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Hillary Clinton voting rights speech

By David Lauter, Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)

WASHINGTON — At the heart of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s strategy for winning the presidency lies a basic assumption about the public’s desire for political change.

History says that after eight years of a presidency, Americans typically want something different. Elections in which one party seeks a third term in the White House tend to be tough slogs. Indeed, as Clinton prepares for the first major rally of her campaign, Saturday in New York, Americans by about 2 to 1 say the country is headed down the “wrong track.”

But what sort of change do Americans want?

Republican candidates, from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in the party’s center to Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas on its right, are betting that voters want a major shift toward conservatism.

Clinton, the overwhelming favorite to win the Democratic nomination, has made a different calculation. Her advisers believe that a significant share of those who say the country is on the wrong track feel that Republican policies would only make matters worse.

On the big issues, voters favor President Barack Obama’s values and priorities, Democratic strategists say. What they want is to see that agenda implemented more effectively.

That’s why, while Clinton plans to roll out policy proposals this summer, some of which will differ from or go beyond Obama’s, the more crucial pitch will be about her ability to govern.

As she told supporters at a recent speech in South Carolina, “I do know how hard this job I’m seeking is. I’ve seen it up close and personal. You’re not gonna catch me wondering what it’s like. Instead, I’m spending my time planning for what I will do for you when I get there.”

“You’re also not going to see me shrink from a fight,” she added. “I think you know by now I don’t quit.”

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  1. Dominick Vila June 13, 2015

    The problem with the assertion made by those that we are headed on the wrong track is that when someone reminds them of where we were an where we are now nobody wants a return to what we finally left behind. The days when an incumbent U.S. President acknowledged that our economy was on the verge of collapse have been replaced with a DOW Index in the 18,000 point range, unemployment at 5.4%, a GDP that is second to none, deficit spending reduced by 2/3, and the virtual end of U.S. military casualties. If these accomplishments mean that we are headed on the wrong track, the only question to ask is what exactly do the opponents to socio-economic progress propose?

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    1. bikejedi June 13, 2015

      Yeah because having the greatest number and percentage of Americans working Part time in this nations history is a good thing right ? Having Americans lose $4000/yr in avg income is good right ? Having the worst labor participation rate in over 35 years is a good thing right ? Doubling the number of those in poverty and food stamps is a good thing right ? I think the bulk of Americans aren’t as Gruber described only people still blowing Obama are

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      1. Dominick Vila June 13, 2015

        Blaming President Obama for the mess he inherited, and for the long term consequences of the economic debacle is something that only a Republican can accept and claim.
        The availability of part time employment is not the negative you believe it is. Millions of Americans, mostly women, depend on part time employment to make ends meet. That option, which has existed throughout our history, helps people who care for children, elderly parents, or handicapped family members provide for their families while taking care of their loved ones. Part time employment is only wrong when employers use it to avoid extending benefits to workers who should be part time employees. Corporate abuse is not new, and it is facilitated by the GOP focus on getting rid of regulations that protect our workforce.
        Poverty is often a manifestation of inadequate education. Considering the fact that President Obama has proposed free college and trade school education, and that the GOP opposes and has been, in fact, reducing investment in education, your claim is directed at the wrong party.

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        1. bikejedi June 13, 2015

          Dom once again please try to have some intellectual honesty . What I posted is what Obama has created and not inherited . And when people are losing full time jobs with benefits to being transitioned to part time with no benefits that is a major problem . It is also directly attributable to Dem policy ..obamacare to be exact . You know this you have read about companies doing this in the WSJ and IBD . You talk about education when the US is either number one or two in the world in per capita funding for education …it isn’t a funding issue in America it is an allocation if resources problem with most of the money going to woefully underperforming Public Union teachers …As for free college are the liberal universities going to maintain and open up those buildings for free ? Are liberal university professors going to teach for free ? OK then shut up …nothing is free and someone has to pay for it .. Remember when you and I went to school we could afford that but universities are rausing tuition far beyond what is reasonable Sent from my ZTE Sonata 4G, a Cricket 4G smartphone

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          1. Bob Eddy June 13, 2015

            BS

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          2. Dominick Vila June 13, 2015

            Intellectual honesty? Would you care to explain how the Affordable Care Act, a program that helps less than 5% of our population, influences corporate abuse? The increase in part time employment is due, almost exclusively, to the decision of employers to take advantage of high unemployment to take advantage of the American workforce. Now that President Obama’s economic policies are bearing fruit, and unemployment is down to 5.4% and dropping, U.S. companies will be forced to hire full timers, or risk a deterioration in the products and services they deliver.

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          3. bikejedi June 13, 2015

            Man I wish I could smoke the Hopium you do . Large employers announced a while ago they would be transitioning Full time employees to Part time to get around the employee mandate . Now those people make less and have to come out of pocket for BS plans with Natal care and high deductibles ….Also it is simple Math why unemployment is down and that is when you transition 500 000 people to Part time you need to hire more Part timers to do the same man hours the Full timers used to do . Do any of you Liberals understand business at all ?
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          4. Dominick Vila June 14, 2015

            Considering what Republicans did to the economy during W’s tenure, and the prosperity we enjoy today, it is evident that us liberals understand business a lot better than you do.
            Large corporations like Google, MICROSOFT, Apple, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, HONEYWELL, GE and others are not transitioning their workforce to part time status. They are, in fact, offering extremely generous benefit packages and outstanding working conditions to attract and keep the best professionals in the country. The companies that are using cutthroat tactics to keep cost down by expanding the number of part timers to avoid offering benefits – including paid sick leave, paid vacation, paid severance, and other perks – are companies like WalMart. Suggesting that their decisions are influenced by the ACA is more than disingenuous, it is plain ridiculous.

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          5. bikejedi June 14, 2015

            Dom … Maybe you aren’t paying attention . Avg Yearly Incomes are down $4000 a year and beyond that people have lost consuming power due to Inflation and the weak dollar . While some companies are offering benefit packages it is because the competition is fierce for that talent . The Majority of employers will cut benefit increase co pays and transition full time workers to part time status to AVOID OBAMACARE . We already see it happening Dom why are you in such denial ? I encourage you to keep posting as you are a hero to a lot of the sheep on this page and the more you post the more you will expose yourself .
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          6. Dominick Vila June 14, 2015

            Inflation? Are you joking? Inflation has been at under 2% for many months, in fact, what we are having right now is deflation!
            Consumer spending is up, sales and profits are up, and companies are hiring both full and part time workers. I realize this is something Republicans don’t want to hear, and are determined to deny, even when doing so makes them look foolish, but considering how dangerous economic progress is to their chances to win in 2016, their desperate efforts are understandable.
            Having said that, it is true that there are still weaknesses and concerns, high among them is salary stagnation, which has nothing to do with Obamacare, and it is starting to ease.

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          7. bikejedi June 14, 2015

            Yes inflation is low but the dollar is devalued meaning people have not only lost income by $4000 /yr their dollars don’t have any value . Keep posting Dom you are showing you do not even have empathy for the people who Dem policies have effected the worst . You know the poor unemployed Blacks in the Democrat Party Ghettos . They feel what you are saying right ? That the economy is fabulous under Obama and the Dems right ? Sure that is why they feel so much despair they are rioting and looting right ? maybe the Dems and Liberals should worry about them rather than Illegal Aliens . As I said keep posting Dom and remove any doubt that you don’t understand business economics nor have ANY empathy for poor Blacks who have given their loyalty to the Dem Party .
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          8. Dominick Vila June 14, 2015

            Posts like yours are the best thing Democrats could hope for. First it was inflation, now a devalued dollar. Are you joking? The dollar is up against most major currencies. Admittedly, the rise of the dollar has more to do with some of our competitors devaluing their currency to be more competitive, and the economic woes that some Western nations are still having, than the traditional circumstances that result in the dollar going up or down.
            http://seekingalpha.com/article/3254685-why-a-strong-dollar-is-in-americas-national-interest

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          9. bikejedi June 14, 2015

            Dom you are in total denial and I love the way you didn’t answer on the questions of empathy for poor Blacks who the Dems are passing over in favor of Illegal Aliens . I mentioned inflation as to buying power and the devalued dollar to them inflation is real because that is what they feel at the check out register … But you dont understand that do you … Please keep posting and making yourself look silly
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          10. Dominick Vila June 14, 2015

            I think I understand inflation and a devalued dollar better than you do. Nice try though, especially the attempt to deflect attention from your faux pas by bringing up illegal immigrants.

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          11. bikejedi June 14, 2015

            Keep posting please

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          12. dtgraham June 15, 2015

            First you exposed him on inflation. Then you called him out on his laughable claims of a devalued dollar. At the end, all he had was something about poor blacks. His replies kept getting shorter.

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          13. dpaano August 14, 2015

            At least those “sheep” are intelligent and understand fully what Dom is saying….apparently, you haven’t figured it out yet and keep repeating the same BS. It’s a known fact that the GOP uses lies and scare tactics to motivate their base, and you prove that!

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          14. bikejedi August 14, 2015

            What’s the matter are you afraid of the truth or just bothered thevtruth shows what I posted is right ? It is very very telling you and Dom can’t refute a single thing I posted

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          15. dpaano August 14, 2015

            And how many of those southern states have taken money AWAY from education and put it towards helping their millionaire buddies? No wonder our educational level has gone down, and you’re a great example of this.

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          16. bikejedi August 14, 2015

            Spin and Deflection the subterfuge of the Liberal Left . First off what you posted is not correct as the worst education systems in the Country are all in any Democrat Party Ghetto especially Chicago where funding isn’t the issue but grossly overpaid underperforming yet unfireable Public Union Teachers produce such horrid tresults that only 3 out of every 100 minority students who actually graduate have a college diploma by the age of 25….But what does the bad performance have to do with the topic

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        2. dpaano August 14, 2015

          Dom: You’re talking WAAAAY above bikejedi’s intelligence level….it’s just a waste of time because he’s not going to believe anything you say anyway. He’s so brainwashed, it’s pitiful!

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      2. Bob Eddy June 13, 2015

        Yes, you can still point out weaknesses in our economic picture. What you CAN’T point out is any Republican plan to address them…or in many cases even aknowledge them. BTW, apparently only Republicans haven’t been aware for the past fifty years, that the participarion rate would go down when the boomer generation began tonretire. Perhaps that’s the reason they have no plan for addressing it.

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        1. bikejedi June 13, 2015

          That is a Liberal lie
          ..Do some research and get back to me

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          1. Bob Eddy June 13, 2015

            In other words you have nothing and hope I will waste my time looking. I already have…and came up with what you did, nothing. Your only answer is to call it a liberal lie. Of course, coming from a con why would i believe it? The only people who believe Republicans any more are other Republicans — and there are fewer and fewer Republicans every day.

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          2. bikejedi June 14, 2015

            This is why you are stupid … Because you are LAZY and feel someone else should do the work for you … Ok Lazy I did it for you ….Now you can chose to become informed or you can remain a loyal lying Democrat who is too lazy to get your own information . the Democrats love stupid voters just ask Gruber he is making a great living off of you …http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2014/01/15/u-s-unemployment-retirees-are-not-the-labor-exodus-problem/

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          3. Bob Eddy June 14, 2015

            No. I am not stupid, but understand the conservative need to deride others to make themselves feel adequate. But really! Iask for just one example of a Republican plan to deal with these problems and all I get is some right wing blowhard (the president of Americans for small Government, really!) That says, among other things, the participation rate has been falling since 1997 (so how to we blame Obama for that?) And that the participation rate is affected by other things as well as retirements (no duh) and that everyone else is wrong…what it doesn’t address is why this phenomenon doesn’t seem to be affecting the economy…and, of course, the question I put to you. What have Republicans done?

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          4. bikejedi June 14, 2015

            Let’s see while Harry Reid and the Dems controlled the Senate the GOP House sent them over 350 bills …98% of those had wide big partisan support and 55 were advanced by Democrats .. Reid did not allow a vote on a single one of them and then labelled them obstructionists …Gruber’s believed them
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      3. dpaano August 14, 2015

        You might want to research who caused all that to happen…..your beloved GWB! President Obama has overcome so much of what that idiot did, but apparently, you’re too blind to see it! Keep listening to your RW cronies…..it shows!

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        1. bikejedi August 14, 2015

          Unreal ….Wow …even after almost seven years of Obama everything is still Bush’s fault ????? You have to be kidding right ??? You are going for self effacing satire and that is funny as hell. ..Good one … That was funny but one critique …It would’ve been even funnier if you would’ve not forgotten the race card ….as in everything is Bush’s fault and you are a racist …Seriously though as I pointed out…The biggest factor in saving the economy was Bush getting TARP passed .That stabilized the Banks that were failing under the bad sub prime debt they were carrying for years thanks to Carter’s CRA of 1977… Obama’s policies meanwhile have produced an America where we now have the greatest number of Americans and the greatest percentage of us now relegated to part time jobs …The largest spike in that statistic because of the part time exemption in Obamacare , but increasing dependence on Government is a chief tenet of Obamacare the Dems and of course it is also one of Alinskys principles to building a Socialist Nation …Forward Comrades lol

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    2. CPAinNewYork June 17, 2015

      I have a problem with Obama’s failure to prosecute the bankers who caused the 2008 meltdown. I recall the brave words that he used in his State of the Union address and then accepted his Attorney General’s lame excuse that he couldn’t win if he prosecuted the miscreants.

      I think that he had the big money crowd nervous, because their reaction was to label Obama’s speech “class warfare,” as if that was a valid response.

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      1. dpaano August 14, 2015

        I have a problem with President Obama not prosecuting GWB and his cronies for their illegal war and the death of 4,000 of our sons and daughters, not to mention the thousands of Iraqis that have also been “murdered” by Bush’s illegal war! That’s the problem that I have!

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  2. bikejedi June 13, 2015

    the question of whether Hillary can win over most of the Obama coalition was answered by the Gruber Theorem . Obama voters are stupid and they like LIARS . They are stupid enough to believe the LIES and that Theorem has been proven . If Blacks start to care they will not vote Dem again . She is however pandering to the Illegal Aliens and will grab that Hispanic guy as her running mate . As to the Majority of Americans believing that America is in decline ? They are 100% right Obama and the Dem’s have us circling the drain all in the name of pandering to their various splinter groups and their march towards Socialism

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    1. johninPCFL June 13, 2015

      Cool. Hopefully she can convince the Chinese and their billion votes to vote for her. Then, After she wins, she can come after your guns in the black helicopters.

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      1. Bob Eddy June 13, 2015

        Yes, but the helicopter pilot will be blinded by the reflection off his tin foil hat, crash and America will be safe again…at least until another right wing conspiracy arises!

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      2. bikejedi June 13, 2015

        That’s funny ….you made me laugh ..TY

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    2. Bob Eddy June 13, 2015

      Actually Gruber was referring to you. He knew we could understand it, but had well-founded doubts thst cons could…apparently he was right. Five years in and cons still don’t know anything about the ACA. Most, when asked about specific provisions in the ACA agree with them.

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      1. bikejedi June 13, 2015

        Wow you must be in complete denial Gruber specifically mentioned the PEOPLE WHO SUPPORTED OBAMA AND THE ACA . He said he knew he could lie to those people because the voters are stupid . He did Lie Obama Lied …Hell every Democrat who true to spin it Lied ….Also it wasn’t Conservatives who bought the lies hook line and sinker …It was …
        you

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  3. Budjob June 13, 2015

    Turn Bill loose on these ASSHOLES Hillary!!

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  4. 1standlastword June 13, 2015

    I for one am not excited by all the big talk lip clapping pumping up the base yaddah yaddah BS about me me me me and what I will do for you.

    If a Hillary administration doesn’t have the support of a full democratic house and senate we will have as many years of obstruction as we’ve already had all over again: If there are republicans there will be obstruction.

    And the shock and awe of the real Obama compared to the campaigning Obama might only be rivaled by another Clinton.

    What American politics needs is a reboot, a hard shutdown and a reboot…think Old Testament flood scenario

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  5. Louis Allen June 13, 2015

    Yeah!
    Why vote for Sanders’ ostensible socialism when we can vote for Hillary’s disguised socialism?

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  6. etherbunny June 14, 2015

    Bernie Sanders is really the change candi

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