TIME 2016 Election

What to Know About Hillary Clinton’s Economic Proposals

The presidential hopeful looks to capitalize on a populist wave

Hillary Clinton called Monday for “principled and pragmatic and progressive policies” aimed at boosting middle-class incomes, as she laid out her vision of the American economy in the first major policy speech of her presidential campaign.

It was a speech intended to capitalize on the surge of populism that has swept much of the country and excited the Democratic base, and also lay out a roadmap for the goals of a Clinton presidency.

Clinton delivered her speech as a series of policy solutions for problems she sees in the American economy. Republicans quickly dismissed them. “Hillary Clinton’s entire economic pitch is built upon the false premise that Democrats have not occupied the White House for the past six and a half years—a period that has seen the weakest economic recovery in modern history, rising income inequality, an ever-shrinking middle class, and negative growth in the first 3 months of this year,” Republican National Committee spokesman Michael Short said in a statement.

Below is a cheat sheet of what Clinton says ails the economy, and how she says she’ll fix it. Note that many of the details are missing, as Clinton says in the coming months she’ll fill in the gaps with more policy speeches.

Problem as described by Clinton: Income inequality is a drag on the economy

Wealth inequality is slowing economic growth, Clinton said. It’s not just a fairness issue, she said, but a practical one. “The evidence is in: inequality is a drag on our entire economy,” Clinton said.

How she wants to fix it

-Raise the minimum wage. “If you work hard you should be compensated fairly,” Clinton said. But unlike Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who have called for a $15 minimum wage, Clinton has not set a firm target for the wage.

-Crack down on employers who misclassify employees as contractors, and fight wage theft.

-Protect President Obama’s health care reform law, lower health care costs and make prescription drugs more affordable.

-Defend and “enhance” social security to make it easier to save for the future.

-Create tax incentives to encourage corporate profit-sharing for employees.

-Tighten the tax code to make sure “millionaires don’t pay lower [tax] rates than their secretaries” and closing tax loopholes.

-Support unions and the right to organize. “If we want to get serious about raising incomes, we have to get serious about supporting union workers,” Clinton said.

Problem as described by Clinton: America needs to create more jobs and grow the economy

“More growth means more jobs and more new businesses. More jobs give people choices about where to work,” Clinton said. “That’s why economists that getting closer to full employment is crucial for raising incomes.”

How she wants to fix it

-Create for an infrastructure bank that would “finance world-class airports, railways, roads, bridges and ports” across the states.

-Build broadband networks with greater diversity of providers.

-Pass comprehensive immigration reform. Bringing the millions of undocumented immigrants into the legitimate economy, Clinton said, would create $700 billion of growth over 10 years.

-Invest in cleaner renewable energy and fund research and development. “The time has come to make America the world’s clean energy superpower,” Clinton said. “These investments will create millions of jobs.”

-Provide tax relief to small businesses, which Clinton said create 60% of new jobs in this country.

Problem as described by Clinton: Women aren’t participating fully in the economy

Clinton pointed to data showing that in 1990, the United States ranked 7th out of 24 developed countries in women’s labor force participation; by 2013, she said, the U.S. had fallen to 19th. “We cant afford to leave talent on the sidelines,” Clinton said.

How she wants to fix it

Clinton is advocating for fair pay laws, fair scheduling and easily accessible childcare. The lack of paid parental leave makes it inordinately difficult, Clinton said, for women to have a family and a job.

Problem as described by Clinton: The U.S. isn’t focused on long-term growth

American businesses are too focused on short-term growth, a problem Clinton referred to as “quarterly capitalism.” The economy, Clinton said, should be structured to encourage investment over years and decades.

“I believe part of public service is planting trees under whose shade you’ll never sit,” Clinton said.

How she wants to fix it

-Create a tax credit of $1,500 to businesses for any worker that they train and hire. “Workers are assets. Investing in them pays of,” Clinton said.

-Reform capital gains taxes to encourage long-term investments over high-frequency trading.

Problem as described by Clinton: Wall Street is still engaged in risky business and trading practices

Too many individuals were not held accountable for the excesses of the last decade that led to the recession, Clinton said, and the Dodd-Frank financial reform law did not go far enough.

How she wants to fix it

-Appoint more regulators, prosecute individuals and firms, tighten rules for trading.

“We’ll ensure no firm is too complex to manage or oversee,” Clinton said.

TIME 2016 Election

Hillary Clinton Will Pledge Profit-Sharing Incentives to Boost Wages

Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton
David Greedy—Getty Images Former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addresses supporters at an organizational rally at the Iowa City Public Library in Iowa City, Iowa, on July 7, 2015.

Hillary Clinton will on Monday pledge to change the tax code to encourage corporate profit-sharing

Hillary Clinton will on Monday pledge to change the tax code to encourage corporate profit-sharing, calling such programs a “win-win” for business and employees.

Profit-sharing “will be good for workers and good for business,” Clinton will say on Monday, according to an advance excerpt provided by her campaign. “Studies show profit-sharing that gives everyone a stake in a company’s success can boost productivity and put money directly into employees’ pockets. It’s a win-win.”

Clinton’s plan involves changing the tax code to push businesses to share corporate earnings with their employees, said a Clinton campaign official. She will expand further on the plan at a campaign stop in New Hampshire this week.

The profit-sharing proposal is part of the Democratic frontrunner’s broad vision for the economy that Clinton will be laying out in a speech Monday.

At the New School in New York, Clinton will explain that she envisions an economy that focuses on middle-class income growth over GDP growth for its own sake. The former secretary of state is riding a wave of economic populism, with many progressives discontent with the worsening income inequality in the country.

Many of the proposals Clinton will lay out are intended to boost wages and improve life for working families: paid leave, raising the minimum wage and protecting collective bargaining.

Her profit-sharing plan, the Clinton campaign official said, is a part of that. “Hard-working Americans deserve to benefit from the record corporate earnings they helped produce,” Clinton will say on Monday.

TIME 2016 Election

Hillary Clinton Wins Key Endorsement From American Federation of Teachers

OTTUMWA, IA - JULY 07:  Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addresses supporters at an organizational rally on at the home of Nancy and Danny Emanuel on July 7, 2015 in Ottumwa, Iowa. Clinton's second stop of the day in Iowa provided the 60 people in attendence with an opportunity to hear from the former Senator and Secretary of State about her platform for her run the office of President of the United States.  (Photo by David Greedy/Getty Images)
David Greedy—2015 Getty Images Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addresses supporters at an organizational rally on at the home of Nancy and Danny Emanuel on July 7, 2015 in Ottumwa, Iowa.

It's the first major union endorsement of the 2016 Democratic presidential primary

Hillary Clinton has secured the first major union endorsement of the 2016 Democratic presidential primary.

The American Federation of Teachers, a powerful, 1.6 million-strong national union, voted on Saturday to endorse the former secretary of state, calling Clinton a “champion” for “working families.”

“Hillary Clinton, a product of public schools herself, believes in the promise of public education,” said Randi Weingarten, the president of the AFT. “From early childhood learning through higher education, she sees how that promise can create real opportunity for kids, building a much-needed bridge to the middle class.”

The endorsement from the AFT does not come as a surprise. Clinton speaks often on the campaign trail about early childhood education, particularly on the importance of speaking and singing to young children, and has called for universal pre-kindergarten. She’s also endorsed President Obama’s plan to make community colleges free, and introduced a proposal to prevent for-profit colleges from fleecing veterans.

Weingarten is also a long time ally and friend of Clinton’s.

Nonetheless, it’s an important first union endorsement for Clinton, who is still struggling to establish herself as the favored candidate of the Democratic base.

The AFT’s endorsement is a major strategic advantage for Clinton, too. The AFT says it will make 1 million phone calls and knock on more than 500,000 doors in the run-up to the 2016 election.

In many ways, Clinton’s competitor for the Democratic nomination, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, can claim a more natural alliance with the unions considering his staunch union activism and socialist roots. The AFL-CIO, the biggest alliance of unions in the country with 16 million members, has not yet endorsed a candidate for president. Many members and local affiliates say they identify most with Sanders, but that may not sway the union either way.

“I’m honored to have the support of AFT’s members and leaders, and proud to stand with them to unleash the potential of every American,” Clinton said in a statement after the endorsement. “Their voices and the voices of all workers are essential to this country.”

TIME 2016 Election

Hillary Clinton Will Set Out a Progressive Economic Vision and Focus on Income

Boosting middle-class incomes is the "defining economic challenge of our time"

Hillary Clinton will lay out a vision for the economy on Monday that focuses on boosting the middle class and addressing income inequality, a central part of her progressive vision of the presidency as her party tacks further to the left.

In a speech at the New School in New York, the Democratic frontrunner for the presidency will seek to play a part in redefining the meaning of economic success in the U.S., saying she would focus primarily on growing middle class incomes instead of gross domestic product, the traditional metric of an economy’s value.

“The measure of our economic success should be how much incomes rise for middle-class households, not an arbitrary growth figure,” an aide said, summarizing Clinton’s thinking about the economy and her coming speech on Monday.

She will call rising incomes “the defining economic challenge of our time,” added the aide.

Clinton’s speech on Monday comes amid a surge of support for progressive candidate Bernie Sanders, who speaks passionately about raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour—a figure Clinton has yet to embrace—paid family leave, increasing taxes on the wealthy and breaking up the large Wall Street banks.

With the economy growing at about 2% a year since 2000, and real incomes largely unchanged over the same period as the gap between rich and poor grows, populist views have become the spirit of the times for many voters.

Many of those progressive tenets, which are increasingly become the prevailing views of the Democratic party, are part of Clinton’s speech on Monday.

The speech will present a marked contrast between her ideas, and those of Republicans, whom she will accuse of offering a top-down, outdated and Reagan-era approach that only fuels the growth of wealth for the richest Americans through tax cuts and worsens income inequality. She will say that her own plans involve a conscious focus on middle class incomes.

Specifically, Clinton will call for raising the minimum wage, fighting wage theft, supporting unions and collective bargaining, and increasing taxes on the wealthy in order to address income inequality, her aide said.

In order to create more jobs, Clinton’s campaign said, the candidate will call for tax breaks for small businesses, expanding America’s clean energy sector and creating an infrastructure bank.

The economy, she will say, is flawed for favoring financial trading and the banking industry over the production of goods and trade. Clinton will discuss an economy that favors more durable middle class economic growth.

She’ll also likely delve into a wonkier approach, previewing new rules on shareholder activism and taxes to counter overly short-term thinking about the economy, as well as call for more research and development, and infrastructure rebuilding.

Clinton’s economic plan was formulated through conversations with more than 200 domestic policy experts over the last several months, the aide said, and Clinton herself consulted with dozens of economists and other thinkers.

Among the advisers that helped shape Clinton’s vision are some of the giants in progressive economics, including Joseph Stiglitz, Alan Blinder, Alan Krueger, Neera Tanden and many others. Management of the policy formulation was handled by her longtime aide at the State Department, Jake Sullivan, and Ann O’Leary and Maya Harris.

Her speech on Monday, however, may not include many of the small-bore specifics that her competitors for the Democratic nomination, Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, have already begun laying out. Sanders has called for 12 weeks of paid family leave, for example, and O’Malley has endorsed a $15 minimum wage as well.

Clinton will continue to unveil specific policy ideas over the summer and the fall on a rolling basis with a series of individualized announcements on wage growth, college affordability and corporate accountability.

TIME Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton’s Trustworthy Trap

Former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addresses supporters at an organizational rally on July 7, 2015 at the Iowa City Public Library in Iowa City, Iowa.
David Greedy—2015 Getty Images Former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addresses supporters at an organizational rally on July 7, 2015 at the Iowa City Public Library in Iowa City, Iowa.

Unforced factual errors tarnish an early interview

Trustworthiness is a tricky thing in politics, a label that everyone demands but no one fully deserves. The reason has less to do with the integrity of the players than the rules of the game. Distortion, denial, defamation—they all work. Only a straight-talking sucker would really play it straight all the time.

So one must be careful not to pass too harsh a judgement on Hillary Clinton, for whom polls reveal a real perception problem when it comes to being honest or trustworthy. CNN’s national polling sample says 57% of Americans don’t think she is either. ABC News and the Wall Street Journal put that number at 52%.

In an interview with CNN on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton blamed the numbers on her political enemies. “This has been a theme that has been used against me and my husband for many, many years,” she said. “And at the end of the day, I think voters sort it all out.”

Then she proceeded to demonstrate why voters may not ultimately come down on her side. While casting herself as the victim of false smears, she mischaracterized the circumstances surrounding her handling of records kept in a private email server Secretary of State. The comment that set off the fact checkers was a five-word sentence.

“I’ve never had a subpoena,” Clinton said, even though she has been subpoenaed. Her allies tried to clean up the flub the next day by explaining that she seemed to be answering a narrower question than the one that was asked. “Obviously everyone—including Secretary Clinton—knows Chairman Gowdy issued a subpoena,” explained Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the ranking member of the committee that issued the subpoena. “It appears clear that Secretary Clinton was answering a question about whether she deleted emails ‘while facing a subpoena.’ ”

But Clinton’s interview betrayed a larger pattern of dissembling, based either on a misunderstanding or a misrepresentation of the rules and law. “When I mailed anybody in the government, it would go into the government system,” she said. “Now I didn’t have to turn over anything. I chose to turn over 55,000 pages because I wanted to go above and beyond what was expected of me because I knew the vast majority of everything that was official already was in the State Department system.”

This is not true. She was required by law and rule to turn over the official records that she stored on her private server. “At the time she left office, the existing rules that were in place said that she was under a duty to transfer to an official record keeping system any email records on a commercial account that pertained to official business,” says Jason R. Baron, a lawyer at Drinker Biddle, and former director of litigation at the National Archives.

Federal records are legally defined to include all recorded information made “in connection with the transaction of public business” that show “evidence of the organization, functions, policies, decisions, procedures, operations, or other activities of the United States Government.” As Clinton’s office has admitted, this would include emails she sent and received about government business that did not ever show up in official State Department email accounts.

Federal rules (36 CFR 1234.24) clearly require agencies to collect those records from “external electronic mail systems” so that they can be stored inside the government. There is also a federal law (44 USC 3106) that authorizes agencies to take legal action through the Attorney General “for the recovery of records” that are threatened by destruction, deletion or erasure. Willfully destroying a federal record is a crime, punishable by fine and prison.

How did Clinton get it all so wrong? Her campaign has not volunteered a response. But it is clear that she was recounting her email story as part of a larger effort to portray herself as a victim of political enemies. “This is being blown up with no basis in law or in fact. That’s fine. I get it,” she told CNN. “This is being, in effect, used by the Republicans in the Congress, OK. But I want people to understand what the truth is.”

There is an irony here worthy of Shakespeare. In fighting back against what she sees as unfounded attacks, she threatens to become the thing her foes always accused her of being—not someone who can be seen as honest or trustworthy.

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Hillary Clinton Ties Jeb Bush to GOP Field on Immigration

Former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addresses supporters at an organizational rally on July 7, 2015 at the Iowa City Public Library in Iowa City, Iowa.
David Greedy—2015 Getty Images Former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addresses supporters at an organizational rally on July 7, 2015 at the Iowa City Public Library in Iowa City, Iowa.

Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton attempted to link her Republican counterpart, Jeb Bush, with other GOP presidential candidates who have staked out positions against immigration reform.

In her first sit-down television interview since as a candidate, Clinton told CNN that the 2016 Republican field ranges “across a spectrum of being either grudgingly welcome or hostile toward immigrants.”

She also took aim at Bush, arguing that the former Florida governor’s position on immigration is “regrettable.”

“He doesn’t believe in a path to citizenship,” she said. “If he did at one time, he no longer does.”

Bush has walked a fine line on immigration. In a 2013 book he called for allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain permanent residency but not citizenship, though he later supported a bipartisan Senate bill that included a path to citizenship. In recent remarks, he’s backed a legal status short of citizenship.

Clinton, meantime, has made immigration reform a central part of her platform, saying that she supports a full path to citizenship for undocumented workers and that she would go farther than President Obama in using executive actions to protect illegal immigrants from deportation.

Bush spokeswoman Emily Benavides criticized Clinton for the comments, noting that as a U.S. Senator in 2007 she voted for a so-called “poison pill” amendment that helped derail immigration reform under President George W. Bush.

“Hillary Clinton has once again changed her position on an issue for politically expedient purposes. After voting for the poison pill amendment that stopped immigration reform in its tracks as a Senator and saying she believed the unaccompanied minors ‘should be sent back’ to their home countries last year, she is now running further to the left on immigration policy than even President Obama’s White House believes is legally feasible,” she said in a statement.

During the interview, Clinton also denounced GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, who has faced fire since he called Mexican immigrants “rapists” and “criminals” during his campaign launch last month. She said she was “very disappointed” with the business mogul, who previously donated to her Senate campaign and the Clinton Foundation.

But Clinton turned just as much fire on the Republican field overall, arguing it was not welcoming enough toward immigrants.

In the CNN interview, Clinton also denounced Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s comments about Mexican immigrants, whom the real estate mogul last month called “rapists” and “criminals.” Clinton said she was “very disappointed” with Trump, who donated to her Senate campaign and the Clinton Foundation.

“I think that’s a mistake,” she said. “I think that we know we’re not going to deport 11 million or 12 million people. We shouldn’t be breaking up families. We shouldn’t be stopping people from having the opportunity to be fully integrated legally within our country.”

TIME Money

Hillary Clinton: A Woman Shouldn’t Have to Share the $10 Bill

"That sounds pretty second class to me"

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton criticized the Treasury Department on Tuesday for its decision not to remove Alexander Hamilton from the $10 bill when a woman is added to the redesigned bill in 2020.

“I don’t like the idea that as a compromise you would basically have two people on the same bill. One would be a woman. That sounds pretty second class to me,” Clinton said in an interview with CNN. “So I think a woman should have her own bill.”

The former Secretary of State also echoed some advocates who argue that a woman should instead be honored on the $20 bill while Andrew Jackson is removed — sparing Hamilton, whom many consider a far superior politician to Jackson, from an unceremonious “demotion.”

The Treasury Department had announced its intention to include a woman on the $10 bill in June, following a high-profile campaign calling for a female likeness to appear finally on a dollar bill. No decision has been made yet to fully remove Hamilton from the $10 bill, according to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, who said officials are “exploring a variety of possibilities.”

The selection of the historic female figure will be announced by Lew later this year.


TIME technology

Photographing the Presidential Campaign With an iPhone 6

Brooks Kraft shares his tips to capture candid shots this election season

Photographer Brooks Kraft usually carries two camera bodies and four lenses with him when he covers a presidential campaign. This year, however, as six presidential candidates from parties descended on New Hampshire to campaign on Independence Day, Kraft left his cameras in his hotel room.

Instead, he went out with just an iPhone 6 Plus. “There are instances when I have to run or move quickly, and it was so much easier without the added weight,” he tells TIME, “not to mention trying to protect the gear swinging off my shoulders as I move quickly through crowds.”

It’s not the first time that Kraft has chosen to rely on an iPhone in his work. Last year, he photographed the Christmas decorations at the White House, where the subtler equipment meant he was able to capture more candid shots within the presidential residence.

This past weekend, his reliance on the iPhone proved useful when candidate Jeb Bush start running to keep up with a parade. “I was easily able to keep up with Bush,” says Kraft. “I became more aware of the impact constantly carrying the gear has on my mobility.”

Not only that, but Kraft says he was also able to capture images he wouldn’t otherwise. “With a DSLR, you are instantly recognized as a professional photographer, and sometimes people react quickly to your presence and either smile at the camera or turn away,” he says. “With the iPhone I found it was easier to move inconspicuously through crowds and capture moments, even up close, without impacting what I saw with my presence.”

Even the Secret Service had trouble identifying Kraft as a photographer. “At one point during the Clinton event, a Secret Service agent asked me if I was ‘media’ and asked me to display my credentials,” he says. “Campaign staff and security like to monitor (and control) the movement of media. There is frequently a lot more restriction put on the media then members of the general public in early primary events.”

This means that members of the public, sporting the same camera-equipped phones, have more opportunities to get photos of their favorite candidates. Kraft shares his tips on what to do and what not to do with an iPhone at such events:

  • Sometimes the most interesting photos do not include a candidate. Early primary scenes are full of colorful characters and iconic visual symbols of democracy in action. Because iPhones are so common, it is sometimes easier to capture natural moments with them than with professional looking cameras.
  • Shoot outdoors or in well-lit interior environments where the iPhone works best. Do not use the flash if possible.
  • Set your camera to shoot in the square format. This provides a nice contrast to the 2×3 DSLR format, and works well in some of the formal political environments. It also displays well on social media sites like Instagram and Facebook.
  • Shoot wide views that show the setting, looking for angles that place a clean background behind the candidate. Signs and crowds right behind the candidate are distracting. For the same reason, avoid placing large objects or the backs of heads in the foreground.
  • Shoot close-ups. The iPhone is able to focus in very close to produce macro views.
  • Do not use the zoom. Because the iPhone does not have an optical zoom (yet), the image quality is poor when the lens is zoomed, and the aperture is also decreased.
  • When there is action or a lot of movement, use the burst mode to get as many frames as possible. The iPhone does not always freeze movement unless it is extremely bright, and it’s best to have multiple frames to choose from.

Brooks Kraft is an editorial and commercial photographer based in Washington D.C. and a regular contributor to TIME. Follow him on Instagram @bkraft.

Olivier Laurent is the editor of TIME LightBox. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @olivierclaurent

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Hillary Clinton Says China Is ‘Trying to Hack Into Everything That Doesn’t Move’

Former United States Secretary of State and Democratic candidate for president Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters during a campaign event in Glen
Dominick Reuter—Reuters Former U.S. Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters during a campaign event in Glen, N.H., on July 4, 2015

The remarks come three months after the U.S. government learned of a “massive breach” of federal databases

At a campaign function in New Hampshire over the weekend, Hillary Clinton called China’s rise to global eminence “the story of the 21st century” — a backhanded compliment of sorts, given that she went onto accuse the country of cyberwarfare against the U.S.

“They’re trying to hack into everything that doesn’t move in America — stealing commercial secrets, blueprints from defense contractors, stealing huge amounts of government information — all looking for an advantage,” she said. “Make no mistake: they know they’re in a competition, and they’re going to do everything they can to win it.”

Clinton’s remarks come three months after the U.S. government learned of a “massive breach” of federal databases that compromised the personal records of millions of federal employees. State officials believe the hackers were operating out of China, an allegation Beijing has called “irresponsible and unscientific.” A year ago, the New York Times reported that U.S. security agencies traced a similar incident last March to China, though it remains unclear if those hackers were state mercenaries or acting alone.

The specter of cyberwarfare and China’s territorial aggressions in the South China Sea have been the two most recent thorns in the side of Sino-U.S. relations, which Clinton struggled to thaw during her early years as President Obama’s first Secretary of State. The assertiveness she displayed at Saturday’s event is an obvious departure from those attempts at diplomatic cooperation, which were “interpreted as a sign of weakness,” as Aaron Friedberg, a professor of international affairs and former adviser to Dick Cheney and Mitt Romney, wrote in a recent op-ed for Politico.

Clinton’s remarks are also uncharacteristic of her campaign thus far. In spite of her diplomatic experience, the case she makes for her presidency has trod lightly on matters of foreign policy, trafficking mostly in domestic topics unlikely to prove controversial in a Democratic primary.

Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley, who is trailing further and further behind Clinton in the polls, penned an essay for Foreign Policy last month that called for “a new agenda to improve our nation’s cybersecurity,” though he was reticent on the specific matter of China. The Republican camp, meanwhile, is harmonious in its frankness: last month, Chris Christie called for a “military approach” in response to China’s bravado; Mike Huckabee thinks the U.S. should “hack China back.”

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Hillary Clinton Hopeful For Iran Nuclear Deal Next Week

Democratic presidential hopeful and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a grassroots-organizing event at the home of Dean Genth and Gary Swenson on May 18, 2015 in Mason City, Iowa.
Scott Olson—2015 Getty Images Democratic presidential hopeful and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a grassroots-organizing event at the home of Dean Genth and Gary Swenson on May 18, 2015 in Mason City, Iowa.

The Democratic frontrunner speaks on a campaign swing through New Hampshire

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday that she is hopeful that a nuclear agreement with Iran can be reached before next week’s deadline, indicating support for the draft agreement that may or may not come into force.

Speaking to a crowd of about 850 largely college-aged supporters on the campus of Dartmouth College, Clinton addressed the latest deadline for the P5+1 nuclear talks in Vienna, July 9, saying “these things always come down to the wire.”

“I so hope that we are able to get a deal in the next week that puts a lid on Iran’s nuclear weapons program because that’s going to be a singular step in the right direction,” Clinton said. The previous June 30 deadline was extended to give negotiators more time to try to hammer out lingering disagreements between the Iranian government and the governments of China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Germany.

“But even if we do get such a deal, we will still have major problems from Iran,” Clinton said. “They are the world’s chief sponsor of terrorism, they use proxies like Hezbollah to sow discord and create insurgencies to destabilize governments. They are taking more and more control of a number of nations in the region and they pose an existential threat to Israel. So even if we are successful on the nuclear front, we still are going to have to turn our attention to working with our partners to try to rein in and prevent this continuing Iranian aggressiveness.”

Critics of the ongoing negotiations and draft agreement contend that it does not go far enough in reducing Iran’s stockpile of radioactive materials and enrichment program. Clinton had previously adopted a measured tone on the talks, expressing support, but raising questions about whether Iran would uphold its end of the agreement.

In April, she said she would back a deal that “verifiably cuts off all of Iran’s paths to a nuclear weapon, imposes an intrusive inspection program with no sites off limits, extends breakout time, and spells out clear and overwhelming consequences for violations.”

“The onus is on Iran and the bar must be set high,” she added at the time.

One way or another, Clinton is likely going to have to own the agreement, as the seeds of the current round of talks began under her tenure in the Obama administration. Her chief foreign policy advisor Jake Sullivan helped carry out the secret back-channel negotiations to lay the groundwork for the Joint Plan of Action announced in 2013.

Clinton also spoke about the Affordable Care Act, seeking to keep alive a potent Democratic turnout tactic a week after the Supreme Court decided against undermining the law.

“I am so thrilled that we are at a point where all calls about repeal, repeal, repeal mean nothing unless they elect a Republican president,” Clinton said, addressing the crowd from a concrete stage in front of a shady lawn on the college campus known as the “BEMA” — “big empty meeting area” — just across the river from Democratic rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’, home state.

“If the country elects a Republican as president, then they will repeal the Affordable Care Act,” she warned. “That is as certain as I can say unless we take back the Senate and take back the House. I hope we can do both, but on the safe side, let’s elect a Democratic president who is committed to quality, affordable healthcare.”

All Republican presidential candidates have vowed to repeal the law, but privately many of their aides acknowledge that a complete repeal would be nearly impossible to pull off, given how entrenched it has already become in the American healthcare system five years after passage. Republicans on Capitol Hill, meanwhile, have largely abandoned serious efforts to upend the law, owing to Obama’s staunch veto threats.

“Let’s break that and have a Democratic president to continue the policies that actually work for the vast majority of Americans,” Clinton said.

Clinton promised that she would begin to unveil her proposals for the economy in “about 10 days.”


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