Thursday, December 13

Presidential primary candidate endorsement: Hillary Clinton


(Creative Commons photo from Keith Kissel via Flickr)

(Creative Commons photo from Keith Kissel via Flickr)


The Daily Bruin Editorial Board endorses Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary because the experience she gained as first lady, her two terms spent as a senator from New York and her service as secretary of state under President Barack Obama’s administration have given her the political understanding necessary to effectively carry out her platforms.

As first lady, Clinton advocated for health care reform through the Health Security Act, which aimed to provide universal health care for all Americans. Although Congress ultimately failed to pass it, the bill provided the philosophical foundation for Obama’s Affordable Care Act. She also supported children’s welfare through the Adoption and Safe Families Act, which altered the foster care and adoption system to focus more on children’s health and well-being.

Clinton also served as a two-term U.S. senator from New York from 2001 to 2009. During her tenure, she voted against former President George W. Bush’s tax cuts in 2001 and again in 2003 and supported the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, which provided a $700 billion bailout to the United States financial system during the 2007-2008 financial crisis.

As secretary of state, Clinton worked toward establishing national security and encouraged the president to send U.S. special forces to Pakistan for an ultimately successful mission to kill al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. She has also become a strong advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights and helped establish the first U.N. resolution on LGBT human rights, explaining that, “Gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights.” Clinton also helped pass anti-discrimination laws that prevented gay couples from being denied adoption rights.

Although Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., is not likely to win the primary election, he has received widespread support across the country, especially from college students. His policies’ popularity should be a signal to Clinton that the country is ready for such changes and as a result, she should consider incorporating some of his more liberal ideals into her plan because she has proven herself to be the candidate most able to accomplish those goals.

If Clinton becomes the Democratic Party nominee, we expect she will ultimately unite the party and use her political expertise to effectively run a formidable presidential campaign.

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  • Petty

    yikes

  • robman012

    This is why us poc need to take over the Daily Bruin; we need to be the majority of the editors. I don’t give af about the #RacistBruin

  • LE Chakan

    Do you usually endorse the subjects of simultaneous multiple Fed and Civil investigations?

    Didn’t think so.

    • John Papatte

      That’s why no endorsement of Burnie or Trump

  • DJ

    Very shallow treatment of this topic.

  • John Papatte

    More good news for HILLARY everyday. Thank you!
    We’re with HER!

  • garyfouse

    Not one word about her lifetime of corruption. She has no achievements as senator or secretary of state. Her callous disregard of security procedures in her communications and her criminal negligence in Benghazi disqualify her from holding any public office. She is a crook.

    It is sad that in this time of worldwide crisis, our choices come down to Clinton, Sanders and Trump.

    What a sad and tragic joke.

  • TexasForever1836

    Things I Trust More than Hilary Clinton
    (a) Drinking Mexican tap water
    (b) Brian Williams news reports
    (c) Duke strippers
    (d) Chicago governors
    (e) An Obama endorsement
    (f) A drink offered by Bill Cosby
    (g) Elevator ride with Ray Rice
    (h) Bill Clinton
    (I) O.J. Simpson showing me his knife collection
    (k) gas station sushi
    (L) Prayers for peace with Al Sharpton
    (m) Rosie O’ Donnell showing restraint at an all -you- can- eat buffet
    (n) Michael Jackson ‘s doctor

  • Threshing Machine

    Petition for Bernie to Run in Novemeber: http://movement4bernie.org/

    Go to it, sign, and share, share, share!

    If all of his current supporters organize and get behind this (or even just write in “Bernie Sanders”), including all the disenfranchised Independents and moderate Republicans who couldn’t vote in closed primaries, as well as new supporters he’s gained now that he’s better known, he WILL win.

    Both Trump and Hillary are despised, and polls show a vote for either is only to block the other. We can still do better. This is the 21st century, and revolutions CAN be organized through social media. We need to do this NOW while everyone is #StillBerning !