Deal me in!

Friday night, Hillary Clinton, along with the other 2016 Democratic Party presidential candidates, spoke at the Wing Ding Dinner, an Iowa Democratic Party fundraiser in Clear Lake, IA.

There is a lot at stake in the 2016 presidential election, an election where the contrasts between the Democratic Party and the Republican Party could not be more stark. On the environment, climate change, diplomacy rather than war, women’s rights, income inequality, racial justice, poverty, access to affordable health care, protecting Social Security and Medicare, and more … on issue after issue one party stands firmly on the side of the people and one stands firmly on the side of the special interests and those who do not value the dignity of human life.

One such issue is the full on assault on women’s health. In 2016, all of the the declared Republican candidates have vowed to defund Planned Parenthood and many of them have declared their support for new abortion restrictions: no exceptions for any reason including to save the life of the mother. That restriction is not just ignorant (in an ectopic pregnancy, for example, neither the pregnant woman or the fetus would survive) but so out of the mainstream view on abortion that only 9% of Americans support it. Even their refusal to exempt the cases of rape and incest are at odds with most Americans as a CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll (PDF, pg 15) showed that 83% support keeping abortion legal when the physical health of the mother is at risk or in cases of rape and incest.

In 2012, after losing the presidential election, and women’s votes by 12% (including a whopping 38% of unmarried women), the Republican National Committee conducted a post-mortem. One of the “shocking” discoveries was that people believed that Republicans are completely out of touch with women’s issues including equal pay, family leave, and reproductive rights. The RNC boldly declared that they would change their language (but not their policies) and in 2014, they Etch-a-Sketched away their Senate candidates’ extremist positions on fetal personhood laws and gained a majority in the U.S. Senate and in the 114th Congress.

Fast forward to 2015 where their current crop of candidates make cavemen look like feminists.

Secretary Clinton had this to say about women’s issues Friday night:

“… when it comes to women’s health and women’s rights, Mr. Trump’s words are appalling, but so are the policies of the other candidates. Senator Rubio brags about wanting to deny victims of rape and incest access to an abortion. Governor Bush says $500 million is too much to spend on women’s health. And they all want to defund Planned Parenthood.

“Well, why don’t they try telling that to the mom who caught her breast cancer early because she was able to get a screening. Or the teenager who avoided an unintended pregnancy because she had access to contraception. Or anyone who was protected by an HIV test.

Now, this might work in a Republican primary, but it sure doesn’t work in 21st century America. I am so tired of politicians shaming and blaming women. I am tired of Republicans dismissing the contributions women make to our economy and ignoring the obstacles that hold so many back from contributing even more. We cannot afford to leave talent on the sidelines. Women who want to work should be able to do so without worrying every day about how they’re going to take care of their child or what happens when a family member gets sick. That is not a luxury, it’s a necessity, and it’s also an economic growth strategy.

“This isn’t complicated. When you shortchange women you shortchange families, and when you shortchange families you shortchange America. And I know when I talk about this some people think, “There she goes again with the women’s issues.” Like, Mitch McConnell said recently I’m playing the gender card.

“Well, if calling for equal pay and paid leave is playing the gender card, then deal me in. Let me add, if helping more working parents find quality, affordable childcare is playing the gender card, then I’m ready to ante up.

Hey, deal me in, too! Let’s take this fight to the Republican Party in 2016 and let’s take this fight to them with the strongest candidate on women’s issues that we have: Hillary Clinton.

“Hillary Clinton: If this feels like a full on assault on women’s health, that’s because it is.”
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Hillary Clinton remarks from Clear Lake IA:

“Thank you. Thank you all very, very much. Thank you so much. Thank you, Randy. Thanks to everyone who helped make tonight possible, especially the people who prepared and served all those wings. Let’s give them another round of applause.

“It’s always great to be back in Iowa, but it’s especially wonderful to be here on the day that the great Tom Harkin announced his support for my campaign. I just can’t tell you how much that means to me, because not just every Iowan but every American owes Tom a debt of gratitude for his decades of service to our nation. And his commitment to economic and social justice is something that all of us as Democrats believe in. So for me, being here, going to the fair tomorrow with Tom really is a very special visit.

“And I am sure that even Tom, with his legendary Harkin Steak Fry, would have to agree that a Wing Ding dinner is a pretty good option. And so for me, a Wing Ding gives us a chance to get our party moving, and where better than in this iconic shrine to American rock and roll, the Surf Ballroom. Now, as the song says, “I can still remember how that music used to make me smile.”

“And if you’ll look around this room, all of you Democrats make me smile too. It’s clear we’re ready to rock and roll. We’re energized, we’re unified, and we’re going to win this election in 2016. So I am delighted, delighted to be here with you and with my fellow candidates. And I know that people across the country are following us on social media as well. By the way, you may have seen that I recently launched a Snapchat account. I love it. I love it. Those messages disappear all by themselves.

“I want to start by saying something about one of the most serious decisions we face today as a nation, because nobody takes politics and governing more seriously than the people of Iowa. And that is the Iranian nuclear agreement.

“As Secretary of State, I traveled tens of thousands of miles and twisted a lot of arms to build a global coalition against Iran and impose the most crippling sanctions in history. That pressure delivered a blow to Iran’s economy and gave us the leverage necessary to get to the negotiating table and begin the first preliminary talks. Now, thanks to President Obama, Secretary Kerry, and Secretary Moniz, we have an agreement that blocks Iran’s pathways to a bomb and gives us new tools for verification and inspection so that we can compel rigorous Iranian compliance.

“Now, I know there are people of good faith on both sides of this debate, people who are committed to protecting our security and the security of our allies, especially Israel, a true friend of America. None of us should have any illusions about Iran’s true intentions or its continuing threats to the region, to Israel, to the United States. That threat is real and it must be confronted, including how we enforce this agreement and deter Iranian aggression and sponsorship of terrorism.

“But our path is clear. This agreement, combined with strong enforcement and deterrence, is the only way to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. There is simply no viable alternative. That is why I strongly support President Obama. And I encourage all of you to get involved and let Congress know that you support the President as well.

“And when this debate is over, we need to come together to ensure that this President and the next president have the tools, resources, and support to send a clear message to Iran: Cheat, and you will pay. And when you threaten the region and Israel, you threaten America. We will keep confronting you on human rights and terrorism.

“And make no mistakes, we will never allow you to acquire a nuclear weapon. Not just during the term of this agreement – never. Now, I know this is a little heavy for a Wing Ding dinner, but I bring it up because when you get past all the sound bites and the slogans, politics is about the choices we make – the choices we make about our leaders and our future. And this election has to be about who best understands the pressures facing our families and the challenges facing our nation – who has the right vision for America’s future, and the skills and tenacity to lead us there.

“That’s an election that Americans can really have confidence in and that Democrats can win every time. Now, all of us in this room understand that thanks to the hard work and sacrifice of the American people, we’ve come back from the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes. And we’re standing again, thank goodness, but we’re not yet running the way America should. You see it in your own lives.

“Families are stretched in so many different directions, and so are your budgets. Out-of-pocket costs for everything from prescription drugs to childcare to college seem to go up a lot faster than wages. On my first trip to Iowa this year, I met a single mom who’s juggling a job and classes at community college, while raising her three kids. She doesn’t expect anything to come easy. But if she could somehow get a raise, everything wouldn’t be quite so hard.

“Boosting incomes for hardworking families so they can afford a middle-class life is the defining economic challenge of our time. And it will be my mission from the first day I’m president to the last. And this is not a new fight for me. My first job out of law school wasn’t at a big New York firm, it was at the Children’s Defense Fund. And a few years after that, I started an organization called Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. Every step of the way, I’ve tried to even the odds for people who have the odds stacked against them. I learned that from my mother. Abandoned and mistreated by her own family, she was out on her own by 14, working as a housemaid. She channeled her own hardship into a deep commitment to service and social justice.

“And she made sure I internalized the creed of our Methodist faith, that we all have a responsibility to do all the good you can for all the people you can in all the ways you can.

“I think about that and I think about her every day out on the campaign trail, like when I met a young man here in Iowa who wanted to buy the bowling alley where he’d worked as a teenager. He’d gone to college, he had a plan, everything looked good. But then the bank took a look at his student debt and they balked. His dream almost died right there. I’m sure some of you have similar experiences. After all, 40 million Americans have student debt. The total is more than $1.2 trillion.

“So maybe you’ve put off buying a house, changing job, or even getting married. Maybe you wonder how you’re possibly going to keep up with the payments.

“That’s not the way it’s supposed to be in America. If you work hard and do your part, you should be able to get ahead and stay ahead. That is the basic bargain of America.

“That’s why, this week, I announced a major new plan to make college more affordable. No student should have to borrow to pay tuition at a public college.

“And everyone with student debt should be able to refinance it at lower rates. We are going to make sure, together, that cost isn’t a barrier and debt won’t hold anyone back.

“Now, of course, Republicans rushed to condemn my plan. In Wisconsin, Scott Walker has slashed funding for public universities and rolled back financial programs. Marco Rubio would cut Pell Grants for students who need the help, while cutting taxes for multi-millionaires who don’t. And Jeb Bush? As governor he oversaw a tuition increase of almost 60 percent. And at the end of his term, non-partisan experts said Florida deserved an F for college affordability.

“Now, none of this should be surprising. The debate over college this week was a microcosm of the broader choice in this election. Republicans want to stack the deck even more for those at the top. Their policies would rip away the progress we’ve made. You saw this in the Republican debates the other night.

“Seventeen candidates, and not one of them said a single word about how to address the rising the cost of college. Not one.

“They also had nothing to say about equal pay for women, or paid family leave or quality preschool for our kids so they can get the best start in life. No solutions for skyrocketing prescription drug costs. No commitment to end the era of mass incarceration or to say, loudly and clearly, yes, black lives matter. And you had to listen really, really hard, because they said almost nothing at all about how to promote clean energy or take on climate change.

“What do the Republican candidates stand for? Well, I’ll tell you – you know already: cutting taxes for the super-wealthy; letting big corporations write their own rules. And that’s basically it.

“And we’ve heard it all before, and it doesn’t work. Trickle-down economics has to be one of the worst ideas of the 1980s, right up there with New Coke, shoulder pads, and big hair. I lived through that, there are photographs, and trust me, we don’t want to go back there.

“Now, I know most of the attention these days is on a certain flamboyant frontrunner. But don’t let the circus distract you. If you look at their policies, most of the other candidates are just Trump without the pizazz or the hair. Yes, Mr. Trump says outrageous and hateful things about immigrants, but how many of the other candidates disagree with his platform? None of the leading candidates support a real path to citizenship. When they talk about legal status that’s code for second-class status. It’s the same when it comes to women’s health and women’s rights. Mr. Trump’s words are appalling, but so are the policies of the other candidates. Senator Rubio brags about wanting to deny victims of rape and incest access to an abortion. Governor Bush says $500 million is too much to spend on women’s health. And they all want to defund Planned Parenthood.

“Well, why don’t they try telling that to the mom who caught her breast cancer early because she was able to get a screening. Or the teenager who avoided an unintended pregnancy because she had access to contraception. Or anyone who was protected by an HIV test.

“Now, this might work in a Republican primary, but it sure doesn’t work in 21st century America. I am so tired of politicians shaming and blaming women. I am tired of Republicans dismissing the contributions women make to our economy and ignoring the obstacles that hold so many back from contributing even more. We cannot afford to leave talent on the sidelines. Women who want to work should be able to do so without worrying every day about how they’re going to take care of their child or what happens when a family member gets sick. That is not a luxury, it’s a necessity, and it’s also an economic growth strategy.

“This isn’t complicated. When you shortchange women you shortchange families, and when you shortchange families you shortchange America. And I know when I talk about this some people think, “There she goes again with the women’s issues.” Like, Mitch McConnell said recently I’m playing the gender card.

“Well, if calling for equal pay and paid leave is playing the gender card, then deal me in. Let me add, if helping more working parents find quality, affordable childcare is playing the gender card, then I’m ready to ante up. Let’s take this (inaudible). If Republicans think they’re going to win this election by demeaning or dividing women, then they’re the ones not playing with a full deck.

“We all know we’re going up against pretty powerful forces that will say, do and spend whatever it takes to stop me and stop you. We have to end the flood of secret, unaccountable money that is distorting our elections, corrupting our political (inaudible), drowning out the voices of (inaudible). We need justices on the Supreme Court who will protect every citizen’s right to vote, not every corporation’s right to buy an election. And if necessary, we will pass a constitutional amendment to undo the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United.

“You guys have been revving me up so much. But I want to tell you, Citizens United was about me. Think how that makes me feel. A lot of people don’t know that, but the backstory is eye-opening. The Republicans – (coughing) —

AUDIENCE: Water.

HILLARY CLINTON: I got some. I’ve been talking too much. You see —

AUDIENCE MEMBER: Not enough!

HILLARY CLINTON: Thank you. Before the 2008 presidential election, a group of right-wing operatives made a hit-job film with the goal of stopping a Democrat from taking the White House, and then used shadowy money to promote it. That film was called “Hillary: The Movie.” I can tell you, it was no ‘Field of Dreams’ or ‘Bridges of Madison County.’ They took aim at me, but they ended up damaging our entire democracy. We can’t let them pull that same trick again.

“So for the past eight years, Republicans and their allies have attacked President Obama with everything they’ve got. Now I’m in their crosshairs again. But the real target isn’t me; it’s everything you and I believe in. It’s a progressive agenda that will help hardworking families get ahead. It’s a fairer tax code and tougher regulations on powerful corporations. That’s the fight we’re in.

“Now, they’ll try to tell you this is about Benghazi, but it’s not. Benghazi was a tragedy. Four dedicated public servants lost their lives, and we have to be focused on how to prevent future tragedies. But let’s be clear: seven exhaustive investigations, including a Republican-controlled House Armed Services Committee and the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee, have already debunked all of the conspiracy theories. It’s not about Benghazi.

“You know what? It’s not about emails or servers either. It’s about politics. I will do my part to provide transparency to Americans. That’s why I’m insisting 55,000 pages of my emails be published as soon as possible. I’ve even offered to answer questions for months before Congress. I’ve just provided my server to the Justice Department. But here’s what I won’t do: I won’t get down in the mud with them. I won’t play politics with national security or dishonor the memory of those who we lost. I won’t pretend that this is anything other than what it is – the same old partisan games we’ve seen so many times before.

“So I don’t care how many super PACs and Republicans pile on. I’ve been fighting for families and underdogs my entire life and I’m not going to stop now.

AUDIENCE: Hillary! Hillary! Hillary!

HILLARY CLINTON: So you know I got this from my mother too: she never let me forget why we keep fighting, even when the odds are long and the opposition is fierce. I can hear her saying, “Life’s not about what happens to you, it’s about what you do with what happens to you. So get back out there.”

“And that’s what I want all of us to do. Let’s keep fighting to make sure everybody gets health care, just like I did when the insurance companies stopped us in the ‘90s. I found new partners and the result was the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which has helped millions of our kids. It’s why, as a senator from New York on 9/11, I stood by our firefighters and our police and other first responders who were rushing to danger. And when they grew sick, I made it my personal mission to get them the care and support they needed. Nothing was more important. And it’s why, as Secretary of State, I fought for the rights and opportunities of women and girls around the world.

“So I’m just getting warmed up, and I hope you are too. We’ve got to stay focused on the issues that matter most to American families. The Republicans don’t have a clue – that’s exactly what Republicans are hoping to avoid. If this election is about the future, our future, we’re going to win against a Republican Party that is hopelessly out of touch and out of date. Don’t look any further than right here in Iowa. You know what Governor Branstad has done to mental health and to education.

“So all of us, together, let’s be focused on what this election should be about. Let’s make sure that we reach out to everybody – Democrats, independents, Republicans alike – to ask them what they want for themselves, their children, and their grandchildren.

“And you know, as we build this new America, I am absolutely confident we will be proud and confident about the future that awaits us, and we will even get to the point where in this new America that we are building together, a father will be able to say to his daughter, “You can be anything you want – even president of the United States.”

“Thank you all so much. Thank you and God bless you.”

(MSNBC Video of the Wing Ding Dinner is here with Secretary Clinton’s remarks beginning at about 1:12, ending at around 1:37)

  11 comments for “Deal me in!

  1. JanF
    August 16, 2015 at 8:43 am

    It’s time. I’m in.

  2. princesspat
    August 16, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Thanks for posting her remarks Jan. A quick look at my local newspapers shows no news coverage at all.

    “So all of us, together, let’s be focused on what this election should be about. Let’s make sure that we reach out to everybody – Democrats, independents, Republicans alike – to ask them what they want for themselves, their children, and their grandchildren.

    I know I don’t want what the R’s peddling!

    • JanF
      August 16, 2015 at 3:57 pm

      The press is bored because there is nothing exciting about her candidacy … she is only attacking Republicans, she is quietly running a competent campaign . :::yawn:::

      I am sure she is relieved that finally there is someone running whose hair is more controversial than hers. :)

  3. August 16, 2015 at 11:24 am

    Good for Hillary! Thanks for posting this, Jan. The WaPo was writing her campaign obituary all over the place this morning—hey, you can’t let some uppity female run for office and git in the White House—but I didn’t even bother to read that drivel.

    These days one has to go looking for positive coverage of Hillary, so I’m glad you are one of those providing it.

    • JanF
      August 16, 2015 at 4:10 pm

      The press is only interested in the horse race and we are still 6 months from the first votes being cast so the polls and regurgitated Hillary=Evil stories are all they have. The “score” will be tied until February 2016 and between now and then there will be many breathless stories, most of which are not based in fact. I follow a lot of news feeds so I can generally avoid the hair-on-fire crowd. If I had a dollar for every time Barack Obama’s presidency was declared “over” I would be rich. He is actually having a pretty nice run heading into year 8. :)

      I prefer to focus on the issues, Democratic Party issues, and building our party nationally and in the states. There is a lot of good stuff out there if you look. I will try to make it easier for you to find!!

    • JanF
      August 16, 2015 at 4:12 pm

      p.s. I liked this speech A LOT. It took me quite a while to find a transcript.

    • JanF
      August 17, 2015 at 3:16 pm

      Here you go, Diana. Wait a day and the adults get back to their keyboards!

      Paul Waldman puts it in perspective :

      “… in a race where there’s an obvious (if not quite certain) nominee, there will always come a point at which the press will decide that that candidate is spiraling downward, the cloak of inevitability is torn and tattered, the campaign is in crisis, the whispering from party loyalists is growing louder, and the scramble is on to find an alternative before the fall occurs.”

      “Time magazine says Democrats are headed for a repeat of the 1968 election, with Clinton cast as Lyndon Johnson and her email controversy offered as a parallel to the Vietnam War (pretty much the same magnitude, right?).”

      “Perhaps Republicans will get their wish, and we’ll learn that Clinton sent an email ordering the attack on Benghazi to cover up the fact that she’s the leader of an Al Qaeda sleeper cell whose goal is to enslave all Americans into a satanic Alinskyite death cult. If that happens, I’m sure some other Democrats will declare their candidacies. The other possibility is that the race will have some ups and downs, Bernie Sanders may even win a primary or two, and in the end Clinton will prevail.”

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2015/08/17/no-hillary-clinton-is-not-spiraling-downward/

      Nate Silver:

      “Even if there were no Clinton scandals, however, she’d probably still be receiving fairly negative press coverage. The campaign press more or less openly confesses to a certain type of bias: rooting for the story. Inevitability makes for a really boring story, especially when it involves a figure like Clinton who has been in public life for so long.”

       http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/hillary-clinton-scandal-inevitable-problems/

  4. bfitzinAR
    August 16, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    I’m in, too. But then I’ve been a Hillary fan since she organized the Advocates for Children and Families – once I found out she did it. (Which I did by researching a RWNJ political cartoon showing a kid telling his parents, “Hillary says I don’t have to.” They never change, do they?) It’s a good speech and thanks for posting the transcript. I tried to go to the video but apparently it’s been pulled. (Which doesn’t surprise me. They never change, do they?)

    • JanF
      August 17, 2015 at 6:29 am

      The video was still at the link I provided. I wonder if you have an video blocker? You have to wait for a minute or two for the video to buffer then you can drag the dot over to the 1:10 mark to watch the speech. It is not the best quality (and I have no idea why the campaign does not have one of their own) but it shows her inflections.

      Here is a different link to the MSNBC page: MSNBC – Iowa Wing Ding Dinner

      The speech was very well received. Here is one of the reviews from Iowa:

      Hillary Clinton once again dominated a multi-candidate event with easily the best speech of the evening that brought all parts of the audience to their feet many times. Her performance at these events is actually quite a big deal, and not just because it’s a marked improvement over her 2007/2008 oratory. […]

      Hillary Clinton

      This was friendly turf for Clinton, having won many of the northern and western Iowa counties in 2008 that largely made up the Wing Ding audience. Still, she could have given this speech in front of a Bernie Sanders-only crowd and gotten a great reception. These speeches are quickly turning into one of her greatest strengths in the 2016 primary, and she hit another one out of the park with a forceful, enthusiastic speech.

      The first half of it was applause line after applause line delivered in a booming voice, with fun zingers coming non-stop. It was hard to keep up with all the great new lines, there were simply so many. The best section was an extended riff on the “gender card” topic, pushing back against Republicans who claimed she was using it for political advantage.

      Clinton was so revved up, in fact, that she blew her voice out halfway through her address. She coughed repeatedly for about a minute, and for a moment it was questionable if she’d be able to go on. However, her voice loss ended up being so well-timed – as it was right as she transitioned to the serious part of address – that Trey Gowdy could open an investigation into whether it was a conspiracy. Her voice now gravely and deep, she explained in an incredibly effective and new way about how the Citizens United case was originally about her – how an anti-Hillary movie set off the path to the court decision that allowed the dark money now being used to attack her. Perhaps most amazingly, the front-runner positioned herself as the scrappy underdog fighting off dirty attacks from the Republican machine. The email server issue was nothing more than the “same old partisan game,” she said. Critics will likely decry her Snapchat line as making a joke about transparency, but it went a long way toward girding Democrats against current and future criticisms they’ll have to defend her on if she’s the nominee.

      • bfitzinAR
        August 17, 2015 at 11:16 am

        That link worked. The other one did “buffer” for a long time, but then it said “this video is no longer available” – It was a darned good speech and very well delivered.

        • JanF
          August 17, 2015 at 1:22 pm

          I’m glad you got to see it! It was a great speech and it is easy to see why, this time around, she is gaining a lot of loyal followers. She may not be perfect on every issue but she is going to be a strong proponent of core Democratic Party values.

          I was reading a story this morning about a fund raiser she was at on Martha’s Vineyard over the weekend where she spoke about kids, a passion of hers. She has a very dry sense of humor.

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