Hilary Clinton's Political Views
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.