the millions of undocumented workers living in the shadows, and for protecting and expanding the work already done by the Obama administration. Income inequality is Bernie’s signature issue. For starters, he wants to raise taxes on the wealthy and make corporations pay their fair share, and many of his other policy proposals are focused on tackling this issue as well, like his call to raise the federal minimum wage to $15/hr. Hillary has responded by proposing more restrained progressive policies, like raising the federal minimum wage to $12/hr instead of $15. Clinton’s economic credentials are bolstered by her husband’s Presidency, which led the country to arguably the best economic times in our history--we even had a budget surplus for four whole years under Bill Clinton. On health care, both candidates have a history of fighting for universal health care. Bernie has been outspoken about the need to guarantee health care as a right of all Americans by creating a Medicare for all single-payer system, something every other major developed country in the world already has. Clinton used to favor a Single-Payer system too, but she is now in favor of defending and strengthening Obama’s signature achievement, the Affordable Care Act, to achieve universal health care. On Social Security, both candidates vow to defend the popular system from Republican attacks, and ultimately expand it, although Bernie’s plan goes significantly further by calling for an end to the cap so that everyone who makes over $250,000 a year pays the same percentage of their income into Social Security as everyone else. On jobs, Bernie speaks frequently about the problem of unemployment, especially among young African-Americans and Hispanics. He’s proposed investing $1 trillion over 5 years to modernize America’s physical infrastructure to create and maintain at least 13 million jobs. Hillary has called for a national infrastructure bank and wants to increase funding for scientific research, while also focusing on job training and helping small businesses grow. Hillary Clinton has embraced the fact that she will be America’s first female president, and has made women’s issues -- like closing the gender pay gap -- central to her campaign. But Bernie is just as progressive on women’s issues and joins Hillary in calling for quality affordable childcare for all families and for providing guaranteed paid family leave. Both candidates are calling for major reforms to our criminal justice system, including reigning in the private prison industry, ending the war on drugs, and encouraging best practices among our nation’s police officers--like body cameras on every cop.