Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton “The mind of a conservative, the heart of a liberal” Background • Born October 36, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois • Raised and practices United Methodist • Her father, Hugh Ellsworth Rodham, was a son of Welsh and English immigrant and operated a small but successful business in the textile industry. • Her mother, Dorothy Emma Howell, of English, Scottish, French Canadian, and Welsh was a homemaker. • She has two younger brothers, Hugh and Tony. Early Political Experience • Hillary has always had the heart for politics. She grew up in a very politically conservative household. • At the age of 13, she helped campaign the very close 1960 U.S. presidential election, finding evidence of vote fraud against Republican candidate Richard Nixon. And also volunteered her time in the 1964 election supporting Barry Goldwater. • Her early political development was shaped most strongly by her high school history teacher, (like her father) a fervent anti-communist, and by her Methodist youth minister, (like her mother) concerned with issues of social justice • Hillary, with her youth minister, met civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. in Chicago in 1962 Hillary Rodham in her 1965 senior class portrait from Park Ridge, Ill., East High School, where she was on student council. College • She enrolled in Wellesley College and received a BA in political science. (1969) • Her freshman year, she was the president of her school’s Young Republicans Organization. • However, due to her evolving views regarding the American Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War, she stepped down from that position; she characterized her own nature as that of "a mind conservative and a heart liberal." At Wellesley College in Massachusetts, where Hillary transformed from a young Republican into a liberal activist. She got an early taste of public speaking when she gave a controversial commencement speech, becoming the first Wellesley student ever to speak at graduation. Evolving Views… • In her junior year, Hillary was affected by the death of Martin Luther King, Jr., and became a supporter of the anti-war presidential nomination campaign of Democrat Eugene McCarthy. • She organized a two-day student strike and worked with Wellesley's black students for moderate changes, such as recruiting more black students and faculty. • Hillary returned to Wellesley, and wrote her senior thesis about the tactics of radical community organizer Saul Alinsky under Professor Schechter. This paper opened new opportunities for Hillary and is now well-know. College Continued… • After a summer of working at the House Republican Conference (and with a better understanding of her evolving views), Hillary attended Yale Law School. (1973) • Throughout law school, Hillary’s political experience and knowledge grew and she was rewarded with grants. • She also worked on top organizations/committees and was assigned top cases and jobs in politics Hillary Rodham met her future husband Bill Clinton while they were students at Yale Law School. They married in 1975. The future political powerhouses in the flower of their youth With Bill in Little Rock, Ark., Jan. 9, 1979, as he became the nation's youngest governor at the time, at age 32. Bill and Hillary with week-old baby daughter Chelsea, March 5, 1980. 'I don't think a mother ever stops worrying,' Hillary told the News in a recent interview. The new President Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton at a ball following his inauguration. (January 20, 1993) *Hillary was the first First Lady to have an office in the West Wing of the White House. First Lady Hillary at the Beijing Women's Conference in 1995. She took a less active role in policy making after her failed attempt to create a national health care plan in 1993. Organizations • Co-Founder: Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families • Board Member: Arkansas Children's Hospital • Board Member: Children's Defense Fund • Board Member: La Farge • Board Member: The Country's Best Yogurt Company • Board Member: Wal-Mart. Jobs Held/ Professional Experience • • • • • Attorney: Rose Law Firm (1976-1992) Faculty: University of Arkansas Law School (1975) Author Former Staff Attorney: Children's Defense Fund. Political Experience • Candidate: United States President (2008) • Senator: United States Senate (2000present) • First Lady: President Bill Clinton (19922000) • First Lady: State of Arkansas (1978-1980, 1982-1992) At a ball, in a prelude to her presidential fundraising, her party netted about $1 million for her anticipated Senate run. Senator-elect Hillary and Bill greet supporters after she delivered her victory speech. She is the first First Lady in history to ascend to any elected office. (Non-legislative) • American Bar Association's Commission on Women in the Profession • Chair: Arkansas Educational Standards Committee • Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe • Co-Chair, Congressional E-911 Caucus • Democratic Policy Committee • Democratic Technology and Communications Committee • Board Member: Legal Services Corporation • Senate National Guard Caucus • Senate Rural Health Caucus • Senate Steel Caucus • Chair: Steering and Coordination Committee • Chair: Task Force of National Health Care Reform Committees • • • • • • • • • • Armed Services, Member Environment & Public Works, Member Health, Education, Labor & Pensions, Member Special Committee on Aging, Member Subcommittee On Readiness and Management Support, Member Subcommittee on Airland, Member Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety, Member Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, Member Subcommittee on Superfund and Environmental Health, Chair Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Member Hillary Runs For President… On Jan. 20, 2007, Hillary announced on her Web site that she was joining the 2008 presidential race. 'And I'm in to win,' she said in the video statement. She told the Daily News just before her 60th birthday, 'I really have everything I could ever hope for. . . . I'm thrilled to be making this race for President.' Hillary’s Views Health care Health care that will help everyone in America is called Universal Health Care. Unlike the current health system where insurance premiums and sends people into bankruptcy, the plan provides tax credits for working families to help them cover their costs. Remember 9 million children are without health care in America. The tax credits will ensure that working families never have to pay more than a limited percentage of their income for health care. Security vs. human rights • On November 15, 2007, when asked national security more important than human rights?" Clinton responded, "I agree with that completely. The first obligation of the president of the United States is to protect and defend the United States of America. That doesn't mean that it is to the exclusion of other interests Gun control • Pro Gun Control • During a 1999 press conference at the White House, First Lady Hillary Clinton stated, "And since the crime bill was enacted, 19 of the deadliest assault weapons are harder to find on our streets. We will never know how many tragedies we've avoided because of these efforts." Education • Senator Clinton voted for President Bush's No Child Left Behind Act in 2001 and still supports it today. President Bush has not provided enough funding, by cutting the program's budget by $12 billion. However, in June 2007, with the Act up for renewal by Congress, she criticized the program, saying that its emphasis on testing has caused American children to narrow their studies and lose their creative edge. • Moreover, Clinton has proposed a $10 billion program for pre-K education that will address the 80% of children who are not enrolled in such programs. Same-Sex Marriage • "I think that the vast majority of Americans find [same-sex marriage] to be something they can't agree with. But I think most Americans are fair. And if they believe that people in committed relationships want to share their lives and, not only that, have the same rights that I do in my marriage, to decide who I want to inherit my property or visit me in a hospital, I think that most Americans would think that that's fair and that should be done." Abortion • Clinton personally opposes to abortion, but she does not believe it should be illegal. Crime • Clinton voiced her support for drug courts to address drug abuse problems when she stated, "We need more treatment addicts. It is unfair to urge people to get rid of their addiction and not have the treatment facilities. Death penalty • Clinton supports the death penalty. Clinton sponsored the Innocence Protection Act, which requires DNA testing before administering federal executions. Taxes She proposes to raise taxes on upperincome Americans and eliminate breaks for corporations under an economic plan. Also, she intends to lower taxes for middle class. Immigration • A comprehensive solution to our immigration crisis must include strengthening our borders, greater cooperation with our neighbors, strict but fair enforcement of our laws, federal assistance to state and local governments, strict penalties for those who exploit undocumented workers, and a path to earned legal status for those who are here, working hard, paying taxes, respecting the law, and willing to meet a high bar, including learning English. Environment • Clinton is currently serving on the Committee on Environment and Public Works in the Senate. • Clinton believes the scientific consensus on global warming, and that global warming is caused by the release of greenhouse gases in to the atmosphere. She states that she supports a green building fund and green-collar job training. • The United States needs to protect its environmental treasures, Clinton believes. She supports the protection of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and would not allow drilling there. She co-sponsored the Roadless Area Conservation Act. Iraq War • On June 15, 2006, Clinton charged that President Bush “rushed to war” and “refused to let the UN inspectors conduct and complete their mission. Her three step plan shows she has the determination to solve this problem. First, end our military engagement in Iraq's civil war and immediately start bringing our troops home. As president, one of Hillary's first official actions would be to convene the Joint Chiefs of Staff, her Secretary of Defense, and her National Security Council. She would direct them to draw up a clear, viable plan to bring our troops home starting with the first 60 days of her Administration. Iraq Cont. • Second, Hillary would focus American aid efforts on stabilizing Iraq. She would direct aid to the entities whether governmental or nongovernmental; most likely to get it into the hands of the Iraqi people. She would also support the appointment of a high level U.N. representative to help produce peace among the parties in Iraq. Hillary would convene a regional stabilization group composed of key allies, and all of the states bordering Iraq. The mission of this group would be to develop a strategy to create a stable Iraq. http://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/iraq/ Supporters • Some supporters, who may have also contributed to other candidates, include: • Danny DeVito Actor Donated $2,300 Joely Fisher Actress Donated $4,600 Tom Hanks Actor Donated $2,300 Tobey Maguire Actor Donated $4,600 Paul Newman Actor Donated $2,300 George Takei Actor Donated $1,000 Lily Tomlin Actor Donated $2,000 Joanne Woodward Actress Donated $4,600 •Money figures are according to FEC •Donated $4,600 Rhea Perlman Actress STANDING IN THE RACE • 183 delegates (24 pledged, 159 superdelegates) • South Carolina: Obama 35% Clinton 34% Huckabee 28% • Nevada: Clinton 34% Obama 26% Giuliani 25% • Florida: Clinton 43% Giuliani 28% Obama 21% Sexing • Scott- I honestly agree with most of her views on some issues, however I would not vote for her to become President because I feel more comfortable with someone eles… • Jessica- I think she is totally cool and I would not mined if she became President.
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