Clinton Campaign Releases Details of Proposed Democratic Party Platform

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On Saturday, Hillary For America Senior Advisor Maya Harris released a statement following a Democratic Platform Drafting Committee meeting in St. Louis, Missouri. The meeting was one of four held around the country allowing national and local Democrats to gather and discuss the party’s platform. While the official platform will not be adopted until the Democratic National Convention next month, several proposed platform points are discussed in Harris’ statement including a $15 minimum wage, updates to the country’s prison system, a commitment to clean energy and fighting climate change, and ensuring everyone pays their fair share of taxes. Videos from the drafting committee hearings are available on the Democratic National Convention’s YouTube Channel and, the full statement from Harris is below:

“We are proud that the draft 2016 Democratic Platform, which the drafting committee approved yesterday, represents the most ambitious and progressive platform our party has ever seen, and reflects the issues Hillary Clinton has championed throughout this campaign, from raising wages and creating more good-paying jobs to fixing our broken immigration system, reforming our criminal justice system, and protecting women’s reproductive health and rights. As our Chairman, Congressman Elijah Cummings, directed us at the outset, our platform does not merely reflect common ground—it seeks higher ground.

For the first time ever, our platform calls for ending mass incarceration, shutting down the school-to-prison pipeline, and taking on the challenges of systemic racism. This year’s platform contains the most ambitious jobs plan on record, including historic investments in infrastructure, pledges to increase American manufacturing and stop companies from shipping jobs overseas, and a robust, stand-alone plank on youth jobs. It contains ambitious, progressive principles on wages, stating that working people should earn at least $15 an hour, citing New York’s minimum wage law and calling for raising and indexing the federal minimum wage. It also calls for the elimination of the ‘tipped’ wage and for the right of workers to form or join a union.  And for the first time, the Democratic Party platform explicitly calls for repealing the Hyde Amendment, which restricts access to women’s reproductive rights, particularly low-income women and women of color.

Four years ago, the Democratic platform called for an ‘all-of-the-above’ energy strategy. This platform moves far beyond that framework, with a robust commitment to combating climate change and ambitious goals, like generating 50 percent of our electricity from clean sources within a decade. This vision was further strengthened through an amendment offered by representatives of both campaigns to see America running entirely on clean energy by mid-century.

We are also pleased that there were many issues where committee members worked collaboratively to articulate a bold vision, including making sure Wall Street greed and recklessness never again threatens American families and businesses on Main Street; proposing a surtax on multi-millionaires to ensure the richest among us are paying their fair share to build an economy that works for everyone; and expanding Social Security benefits by raising more revenue above the $250,000 threshold.

Members also worked together on framing Democrats’ shared commitment to comprehensive immigration reform, with an eloquent unity amendment stating, ‘Immigration is not a problem to be solved, it is a defining aspect of the American character and history to be supported and defended against those who would exclude or eliminate legal immigration avenues and denigrate immigrants.’

And we are proud the draft 2016 Democratic platform sets forward progressive principles and high standards on trade, including calling for trade agreements to be more protective of workers’ rights, labor rights, the environment, and public health. The draft reviewed by committee members yesterday included a call to review past trade agreements and update them to reflect these principles. An amendment adopted yesterday further emphasized the fact that many Democrats oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership because ‘the agreement does not meet the standards set out in this platform.’ Hillary Clinton is one of those Democrats, and has been strongly and unequivocally on the record opposing TPP. Just this week, she said, ‘We will defend American jobs and American workers by saying ‘no’ to bad trade deals and unfair trade practices, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership.’

Make no mistake about it: The 2016 Democratic platform represents an ambitious, progressive agenda that all Democrats can and should be proud of.”

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Hillary Clinton Speaks at the Ohio Democratic Party Legacy Dinner

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Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton each spoke with Ohio Democrats at the Ohio Democratic Party Legacy Dinner. While Sanders gave a brief speech, Clinton took advantage of the opportunity to tell Ohio voters what a Clinton presidency would mean to them. She focused her speech on a number of Ohio events including the auto industry and Senate Bill 5, a law from 2011 would would have limited collective bargaining rights for unions. Clinton said, “When the chips were down, you did not let Gov. John Kasich drown out the voices of Ohio’s public servants. Now let’s stand up for all unions nationwide because when unions are strong, families are strong, the middle class is strong, and America is strong.”

Clinton also went after Republican front Donald Trump saying that he is not “who we are.” She went on saying, “Americans have rejected demagogues and fearmongers. You don’t make America great again by getting rid of everything that made America great in the first place.” Clinton also took a swipe at Sanders as well saying, “America is a big, complicated country facing big, complicated challenges. We can’t afford a single issue strategy or a single-issue president. Knocking down barriers means we can’t just talk about economic inequality, we also have to take on racial inequality.” A video of Clinton’s speech is below.

This morning, Clinton spoke to the congregation of Mount Zion Fellowship church in Highland Hills, Ohio. During her speech, she spoke about the importance of equality in the country and vowed to fight to break down barriers so everyone can take advantage of everything America has to offer. Clinton shared her favorite quote from former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt: “A woman is like a tea bag. You don’t know how strong she is until she gets into hot water.”

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News Source: The New York Times, Ohio Democrats

Clinton Focuses Attacks on Republicans at Democratic Event

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On Sunday evening, Hillary Clinton attended New Hampshire Democratic Party’s annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner fundraiser in Manchester. All three of the Democratic presidential candidates attending including Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Martin O’Malley. Clinton rallied the crowd with a speech in which she focused on her platform policies and blasted Republicans for not supporting everyday Americans. She said, “We’re going to make our economy and our country work for everyone, not just those at the top. I’m running for everyone who has been knocked down but refused to be counted out. We’re not going to do it by making promises we can’t keep. We’re going to do it how we’ve always done it, by rolling up our sleeves and getting the job done.” A full video of Clinton’s speech is available on CSPAN.

Today, Clinton was scheduled to attend fundraisers in the Washington, DC area. For all the latest, follow our Scheduled Events page and follow Clinton on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

News Source: WMUR

Democratic Primary Debate Schedule Announced

Democratic Debate in Iowa on December 13, 2007
Democratic Debate in Iowa on December 13, 2007

On Thursday, the Democratic National Committee and CNN announced that the first of six Democratic party debates will be held on October 13. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Lincoln Chafee, Jim Webb, and Marin O’Malley are expected to take part.

There five other debates are outlined below:

  • November 14: CBS, KCCI, and The Des Moines Register in Iowa
  • December 19: ABC and WMUR in Manchester, New Hampshire
  • January 17: NBC and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute in Charleston, South Carolina
  • February or March: Univision and The Washington Post in Miami, Florida
  • February or March: PBS in Wisconsin.

More details about each debate will be posted once they are available.

News Source: CNN

Clinton Joins Democratic Candidates in Iowa

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Hillary Rodham Clinton returned to Cedar Rapids, Iowa where she gave a speech a Democratic party hall of fame dinner. The other Democratic party candidates for president  also spoke at the event including Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, Jim Webb, and Lincoln Chafee. In her speech, Clinton avoided attacking her primary opponents despite sharing the stage with them. Instead, she went after Republican candidates Jeb Bush and Scott Walker for threatening to roll back a number of progressive policies enacted during the administration of President Barack Obama. Clinton said that the Democrats “are in the future business … but [the Republicans] are the party of the past.” A video of Clinton’s speech is below.

Tonight, Clinton returns to Arkansas as the keynote speaker for the Arkansas Democratic Party’s annual Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner in Little Rock. Until then, follow Clinton on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for all the latest updates.

News Source: NOLA.com, The Guardian

Clinton Visits Democrats on Capitol Hill

usa-government-senate-clinton-visitsHillary Rodham Clinton returned to Washington, DC and visited Democrats on Capitol Hill. As a former Senator from New York, Clinton was greeted by Representatives, Senators, and visitors to the Capitol. The purpose of her trip was to meet with a number of groups including: House Democrats, Senate Democrats, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, and the Congressional Progressive Caucus. All the meetings were behind closed doors.

On Friday, Clinton makes her fourth trip to Iowa. Until then, follow Clinton on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for all the latest updates.

News Source: The New York Daily News

Senator Bernie Sanders Announces 2016 Campaign

1430400327_bernie-sanders-articleSenator Bernie Sanders announced today that he is joining the 2016 race for president which prompted a warm welcome from Hillary Rodham Clinton on Twitter. Senator Sanders is an Independent from Vermont, but he intends to run for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president.

News Source: ABC News