Hilary Clinton's Political Views

Updated on April 25, 2018

Hilary Clinton - Senator, Secretary of State, First Lady

Biography of Hilary Clinton

The unsuccessful Democratic presidential nominee in 2016, Hilary Clinton has been heavily involved in politics since her husband Bill Clinton was elected President in 1992. Clinton served as a Senator representing New York and ran for President in 2008 before ultimately losing the nomination to Barack Obama. However, her defeat came with a silver-lining, as she was appointed as Secretary of State by President Obama in 2009 and served for 4 years before giving way to John Kerry in 2013. In April 2015 she announced her candidacy for the Democratic Presidential Nomination in 2016 and formally accepted the nomination at the Democratic National Convention in July, having defeated Senator Bernie Sanders after a long campaign. Despite winning the popular vote by almost 3 million votes, Clinton lost multiple key Midwestern states, and ultimately lost the Presidency to Donald Trump. This hub will attempt to take an unbiased look at Clinton's political views, including those positions that may have influenced the 2016 election.

Hilary on the Issues

Abortion: Clinton is a strong supporter of a woman's right to choose, earning a 100% pro-choice voting record from NARAL, one of the leading pro-choice interest groups. Clinton has made a distinction between being pro-choice and "pro-abortion", saying "Being pro-choice is trusting the individual to make the right decision for herself and her family, and not entrusting that decision to anyone wearing the authority of government in any regard."

Free Trade: Clinton was a strong supporter of NAFTA while serving as first lady. After joining the senate she began to moderate her praise for free trade, telling a group of supporters that NAFTA has "hurt American workers" in 2007. Generally Clinton supports free trade, but wants to revise some of the current agreements in place to better protect American workers.

Energy Policy: As a Senator, Clinton consistently voted for governmental programs to develop clean, renewable energy sources and against measures calling for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and against the Bush Energy Plan. Hilary received a 100% rating from the CAF, indicating strong support for renewable energy and energy independence.

Environmental Issues: Related to energy policy, Clinton has consistently voted for strict environmental standards; voted against the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump; and advocates a cap and trade system of carbon regulation to help reduce global warming. While serving in the Senate she received an 87% from the LCV, a leading environmental group, indicating a strong record on environmental issues.

Foreign Policy/The war on Terrorism: As Secretary of State under President Barack Obama, Hilary made greater use of diplomacy and multilaterism than the Bush administration did, including helping broke trade agreements with South Korea and Columbia and the multilateral NATO support for Libyan rebels in 2011. As Senator, Clinton voted for the authorization allowing President Bush to use military force against Iran if he had concrete proof they were developing nuclear weapons. Clinton is also a strong supporter of Israel, making statements in the past approving of the construction of the barrier fence between Israel and the West Bank and stating that she is "an emphatic, unwavering supporter of Israel's safety and security."

Immigration: Clinton generally supports greater opportunities for immigrants and voted for the comprehensive immigration reform act of 2007, which was supported by most Democrats and President Bush but which was voted down by a Republican controlled Congress. Clinton did vote in favor of spending federal money for the construction of a border fence, breaking from many of her Democratic colleagues in Congress.

Gun Control: Clinton is a strong supporter of gun control, voting consistently for tougher standards for gun shows, tougher background checks, and continued bans on assault weapons. Clinton received an F grade from the NRA for her votes on gun control issues while serving as a Senator and has recently been targeted for heavy criticism by NRA leader Wayne LaPierre.

Health Care: During the campaign for the 2008 Presidential nomination, Clinton was a strong supporter of passing a health care bill that similar to the one Affordable Care ACt passed by president Obama and Congress in 2010. In order to reduce costs, this plan requires Americans to either stick with their current health care plans or, if they are not currently enrolled in a plan, sign up for an expanded version of Medicare so all Americans would have health insurance. During the 2008 Presidential campaign, Clinton proposed to pay for the cost of her health care plan by repealing some of the Bush Tax Cuts, especially the those cuts which went to the wealthiest Americans.

Tax Issues: During the 2008 presidential campaign, Clinton called for the repeal of some of the tax cuts put in place by the Bush administration to help provide funding for health care, pay off some of the national debt, and provide an economic stimulus package to help individuals and families hurt by the sub-prime housing crisis and the predicted economic recession.

Gay Rights: Senator Clinton has been a strong supporter of LGBT issues, though she expressed opposition to same sex marriage during her run for President in 2008 (as did President Obama). She has expressed strong support for civil unions, is opposed to the Army's don't ask, don't tell policy, and opposed the consititutional amendment to ban gay marriage.

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      Austin King 

      2 years ago

      VOTE FOR HILLARY CLINTON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      GO HILLARY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      TELL THOSE HATERS TO SHUT UP HILLARY

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      Ken Burgess 

      2 years ago from Florida

      This is the anti-Washington election, voters will not support Clinton, and they will not support Bush.

      Its funny that all the analysts can't see this simple truth. The last thing the bulk of voters want is an 'insider'... that is why Sanders and Trump are gaining so much momentum, they are considered anti-establishment, they are considered Washington outsiders, and it is what America will demand from this election.

      It really doesn't matter what the candidates stated positions are, this year its all about whether the candidate is considered an "establishment" politician, or an outsider. Unfortunately it is that simple, no matter how much the Party, and the powers that be, may want it otherwise.

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      rlbarger 

      10 years ago from Gadsden, Al.

      Hillary wants us to believe that she is eminently qualified to head our US govt. bue to her 35 years experience. She is 60 years old, does that mean that she wants to consider her at age 25 as experience? Additionally, she only wants to talk about what she considers good things. She does not mention things such as how she engineered the sale for $100k seats on govt. planes to corporate personnel. She further says that her programs will be paid for by ending the Bush tax cuts and taxing the rich. Rich by definition is $40k per year and up. Her health care plan is not being advocated because she wants to help those without insurance, but rather to control the largest entity ever created in terms of power.

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      MarloByDesign 

      10 years ago from United States

      I would vote for her, but the fact that she stayed with a cheating husband (cheating again and again), turns me off. That is my personal opinion, but a lot of people do not think her family life makes a difference in her political career. I do.

      I like how you said "unbiased presentation" - you did that so well.

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      crazycat 

      10 years ago from Philippines

      Overall, she's doing well. She makes a stand on the issues. It's up to Americans if she deserves to be the next president.

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