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Hillary vs. Jeb Bush On The Issues Facing America


Issue Jeb Bush Hillary Clinton
Climate Change Jeb Bush said he was “tired” of the idea that “science has decided” that climate change is manmade. “It is not unanimous among scientists that it is disproportionately manmade. What I get a little tired of on the left is this idea that somehow science has decided all this so you can’t have a view.” [Huffington Post, 8/24/11]   Hillary Clinton called climate change the “most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges we face as a nation and world.” “Climate change is the ‘most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges we face as a nation and world,’ Clinton said at the National Clean Energy Summit 7.0 in Nevada. ‘The data is unforgiving no matter what the deniers try to assert.’” [The Hill, 9/4/14]  
Minimum Wage Jeb Bush called for an end to the federal minimum wage. “We need to leave it to the private sector. I think state minimum wages are fine. The federal government shouldn’t be doing this. This is one of those poll-driven deals. It polls well, I’m sure – I haven’t looked at the polling, but I’m sure on the surface without any conversation, without any digging into it people say, ‘Yea, everybody’s wages should be up.’ And in the case of Wal-Mart they have raised wages because of supply and demand and that’s good.” [MSNBC, 3/18/15]   Hillary Clinton cosponsored the Fair Minimum Wage Act five times in the Senate. Hillary Clinton sponsored the Fair Minimum Wage Act five times in the Senate. Although she opposed the Iraq funding bill it was folded into, Clinton cosponsored the original version of the Fair Minimum Wage Act that increased the minimum wage for the first time in ten years, from $5.85 to $7.25 an hour. [S. 277, 2/7/01; S. 20, 1/7/03; S. 2370, 4/20/04; S. 1062, 5/18/05; S. 2, 1/4/07]   Hillary Clinton: “Raising the minimum wage is something that is long overdue.” “Raising the minimum wage is something that is long overdue. There are too many people that work full time and are below the poverty level, so there are things we can do right now, but then we’re going to have to look hard at what really would work.” [Clinton Global Initiative event, 9/24/14]  
Marriage Equality Jeb Bush “rejected” the characterization that he was a “gay-friendly Republican.” “If Bush runs for president, some of his closest aides will be individuals who are strong public supporters of legalizing same-sex marriage. The hires, reported BuzzFeed, led to some chatter among Republicans that Bush could position himself as ‘the gay-friendly Republican in the 2016 field.’ Bush, however, rejected that characterization Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference during his conversation with Fox News host Sean Hannity. ‘No. I believe in traditional marriage,’ said Bush when Hannity asked him whether he’s changing his position on the issue.” [Huffington Post, 2/27/15]   Hillary Clinton: “I support marriage for lesbian and gay couples.” Secretary Hillary Clinton: “LGBT Americans are our colleagues, our teachers, our soldiers, our friends, our loved ones, and they are full and equal citizens and deserve the rights of citizenship. That includes marriage. That’s why I support marriage for lesbian and gay couples. I support it personally and as a matter of policy and law.” [Human Rights Campaign, 3/18/13]  
Affirmative Action   Jeb Bush dismantled Florida’s affirmative action program for college admissions, leading to a sharp decline in black enrollment at the state’s flagship universities. “As he courts Republicans across the country, Jeb Bush boasts that an executive order he signed that ended race-based college admissions in Florida upheld conservative principles while helping minorities. […] But at Florida’s two premier universities, black enrollment is shrinking. At the University of Florida in Gainesville and at Florida State University in Tallahassee, administrators say they worry that the trend risks diminishing their standing as world-class universities and hurts the college experience. The black share of the UF freshman class, for instance, plunged to 6 percent in 2013, the most recent year for which data is available. That is down from 9 percent in 2011. ‘If we don’t address this in the next two or three years, I think we’re going to have a problem,’ said Brandon Bowden, assistant vice president for student affairs at Florida State, which had a 15 percent drop in the number of black freshmen enrolled between 2000 and 2009. ‘There will be so few black students on our campus that prospective students [who are black] will choose not to come here because they see no one who looks like them.’” [Washington Post, 4/6/15]   Hillary Clinton: “I think we’ve got to have affirmative action.” “I think we’ve got to have affirmative action generally to try to give more opportunities to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds -- whoever they are.” [Democratic presidential debate, 4/16/08]  
Indiana “Religious Liberty” Legislation Jeb Bush underwent a “lightning evolution” on the Indiana discrimination law after facing criticism for supporting it. “Anti-discrimination activists and gay rights groups welcomed a lightning evolution by Jeb Bush, this week on a controversial law passed in Indiana last week that opponents said would have made it easier for businesses to discriminate against LGBT employees and customers. On Monday, Bush praised the law as signed by Indiana’s governor, Mike Pence. On Wednesday, the former Florida governor and likely 2016 presidential candidate drew back sharply in his approbation, conceding only that the law would ‘be in the right place’ by the end of the week, after an anticipated fix by the Indiana legislature.” [Guardian, 4/2/15]   Hillary Clinton immediately came out decisively against the Indiana discrimination law. In a tweet, Hillary Clinton said, “Sad this new Indiana law can happen in America today. We shouldn’t discriminate against [people because] of who they love #LGBT.” [3/26/15, 9:32 p.m. EDT]
Abortion As governor, Jeb Bush engaged in anti-choice activism that “shocked some state officials who believed he was reaching beyond the powers of his office.” “Jeb, meanwhile, declared in 2003 that he was ‘probably the most pro-life governor in modern times.’ As governor, Bush signed a law to create ‘Choose Life’ license plates in Florida, the proceeds from which flow to anti-abortion advocacy organizations. He also aggressively intervened in two high-profile cases to prevent a mentally disabled rape victim and a 13-year-old girl from being able to have abortions. In the former case, involving a 22-year-old rape victim who was both pregnant and developmentally disabled, Bush asked a court to appoint a guardian to represent the woman’s fetus. […] In 2005, Bush fought to prevent a pregnant 13-year-old girl, who was a ward of the state, from having an abortion. He was overruled by a judge, and CNN later reported that Bush’s ‘abortion activism shocked some state officials who believed he was reaching beyond the powers of his office.’” [Huffington Post, 3/25/15]   Hillary Clinton: “I believe, and I have said for many, many years, that abortion should be safe, it should be rare, but it should be legal.” During floor remarks on the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito Sen. Clinton said, “Now, I believe, and I have said for many, many years, that abortion should be safe, it should be rare, but it should be legal. And I understand that it is a difficult and even tragic choice for many women. It is a decision of conscience and therefore, should be a constitutionally-protected decision made not by the government, not by the majority – whoever the majority might be – but between a woman, her doctor, and her faith in God.” [Senator Clinton floor speech on the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito, 1/25/06 (via archive.org)]   Hillary Clinton: Choosing whether to have an abortion is “a highly personal decision that that woman should make based on her own faith beliefs, her own personal situation, her medical condition.” “I’m pro-choice because I think that’s the best position. If someone chooses to have an abortion or chooses not to have an abortion, that is such a highly personal decision that that woman should make based on her own faith beliefs, her own personal situation, her medical condition. The fight is not over in the United States and we’re going to have to keep standing up for women’s rights and particularly reproductive health rights.” [Guardian interview, 7/4/14]  
Yucca Mountain Jeb Bush avoided taking a position on Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site after previously advocating for its establishment. “Jeb Bush declined last week to take a position on the Yucca Mountain repository, saying he had to study it before deciding. But he has had a position in the past: He was for it. The ex-Florida governor, who will be in Nevada next month, was once part of a front group for the Nuclear Energy Institute, the main lobbying entity behind siting a repository at Yucca Mountain. Bush was part of the Clean and Safe Energy Coalition, or CASEnergy Coalition, which was funded by NEI and pushed in the middle of the last decade for construction of the dump.” [Ralston Reports, 3/24/15]   Hillary Clinton: “I have consistently and persistently been against Yucca Mountain.” “I have consistently and persistently been against Yucca Mountain, and I will make sure it does not come into effect when I’m president.” [Democratic presidential debate, 1/15/08]  
Veterans’ Health Care Jeb Bush supported transforming veterans’ health care into a voucher system. “Mr. Bush, sitting in front of an untouched breakfast at an IHOP in Colorado Springs, told a group of veterans that he favors transferring some elements of veterans’ care to private hospitals from government-run Veterans Affairs facilities. ‘This is where I think empowering people with the equivalent of a voucher that gives you the same economic benefit of receiving care inside of a clinic or a hospital,’ Mr. Bush said in a video of the public event recorded by the Democratic firm American Bridge. ‘If you had a chance to go to another place where the money followed the patient, it would give the veterans — you wouldn’t have these kind of hostile reactions, my job is protected for life, don’t mess with it.’” [Wall Street Journal, 4/8/15]   Hillary Clinton asserted that veterans should be “guaranteed access to the highest quality health care through the VA.” “[Y]ou may have noticed in the State of the Union last night that we didn’t hear a single word about veterans. We heard a lot about our currently serving young men and women who we are so proud of and so grateful to. But, eventually, they will become veterans, and when they return home, they should be guaranteed access to the highest quality health care through the VA.” [Senator Clinton campaign Let the Conversation Begin webcast, 1/24/07 (via archive.org)]  
Fossil Fuels Jeb Bush criticized the Obama administration for seeking “to lessen the use of coal.” “He criticized the Obama administration’s energy strategy that seeks to lessen the use of coal. ‘For some odd reason, this president has a problem with the oil and gas sector,’ Bush said. ‘You can’t stop innovation, by the way, you can stall it, you can make it more complicated.’” [Bloomberg, 4/7/15]   Hillary Clinton said America needs “to stop building coal plants the way we have in the past.” “[W]e need to stop building coal plants the way we have in the past. I will require utility commissions to evaluate whether the energy efficiencies that decoupling makes possible can meet expected demand before permitting any new coal plant. In any event, I will require all new coal plants to be built so that capture and storage technology can be added as soon as it is available.” [Senator Clinton speech on Energy and Climate Change, 11/5/07 (via archive.org)]   Hillary Clinton called for an international effort to “diminish the increasing rate of greenhouse gas emissions and substitute more resources from non-fossil fuels.” “When we look at being dependent upon fossil fuels, we have an economic problem that is not going to get better because the world is suffering under this burden. It’s not just the United States. China is now the biggest emitter. India is going to become a bigger emitter. So even if the United States did more things, which we should do, and I hope we will, we also have to engage in the international community to convince other countries that are developing that there are ways they can still develop their economy by working with us on cleaner energy and trying to diminish the increasing rate of greenhouse gas emissions and substitute more resources from non-fossil fuels as quickly as possible.” [University of Miami speech, 2/26/14]  
Iran Letter Washington Post: Jeb Bush “expressed support” for a Republican letter sent to Iranian leadership in an attempt to derail nuclear negotiations. “A day after its release, Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker expressed support for the message. ‘The Senators are reacting to reports of a bad deal that will likely enable Iran to become a nuclear state over time,’ Bush said in a statement. ‘They would not have been put in this position had the Administration consulted regularly with them rather than ignoring their input.’” [Washington Post, 3/10/15]   Hillary Clinton slammed Republican Senators for undermining American leadership by sending an open letter to Iran’s leaders. In a tweet, Hillary Clinton wrote, “GOP letter to Iranian clerics undermines American leadership. No one considering running for commander-in-chief should be signing on.” [3/11/15, 3:11 p.m. EDT]  
Mandatory Minimum Sentences Jeb Bush established a Florida statute that expanded mandatory minimum sentences and included “death” as a guideline for severe drug offenses. “Create mandatory prison sentences for persons convicted of drug trafficking. Mandatory minimum prison sentences of 3, 7, 15, 25 years, life or death will be imposed depending on the type and amount of the controlled substance. A minimum of three years will be mandated for any person convicted of possession, sale, importation, etc., of at least 25 pounds of cannabis, 4 grams of flunitrazepam, morphine, opium or heroin, 14 grams of amphetamine, 28 grams of cocaine and phencyclidine, or 200 grams of methaqualone. Penalties increase as the type and amount of the drugs increase or if use of the drug results in someone’s death.” [MyFlorida.com, accessed 4/9/15 (via archive.org)]   Hillary Clinton said mandatory sentencing guidelines were “indefensible.” “Mrs. Clinton was most specific in her remarks on the issue of the number of black Americans in prison and what was referred to as the ‘over-policing’ of black communities. ‘There is a great disparity in arrests and convictions and sentencing,’ she said before condemning as ‘indefensible’ the federal mandatory sentencing guidelines, passed in the late 1980s, that give harsher terms for offenses involving crack than for the same amount of powder cocaine. She did not, however, say whether she opposed such policies when they were being carried out under her husband’s administration. That cocaine disparity and ‘three-strikes’ laws - the federal version of which were passed by a Democratic Congress under the Clinton administration - have led to the incarceration of most of the 1.4 million black and Hispanic men currently in prison, many for nonviolent drug offenses. Mrs. Clinton said that trend must change.” [Washington Times, 8/10/07]  
Social Security Jeb Bush supported “his brother’s proposal to privatize portions of Social Security.” “Under President Bush, for example, oil companies are expected to have an easier time exploring for new oil reserves. Gov. Bush -- and most Florida politicians -- oppose any oil drilling off the coast of Florida. And though Jeb Bush agrees with his brother’s proposal to privatize portions of Social Security, they may disagree over timing because such a move could anger seniors, still a powerful voting force in Florida.” [Orlando Sentinel, 1/21/01] Hillary Clinton: “When I am president, privatizing Social Security will certainly not be even discussed.” “I don’t think there’s any doubt that we’ve got to fight and finally bury the idea of privatizing Social Security. It is one of those bad ideas that deserve to be totally buried. When I am president, privatizing Social Security will certainly not be even discussed. I reject the view of President Bush and others who have given large tax cuts to the wealthiest, failed to crack down on offshore tax dodgers, and handed out no-bid contracts to companies like Halliburton, and then insisted that we needed to cut benefits to middle-class retirees.” [Senator Clinton speech on Retirement Security, 10/9/07 (via archive.org)]  
Net Neutrality Jeb Bush said net neutrality was “one of the craziest ideas [he’s] ever heard.” “While taking questions at an Iowa pizza joint over the weekend, Bush weighed in on the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) recent move to impose utility-style rules for the Internet, which have been blasted by Republicans and major cable companies. ‘The idea of regulating access to the Internet with a 1934 law is one of the craziest ideas I’ve ever heard,’ he said, according to multiple reports. The comments were the first remarks Bush had made about net neutrality, though they mirrored the opinions of other Republicans after the FCC last month reclassified broadband Internet as a ‘telecommunications service’ similar to phone lines under the 1934 Communications Act.” [The Hill, 3/9/15]   Hillary Clinton cosponsored legislation to protect net neutrality. Hillary Clinton repeatedly cosponsored the Internet Freedom Preservation Act, legislation that she stated would “ensure that open, unimpaired and unencumbered Internet access for both its users and content providers is preserved.” In a statement released announcing her support of the 2006 version of the bill, Hillary Clinton affirmed that efforts “to fundamentally alter the inherently democratic structure of the Internet must be rejected.” [S. 2917, 5/19/06; S. 215, 1/9/07]   Hillary Clinton: “I would vote for net neutrality.” “I would vote for net neutrality because as I understand it, it’s Title II with a lot of changes within it in order to avoid the worst of the utility regulation. So it’s a foot in the door. It’s a value statement.” [Watermark Lead On Conference, 2/24/15]  
Automotive Industry Rescue Package Jeb Bush opposed bailing out the automotive industry. “Bush said that until the hearing, he hadn’t been asked his opinion on the automotive bailout or the bank bailouts. He told the committee he didn’t support the auto bailout -- what he describes as ‘a form of capitalism where the government intervenes in a very muscular kind of way.’ The positions puts him in line with Romney.” [Tampa Bay Times, 6/1/12]   Hillary Clinton praised emergency assistance for the automotive industry. “The American auto industry is the backbone of our nation’s manufacturing base and directly and indirectly employs millions of Americans, including more than 230,000 New Yorkers. As we grapple with a deepening recession, continuing turmoil in the financial markets, and a potentially devastating new wave of home foreclosures, a bankruptcy by any of our U.S. automakers would further destabilize our economy. The emergency assistance announced today is necessary to prevent an immediate economic catastrophe and will help pave the way for the stabilization of our automakers.” [Senator Clinton press release, 12/19/08]  
Voter ID Jeb Bush: “States should be allowed to protect the integrity of the franchise with voter identification laws.” In his book Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution, Jeb Bush wrote, “Finally, states should be allowed to protect the integrity of the franchise with voter identification laws, which are supported by a large majority of Americans, including Hispanics. So long as states make it simple for citizens to obtain such forms of identification, they should have the latitude to require such identification for voting or to secure welfare benefits.” [Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution, pg. 38-39, 2013]   Hillary Clinton condemned the use of voter ID laws to address the “phantom epidemic of voter fraud,” saying that they amount to “voter suppression.” “Clinton said the Supreme Court in June had done serious damage with its landmark Voting Rights Act ruling, which cleared the way for states with a history of discrimination to tighten voting laws without federal approval. She also denounced voter ID laws pushed through by state legislatures controlled by the GOP, saying they were being justified as tools to fight the ‘phantom epidemic of voter fraud,’ but really just made it harder for minorities and the poor to exercise their voting rights. She referred to North Carolina’s new election rules, which were signed into law by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory this week, as the ‘greatest hits of voter suppression.’” [The Week, 8/13/13]  
 

Hillary vs. Rand Paul On The Issues Facing America


Issue Rand Paul Hillary Clinton
LGBT Rights Rand Paul said that he doesn’t “really believe” in gay rights. “Sen. Rand Paul said he doesn’t buy into the concept of gay rights because they are defined by a gay person’s lifestyle. ‘I don’t think I’ve ever used the word gay rights, because I don’t really believe in rights based on your behavior,’ the Kentucky Republican told reporters in a videotaped interview that has received little attention since it was recorded in 2013. But it’s unclear how far — and to whom — Paul extends the argument that rights cannot be defined by behavior.” [Buzzfeed, 3/31/15] Hillary Clinton declared that “gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights” to the international community. According to Sec. Clinton’s remarks in recognition of International Human Rights Day in Geneva, Switzerland, “I want to thank Director General Tokayev and Ms. Wyden along with other ministers, ambassadors, excellencies, and UN partners. This weekend, we will celebrate Human Rights Day, the anniversary of one of the great accomplishments of the last century. […] This recognition did not occur all at once. It evolved over time. And as it did, we understood that we were honoring rights that people always had, rather than creating new or special rights for them. Like being a woman, like being a racial, religious, tribal, or ethnic minority, being LGBT does not make you less human. And that is why gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights.” [Remarks in Recognition of International Human Rights Day, state.gov, 12/6/11]
Race and Civil Rights Rand Paul believed that “good defenders of the First Amendment” should “tolerate” racial discrimination. “INTERVIEWER: But under your philosophy, it would be okay for Dr. King not to be served at the counter at Woolworths? PAUL: I would not go to that Woolworths, and I would stand up in my community and say that it is abhorrent, um, but, the hard part—and this is the hard part about believing in freedom—is, if you believe in the First Amendment, for example—you have too, for example, most good defenders of the First Amendment will believe in abhorrent groups standing up and saying awful things. . . . It’s the same way with other behaviors. In a free society, we will tolerate boorish people, who have abhorrent behavior.” [ThinkProgress, 5/19/10] Hillary Clinton: “For anyone to assert that race is not a problem in America is to deny the reality in front of our very eyes.” “In the first presidential debate designed to focus on minority issues, the Democratic contenders aggressively sought to outmuscle one another on the topics of race and poverty and derided yesterday’s Supreme Court decision banning most affirmative action in public schools… ‘You can look at this stage and see an African American, a Latino, a woman contesting for the presidency of the United States,’ Clinton said. ‘But there is so much left to be done, and for anyone to assert that race is not a problem in America is to deny the reality in front of our very eyes.’” [Washington Post, 6/29/07]
Minimum Wage Rand Paul opposes increasing the minimum wage. “Senators Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio oppose the president’s plan to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 from the $7.25 it’s at now. But should the federal government set a minimum wage at all? […] The line drew big applause but didn’t answer the question—which Karl tried to call him on. So should there be any minimum wage? Paul said, ‘Minimum wage is only harmful when it’s above the market wage.’” [Bloomberg, 1/26/15] Hillary Clinton cosponsored the Fair Minimum Wage Act five times in the Senate. Hillary Clinton sponsored the Fair Minimum Wage Act five times in the Senate. Although she opposed the Iraq funding bill it was folded into, Clinton cosponsored the original version of the Fair Minimum Wage Act that increased the minimum wage for the first time in ten years, from $5.85 to $7.25 an hour. [S. 277, 2/7/01; S. 20, 1/7/03; S. 2370, 4/20/04; S. 1062, 5/18/05; S. 2, 1/4/07]
Climate Change Rand Paul claimed that the science behind climate change was “not conclusive.” “Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said in a recent interview that the science behind climate change is ‘not conclusive,’ calling people who tie extreme weather to a changing climate ignorant.” [The Hill, 4/23/14] Hillary Clinton called climate change the “most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges we face as a nation and world.” “Climate change is the ‘most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges we face as a nation and world,’ Clinton said at the National Clean Energy Summit 7.0 in Nevada. ‘The data is unforgiving no matter what the deniers try to assert.’” [The Hill, 9/4/14]
Iran Letter Rand Paul was one of 47 GOP senators that signed an open letter to Iranian leadership attacking a potential nuclear deal with Iran. “The letter, signed by 47 GOP senators including Paul, warned that without congressional approval, any deal between President Obama and Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, could be easily reversed. ‘The next president could revoke such an executive agreement with the stroke of a pen,’ they wrote, ‘and future Congresses could modify the terms of the agreement at any time.’” [CBS News, 3/16/15] Hillary Clinton slammed Republican Senators for undermining American leadership by sending an open letter to Iran’s leaders. In a tweet, Hillary Clinton wrote, “GOP letter to Iranian clerics undermines American leadership. No one considering running for commander-in-chief should be signing on.” [3/11/15, 3:11 p.m. EDT]
Medicare Rand Paul introduced legislation “that would end traditional Medicare.” “A group of Senate Republicans has introduced legislation that would end traditional Medicare and sign seniors up for the same private healthcare plans received by members of Congress. The ‘Congressional Health Care for Seniors Act’ would allow seniors to choose from the array of plans currently offered to the four million federal employees and their dependents in the Federal Employee Health Benefit program, starting in 2014. It would also gradually increase the eligibility age for Medicare from 65 to 70 over a 20-year period. The bill was introduced Thursday by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). South Carolina Sens. Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint are co-sponsors, along with Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah).” [The Hill, 3/15/12] Hillary Clinton believed that Medicare was “part of a fair deal that our country has established between working and retired Americans.” “Those of us who support Medicare believe it is part of a fair deal that our country has established between working and retired Americans. Now this Administration and the Republican Leadership want to abandon this tradition. They want to get rid of Medicare instead of making it stronger.” [Senator Clinton press release, 3/13/03 (via archive.org)]
Medicare Eligibility Rand Paul supported raising the Medicare eligibility age to 70. “In addition to letting Medicare seniors join the same excellent health care plan enjoyed by Members of Congress and federal employees, Dr. Paul proposes raising the Medicare retirement age from 65 to 70, very gradually, over a generation.” [FreedomWorks, 3/15/12] Hillary Clinton supported allowing Americans aged 50 to 65 to “buy into Medicare.” “We also need to allow people between 50 and 65 to buy into Medicare. Many of them retire early or many of them lose their health insurance and they’re left waiting until they can be eligible for Medicare.” [Senator Clinton speech at the Economic Club of Chicago, 4/11/06 (via archive.org)]
Employee Non-Discrimination Act Rand Paul voted against the Employee Non-Discrimination Act. In November 2013, Paul voted against the Employee Non-Discrimination Act, legislation that would prohibit employers from “engaging in employment discrimination on the basis of an individual's actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.” [S. 815, 4/25/13] Hillary Clinton repeatedly cosponsored the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to prevent employment discrimination based on sexual orientation. In the Senate, Hillary Clinton was an original cosponsor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2002 and 2003 to prevent employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Hillary Clinton has said it is “inconceivable to me that people who work hard and do a good job every day can still be fired because of who they love. It’s unfair, it’s un-American, and I will put a stop to it once and for all.” [S.1284, 7/31/01; S.1705, 10/2/03; Human Rights Campaign 2008 Presidential Questionnaire] 
Same-Sex Marriage Rand Paul lamented the “moral crisis that allows people to think that there would be some sort of other marriage” in addition to “traditional” marriage. “At a prayer breakfast in Washington, D.C. on Thursday morning, Rand Paul practiced pandering. The senator from Kentucky will announce that he is running for president in less than two weeks, and it seems the pressure to be all things to all people is resulting in the breakdown of his political brand, with the latest example being his newly articulated position on marriage. He conceded to the evangelical crowd, which included Dr. Jerry Johnson, CEO of the National Religious Broadcasters, that there is a ‘moral crisis in our country’ and more specifically, ‘a moral crisis that allows people to think that there would be some sort of other marriage’ in addition to heterosexual, or ‘traditional,’ marriage.” [Daily Beast, 3/28/15] Hillary Clinton: “I support marriage for lesbian and gay couples.” Secretary Hillary Clinton: “LGBT Americans are our colleagues, our teachers, our soldiers, our friends, our loved ones, and they are full and equal citizens and deserve the rights of citizenship. That includes marriage. That’s why I support marriage for lesbian and gay couples. I support it personally and as a matter of policy and law.” [Human Rights Campaign, 3/18/13]
Violence Against Women Act Rand Paul voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. “Why it matters: Ryan is one of three current members of Congress frequently mentioned as a potential 2016 presidential candidate. The other two -- Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) -- both voted against reauthorizing VAWA, citing a preference that such decisions be made locally.” [Washington Post, 2/28/13; Senate roll call vote 19, 2/12/13] Hillary Clinton cosponsored the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization. “Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton today hailed the unanimous approval by the US Senate of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization. VAWA expired on Saturday, October 1st and the reauthorization bill will now ensure that the critical programs authorized by VAWA continue. Senator Clinton was a co-sponsor of the bill, S. 1197. ‘The Violence Against Women Act focuses resources and attention on some of the most vulnerable women in our society -- women who too often suffer in silence,’ said Senator Clinton. ‘I am so pleased that by passing this bill, the Senate finally reaffirmed its commitment to helping prevent and cope with domestic abuse.’” [Senator Clinton press release, 10/5/05; S. 1197, 6/8/05]
Abortion and “Personhood” Rand Paul sponsored an anti-abortion “personhood” bill that could outlaw forms of emergency contraceptives. “Paul, a likely Republican presidential candidate, sponsored an anti-abortion bill in 2013 that defines life as beginning at fertilization. Democrats say the so-called ‘Personhood’ measure would outlaw Plan B and other emergency contraceptives.” [CNN, 9/30/14; S. 583, 3/14/13] Hillary Clinton derided “personhood” legislation as efforts to “outlaw common forms of birth control and ban abortions even in cases of rape or incest.” “Clinton also hit hard on raising the minimum wage, saying it’s a ‘pro-family’ issue — and offered a full-throated defense of legal abortion. ‘Women’s rights are the canary in the mine. If you don’t protect women’s rights here at home and around the world, everybody’s rights are lost,’ she said. ‘You have to ask yourself, do you want a senator who will always defend a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions and won’t ever shame or judge a woman for decisions that are complex and deeply personal, or do you want a senator who will push so-called ‘personhood’ laws that would outlaw common forms of birth control and ban abortions even in cases of rape or incest?’” [The Hill, 10/25/14]
Unemployment Insurance Rand Paul opposed extending unemployment insurance for out-of-work Americans. “Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Sunday he opposes extending unemployment benefits for workers, arguing that it would be a ‘disservice’ to jobless individuals. ‘I do support unemployment benefits for the 26 weeks that they're paid for. If you extend it beyond that, you do a disservice to these workers,’ he said in an interview on ‘Fox News Sunday.’” [Huffington Post, 12/8/13; Senate roll call vote 24, 2/6/14] Hillary Clinton continuously fought to extend unemployment insurance for U.S. workers. Hillary Clinton repeatedly supported legislative efforts to extend unemployment assistance for out-of-work Americans throughout her Senate career. [S. 3009, 9/26/02; S. 225, 1/28/03;S. 1708, 10/2/03; S. 2006, 1/20/04; S. 2544, 1/22/08; S. 3507, 9/17/08]
Planned Parenthood Rand Paul voted to defund Planned Parenthood. “Rand Paul has previously voted to defund Planned Parenthood and said he would “stop the flow of tax dollars to groups who perform or advocate for abortion.” Marco Rubio joined Paul in the vote to defund the health provider, and has made no secret of his plans to further restrict access.” [Salon, 2/27/15; Senate roll call vote 60, 4/14/11] Hillary Clinton believed that the “overarching mission of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America…is as relevant in our world now as it was 100 years ago.” “It was a great privilege when I was told that I would receive this award,” said U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, in accepting the award. “It’s part of a movement which is about economic and political progress for all women and girls. It’s about making sure that every woman and girl everywhere has the opportunity she deserves to fulfill her potential, the potential as a mother, worker and human being. The overarching mission of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the cause of reproductive freedom that you continue to advance today is as relevant in our world now as it was 100 years ago. So, I thank you.” [Planned Parenthood news release, 5/14/14]
Social Security Rand Paul called Social Security “a Ponzi scheme” and supported efforts to privatize the program. “In the late 1990s, Paul -- then a simple ophthalmologist and president of Kentucky Taxpayers United -- appeared on several episodes ‘Kentucky Tonight,’ a roundtable-style show on public television. He talked about the elderly dying at the hands of Medicare rationing; the need to privatize Social Security, which he called ‘a Ponzi scheme;’ and the rights of the government to invest in racist companies.” [Talking Points Memo, 7/12/10] Hillary Clinton: “When I am president, privatizing Social Security will certainly not be even discussed.” “I don’t think there’s any doubt that we’ve got to fight and finally bury the idea of privatizing Social Security. It is one of those bad ideas that deserve to be totally buried. When I am president, privatizing Social Security will certainly not be even discussed. I reject the view of President Bush and others who have given large tax cuts to the wealthiest, failed to crack down on offshore tax dodgers, and handed out no-bid contracts to companies like Halliburton, and then insisted that we needed to cut benefits to middle-class retirees.” [Senator Clinton speech on Retirement Security, 10/9/07 (via archive.org)]
Social Security Retirement Age Rand Paul sought to raise the Social Security retirement age. “During my time in Congress, I have worked on proposals that would fully fix the shortfall in the Social Security program through a gradual increase in the age of full retirement and by means testing yearly earnings, while preserving those benefits for near and current retirees. These changes would only apply to younger Americans who have time to plan for the future.” [Office of Senator Rand Paul, accessed 11/19/14] Hillary Clinton: “Raising the retirement age isn’t the answer” to preserving Social Security. “Let me start with calling for a renewed national commitment to Social Security, this is the most successful domestic program in the history of the United States. And you don’t have to worry, when I’m president, privatization is off the table, because it does not answer anything. From my perspective cutting benefits is not the answer, raising the retirement age isn’t the answer, we need to get back to the fiscal responsibilities that we had in the 1990s where we weren’t raiding the social security trust fund anymore. When my husband left office, we had a secure Social Security system until 2055, and now all of the sudden the Bush administration took us back into deficits we lost 14 years off the solvency of the Social Security trust fund in the last six and a half years.” [NBC News, 9/4/07] 
Gun Control Rand Paul opposed any legislation enacting new restrictions in gun ownership. According to a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, signed by Sens. Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and Ted Cruz, “The Second Amendment to the Constitution protects citizens’ right to self-defense. It speaks to history’s lesson that government cannot in in all places at all times, and history’s warning about the oppression of a government that tries. We will oppose the motion to proceed to any legislation that will serve as a vehicle for any additional gun restrictions.” [United States Senate Letter – Signed by Sen. Rand Paul, 3/22/13] Hillary Clinton voted to extend the Assault Weapons ban and cosponsored legislation to require background checks at gun shows. Sen. Clinton voted for a ten-year extension of the ban on assault weapons. Senator Clinton cosponsored legislation requiring background checks for firearms purchases at gun shows and from unlicensed dealers. “Senator Clinton is an original co-sponsor of legislation introduced by Senator Jack Reed, to require criminal background checks on individuals who purchase firearms at gun shows from unlicensed dealers. Currently, unlicensed dealers at gun shows are able to skirt the background checks that are required of licensed gun dealers under the Brady Law. This law -- which requires licensed gun dealers to conduct background checks of potential purchasers in order to prevent felons, fugitives and stalkers from buying firearms -- has resulted in approximately 536,000 criminals or other prohibited purchasers being denied access to firearms.” [Senator Clinton press release, 4/24/01 (via archive.org); S. 767, 4/24/01; Senate roll call vote 24, 3/2/04]
Universal Health Insurance Coverage Rand Paul compared the “right to health care” to slavery. “A hearing of the Senate HELP Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging looked at emergency room use and took an odd turn Wednesday when Sen. Rand Paul compared the ‘right to health care’ to slavery. ‘With regard to the idea whether or not you have a right to health care you have to realize what that implies. I am a physician. You have a right to come to my house and conscript me. It means you believe in slavery. You are going to enslave not only me but the janitor at my hospital, the person who cleans my office, the assistants, the nurses. … You are basically saying you believe in slavery,’ said Paul (R-Ky.), who is an ophthalmologist.” [Politico, 5/11/11] Hillary Clinton was “committed to providing quality affordable health care for every American.” “I remain committed to providing quality affordable health care for every American. Now, some people might say, well, Senator, didn’t you try that before, you know, back in 1993 and 1994? And I did. I worked at my husband’s request to try to see if we could do what was necessary to create a system that everybody could be part of. And we were not successful, and we made a bunch of mistakes, and I’ve learned from all of that. And I have the scars to show what we went through.” [Senator Clinton campaign Let the Conversation Begin webcast, 1/22/07 (via archive.org)]
Net Neutrality Rand Paul opposes net neutrality. “No Republican presidential contender has done more at this stage to woo Silicon Valley and the tech community than Rand Paul has. […] But besides his party label, there’s one problem with Paul’s message when it comes to winning over this traditionally Democratic-leaning community - he opposes net neutrality.” [NBC News, 4/6/15] Hillary Clinton cosponsored legislation to protect net neutrality. Hillary Clinton repeatedly cosponsored the Internet Freedom Preservation Act, legislation that she stated would “ensure that open, unimpaired and unencumbered Internet access for both its users and content providers is preserved.” In a statement released announcing her support of the 2006 version of the bill, Hillary Clinton affirmed that efforts “to fundamentally alter the inherently democratic structure of the Internet must be rejected.” [S. 2917, 5/19/06; S. 215, 1/9/07]
Foreign Policy Rand Paul promoted “an isolationist foreign policy that some in his own party have criticized.” “At each event, Paul shared his vision for the country, which includes an isolationist foreign policy that some in his own party have criticized. Paul says government’s reach needs to be scaled back domestically as well, and was quick to slam President Barack Obama on the country’s current hot topic -- immigration.” [NBC News, 8/5/14] Hillary Clinton supported a foreign policy of “reaching out to both friends and adversaries, to bolster old alliances and to forge new ones.” “Smart power requires reaching out to both friends and adversaries, to bolster old alliances and to forge new ones. That means strengthening the alliances that have stood the test of time— especially with our NATO partners and our allies in Asia. Our alliance with Japan is a cornerstone of American policy in Asia, essential to maintaining peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region, and based on shared values and mutual interests. We also have crucial economic and security partnerships with South Korea, Australia, and other friends in ASEAN. We will build on our economic and political partnership with India, the world’s most populous democracy and a nation with growing influence in the world.” [Nomination Hearing to be Secretary of State, state.gov, 1/13/09]
Foreign Aid Rand Paul proposed a budget to cut all United States foreign aid. “I go to a tea party, and you know what they say to me? ‘It’s not enough. It’s not enough. Where’s the other trillion you need?’ Paul said. He’s offered his own budget plan that would cut spending by $500 billion this year, including an end to all foreign aid and a dramatic reduction to the U.S. Department of Education’s budget.” [Politico, 2/4/11] Hillary Clinton: “Americans should take pride” in our contributions to international development, “which have not only helped humanity but have also helped our nation project our values and strengthen our leadership in the world.” In her book Hard Choices, Secretary Clinton wrote, “In the international development business, it’s easy to get frustrated and fatalistic. But step back and look at the sweep of history, and you realize just how remarkable our country’s contributions have been. Just in my lifetime the United States has helped eradicate smallpox and reduce polio and malaria. We helped save millions of lives through immunizations, life-saving treatment for AIDS, and oral rehydration therapy that greatly reduced the deaths of infants and children. We helped educate millions of young people and provided significant support to once impoverished countries that have flourished and become generous donors themselves, such as South Korea. Americans should take pride in these achievements, which have not only helped humanity but have also helped our nation project our values and strengthen our leadership in the world.” [Hard Choices, pg. 544, 2014]
Aid to Israel Rand Paul said he would support ending all foreign aid to Israel. According to a transcript of an interview with Rand Paul on CNN, “PAUL: Well, I think what you have to do is you have to look. When you send foreign aid, you actually quite a bit to Israel’s enemies, Islamic nations around Israel get quite a bit of foreign aid, too. BLITZER: Egypt gets almost the same amount? PAUL: Almost the same amount so really you have to ask yourself, are we funding an arms race on both sides? I have a lot of sympathy and respect for Israel as a democratic nation, as a, you know, a fountain of piece and a fountain of democracy within the Middle East. But at the same time, I don’t think funding both sides of the arm race, particularly when we have to borrow the money from China to send it to someone else. We just can’t do it anymore. The debt is all consuming and it threatens our well being as a country. BLITZER: All right, so just to be precise, end all foreign aid including the foreign aid to Israel as well. Is that right? PAUL: Yes.” [CNN, 1/26/11] Upon taking office, Hillary Clinton and Pres. Obama immediately “got to work expanding security cooperation and investing in key joint defense projects” in Israel, “including Iron Dome.” In her book Hard Choices, Secretary Clinton wrote, “For years, under both Democratic and Republican administrations, the United States had been committed to helping Israel maintain a ‘qualitative military edge’ over every competitor in the region. President Obama and I wanted to take it to the next level. Right away, we got to work expanding security cooperation and investing in key joint defense projects, including Iron Dome, a short-range missile defense system to help protect Israeli cities and homes from rockets.” [Hard Choices, pg. 306, 2014]
Card Check/EFCA Rand Paul opposed Card Check legislation. “After spending an estimated $1 BILLION to re-elect Barack Obama and maintain control of the U.S. Senate, the union bosses expect PAYBACK. And they're wasting no time demanding passage of the Card Check Forced Unionism Bill as payback. If ‘Card Check’ passes, it will strip workers of the secret ballot so union thugs can intimidate workers one-on-one -- or three-on-one -- into signing so-called ‘union authorization cards.’ That's why it’s vital you sign the petition below DEMANDING your Congressman and Senators OPPOSE Big Labor's Card Check Forced Unionism Bill.” [National Right to Work Committee – Letter from Sen. Rand Paul, accessed 9/25/14] Hillary Clinton pledged to “be the president who signs the Employee Free Choice Act” and cosponsored the Employee Free Choice Act of 2007. “Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton today joined thousands of workers in calling for passage of the Employee Free Choice Act. The bill, cosponsored by Senator Clinton, will strengthen workers’ right to organize. […] The Employee Free Choice Act would level the playing field between workers and employers by: Permitting workers to form a union through ‘majority sign-up,’ a process in which workers present signed authorization cards as demonstration of their choice to belong to a union; Requiring mediation and arbitration to help employers and employees reach a first contract in a reasonable period of time; and Strengthening penalties against employers who violate the labor laws.” [Democratic presidential debate, 8/7/07; Senator Clinton campaign press release, 6/19/07 (via archive.org); S.1041, 3/29/07]
Hobby Lobby Rand Paul said that the hobby lobby decision was “in favor of religious freedom” and that it meant “all Americans can stay true to their faith without fear of big government intervention or punishment.”   According to a press release from the office of Senator Rand Paul, “‘Today, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of religious freedom by taking a stand with Hobby Lobby. Religious liberty will remain intact and all Americans can stay true to their faith without fear of big government intervention or punishment,’ Sen. Paul said. ‘Our nation was founded on the principle of freedom, and with this decision, America will continue to serve as a safe haven for those looking to exercise religious liberty.’” [Press Release, Office of Senator Rand Paul, 6/30/14 (via archive.org)] Hillary Clinton said the Hobby Lobby decision was “troubling.” “Hard-working women will pay the price for today’s two troubling #SCOTUS decisions -- in wages, health care & dignity.” [6/30/14, 6:34 p.m. EDT]
Loretta Lynch Rand Paul opposes Loretta Lynch’s nomination for Attorney General. “Sen. Rand Paul is opposing Loretta Lynch’s nomination for attorney general, saying her support for President Barack Obama’s immigration actions ‘rides roughshod on our Constitutional rights.’ The Kentucky Republican becomes the second of his party’s 2016 presidential contenders to publicly oppose Lynch’s confirmation as Eric Holder’s replacement as head of the Justice Department, joining Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.” [CNN, 2/5/15] Sec. Clinton called Loretta Lynch a “great nominee” and condemned the blocking of her confirmation vote. “Partisan tensions rose in the days after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told CNN he would not schedule a vote for Lynch until an otherwise bipartisan human trafficking bill -- stalled over an abortion provision opposed by most Democrats -- passes the chamber. […] Even likely Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton weighed in, saying in a pair of tweets: ‘Congressional trifecta against women today: 1) Blocking great nominee, 1st African American woman AG, for longer than any AG in 30 years......2) Playing politics with trafficking victims... 3) Threatening women’s health & rights.’” [CNN, 3/17/15]
     

Hillary vs. Marco Rubio On The Issues Facing America


Issue Marco Rubio Hillary Clinton
Climate Change Marco Rubio denied that human activity was causing climate change. “Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, a GOP star and possible 2016 presidential contender, does not believe human activity is causing climate change, he said Sunday. ‘I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it,’ Rubio said on ABC’s ‘This Week.’ ‘I do not believe that the laws that they propose we pass will do anything about it, except it will destroy our economy,’ he added.” [Los Angeles Times, 5/11/14]   Hillary Clinton called climate change the “most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges we face as a nation and world.” “Climate change is the ‘most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges we face as a nation and world,’ Clinton said at the National Clean Energy Summit 7.0 in Nevada. ‘The data is unforgiving no matter what the deniers try to assert.’” [The Hill, 9/4/14]
Minimum Wage Marco Rubio opposed a proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to 9 dollars per hour. “Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who gave the Republican response to the State of The Union Tuesday, came out in opposition to minimum wage laws Wednesday, following President Barack Obama’s proposal in Tuesday night’s address to raise the minimum wage to $9 per hour. ‘I support people making more than $9 an hour. I want people to make as much as they can,’ Rubio responded to Charlie Rose on CBS’ ‘This Morning.’ But he continued, ‘I don’t think a minimum wage law works.’ ‘I want people to make a lot more than $9,’ he said. ‘Nine dollars is not enough. The problem is that you can’t do that by mandating it in the minimum wage laws. Minimum wage laws have never worked in terms of helping the middle class attain more prosperity.’” [Huffington Post, 2/13/13]   Hillary Clinton cosponsored the Fair Minimum Wage Act five times in the Senate. Hillary Clinton sponsored the Fair Minimum Wage Act five times in the Senate. Although she opposed the Iraq funding bill it was folded into, Clinton cosponsored the original version of the Fair Minimum Wage Act that increased the minimum wage for the first time in ten years, from $5.85 to $7.25 an hour. [S. 277, 2/7/01; S. 20, 1/7/03; S. 2370, 4/20/04; S. 1062, 5/18/05; S. 2, 1/4/07]  
Marriage Equality Marco Rubio opposed same sex marriage and lamented the “growing intolerance” toward people “who continue to support traditional marriage.” “‘There is a growing intolerance on this issue, intolerance of those who continue to support traditional marriage,’ the Florida Republican senator and potential 2016 presidential contender told a standing-room only crowd. ‘Even before this speech is over, I’ll be attacked as a hater or bigot. Or someone who’s anti-gay. This intolerance in the name of tolerance is hypocrisy. Supporting the definition of marriage as one man and one woman, is not anti-gay. It is pro-traditional marriage’…Rubio, who supports marriage between a man and a woman, spent more than five-minutes of half-hour address wading into the thorny issue of same-sex marriage. His comments reflect the GOP’s struggle to find a position on an issue that enjoys growing public support — including from a handful of Republicans in Congress — but often alienates the party’s conservative base.” [Politico, 7/23/14]   Hillary Clinton: “I support marriage for lesbian and gay couples.” Secretary Hillary Clinton: “LGBT Americans are our colleagues, our teachers, our soldiers, our friends, our loved ones, and they are full and equal citizens and deserve the rights of citizenship. That includes marriage. That’s why I support marriage for lesbian and gay couples. I support it personally and as a matter of policy and law.” [Human Rights Campaign, 3/18/13]  
Abortion Marco Rubio supported bills that would ban abortions after 20 weeks after conception. “The Weekly Standard reported three weeks ago that Rubio agreed to shepherd the bill, and Rubio attributed delays to anti-abortion senators’ attempt to identify which clause of the Constitution would allow lawmakers to implement a 20-week abortion ban nationwide. Rubio and 27 other Republican senators signed onto a bill from Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) in 2011 that would require lawmakers to point to which piece of the Constitution allows government expansion — and he said adherence to that idea is causing the slowdown, not cold feet. Rubio said ‘certainly’ the Constitution would allow a federal law banning abortions after 20 weeks — it’s just a question of which portion of the document. Rubio is also a co-sponsor of a bill from Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) that would ban abortions after 20 weeks in the District of Columbia, an issue he said that is more easily constitutionally settled given the District’s federal status.” [Politico, 7/24/13]   Hillary Clinton: “I believe, and I have said for many, many years, that abortion should be safe, it should be rare, but it should be legal.” During floor remarks on the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito Sen. Clinton said, “Now, I believe, and I have said for many, many years, that abortion should be safe, it should be rare, but it should be legal. And I understand that it is a difficult and even tragic choice for many women. It is a decision of conscience and therefore, should be a constitutionally-protected decision made not by the government, not by the majority – whoever the majority might be – but between a woman, her doctor, and her faith in God.” [Senator Clinton floor speech on the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito, 1/25/06 (via archive.org)]  
Personhood Marco Rubio said it was “settled science” that “human life begins at conception.” “Sick of taking flak for his climate-change denial, Senator Marco Rubio tried to change the topic (a classic crisis-management move) by accusing his critics of hypocrisy (another classic). It’s hypocritical, Mr. Rubio told Sean Hannity on Wednesday, for ‘all these people’ to ‘wag their finger’ at him about ‘science and settled science’ — because there’s another area of settled science they don’t like to discuss. ‘Let me give you a bit of settled science that they’ll never admit to. The science is settled, it’s not even a consensus, it is a unanimity, that human life begins at conception. So I hope the next time someone wags their finger about science, they’ll ask one of these leaders on the left: ‘Do you agree with the consensus of scientists that say that human life begins at conception?’ I’d like to see someone ask that question.’” [NY Times, 3/15/14]   Hillary Clinton derided “personhood” legislation as efforts to “outlaw common forms of birth control and ban abortions even in cases of rape or incest.” “Clinton also hit hard on raising the minimum wage, saying it’s a ‘pro-family’ issue — and offered a full-throated defense of legal abortion. ‘Women’s rights are the canary in the mine. If you don’t protect women’s rights here at home and around the world, everybody’s rights are lost,’ she said. ‘You have to ask yourself, do you want a senator who will always defend a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions and won’t ever shame or judge a woman for decisions that are complex and deeply personal, or do you want a senator who will push so-called ‘personhood’ laws that would outlaw common forms of birth control and ban abortions even in cases of rape or incest?’” [The Hill, 10/25/14]
Gun Control Marco Rubio opposed gun control and background checks legislation. “He also talked about his opposition to gun control -- especially after voting against last week’s effort to begin debate on the Democratic-backed Senate gun legislation. (The Senate voted, 68-31, to begin debate.) On ‘Meet the Press,’ Rubio told NBC’s David Gregory that he voted against the effort because he has concerns about any potential new gun law infringing on 2nd Amendment rights. ‘I didn’t write that into the Constitution,’ he said. ‘That’s in there. And any time that you’re going to do anything that impacts a constitutional right, the scrutiny should be very, very high.’ Rubio also defended his opposition to the bipartisan compromise – drafted by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) – establishing background checks on firearm sales by arguing that such laws won’t deter criminals. ‘My skepticism about gun laws is that criminals don’t follow the law,’ he said. ‘They don’t care what the law is. You can pass any law you want, criminals will ignore it.’” [NBC News, 4/15/13]   Hillary Clinton voted to extend the Assault Weapons ban and cosponsored legislation to require background checks at gun shows. Sen. Clinton voted for a ten-year extension of the ban on assault weapons. Senator Clinton cosponsored legislation requiring background checks for firearms purchases at gun shows and from unlicensed dealers. “Senator Clinton is an original co-sponsor of legislation introduced by Senator Jack Reed, to require criminal background checks on individuals who purchase firearms at gun shows from unlicensed dealers. Currently, unlicensed dealers at gun shows are able to skirt the background checks that are required of licensed gun dealers under the Brady Law. This law -- which requires licensed gun dealers to conduct background checks of potential purchasers in order to prevent felons, fugitives and stalkers from buying firearms -- has resulted in approximately 536,000 criminals or other prohibited purchasers being denied access to firearms.” [Senator Clinton press release, 4/24/01 (via archive.org); S. 767, 4/24/01; Senate roll call vote 24, 3/2/04]
Iran Letter Marco Rubio was one of 47 GOP senators that signed an open letter to Iranian leadership attacking a potential nuclear deal with Iran. “U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio was one of 47 Republican senators who signed an ‘open letter’ to Iran on Monday warning that any nuclear-power deal reached with the Obama administration wouldn’t last. The U.S. government is still negotiating with Tehran over a potential agreement. The three top potential GOP presidential contenders in the Senate -- Rubio and Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky -- all signed the letter, which critics decried the one-page letter as improper, partisan interference by the Senate.” [Miami Herald, 3/10/15]   Hillary Clinton slammed Republican Senators for undermining American leadership by sending an open letter to Iran’s leaders. In a tweet, Hillary Clinton wrote, “GOP letter to Iranian clerics undermines American leadership. No one considering running for commander-in-chief should be signing on.” [3/11/15, 3:11 p.m. EDT]
Mandatory Minimum Sentences Marco Rubio called the reform of drug sentencing guidelines “careless weakening of drug laws.” “In an op-ed for the conservative Washington Times, Rubio made the noncontroversial case that whomever succeeds Eric Holder as attorney general should be ‘committed to the Constitution,’ and in doing so, seemed to make a vague endorsement of the war on drugs—placing him out of step with a large and loud faction of the conservative movement. ‘While individuals from a variety of perspectives have made a compelling case that American law has been over-criminalized and over-federalized,’ Rubio wrote, ‘…reform should not begin with careless weakening of drug laws that have done so much to help end the violence and mayhem that plagued American cities in prior decades.’” [Daily Beast, 10/3/14]   Hillary Clinton said mandatory sentencing guidelines were “indefensible.” “Mrs. Clinton was most specific in her remarks on the issue of the number of black Americans in prison and what was referred to as the ‘over-policing’ of black communities. ‘There is a great disparity in arrests and convictions and sentencing,’ she said before condemning as ‘indefensible’ the federal mandatory sentencing guidelines, passed in the late 1980s, that give harsher terms for offenses involving crack than for the same amount of powder cocaine. She did not, however, say whether she opposed such policies when they were being carried out under her husband’s administration. That cocaine disparity and ‘three-strikes’ laws - the federal version of which were passed by a Democratic Congress under the Clinton administration - have led to the incarceration of most of the 1.4 million black and Hispanic men currently in prison, many for nonviolent drug offenses. Mrs. Clinton said that trend must change.” [Washington Times, 8/10/07]  
Social Security Marco Rubio claimed that Social Security and Medicare had “weakened us as a people.” “In another sign that Medicare and Social Security will continue to be major issues in political campaigning and ongoing deficit reduction talks, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio has drawn flak this week from Democrats and retirement experts for his comments that such programs have ‘weakened us as a people.’ Democrats called Rubio ‘out of touch’ and ‘beholden to the extremist Tea Party’ for his comments in a speech Tuesday night at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library in California.” [Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 8/25/11]   Hillary Clinton: Social Security is a “solemn generational promise,” and protecting it is “certainly my highest priority.” “I am very concerned about this because as you know so well there are so many older women who are living alone and it is great that they’re healthy enough, independent enough. But as you get older, you have, you know, some challenges. And certainly my highest priority is to protect Social Security. I consider it a solemn generational promise.” [Senator Clinton campaign Let the Conversation Begin webcast, 1/24/07 (via archive.org)]  
Net Neutrality Marco Rubio opposed Federal Communications Commission regulations protecting net neutrality. “Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is accusing the government of wanting to ‘crash the party’ of the Internet’s free market, knocking recent net neutrality regulations voted on by the Federal Communications Commission last month. ‘While our leaders can’t be bothered to fix the many institutions in America that are actually broken, they are eager to ‘fix’ the one thing in America that works the best,’ the Republican senator, who is weighing a 2016 bid for the White House, wrote Tuesday in a POLITICO op-ed. ‘With friends like government, the Internet needs no enemies.’” [CBS News, 3/18/15]   Hillary Clinton cosponsored legislation to protect net neutrality. Hillary Clinton repeatedly cosponsored the Internet Freedom Preservation Act, legislation that she stated would “ensure that open, unimpaired and unencumbered Internet access for both its users and content providers is preserved.” In a statement released announcing her support of the 2006 version of the bill, Hillary Clinton affirmed that efforts “to fundamentally alter the inherently democratic structure of the Internet must be rejected.” [S. 2917, 5/19/06; S. 215, 1/9/07]  
Automotive Industry Rescue Package Marco Rubio opposed the federal government’s rescue of the U.S. automotive industry. “Rubio was critical of the recent automaker bailouts, saying, ‘The jobs will be gone and we’ll still owe the money. Washington should just get out of the way.’” [American Spectator, 5/19/09]   Hillary Clinton praised emergency assistance for the automotive industry. “The American auto industry is the backbone of our nation’s manufacturing base and directly and indirectly employs millions of Americans, including more than 230,000 New Yorkers. As we grapple with a deepening recession, continuing turmoil in the financial markets, and a potentially devastating new wave of home foreclosures, a bankruptcy by any of our U.S. automakers would further destabilize our economy. The emergency assistance announced today is necessary to prevent an immediate economic catastrophe and will help pave the way for the stabilization of our automakers.” [Senator Clinton press release, 12/19/08]  
Voter ID Laws Marco Rubio supported enacting ID laws that would make voting more difficult. “During a campaign stop last month with Romney in Pennsylvania, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, a Cuban-American Republican, blew off what he sees as overhyped concerns about showing photo IDs. People have to show IDs for everything from boarding a flight to renting sports equipment, Rubio reasoned, so why not voting. ‘What’s the big deal? What is the big deal?’ Rubio asked.” [CNN, 5/29/12]   Hillary Clinton condemned the use of voter ID laws to address the “phantom epidemic of voter fraud,” saying that they amount to “voter suppression.” “Clinton said the Supreme Court in June had done serious damage with its landmark Voting Rights Act ruling, which cleared the way for states with a history of discrimination to tighten voting laws without federal approval. She also denounced voter ID laws pushed through by state legislatures controlled by the GOP, saying they were being justified as tools to fight the ‘phantom epidemic of voter fraud,’ but really just made it harder for minorities and the poor to exercise their voting rights. She referred to North Carolina’s new election rules, which were signed into law by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory this week, as the ‘greatest hits of voter suppression.’” [The Week, 8/13/13]  
Equal Pay Marco Rubio voted against equal pay legislation, calling it “a welfare plan for trial lawyers.” “Republicans, seeking to mitigate the fallout after recent debates over women’s health have cast them in a harsh light among female voters, were careful not to be seen as rooting against the cause of equal pay. Instead, they decried the bill as a political stunt. ‘It’s pure election-year politics,’ said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). ‘This bill reads more to me like some sort of a welfare plan for trial lawyers.’” [Talking Points Memo, 6/5/12; Senate roll call vote 115, 6/5/12]   Hillary Clinton was an original co-sponsor of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Senator Clinton co-sponsored the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, which became the first law signed by President Barack Obama on January 29, 2009. The Act, which expanded workers’ rights to take pay discrimination issues to court, was originally introduced in 2007 by Ted Kennedy as the Fair Pay Restoration Act. That version was co-sponsored by Clinton as well. [S. 181, 1/8/09; S. 1843, 7/20/07]  
Government Shutdown Marco Rubio supported the 2013 shutdown of the federal government. “Senator Marco Rubio will join with fellow tea party Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee to vote against the budget passed by the GOP-led House of Representatives that will fund the government and defund the discretionary spending in the Affordable Care Act. ‘When I ran for the Senate I pledged to do everything I could to stop Obamacare,’ Rubio said in a statement Monday. ‘A vote for cloture will make it easier for Senate Democrats to preserve this job killing law. That is why I will vote no on the motion to cut off debate.’” [CBS Miami, 9/24/13]   Hillary Clinton slammed politicians voting to shut down the government for favoring “scorched earth over common ground.” “Hillary Rodham Clinton is deriding the partial government shutdown, saying dysfunction and gridlock are emblematic of too many people in politics choosing ‘scorched earth over common ground.’ The former senator and secretary of state said during a speech Friday night at Hamilton College in upstate New York that it was difficult to recall a time when ‘politicians were willing to risk so much damage to the country to pursue their own agendas.’” [Associated Press, 10/5/13]
Medicare Marco Rubio supports turning Medicare into a voucher system. “Speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, the Florida Republican said he supports gradually raising the Social Security retirement age, which now sits at 67, for future beneficiaries, and embraced Rep. Paul Ryan’s push to transition Medicare into a ‘premium-support’ plan, where seniors would be given a voucher to buy insurance on the private market. ‘I propose we transition to a premium-support system, which would give seniors a generous but fixed amount of money with which to purchase health insurance from either Medicare or a private provider,’ Mr. Rubio said. ‘The choice would be theirs to make.’” [Washington Times, 5/13/14]   Marco Rubio claimed that Social Security and Medicare had “weakened us as a people.” “In another sign that Medicare and Social Security will continue to be major issues in political campaigning and ongoing deficit reduction talks, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio has drawn flak this week from Democrats and retirement experts for his comments that such programs have ‘weakened us as a people.’ Democrats called Rubio ‘out of touch’ and ‘beholden to the extremist Tea Party’ for his comments in a speech Tuesday night at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library in California.” [Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 8/25/11]   Hillary Clinton believed that Medicare was “part of a fair deal that our country has established between working and retired Americans.” “Those of us who support Medicare believe it is part of a fair deal that our country has established between working and retired Americans. Now this Administration and the Republican Leadership want to abandon this tradition. They want to get rid of Medicare instead of making it stronger.” [Senator Clinton press release, 3/13/03 (via archive.org)]  
Cuba Marco Rubio “opposed the restoration of diplomatic ties between” the United States and Cuba. “The addition of Rubio to the Republican race would bring President Barack Obama’s ongoing thaw in relations to the center stage of American presidential politics. The son of Cuban immigrants, Rubio is opposed to the restoration of diplomatic ties between Washington and Havana. It’s perhaps no accident that his announcement comes just days after Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro shook hands at the opening of the Summit of the Americas last Friday, an important symbolic gesture as the two sides try to normalize formal relations.” [Foreign Policy, 4/13/15] Hillary Clinton was “the main architect of the new policy” that restored diplomatic ties with Cuba. “Although President Barack Obama is taking the credit for Wednesday’s historic deal to reverse decades of U.S. policy toward Cuba, when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, she was the main architect of the new policy and pushed far harder for a deal than the Obama White House. From 2009 until her departure in early 2013, Clinton and her top aides took the lead on the sometimes public, often private interactions with the Cuban government. According to current and former White House and State Department officials and several Cuba policy experts who were involved in the discussions, Clinton was also the top advocate inside the government for ending travel and trade restrictions on Cuba and reversing 50 years of U.S. policy to isolate the Communist island nation. Repeatedly, she pressed the White House to move faster and faced opposition from cautious high-ranking White House officials.” [Bloomberg, 12/18/14]  
Violence Against Women Act Marco Rubio voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. “Why it matters: Ryan is one of three current members of Congress frequently mentioned as a potential 2016 presidential candidate. The other two -- Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) -- both voted against reauthorizing VAWA, citing a preference that such decisions be made locally.” [Washington Post, 2/28/13; Senate roll call vote 19, 2/12/13]   Hillary Clinton cosponsored the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization to ensure the continuation of critical programs for women suffering from violence and abuse. “Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton today hailed the unanimous approval by the US Senate of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization. VAWA expired on Saturday, October 1st and the reauthorization bill will now ensure that the critical programs authorized by VAWA continue. Senator Clinton was a co-sponsor of the bill, S. 1197. ‘The Violence Against Women Act focuses resources and attention on some of the most vulnerable women in our society -- women who too often suffer in silence,’ said Senator Clinton. ‘I am so pleased that by passing this bill, the Senate finally reaffirmed its commitment to helping prevent and cope with domestic abuse.’” [Senator Clinton press release, 10/5/05; S. 1197, 6/8/05]  
Unemployment Insurance Marco Rubio voted to block a bill that would extend unemployment benefits for out-of-work Americans. “On Wednesday, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) is marking the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty the day after he rejected extended federal benefits for long-term unemployment, a cushion that has helped keep millions out of poverty. He was one of 37 Republican senators who voted against the bill even though his state that has the most to lose from the expiration of unemployment benefits.” [Think Progress, 1/8/14; Senate roll call vote 2, 1/7/14]   Hillary Clinton continuously fought to extend unemployment insurance for U.S. workers. Hillary Clinton repeatedly supported legislative efforts to extend unemployment assistance for out-of-work Americans throughout her Senate career. [S. 3009, 9/26/02; S. 225, 1/28/03;S. 1708, 10/2/03; S. 2006, 1/20/04; S. 2544, 1/22/08; S. 3507, 9/17/08]  
Planned Parenthood Marco Rubio voted to defund Planned Parenthood. “Rand Paul has previously voted to defund Planned Parenthood and said he would ‘stop the flow of tax dollars to groups who perform or advocate for abortion.’ Marco Rubio joined Paul in the vote to defund the health provider, and has made no secret of his plans to further restrict access.” [Salon, 2/27/15; Senate roll call vote 60, 4/14/11]   Hillary Clinton believed that the “overarching mission of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America…is as relevant in our world now as it was 100 years ago.” “It was a great privilege when I was told that I would receive this award,” said U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, in accepting the award. “It’s part of a movement which is about economic and political progress for all women and girls. It’s about making sure that every woman and girl everywhere has the opportunity she deserves to fulfill her potential, the potential as a mother, worker and human being. The overarching mission of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the cause of reproductive freedom that you continue to advance today is as relevant in our world now as it was 100 years ago. So, I thank you.” [Planned Parenthood news release, 5/14/14]  
Indiana “Religious Liberty” Legislation Marco Rubio backed the Indiana law that allowed businesses to deny service based on religious objections. “Rubio, though, did something the other candidates did not. He more directly addressed the charge that businesses could discriminate against gay and lesbian couples. Gay-rights advocates, for example, say if a gay or lesbian couple wanted a flower arrangement or cake for a reception, a florist or caterer could lawfully choose not to fill the order, if he has a religious objection. Rubio said he thinks businesses should have that right. ‘The issue we’re talking about here is should someone who provides a professional service be punished by the law because they refused to provide that professional service to a ceremony that they believe is in violation of their faith?’ he said on Fox News Monday. ‘I think people have a right to live out their religious faith in their own lives.’” [NPR, 4/1/15]   Hillary Clinton immediately came out decisively against the Indiana discrimination law. In a tweet, Hillary Clinton said, “Sad this new Indiana law can happen in America today. We shouldn’t discriminate against [people because] of who they love #LGBT.” [3/26/15, 9:32 p.m. EDT]
Hobby Lobby Marco Rubio supported the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case. “U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a potential Republican presidential candidate in 2016, praised the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Monday finding that Hobby Lobby does not have to comply with providing birth control under President Barack Obama’s federal health-care law. Rubio hailed the decision as a victory for religious freedom.” [Sunshine State News, 6/30/14]   Hillary Clinton said the Hobby Lobby decision was “troubling.” In a tweet, Hillary Clinton said, “Hard-working women will pay the price for today’s two troubling #SCOTUS decisions — in wages, health care & dignity.” [6/30/14, 6:34 p.m. EDT]  
 

Hillary vs. Scott Walker on the Issues Facing America

Issue Scott Walker Hillary Clinton
Minimum Wage Scott Walker: Raising the minimum wage is a “political grandstanding stunt.” “Gov. Scott Walker says raising the minimum wage is a ‘political grandstanding stunt’ that will kill jobs. Walker spoke out Thursday at a meeting of the Wisconsin Grocers Association meeting. Democrats nationally and in Wisconsin have been pushing for a minimum wage hike. Walker’s Democratic challenger, Mary Burke, says she supports raising it by 35 cents an hour to $7.60. But Walker says raising the minimum wage will lead to job losses and opportunities for young people to find entry-level positions.” [Associated Press, 1/23/14] Hillary Clinton cosponsored the Fair Minimum Wage Act five times in the Senate. Hillary Clinton sponsored the Fair Minimum Wage Act five times in the Senate. Although she opposed the Iraq funding bill it was folded into, Clinton cosponsored the original version of the Fair Minimum Wage Act that increased the minimum wage for the first time in ten years, from $5.85 to $7.25 an hour. [S. 277, 2/7/01; S. 20, 1/7/03; S. 2370, 4/20/04; S. 1062, 5/18/05; S. 2, 1/4/07Hillary Clinton: “Raising the minimum wage is something that is long overdue.” “Raising the minimum wage is something that is long overdue. There are too many people that work full time and are below the poverty level, so there are things we can do right now, but then we’re going to have to look hard at what really would work.” [Clinton Global Initiative event, 9/24/14]  
Marriage Equality Scott Walker said he supported “marriage between one man and one woman” and would defend Wisconsin’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. “In the Sept. 5 letter to Wisconsin Family Action, Walker says he passed legislation that gives women seeking abortions more information and health protection and that he cut off state funding for abortion providers. He went on to say he was defending the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. He said he swore an oath to uphold the constitution and he supports ‘marriage between one man and one woman.’” [Associated Press, 10/22/14 Hillary Clinton: “I support marriage for lesbian and gay couples.” Secretary Hillary Clinton: “LGBT Americans are our colleagues, our teachers, our soldiers, our friends, our loved ones, and they are full and equal citizens and deserve the rights of citizenship. That includes marriage. That’s why I support marriage for lesbian and gay couples. I support it personally and as a matter of policy and law.” [Human Rights Campaign, 3/18/13
Indiana “Religious Liberty” Legislation Scott Walker: Those who spoke out against Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act were “looking for ways to be upset about things.” “Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told a conservative crowd this week that people around the country protesting Indiana’s religious freedom law are ‘looking for ways to be upset about things.’ […] ‘I just think this is people who are chronically looking for ways to be upset about things instead of really looking at what it is,’ Walker said. Blaming the national media for creating ‘hype and hysteria’ over the Indiana law, Walker noted Wisconsin’s constitution has long included a provision for religious freedom. Indiana’s law is similar to a federal statute and ones approved by other states, Walker said. ‘I believe protecting religious freedom is inherent in our state constitution,’ Walker said. ‘Heck, it’s inherent in our U.S. Constitution. And in Wisconsin we’ve done it and we’re stronger for it.’” [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4/2/15 Hillary Clinton immediately came out decisively against the Indiana discrimination law. In a tweet, Hillary Clinton said, “Sad this new Indiana law can happen in America today. We shouldn’t discriminate against [people because] of who they love #LGBT.” [3/26/15, 9:32 p.m. EDT
Abortion Scott Walker supported legislation to ban abortion after 20 weeks. “Shifting his tone to reassure social conservatives, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker declared Tuesday that he intends to sign a state law in the coming months that bans abortion after 20 weeks. In an open letter to the Susan B. Anthony List, the likely Republican presidential candidate also said that he supports ‘similar legislation’ now stalled in Congress.” [Politico, 3/3/15]  Scott Walker declared himself “100 percent pro-life” and pledged to seek a complete abortion ban. “For his part, Walker has said repeatedly he opposes abortion, even in cases of rape and incest. He declares himself ‘100 percent pro-life.’ And to Pro-Life Wisconsin, an organization that opposes abortion without exception, Walker pledged to seek a complete abortion ban. We asked Jill Bader, Walker’s campaign spokeswoman, about Barrett’s ad and she said it accurately states Walker’s position.” [Politifact, 10/26/10] Hillary Clinton: “I believe, and I have said for many, many years, that abortion should be safe, it should be rare, but it should be legal.” During floor remarks on the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito Sen. Clinton said, “Now, I believe, and I have said for many, many years, that abortion should be safe, it should be rare, but it should be legal. And I understand that it is a difficult and even tragic choice for many women. It is a decision of conscience and therefore, should be a constitutionally-protected decision made not by the government, not by the majority – whoever the majority might be – but between a woman, her doctor, and her faith in God.” [Senator Clinton floor speech on the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito, 1/25/06Hillary Clinton: Choosing whether to have an abortion is “a highly personal decision that that woman should make based on her own faith beliefs, her own personal situation, her medical condition.” “I’m pro-choice because I think that’s the best position. If someone chooses to have an abortion or chooses not to have an abortion, that is such a highly personal decision that that woman should make based on her own faith beliefs, her own personal situation, her medical condition. The fight is not over in the United States and we’re going to have to keep standing up for women’s rights and particularly reproductive health rights.” [Guardian interview, 7/4/14]  
Iran Letter Washington Post: Scott Walker “expressed support” for a Republican letter sent to Iranian leadership in an attempt to derail nuclear negotiations. “Republican presidential hopefuls are weighing in on an unprecedented letter signed by 47 GOP senators to Iranian leaders. The letter sent Monday added fuel to an already heated battle between the White House and Republicans over negotiations to curtail Iran’s nuclear program. The White House accused Republicans of conspiring with Iranian hard-liners, while Vice President Biden, who is a former senator and the constitutional head of the body, blasted the letter as ‘beneath the dignity of an institution I revere.’ A day after its release, Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker expressed support for the message. […] Walker said in a statement that ‘Republicans need to ensure that any deal President Obama reaches with Iran receives congressional review. Unless the White House is prepared to submit the Iran deal it negotiates for congressional approval, the next president should not be bound by it. I will continue to express that concern publicly to the President and directly to the American people.’” [Washington Post, 3/10/15 Hillary Clinton slammed Republican Senators for undermining American leadership by sending an open letter to Iran’s leaders. In a tweet, Hillary Clinton wrote, “GOP letter to Iranian clerics undermines American leadership. No one considering running for commander-in-chief should be signing on.” [3/11/15, 3:11 p.m. EDT
Voter ID Scott Walker signed and defended Wisconsin’s voter ID law. “Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker defended his voter ID law Friday night during the first gubernatorial debate with Democratic challenger Mary Burke. Walker said that the voter ID law, which the U.S. Supreme Court just blocked from being enforced, is worthwhile if it stops one person from fraudulently casting a ballot. ‘It doesn’t matter if there’s one, 100 or 1,000,’ Walker said. ‘Amongst us who would be that one person who would like to have our vote canceled out by a vote that was cast illegally?’” [Politico, 10/11/14] Hillary Clinton condemned the use of voter ID laws to address the “phantom epidemic of voter fraud,” saying that they amount to “voter suppression.” “Clinton said the Supreme Court in June had done serious damage with its landmark Voting Rights Act ruling, which cleared the way for states with a history of discrimination to tighten voting laws without federal approval. She also denounced voter ID laws pushed through by state legislatures controlled by the GOP, saying they were being justified as tools to fight the ‘phantom epidemic of voter fraud,’ but really just made it harder for minorities and the poor to exercise their voting rights. She referred to North Carolina’s new election rules, which were signed into law by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory this week, as the ‘greatest hits of voter suppression.’” [The Week, 8/13/13
Collective Bargaining Scott Walker signed legislation restricting the collective bargaining rights of both public sector and private sector unions. “Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a right-to-work measure Monday that makes his state the 25th in the nation with such a law. That effectively means that mandatory union membership and dues are banned at privately owned businesses — a move strongly opposed by unions, which say it restricts collective bargaining. […] Monday’s move comes four years after the governor signed a bill that all but ended collective-bargaining rights for most public sector unions.” [NPR, 3/9/15 Sen. Clinton cosponsored the Employee Free Choice Act of 2007 to “strengthen workers’ right to organize.” “Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton today joined thousands of workers in calling for passage of the Employee Free Choice Act. The bill, cosponsored by Senator Clinton, will strengthen workers’ right to organize. […] The Employee Free Choice Act would level the playing field between workers and employers by: Permitting workers to form a union through ‘majority sign-up,’ a process in which workers present signed authorization cards as demonstration of their choice to belong to a union; Requiring mediation and arbitration to help employers and employees reach a first contract in a reasonable period of time; and Strengthening penalties against employers who violate the labor laws.” [Senator Clinton campaign press release, 6/19/07; S.1041, 3/29/07
Equal Pay Scott Walker repealed a Wisconsin law allowing victims of pay discrimination to seek damages in state courts. “On Thursday, with little fanfare, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker signed a bill repealing the state’s 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act, which allowed victims of workplace discrimination to seek damages in state courts. […] The Equal Pay law wasn’t just about women—it also offered protection from discrimination based on race, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, and other factors. But it was enacted largely in response to a large gap between men and women’s compensation, one that was worse than average in Wisconsin—in 2009 the state ranked 36th in the country in terms of workplace gender parity.” [Daily Beast, 4/7/12 Hillary Clinton was an original cosponsor of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which expanded workers’ rights to take pay discrimination issues to court. Senator Clinton co-sponsored the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, which became the first law signed by President Barack Obama on January 29, 2009. The Act, which expanded workers’ rights to take pay discrimination issues to court, was originally introduced in 2007 by Ted Kennedy as the Fair Pay Restoration Act. That version was co-sponsored by Clinton as well. [S. 181, 1/8/09; S. 1843, 7/20/07]
Planned Parenthood Scott Walker signed a budget that “eliminated over $1 million in state funding to Planned Parenthood clinics.” “A fifth Planned Parenthood health center closed in Wisconsin on Thursday due to state budget cuts that directed family planning money away from the provider. The Fond du Lac clinic did not provide abortion services. It offered birth control, sexually transmitted disease testing and treatment, pregnancy tests, annual exams and breast cancer screenings to over 1,000 patients a year. A spokesperson for the clinic blamed the closure directly on Gov. Scott Walker (R), whose 2011-2013 budget eliminated over $1 million in state funding to Planned Parenthood clinics.” [Huffington Post, 9/25/14]  Scott Walker bragged about having “defunded Planned Parenthood” in Wisconsin. “A few weeks before the November election, in an interview with The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the governor sidestepped questions about his earlier opposition to abortion, and declined four times to answer directly when asked if abortion should be prohibited after 20 weeks — a position he had previously embraced. He also declined to restate his earlier opposition to abortion in cases of rape and incest. But in a breakout speech in Iowa on Jan. 24, he drew loud applause from the crowd of conservative activists when he declared that he had passed ‘pro-life legislation’ in Wisconsin and ‘defunded Planned Parenthood.’” [New York Times, 2/22/15]   Hillary Clinton believed that the “overarching mission of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America…is as relevant in our world now as it was 100 years ago.” “It was a great privilege when I was told that I would receive this award,” said U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, in accepting the award. “It’s part of a movement which is about economic and political progress for all women and girls. It’s about making sure that every woman and girl everywhere has the opportunity she deserves to fulfill her potential, the potential as a mother, worker and human being. The overarching mission of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the cause of reproductive freedom that you continue to advance today is as relevant in our world now as it was 100 years ago. So, I thank you.” [Planned Parenthood news release, 5/14/14]
Gun Control Scott Walker opposed legislation to expand background checks on gun sales. “In the wake of failed firearms legislation in the U.S. Senate, Gov. Scott Walker and a top Republican lawmaker made clear Thursday that GOP officials will also block similar legislation in Wisconsin to expand background checks on gun sales. The Republican governor made his comments on the state bill in a conference call from Shanghai following the Senate’s rejection of the federal bill Wednesday. Walker said the state should focus on reducing violence by sticking to his budget proposal to expand funding for the treatment of mental illness. ‘In Wisconsin, we have an aggressive background check system. . . . The bigger issue seems to be treating chronic untreated mental illness,’ said Walker, who is visiting China on trade mission. Wisconsin requires people who purchase guns from federal licensed dealers to undergo background checks that can turn up whether a person is prohibited from owning a gun because of factors such as criminal record or mental condition. But state law doesn’t regulate sales between individuals and at gun shows.” [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4/18/13 Hillary Clinton voted to extend the Assault Weapons ban and cosponsored legislation to require background checks at gun shows. Sen. Clinton voted for a ten-year extension of the ban on assault weapons. Senator Clinton cosponsored legislation requiring background checks for firearms purchases at gun shows and from unlicensed dealers. “Senator Clinton is an original co-sponsor of legislation introduced by Senator Jack Reed, to require criminal background checks on individuals who purchase firearms at gun shows from unlicensed dealers. Currently, unlicensed dealers at gun shows are able to skirt the background checks that are required of licensed gun dealers under the Brady Law. This law — which requires licensed gun dealers to conduct background checks of potential purchasers in order to prevent felons, fugitives and stalkers from buying firearms — has resulted in approximately 536,000 criminals or other prohibited purchasers being denied access to firearms.” [Senator Clinton press release, 4/24/01 (via archive.org); S. 767, 4/24/01; Senate roll call vote 24, 3/2/04
Iran Nuclear Deal Scott Walker said that he would reject any deal allowing Iran to continue enriching uranium “on Day One.” “Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said he would reject any deal the Obama administration reaches with Iran on nuclear weapons if the agreement allows the country to continue with uranium enrichment. ‘Absolutely, on Day One,’ the likely GOP presidential candidate said in a radio interview Wednesday with conservative host Hugh Hewitt.” [USA Today, 3/26/15 Hillary Clinton said the nuclear deal with Iran was an “important step” toward strengthening security in the region. “Hillary Rodham Clinton called the framework for an Iran nuclear deal that was reached on Thursday an ‘important step,’ adding that while ‘the devil is always in the details’ in such negotiations, ‘diplomacy deserves a chance to succeed.’ […]’The understanding that the major world powers have reached with Iran is an important step toward a comprehensive agreement that would prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon and strengthen the security of the United States, Israel and the region,’ Mrs. Clinton said.” [New York Times, 4/2/15
Personhood Scott Walker supported “personhood” legislation. “Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin spoke directly into the camera in a 30-second spot last fall and called abortion an ‘agonizing’ decision. He described himself as pro-life but, borrowing the language of the abortion rights movement, pointed to legislation he signed that leaves ‘the final decision to a woman and her doctor.’ That language was gone when Mr. Walker met privately with Iowa Republicans in a hotel conference room last month, according to a person who attended the meeting. There, he highlighted his early support for a ‘personhood amendment,’ which defines life as beginning at conception and would effectively prohibit all abortions and some methods of birth control.” [New York Times, 2/22/15 Hillary Clinton derided “personhood” legislation as efforts to “outlaw common forms of birth control and ban abortions even in cases of rape or incest.” “Clinton also hit hard on raising the minimum wage, saying it’s a ‘pro-family’ issue — and offered a full-throated defense of legal abortion. ‘Women’s rights are the canary in the mine. If you don’t protect women’s rights here at home and around the world, everybody’s rights are lost,’ she said. ‘You have to ask yourself, do you want a senator who will always defend a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions and won’t ever shame or judge a woman for decisions that are complex and deeply personal, or do you want a senator who will push so-called ‘personhood’ laws that would outlaw common forms of birth control and ban abortions even in cases of rape or incest?’” [The Hill, 10/25/14
Net Neutrality Scott Walker refused to take a position on net neutrality. “Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), who is considering running for president, demurred when asked about the Federal Communications Commission’s approval of ‘net neutrality’ rules that would stop Internet providers from determining the speed at which users can access the Internet. ‘I think on that ... the guiding principle should be freedom,’ he said while appearing at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday, without offering any specific policy prescriptions for the regulation of the Web. He did suggest that he would be able to offer a more specific answer should be run for president.” [The Hill, 2/26/15 Hillary Clinton cosponsored legislation to protect net neutrality. Hillary Clinton repeatedly cosponsored the Internet Freedom Preservation Act, legislation that she stated would “ensure that open, unimpaired and unencumbered Internet access for both its users and content providers is preserved.” In a statement released announcing her support of the 2006 version of the bill, Hillary Clinton affirmed that efforts “to fundamentally alter the inherently democratic structure of the Internet must be rejected.” [S. 2917, 5/19/06; S. 215, 1/9/07
Automotive Industry Rescue Package Scott Walker supported Mitt Romney’s proposal to allow the U.S. auto industry to go bankrupt. “Scott Walker was asked by Maddow if Walker thought the auto bailout was not effective. ‘It wasn’t in Wisconsin,’ said Walker. ‘What we need is true prosperity and that comes really more effectively trough the private sector.’ […] ‘It could have come back more effectively and sooner had they taken the advice of Mitt Romney early on and done a managed bankruptcy instead of spending all those dollars of taxpayers’ money that otherwise could have been done more effectively in the private sector early on,’ Walker replied.” [Mediaite, 8/29/12 Hillary Clinton praised emergency assistance for the automotive industry. “The American auto industry is the backbone of our nation’s manufacturing base and directly and indirectly employs millions of Americans, including more than 230,000 New Yorkers. As we grapple with a deepening recession, continuing turmoil in the financial markets, and a potentially devastating new wave of home foreclosures, a bankruptcy by any of our U.S. automakers would further destabilize our economy. The emergency assistance announced today is necessary to prevent an immediate economic catastrophe and will help pave the way for the stabilization of our automakers.” [Senator Clinton press release, 12/19/08
Climate Change Scott Walker was “a key figure in the GOP’s battle against…proposed Environmental Protection Agency rules that are designed to reduce the carbon footprint of the nation’s electricity sector.” “Walker is a key figure in the GOP’s battle against President Barack Obama’s flagship climate policy—the proposed Environmental Protection Agency rules that are designed to reduce the carbon footprint of the nation’s electricity sector 30 percent by 2030. The rules will likely require states to retrofit or shutter some of their coal-fired power plants. That could be a big deal in Wisconsin, which gets 62 percent of its power from coal. […] In January he announced that his new attorney general was already preparing a lawsuit against the EPA, a move that was lauded by the Wisconsin director of the Koch Brothers-backed group Americans for Prosperity. Walker has also signed a pledge, devised by Americans for Prosperity, that he will oppose any legislation relating to climate change—presumably a cap-and-trade plan or a carbon tax—that would result in a ‘net increase in government revenue.’” [Mother Jones, 3/11/15 Hillary Clinton called climate change the “most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges we face as a nation and world.” “Climate change is the ‘most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges we face as a nation and world,’ Clinton said at the National Clean Energy Summit 7.0 in Nevada. ‘The data is unforgiving no matter what the deniers try to assert.’” [The Hill, 9/4/14
Hobby Lobby Scott Walker used the Hobby Lobby ruling as justification to stop enforcing a Wisconsin law requiring that insurers cover birth control should an employer raise a religious objection. “Advocates for access to birth control say Governor Scott Walker’s administration is improperly using a U.S. Supreme Court ruling as an excuse to not enforce aspects of a state law. The state Office of the Commissioner of Insurance said this week it would stop enforcing portions of a 2009 state law that requires prescription drug plans to cover contraceptives, in the event an employer raises a religious objection. OCI claims it has no choice in the decision because of the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in a case filed by Hobby Lobby […] Taylor claims Governor Scott Walker is simply using the Hobby Lobby decision as an excuse to continue chipping away at the reproductive rights of women. ‘He had no authority to unilaterally decide that this administration is not going to enforce a law passed democratically through the Legislature.’ Taylor notes that the move comes after previous efforts by Walker to repeal the contraception requirement have failed in the Legislature.” [Wisconsin Radio Network, 7/24/14 Hillary Clinton said the Hobby Lobby decision was “troubling.” In a tweet, Hillary Clinton said, “Hard-working women will pay the price for today’s two troubling #SCOTUS decisions — in wages, health care & dignity.” [6/30/14, 6:34 p.m. EDT
Unemployment Insurance Scott Walker pushed for a “sweeping overhaul” of regulations that would make it harder for out-of-work Wisconsinites to obtain unemployment benefits. “A sweeping overhaul of the state’s rules being sought by Gov. Scott Walker would rewrite hundreds of regulations, eliminating dozens of them outright and doing everything from tightening the standards for receiving jobless benefits to changing rules to curb acid rain. Just before his ‘state of the state’ speech Tuesday, Walker released a report on the findings of a board of small-business owners and lawmakers he commissioned to overhaul the state’s regulations and boost the economy. The report, which represented the only new policy details accompanying Walker’s speech, runs the gamut from the controversial to the mundane. The unemployment insurance changes will likely be contentious, since they will make it harder to receive the benefits at a time when many in Wisconsin are still out of work.” [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1/16/13 Hillary Clinton continuously fought to extend unemployment insurance for U.S. workers. Hillary Clinton repeatedly supported legislative efforts to extend unemployment assistance for out-of-work Americans throughout her Senate career. [S. 3009, 9/26/02; S. 225, 1/28/03; S. 1708, 10/2/03; S. 2006, 1/20/04; S. 2544, 1/22/08; S. 3507, 9/17/08
Cuba Scott Walker opposed normalizing diplomatic relations with Cuba. “Republican Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday that he thinks normalization of relations with Cuba is a ‘bad idea.’ Walker commented after being asked about the Obama administration’s announcement that it was restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba after more than a half-century of discord. Obama declared an end to America’s ‘outdated approach’ to dealing with the island. But Walker, who is considering a run for president in 2016, wasn’t convinced. ‘I don’t think there’s been any noticeable change toward making that a more free or prosperous country,’ Walker said. ‘There’s a reason why we had the policy in the first place. I haven’t seen solid enough evidence to make me believe there’s been a noticeable change to change the policy this country’s had through administrations in both parties.’” [Associated Press, 12/17/14 Hillary Clinton was “the main architect of the new policy” that restored diplomatic ties with Cuba. “Although President Barack Obama is taking the credit for Wednesday’s historic deal to reverse decades of U.S. policy toward Cuba, when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, she was the main architect of the new policy and pushed far harder for a deal than the Obama White House. From 2009 until her departure in early 2013, Clinton and her top aides took the lead on the sometimes public, often private interactions with the Cuban government. According to current and former White House and State Department officials and several Cuba policy experts who were involved in the discussions, Clinton was also the top advocate inside the government for ending travel and trade restrictions on Cuba and reversing 50 years of U.S. policy to isolate the Communist island nation. Repeatedly, she pressed the White House to move faster and faced opposition from cautious high-ranking White House officials.” [Bloomberg, 12/18/14
Entitlement Programs Scott Walker said that cutting “entitlement programs” like Social Security and Medicare is “something that has to be done.” “The governor said entitlement programs, such as Medicare and Social Security, are expanding the federal budget deficit. Cutting entitlements won’t hurt the economy, he said. ‘I don’t think that has a negative impact on the economy,’ he said. ‘Politically, it may be a challenge for some folks in this town, but it’s something that has to be done.’” [Bloomberg, 2/23/15 Hillary Clinton rejected the view that “insisted that we needed to cut benefits to middle-class retirees.” “I don’t think there’s any doubt that we’ve got to fight and finally bury the idea of privatizing Social Security. It is one of those bad ideas that deserve to be totally buried. When I am president, privatizing Social Security will certainly not be even discussed. I reject the view of President Bush and others who have given large tax cuts to the wealthiest, failed to crack down on offshore tax dodgers, and handed out no-bid contracts to companies like Halliburton, and then insisted that we needed to cut benefits to middle-class retirees.” [Senator Clinton speech on retirement security, 10/9/07
Loretta Lynch Scott Walker asserted that Loretta Lynch “is not fit to serve as the nation’s Attorney General.” “Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says President Barack Obama’s Attorney General nominee, Loretta Lynch, is unfit to be the nation’s top lawyer because of her support for executive amnesty and other positions she’s taken, the governor’s spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski tells Breitbart News. ‘Given Loretta Lynch’s failure to commit to protect Americans from the president’s lawless executive overreach, that even he said nearly two dozen times, she is not fit to serve as the nation’s Attorney General,’ Kukowski said in an email.” [Breitbart, 3/13/15 Hillary Clinton called Loretta Lynch a “great nominee” and condemned the blocking of her confirmation vote. “Partisan tensions rose in the days after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told CNN he would not schedule a vote for Lynch until an otherwise bipartisan human trafficking bill -- stalled over an abortion provision opposed by most Democrats -- passes the chamber. […] Even likely Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton weighed in, saying in a pair of tweets: ‘Congressional trifecta against women today: 1) Blocking great nominee, 1st African American woman AG, for longer than any AG in 30 years......2) Playing politics with trafficking victims... 3) Threatening women’s health & rights.’” [CNN, 3/17/15
 

Hillary vs. Rick Santorum on the Issues Facing America

Issue Rick Santorum Hillary Clinton
Climate Change Rick Santorum called the idea that humans are causing climate change “patently absurd.” “Appearing Wednesday on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show, the former Pennsylvania GOP senator jumped at the chance to distinguish himself from his Massachusetts rival by displaying his climate skeptic credentials. ‘I believe the earth gets warmer and I also believe the earth gets cooler,’ Santorum said. ‘And I think history points out that it does that and that the idea that man, through the production of CO2 — which is a trace gas in the atmosphere, and the man-made part of that trace gas is itself a trace gas — is somehow responsible for climate change is, I think, just patently absurd when you consider all the other factors, El Niño, La Niña, sunspots, moisture in the air. There’s a variety of factors that contribute to the Earth warming and cooling.’” [Politico, 6/9/11]   Hillary Clinton called climate change the “most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges we face as a nation and world.” “Climate change is the ‘most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges we face as a nation and world,’ Clinton said at the National Clean Energy Summit 7.0 in Nevada. ‘The data is unforgiving no matter what the deniers try to assert.’” [The Hill, 9/4/14]
Marriage Equality Rick Santorum opposed same-sex marriage and compared legalizing same-sex marriage to legalizing polygamy. “Asked by a college student why he opposed the right of same-sex couples to wed, he responded that there was no compelling reason to allow it and suggested that it was akin to legalizing polygamy. ‘So, everybody has the right to be happy?’ he said. ‘So, if you’re not happy unless you’re married to five other people, is that OK?’ Santorum’s logic provoked an outcry from the audience, which was made up primarily of local college students but also a number of local conservative voters who were there to support the surging presidential candidate.” [Washington Post, 1/5/12]   Rick Santorum likened same-sex marriage to bestiality and pedophilia, arguing the definition of marriage does not include homosexuality, “man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be.” “Every society in the history of man has upheld the institution of marriage as a bond between a man and a woman. Why? Because society is based on one thing: that society is based on the future of the society. And that’s what? Children. Monogamous relationships. In every society, the definition of marriage has not ever to my knowledge included homosexuality. That’s not to pick on homosexuality. It’s not, you know, man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be. It is one thing.” [USA Today, 4/23/03]   Hillary Clinton: “I support marriage for lesbian and gay couples.” Secretary Hillary Clinton: “LGBT Americans are our colleagues, our teachers, our soldiers, our friends, our loved ones, and they are full and equal citizens and deserve the rights of citizenship. That includes marriage. That’s why I support marriage for lesbian and gay couples. I support it personally and as a matter of policy and law.” [Human Rights Campaign, 3/18/13]  
Abortion Rick Santorum opposed abortion even in cases of rape, saying women should “make the best out of a bad situation.” “GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum explained his opposition to abortion even in cases of rape during an interview Friday, saying that women who face such circumstances should ‘make the best out of a bad situation.’ Asked by CNN’s Piers Morgan what he would do if his own daughter approached him, begging for an abortion after having been raped, Santorum explained that he would counsel her to ‘accept this horribly created’ baby, because it was still a gift from God, even if given in a ‘broken’ way.” [Huffington Post, 1/23/12] Hillary Clinton: “I believe, and I have said for many, many years, that abortion should be safe, it should be rare, but it should be legal.” During floor remarks on the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito Sen. Clinton said, “Now, I believe, and I have said for many, many years, that abortion should be safe, it should be rare, but it should be legal. And I understand that it is a difficult and even tragic choice for many women. It is a decision of conscience and therefore, should be a constitutionally-protected decision made not by the government, not by the majority – whoever the majority might be – but between a woman, her doctor, and her faith in God.” [Senator Clinton floor speech on the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito, 1/25/06]  
Contraception Rick Santorum opposed the use of contraceptives and wanted to “get rid of any idea that you have to have abortion coverage or contraceptive coverage” as government policy. “Candidates often say things when polling in the single digits that come back to haunt them when they start leading the polls. Last October, Rick Santorum gave an interview with an Evangelical blog called Caffeinated Thoughts, in which he said contraception is ‘not okay,’ and that this would be a public policy issue he would tackle as President. In particular, he said he would ‘get rid of any idea that you have to have abortion coverage or contraceptive coverage’ as a government policy.” [Time, 2/14/12]   Hillary Clinton aggressively pursued legislation to ensure a woman’s right to contraceptives. “It’s also important that private insurance companies do their part to help reduce unwanted pregnancies. That is why I am a proud co-sponsor of the Equity in Prescription Insurance and Contraceptive Coverage -- the so-called EPICC. The legislation would require private health plans to cover FDA-approved prescription contraceptives and related medical services to the same extent that they cover prescription drugs and other outpatient medical services. This bill simply seeks to establish parity for prescription contraception. Thanks to so many of the people in this room and the advocates, the EPICC law is now in effect in New York State having been passed and signed in 2002. It’s a real role model for the nation. And it’s about equal rights and simple justice. After all, if insurance companies can cover Viagra, they can certainly cover prescription contraceptives.” [S.104, 1/22/01; Senator Clinton speech to the NYS Family Planning Providers, 1/24/05]  
Personhood Rick Santorum signed the Personhood USA pledge. “Santorum, along with Paul, signed the Personhood USA pledge which declares opposition to abortion in all cases except when the life of the mother is in danger. Even in that instance, the pledge says ‘every effort should be made to save the baby’s life as well; leaving the death of an innocent child as an unintended tragedy rather than an intentional killing.’” [Fox News, 1/3/12] Hillary Clinton derided “personhood” legislation as efforts to “outlaw common forms of birth control and ban abortions even in cases of rape or incest.” “Clinton also hit hard on raising the minimum wage, saying it’s a ‘pro-family’ issue — and offered a full-throated defense of legal abortion. ‘Women’s rights are the canary in the mine. If you don’t protect women’s rights here at home and around the world, everybody’s rights are lost,’ she said. ‘You have to ask yourself, do you want a senator who will always defend a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions and won’t ever shame or judge a woman for decisions that are complex and deeply personal, or do you want a senator who will push so-called “personhood” laws that would outlaw common forms of birth control and ban abortions even in cases of rape or incest?’” [The Hill, 10/25/15]  
Gun Control Rick Santorum opposed universal background checks for gun purchases. “Santorum, a devout social conservative, acknowledged the grief felt across the nation after the Sandy Hook school shooting, but warned that Obama’s efforts – led by Vice President and Scranton native Joe Biden – are manipulating the nation’s grief to advance a liberal agenda. ‘Sadly, President Obama and liberals in Washington are using this tragedy as a way to further their gun control agenda and infringe upon our Second Amendment rights,’ he said in a statement. Santorum said he was most concerned that the proposed mandatory background check for all gun purchases would amount to the creation of a national gun owner registry. ‘We can’t wait another day to let Congress know that Americans are united in the protection of our Second Amendment rights and against ‘universal background checks,’ he said.” [PennLive, 3/7/13] Hillary Clinton voted to extend the Assault Weapons ban and cosponsored legislation to require background checks at gun shows. Sen. Clinton voted for a ten-year extension of the ban on assault weapons. Senator Clinton cosponsored legislation requiring background checks for firearms purchases at gun shows and from unlicensed dealers. “Senator Clinton is an original co-sponsor of legislation introduced by Senator Jack Reed, to require criminal background checks on individuals who purchase firearms at gun shows from unlicensed dealers. Currently, unlicensed dealers at gun shows are able to skirt the background checks that are required of licensed gun dealers under the Brady Law. This law -- which requires licensed gun dealers to conduct background checks of potential purchasers in order to prevent felons, fugitives and stalkers from buying firearms -- has resulted in approximately 536,000 criminals or other prohibited purchasers being denied access to firearms.” [Senator Clinton press release, 4/24/01; S. 767, 4/24/01; Senate roll call vote 24, 3/2/04]  
Public Education Rick Santorum called the idea of public schools run by state or federal governments “anachronistic.” “With his candidacy surging, Rick Santorum on Saturday questioned the legitimacy of state-run public education systems and suggested that President Obama’s agenda sprang from a ‘phony theology.’ At one appearance here, he said the idea of schools run by the federal government or by state governments was ‘anachronistic.’ Mr. Santorum did not say public schools were a bad idea, and he said that there was a role for government help in education.” [New York Times, 2/18/12]   Hillary Clinton: “Public education is the cornerstone, the building block of our democracy.” “‘Public education is the cornerstone, the building block of our democracy. People are forgetting that,’ Clinton, a Democrat, told the crowded room of educators. ‘We try to do more than other places, and I’m proud of that, but it costs a lot of money. We need to put our heads together to continue the progress we’ve made.’” [Journal News, 2/4/03]  
Iran Letter Rick Santorum supported the Senate GOP’s open letter to Iranian leadership warning against potential nuclear deal. “One day after a controversy erupted in Washington over a letter organized by Cotton, signed by 46 of his Republican Senate colleagues, and sent to Iran’s leaders warning them against a nuclear deal with the Obama administration, three more Republican presidential hopefuls added their support, while the Democratic frontrunner took the legislators to task. […] [F]ormer Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum also signaled his support on Tuesday. ‘Senator Cotton is correct, the United States Senate plays an important role in moments like this and President Obama cannot usurp their authority. The deal is a bad deal and what is necessary is to make it an acceptable deal for our national security isn’t even on the table to be negotiated,’ Santorum said in a statement. ‘I am grateful that the U.S. Senate is exercising their constitutional prerogative to stop this reckless diplomacy by the Obama-Kerry-Clinton foreign policy team.’” [Bloomberg, 3/10/15]   Hillary Clinton slammed Republican senators for undermining American leadership by sending an open letter to Iran’s leaders. In a tweet, Hillary Clinton wrote, “GOP letter to Iranian clerics undermines American leadership. No one considering running for commander-in-chief should be signing on.” [3/11/15, 3:11 p.m. EDT]
Mandatory Minimum Sentences Rick Santorum voted to expand the use of mandatory minimum sentences. “Mandatory minimum sentences in drug crimes have proven to be ineffective and costly. They undermine the very concept of an independent judiciary by forcing judges to give predetermined jail terms without considering the individual circumstances. So, naturally, 14 U.S. senators, including Pennsylvania’s Rick Santorum, want to expand their use. The state’s other senator, Arlen Specter, should lead the fight to kill legislation called the ‘Drug Free Century Act’ when it comes before the Senate Judiciary Committee next month. These lawmakers apparently are unmoved by the overwhelming opposition to mandatory minimums by federal judges and the American Bar Association, and mounting criticism by corrections officials. They seem more interested in the political and intuitive appeal of long sentences - whether or not they fit the crime or curb addiction.” [Philly.com, 3/26/99; S.Amdt. 2771 to S. 625, 11/5/99; Senate roll call vote 360, 11/10/99] Hillary Clinton said mandatory sentencing guidelines were “indefensible.” “Mrs. Clinton was most specific in her remarks on the issue of the number of black Americans in prison and what was referred to as the ‘over-policing’ of black communities. ‘There is a great disparity in arrests and convictions and sentencing,’ she said before condemning as ‘indefensible’ the federal mandatory sentencing guidelines, passed in the late 1980s, that give harsher terms for offenses involving crack than for the same amount of powder cocaine. She did not, however, say whether she opposed such policies when they were being carried out under her husband’s administration. That cocaine disparity and ‘three-strikes’ laws - the federal version of which were passed by a Democratic Congress under the Clinton administration - have led to the incarceration of most of the 1.4 million black and Hispanic men currently in prison, many for nonviolent drug offenses. Mrs. Clinton said that trend must change.” [Washington Times, 8/10/07]  
Social Security Rick Santorum was a major advocate for President Bush’s proposal to privatize Social Security. “Mr. Santorum is a member of the Finance Committee responsible for the program, and chairman of its Social Security subcommittee. Probably no Republican other than Mr. Bush has held more public events on the issue, though Mr. Santorum -- lacking the president’s security cordon -- has cut back after state-wide appearances in February drew protests by groups such as MoveOn.org and AARP. And no one has privately pressed harder for wary Republicans in Congress to stick by the president and his private-accounts proposal -- and even to go for larger accounts.” [Wall Street Journal, 5/12/05]   Rick Santorum called for immediate changes to Social Security, including a higher eligibility age and reduced benefits. “Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum called Friday for immediate cuts to Social Security benefits, risking the wrath of older voters and countless others who balk at changes to the entitlement program. […] Santorum, a former senator from Pennsylvania, says changes should include a higher eligibility age to qualify for Social Security benefits, and tighter restrictions on benefits for upper-income people. Americans now qualify for reduced Social Security benefits at age 62 and full benefits at 66, soon to rise to 67.” [Associated Press, 1/6/12]   Hillary Clinton: “When I am president, privatizing Social Security will certainly not be even discussed.” “I don’t think there’s any doubt that we’ve got to fight and finally bury the idea of privatizing Social Security. It is one of those bad ideas that deserve to be totally buried. When I am president, privatizing Social Security will certainly not be even discussed. I reject the view of President Bush and others who have given large tax cuts to the wealthiest, failed to crack down on offshore tax dodgers, and handed out no-bid contracts to companies like Halliburton, and then insisted that we needed to cut benefits to middle-class retirees.” [Senator Clinton speech on retirement security, 10/9/07]   Hillary Clinton: “From my perspective cutting benefits is not the answer, raising the retirement age isn’t the answer.” “Let me start with calling for a renewed national commitment to Social Security, this is the most successful domestic program in the history of the United States. And you don’t have to worry, when I’m president, privatization is off the table, because it does not answer anything. From my perspective cutting benefits is not the answer, raising the retirement age isn’t the answer, we need to get back to the fiscal responsibilities that we had in the 1990s where we weren’t raiding the social security trust fund anymore. When my husband left office, we had a secure Social Security system until 2055, and now all of the sudden the Bush administration took us back into deficits we lost 14 years off the solvency of the Social Security trust fund in the last six and a half years.” [NBC News, 9/4/07]  
Immigration Rick Santorum claimed immigration was suppressing wages for American citizens and referred to immigration reform legislation as “amnesty.” “Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), who is mulling another presidential run in 2016, urged the Republican Party to oppose increased immigration rates, which he warned would depress wages. […] ‘We don’t have to talk about immigration. If we do, you know what we should talk about? How immigration is suppressing their wages and keeping their wages down and not allowing them and their family the opportunity to rise in America,’ he added. He said the GOP doesn’t have to endorse ‘bringing in two and a half million people a year and give amnesty to 13 million people,’ alluding to the reforms of the comprehensive legislation that passed the Senate last year.” [The Hill, 7/14/14]   Hillary Clinton said the U.S. needed comprehensive immigration reform. “We need comprehensive immigration reform in this country. I am committed to that and I believe that it’s imperative that we work toward it. Right now people are really worried about what’s happening to their friends, their neighbors, people that they even read about in the papers. There’s so much that is just not right.” [Senator Clinton speech at Latina Summit in Washington, 9/10/08]      
Automotive Industry Rescue Package Rick Santorum opposed assisting the automotive industry, saying that “the government should not be involved in bailouts, period.” “Mr. Santorum, who is locked in a tight Michigan primary race with Mr. Romney, argued in a speech to the Detroit Economic Club that Mr. Romney was inconsistent for supporting the Wall Street bailout known as the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, while objecting to billions of dollars in federal loans to the auto industry. ‘Governor Romney supported the bailout of Wall Street and decided not to support the bailout of Detroit,’ Mr. Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, said. ‘My feeling was that we should not support — the government should not be involved in bailouts, period. I think that’s a much more consistent position.’” [New York Times, 2/17/12]   Hillary Clinton praised emergency assistance for the automotive industry. “The American auto industry is the backbone of our nation’s manufacturing base and directly and indirectly employs millions of Americans, including more than 230,000 New Yorkers. As we grapple with a deepening recession, continuing turmoil in the financial markets, and a potentially devastating new wave of home foreclosures, a bankruptcy by any of our U.S. automakers would further destabilize our economy. The emergency assistance announced today is necessary to prevent an immediate economic catastrophe and will help pave the way for the stabilization of our automakers.” [Senator Clinton press release, 12/19/08]  
Voter ID Laws Rick Santorum expressed support for voter ID laws, calling them “crucial electoral reforms.” “Republican Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum made the following statement in reaction to the Obama Administration blocking a new Texas voter identification law. Rick Santorum said: ‘We need to show valid identification to do so much in our society, but for some reason, the President believes it is wrong to show an ID to ensure one-person, one vote. This is just another example of the misplaced priorities of the Obama Administration. This is not about voter disenfranchisement, it is about ensuring that our electoral system has integrity and voters are confident that their vote is counted accurately and fairly. I commend Governor Perry, Texas, and the many states like Texas that are fighting to ensure voter fraud does not impede the electoral process. As President I will stand with them and support their efforts for crucial electoral reforms.’” [Statement by Rick Santorum on the Obama Administration Blocking Texas Voter ID Law, 3/12/12]   Hillary Clinton condemned GOP voter ID laws as tools of “voter suppression.” “Clinton said the Supreme Court in June had done serious damage with its landmark Voting Rights Act ruling, which cleared the way for states with a history of discrimination to tighten voting laws without federal approval. She also denounced voter ID laws pushed through by state legislatures controlled by the GOP, saying they were being justified as tools to fight the ‘phantom epidemic of voter fraud,’ but really just made it harder for minorities and the poor to exercise their voting rights. She referred to North Carolina’s new election rules, which were signed into law by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory this week, as the ‘greatest hits of voter suppression.’” [The Week, 8/13/13]  
Equal Pay Rick Santorum opposed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, calling it “a trial lawyers’ bill” meant to pad the pockets of the lawyers suing on behalf of women. “As polls show the tightening of a gender gap and the chase by both Romney and Obama for an elusive ‘women’s vote’ that everyone agrees is far from monolithic, Santorum dismissed all the fuss over Romney’s ‘binders full of women’ and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, touted by the president Tuesday and since as the first piece of legislation he signed. ‘It’s very interesting that what Barack Obama pointed to was a trial lawyer’s bill,’ Santorum told me after his brief speech. ‘The Lilly Ledbetter bill basically gives women a longer period of time to file a lawsuit,’ he said. ‘This was advocated by the trial lawyers so they could make more money. This had nothing to do with changing the law with respect to pay for women or rights for women. It simply gave lawyers a longer time to sue. This is the kind of small ball this president is playing. He’s not talking about major issues that can improve the employment picture for women or for people in this country. He’s talking about taking care of his friends in the trial bar.’” [Washington Post, 10/18/12]   Hillary Clinton was an original cosponsor of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Senator Clinton co-sponsored the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, which became the first law signed by President Barack Obama on January 29, 2009. The Act, which expanded workers’ rights to take pay discrimination issues to court, was originally introduced in 2007 by Ted Kennedy as the Fair Pay Restoration Act. That version was co-sponsored by Clinton as well. [S. 181, 1/8/09; S. 1843, 7/20/07]  
Medicare Rick Santorum called for privatizing Medicare without including a public option, as well as abolishing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. “Santorum has positioned himself to the right of Mitt Romney on Medicare reform. Whereas both Romney and the new Ryan-Wyden plan appear to endorse a form of competitive bidding in which private insurers would compete with traditional government-run Medicare to serve retirees, Santorum supports competitive bidding without the inclusion of a ‘public option,’ as Igor Volsky and Scott Keyes have documented. At a town hall meeting in Iowa on January 2, Santorum said that he ‘liked’ the Ryan-Wyden plan, but had ‘a problem with the public option part that Ron Wyden has insisted upon.’ […] On CNN this week, Santorum went further, calling for the abolition of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). ‘You want the private sector out there competing, driving down costs, improving efficiency. You want to get rid of CMS, where government basically micromanages all healthcare through Medicare and Medicaid.’” [Forbes, 1/6/12]   Hillary Clinton believed that Medicare was “part of a fair deal that our country has established between working and retired Americans.” “Those of us who support Medicare believe it is part of a fair deal that our country has established between working and retired Americans. Now this Administration and the Republican Leadership want to abandon this tradition. They want to get rid of Medicare instead of making it stronger.” [Senator Clinton press release, 3/13/03]  
Cuba Rick Santorum opposed normalizing relations with Cuba, calling it “reckless and not in our nation’s best interest.” “Former Republican Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, said he opposed normalizing trade with Cuba and was ‘extremely concerned with how his release was negotiated.’ He called the president’s foreign policy actions ‘reckless and not in our nation’s best interest.’” [CBS News, 12/18/14]   Hillary Clinton was “the main architect of the new policy” that restored diplomatic ties with Cuba. “Although President Barack Obama is taking the credit for Wednesday’s historic deal to reverse decades of U.S. policy toward Cuba, when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, she was the main architect of the new policy and pushed far harder for a deal than the Obama White House. From 2009 until her departure in early 2013, Clinton and her top aides took the lead on the sometimes public, often private interactions with the Cuban government. According to current and former White House and State Department officials and several Cuba policy experts who were involved in the discussions, Clinton was also the top advocate inside the government for ending travel and trade restrictions on Cuba and reversing 50 years of U.S. policy to isolate the Communist island nation. Repeatedly, she pressed the White House to move faster and faced opposition from cautious high-ranking White House officials.” [Bloomberg, 12/18/14]  
LGBT Adoptions Rick Santorum said that same-sex adoptions hurt children and are unnatural. “Instead, this week he told a New Hampshire audience that children are better off with two heterosexual parents—even if one of the parents is in prison. ‘Even fathers in jail who had abandoned their kids,’ Santorum said, ‘were still better than no father at all to have in their children’s lives.’ That follows his interview last year with the right-wing CNS news service in which he railed against gay adoption: ‘The state is not doing a service to the child and to society by not putting that child in a home where there is a mother and a father,’ he said. ‘This is common sense. This is nature.’” [Philly Mag, 1/9/12]     Hillary Clinton pledged to ensure that LGBT Americans have equal benefits and adoption rights. “America deserves a president who appeals to the best in each of us, not the worst; a president who values and respects all Americans, gay and straight; a president who treats all Americans equally no matter who they are or who they love. I’m proud of my record standing up for the LGBT community during my years as First Lady and as a U.S. Senator. But when I take office in January 2009, we’ll finally be able to define success by more than the bigotry we stopped and the bad decisions we prevented. America will finally have a president who moves this country forward. When I am president, we will work together to make sure that all Americans in committed relationships have equal benefits and that nothing stands in the way of loving couples who want to adopt children in need.” [Senator Clinton campaign press release, 6/1/07]  
Unemployment Insurance Rick Santorum supported cutting unemployment benefits for workers. “For the people at the bottom of the economic ladder, Santorum the ‘populist’ proposes cutting off government aid to the unemployed and putting faith in unchecked bootstrap-ism. The social safety net has become ‘a hunter’s net that ensnares the vulnerable,’ Santorum argues in his new book, adopting a more aggressive framing than Paul Ryan’s famous hammock metaphor. Writing about an unemployed person who’s been on benefits for two years, Santorum says his ‘job skills have probably eroded, his work habits and attitude are questionable, and he is more likely than someone else to go back on unemployment.’ Santorum’s long been a fan of not providing federal benefits to the needy. During the winter of 2011 he called for cutting unemployment and ending federal home heating assistance. ‘Just because these people need help doesn’t mean the federal government needs to help.’” [Salon, 5/20/14]   Hillary Clinton continuously fought to extend unemployment insurance for U.S. workers. Hillary Clinton repeatedly supported legislative efforts to extend unemployment assistance for out-of-work Americans throughout her Senate career. [S. 3009, 9/26/02; S. 225, 1/28/03; S. 1708, 10/2/03; S. 2006, 1/20/04; S. 2544, 1/22/08; S. 3507, 9/17/08]  
Planned Parenthood Rick Santorum: “Public funds should not be used” for Planned Parenthood, which “has a very sordid history and founding” and “focuses in on activities that a lot of people have moral objections to.” “Former Sen. Rick Santorum, who has criticized Gov. Mitch Daniels for his call for a ‘truce’ on social issues, is now calling on his potential 2012 rival to sign a controversial bill to cut $3 million in funding to Planned Parenthood in Indiana. ‘That’s an organization that has a very sordid history and founding and one that I still think focuses in on activities that a lot of people have moral objections to,’ Santorum said in an interview with CBS News political analyst John Dickerson Thursday. ‘Public funds should not be used for that purpose,’ he added. Planned Parenthood provides abortion services, among other health services, though they are barred by law from using federal taxpayer money.” [CBS News, 4/29/11]   Hillary Clinton believed that the “overarching mission of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America…is as relevant in our world now as it was 100 years ago.” “It was a great privilege when I was told that I would receive this award,” said U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, in accepting the award. “It’s part of a movement which is about economic and political progress for all women and girls. It’s about making sure that every woman and girl everywhere has the opportunity she deserves to fulfill her potential, the potential as a mother, worker and human being. The overarching mission of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the cause of reproductive freedom that you continue to advance today is as relevant in our world now as it was 100 years ago. So, I thank you.” [Planned Parenthood news release, 5/14/14]  
Indiana “Religious Liberty” Legislation Rick Santorum supported the original version of the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act. “Former Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Rick Santorum on Sunday cited an offensive slogan used by the bigoted Westboro Baptist Church to explain his defense of the original version of Indiana’s controversial ‘religious freedom’ law. Santorum, in an effort to argue that businesses owners of all values shouldn’t ever be forced to provide services to groups of people with whom they disagree, attempted to explain that gay people would have also had the right to deny service under the original draft of the bill to anyone they felt impinged on their own freedom. ‘If you’re a print shop and you are a gay man, should you be forced to print “God Hates F—s” for the Westboro Baptist Church because they hold those signs up?’ Santorum said on CBS’s ‘Face the Nation,’ referring to an infamous slogan used by the Kansas-based sect known for picketing funerals and displaying hateful signs. ‘Should the government — and this is really the case here — should the government force you to do that?’ […] ‘Tolerance is a two-way street,’ Santorum said Sunday. ‘And that’s what these cases are all about. This is about the government coming in and saying, “No, we’re going to make you do this.” And this is where I just think we need some space to say let’s have some tolerance.’” [New York Daily News, 4/5/15]   Hillary Clinton immediately came out decisively against the Indiana discrimination law. In a tweet, Hillary Clinton said, “Sad this new Indiana law can happen in America today. We shouldn’t discriminate against [people because] of who they love #LGBT.” [3/26/15, 9:32 p.m. EDT]  
Hobby Lobby Rick Santorum’s movie studio released a movie celebrating the Hobby Lobby decision. “The Supreme Court just handed down its ruling Monday, but the wheels are already in motion for a Hobby Lobby movie. EchoLight Studios, the film production company of Rick Santorum, is releasing a film in September that will, among other things, discuss the Supreme Court ruling that declared corporations can refuse insurance that includes coverage for birth control on the basis of religion. EchoLight’s film, ‘One Generation Away: The Erosion of Religious Liberty’ argues there is no guaranteed freedom from religion, but only freedom to practice religion without persecution. ‘The cross is ubiquitous,’ the trailer states. ‘It’s the preeminent symbol of Christianity. It’s a government advertisement for one religion.’” [Washington Post, 7/1/14]   Hillary Clinton said the Hobby Lobby decision was “troubling.” In a tweet, Hillary Clinton said, “Hard-working women will pay the price for today’s two troubling #SCOTUS decisions — in wages, health care & dignity.” [6/30/14, 6:34 p.m. EDT]  
 

Hillary vs. Ted Cruz on the Issues Facing America

Issue Ted Cruz Hillary Clinton
Climate Change Ted Cruz said people who believe global warming is real are “the equivalent of the flat-Earthers.” “Cruz, the red-meat Texas senator with an army of conservative followers, raised eyebrows on Tuesday when he told the Texas Tribune that people who believe global warming is real are ‘the equivalent of the flat-Earthers’. ‘It used to be it is accepted scientific wisdom the Earth is flat, and this heretic named Galileo was branded a denier,’ Cruz said.” [Guardian, 3/27/15] Hillary Clinton called climate change the “most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges we face as a nation and world.” “Climate change is the ‘most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges we face as a nation and world,’ Clinton said at the National Clean Energy Summit 7.0 in Nevada. ‘The data is unforgiving no matter what the deniers try to assert.’” [The Hill, 9/4/14]
Minimum Wage Ted Cruz opposed raising the minimum wage, saying that it would negatively affect young people, Hispanics, and African Americans. “President Barack Obama’s proposal to raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour from the current $7.25 would harm the economy, some Republicans said Tuesday after the State of the Union address. ‘If you raise the minimum wage, the inevitable effect will be, number one, young people will lose their jobs or not be able to get their first jobs,’ Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told CNSNews.com. ‘Unemployment among young people will go up if the minimum wage goes up as President Obama says. Unemployment among Hispanics, among African Americans, among those struggling to get their first job to climb the economic ladder, will go up.’” [CNS News, 2/13/13] Hillary Clinton cosponsored the Fair Minimum Wage Act five times in the Senate. Hillary Clinton sponsored the Fair Minimum Wage Act five times in the Senate. Although she opposed the Iraq funding bill it was folded into, Clinton cosponsored the original version of the Fair Minimum Wage Act that increased the minimum wage for the first time in ten years, from $5.85 to $7.25 an hour. [S. 277, 2/7/01; S. 20, 1/7/03; S. 2370, 4/20/04; S. 1062, 5/18/05; S. 2, 1/4/07] Hillary Clinton: “Raising the minimum wage is something that is long overdue.” “Raising the minimum wage is something that is long overdue. There are too many people that work full time and are below the poverty level, so there are things we can do right now, but then we’re going to have to look hard at what really would work.” [Clinton Global Initiative event, 9/24/14]  
Marriage Equality Ted Cruz “warned of the dangers of gay marriage.” “Cruz warned of the dangers of gay marriage a month after the Supreme Court decision in a July 2013 interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network. ‘If you look at other nations that have gone down the road towards gay marriage, that’s the next step where it gets enforced,’ he said. ‘It gets enforced against Christian pastors who decline to perform gay marriages, who speak out and preach biblical truths on marriage.’” [Huffington Post, 2/13/14] Hillary Clinton: “I support marriage for lesbian and gay couples.” Secretary Hillary Clinton: “LGBT Americans are our colleagues, our teachers, our soldiers, our friends, our loved ones, and they are full and equal citizens and deserve the rights of citizenship. That includes marriage. That’s why I support marriage for lesbian and gay couples. I support it personally and as a matter of policy and law.” [Human Rights Campaign, 3/18/13]
Gun Control  Ted Cruz opposed universal background checks for gun buyers. “Cruz didn’t back down from his stance against universal background checks for gun buyers, a measure that was debated but ultimately voted down by the Senate earlier in 2013. ‘Do you target violent criminals, or do you try to take away the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens?’ Cruz asked, touting an alternative bill he offered that would increase the resources devoted to prosecuting gun-law violations.” [CBS News, 11/9/13] Hillary Clinton voted to extend the Assault Weapons Ban and cosponsored legislation to require background checks at gun shows. Sen. Clinton voted for a ten-year extension of the ban on assault weapons. Senator Clinton cosponsored legislation requiring background checks for firearms purchases at gun shows and from unlicensed dealers. “Senator Clinton is an original co-sponsor of legislation introduced by Senator Jack Reed, to require criminal background checks on individuals who purchase firearms at gun shows from unlicensed dealers. Currently, unlicensed dealers at gun shows are able to skirt the background checks that are required of licensed gun dealers under the Brady Law. This law — which requires licensed gun dealers to conduct background checks of potential purchasers in order to prevent felons, fugitives and stalkers from buying firearms — has resulted in approximately 536,000 criminals or other prohibited purchasers being denied access to firearms.” [Senator Clinton press release, 4/24/01; S. 767, 4/24/01; Senate roll call vote 24, 3/2/04]
Abortion Ted Cruz opposes abortion even for victims of rape and incest and referred to birth control pills as “abortion-inducing drugs.” “Cruz, like Akin, opposes abortion for victims of rape and incest. He also labels forms of contraception such as Plan B ‘abortifacients’, which isn’t scientifically or medically correct. At the Value Voters Summit last fall, Cruz repeatedly referred to contraception as ‘abortion-inducing drugs.’” [PBS NewsHour, 3/23/15] Hillary Clinton: “I believe, and I have said for many, many years, that abortion should be safe, it should be rare, but it should be legal.” During floor remarks on the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito Sen. Clinton said, “Now, I believe, and I have said for many, many years, that abortion should be safe, it should be rare, but it should be legal. And I understand that it is a difficult and even tragic choice for many women. It is a decision of conscience and therefore, should be a constitutionally-protected decision made not by the government, not by the majority – whoever the majority might be – but between a woman, her doctor, and her faith in God.” [Senator Clinton floor speech on the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito, 1/25/06] Hillary Clinton: Choosing whether to have an abortion is “a highly personal decision that that woman should make based on her own faith beliefs, her own personal situation, her medical condition.” “I’m pro-choice because I think that’s the best position. If someone chooses to have an abortion or chooses not to have an abortion, that is such a highly personal decision that that woman should make based on her own faith beliefs, her own personal situation, her medical condition. The fight is not over in the United States and we’re going to have to keep standing up for women’s rights and particularly reproductive health rights.” [Guardian interview, 7/4/14]  
Indiana “Religious Liberty” Legislation Ted Cruz: “The state of Indiana bravely stood up and passed a law defending religious liberty.” “Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) reiterated his support for Indiana’s controversial religious freedom law Wednesday, despite a fresh push by that state’s governor to ‘fix’ the measure. Speaking in a stuffy, cramped auditorium at Morningside College here, Cruz said that religious liberty is not a ‘fringe view.’ Cruz staked his claim to the right of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who signed the law but said he wanted to see ‘a fix’ to the law that makes clear it does not give businesses license to deny services to customers on the basis of sexual orientation, and Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R ) who asked lawmakers Wednesday to recall or amend a religious freedom bill. ‘We’re seeing in the news right now a lot of noise because the state of Indiana bravely stood up and passed a law defending religious liberty. I’ll say this: I will commend the state of Indiana for doing the right thing,’ Cruz said.” [Washington Post, 4/1/15] Hillary Clinton immediately came out decisively against the Indiana discrimination law. In a tweet, Hillary Clinton said, “Sad this new Indiana law can happen in America today. We shouldn’t discriminate against [people because] of who they love #LGBT.” [3/26/15, 9:32 p.m. EDT]
Violence Against Women Act Ted Cruz voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. “The Senate overwhelmingly voted to pass the Violence Against Women Act today, 78-22. Opposition to the bill came entirely from Republicans, including both Texas Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn. Sean Rushton, a spokesman for Cruz, said the new senator has led the fight against violent crime in Texas, especially sexual predators. ‘Nevertheless, he voted against this federal law because stopping and punishing violent criminals is primarily a state responsibility, and the federal government does not need to be dictating state criminal law,’ Rushton said.” [Houston Chronicle, 2/12/13; Senate roll call vote 19, 2/12/13] Hillary Clinton cosponsored the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization to ensure the continuation of critical programs for women suffering from violence and abuse. “Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton today hailed the unanimous approval by the US Senate of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization. VAWA expired on Saturday, October 1st and the reauthorization bill will now ensure that the critical programs authorized by VAWA continue. Senator Clinton was a co-sponsor of the bill, S. 1197. ‘The Violence Against Women Act focuses resources and attention on some of the most vulnerable women in our society -- women who too often suffer in silence,’ said Senator Clinton. ‘I am so pleased that by passing this bill, the Senate finally reaffirmed its commitment to helping prevent and cope with domestic abuse.’” [Senator Clinton press release, 10/5/05; S. 1197, 6/8/05]
Iran Letter Ted Cruz was one of 47 GOP senators that signed an open letter to Iranian leadership warning against a potential nuclear deal. “Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, one of 47 Republicans who signed a controversial letter to Iran about ongoing nuclear talks, said Tuesday he would gladly sign it again. The conservative lawmaker said on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ that he ‘would sign it in large print so that the ayatollah wouldn’t need his reading glasses to read the signature.’ The original letter was slammed by the White House and Democrats as a ‘reckless’ move as the Obama administration attempts to clinch a deal on Tehran’s nuclear program. The Republicans who signed the letter warned Iran that the next U.S. president could easily undo any agreement.” [NBC News, 3/17/15] Hillary Clinton slammed Republican senators for undermining American leadership by sending an open letter to Iran’s leaders. In a tweet, Hillary Clinton wrote, “GOP letter to Iranian clerics undermines American leadership. No one considering running for commander-in-chief should be signing on.” [3/11/15, 3:11 p.m. EDT]
Voter ID Ted Cruz introduced federal legislation requiring voters to present “proof of citizenship” before casting ballots after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a similar measure in Arizona. “Ted Cruz didn’t wait long to mount a legislative response to the Supreme Court’s ruling against Arizona’s voter registration rule. An amendment submitted by the Texas senator on Monday afternoon to the Senate’s immigration bill would ‘permit states to require proof of citizenship for registration to vote in elections for federal office.’ Cruz’s measure would amend the National Voter Registration Act.” [Politico, 6/17/13; S. Amdt. 1295 to S.744, 6/17/13] Hillary Clinton condemned GOP voter ID laws as tools of “voter suppression.” “Clinton said the Supreme Court in June had done serious damage with its landmark Voting Rights Act ruling, which cleared the way for states with a history of discrimination to tighten voting laws without federal approval. She also denounced voter ID laws pushed through by state legislatures controlled by the GOP, saying they were being justified as tools to fight the ‘phantom epidemic of voter fraud,’ but really just made it harder for minorities and the poor to exercise their voting rights. She referred to North Carolina’s new election rules, which were signed into law by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory this week, as the ‘greatest hits of voter suppression.’” [The Week, 8/13/13]
Equal Pay Ted Cruz voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act multiple times. According to the Congressional record, Ted Cruz cast two “nay” votes against the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation that would strengthen protections for victims of wage discrimination on the basis of sex. [S. 2199, 4/1/14; Senate roll call vote 260, 9/10/14; Senate roll call vote 262, 9/15/14] Hillary Clinton was an original cosponsor of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which expanded workers’ rights to take pay discrimination issues to court. Senator Clinton co-sponsored the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, which became the first law signed by President Barack Obama on January 29, 2009. The Act, which expanded workers’ rights to take pay discrimination issues to court, was originally introduced in 2007 by Ted Kennedy as the Fair Pay Restoration Act. That version was co-sponsored by Clinton as well. [S. 181, 1/8/09; S. 1843, 7/20/07]
Iran Nuclear Deal Ted Cruz compared the Iran nuclear deal to the appeasement of Hitler. “The debate over the Iranian nuclear deal is not just a fight about present and future policy, but also a battle over the past. Both supporters and critics of the deal wield competing historical analogies. The question is: Are any of these parallels accurate? […] Many conservatives fear that an autocratic regime is once again duping a naive Western leadership. ‘The deal being negotiated today is reminiscent of Munich in 1938,’ said Senator Ted Cruz. His senatorial colleague Mark Kirk concluded that, ‘Neville Chamberlain got a lot more out of Hitler.’” [The Atlantic, 4/8/15] Hillary Clinton said the nuclear deal with Iran was an “important step” toward strengthening security in the region. “Hillary Rodham Clinton called the framework for an Iran nuclear deal that was reached on Thursday an ‘important step,’ adding that while ‘the devil is always in the details’ in such negotiations, ‘diplomacy deserves a chance to succeed.’ […] ‘The understanding that the major world powers have reached with Iran is an important step toward a comprehensive agreement that would prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon and strengthen the security of the United States, Israel and the region,’ Mrs. Clinton said.” [New York Times, 4/2/15]
Personhood Ted Cruz pledged to support the Life at Conception Act while running for Senate. “Ted Cruz began a surge, denying Dewhurst the easy victory he had been planning on, turning the race into a runoff. In making that surge, Mr. Cruz took a bold stance on several issues, but most importantly to National Pro-Life Alliance members he pledged if elected to cosponsor the Life at Conception Act.” [National Pro-Life Alliance, 9/4/12] Hillary Clinton derided “personhood” legislation as efforts to “outlaw common forms of birth control and ban abortions even in cases of rape or incest.” “Clinton also hit hard on raising the minimum wage, saying it’s a ‘pro-family’ issue — and offered a full-throated defense of legal abortion. ‘Women’s rights are the canary in the mine. If you don’t protect women’s rights here at home and around the world, everybody’s rights are lost,’ she said. ‘You have to ask yourself, do you want a senator who will always defend a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions and won’t ever shame or judge a woman for decisions that are complex and deeply personal, or do you want a senator who will push so-called ‘personhood’ laws that would outlaw common forms of birth control and ban abortions even in cases of rape or incest?’” [The Hill, 10/25/14]
Net Neutrality Ted Cruz opposed the Obama Administration’s push to prohibit internet “fast lanes” for higher-paying customers. “The administration has made its support for net neutrality increasingly clear in recent days as Obama called for the Internet to be regulated as a public utility just like water or electricity. Doing so would allow the Federal Communication Commission to oversee Internet accessibility for all consumers, without any so-called ‘fast lanes’ for Internet service providers to give preferential treatment to higher-paying customers. Sen. Cruz (R-Texas) railed against the president’s proposal in a YouTube video posted Monday. ‘The worst thing that could happen is letting a whole bunch of politicians come in and regulate every aspect of what you’re doing,’ Cruz said.” [The Blaze, 11/18/14] Hillary Clinton cosponsored legislation to protect net neutrality. Hillary Clinton repeatedly cosponsored the Internet Freedom Preservation Act, legislation that she stated would “ensure that open, unimpaired and unencumbered Internet access for both its users and content providers is preserved.” In a statement released announcing her support of the 2006 version of the bill, Hillary Clinton affirmed that efforts “to fundamentally alter the inherently democratic structure of the Internet must be rejected.” [S. 2917, 5/19/06; S. 215, 1/9/07]
Hobby Lobby Ted Cruz filed an amicus brief in support of Hobby Lobby. “U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, joined by Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Mike Lee, R-Utah, and David Vitter, R-La., filed an amicus brief today in support of the challenge by Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties against Obamacare’s contraception mandate.” [Senator Cruz press release, 1/28/14] Ted Cruz voted against legislation to override the Hobby Lobby decision. “A Democratic effort to override the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on contraceptive coverage failed in the Senate on Wednesday. Bill sponsors fell four votes short of the 60 votes needed to cut off debate on the measure. […] Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz described the Democratic bill as part of an ongoing attack on religious liberties, citing the lawsuit filed by the Little Sisters of the Poor against the Obama administration fighting the birth control mandate.” [NPR, 7/16/14; S. 2578, 7/9/14; Senate roll call vote 228, 7/16/14]   Hillary Clinton said the Hobby Lobby decision was “troubling.” In a tweet, Hillary Clinton said, “Hard-working women will pay the price for today’s two troubling #SCOTUS decisions — in wages, health care & dignity.” [6/30/14, 6:34 p.m. EDT]
Cuba Ted Cruz opposed normalizing diplomatic relations with Cuba. “Hours after his Senate colleague and fellow Cuban-American Marco Rubio criticized President Obama’s change in U.S. policy on Cuba, Ted Cruz broke his silence on the news with a bang, calling the decision ‘a tragic mistake.’ The Republican senator from Texas told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto on Wednesday afternoon that because of the American embargo and diplomatic freeze-out, Cuba had been ‘gasping for air.’ Now, though, Obama’s policy shift would have devastating effects. ‘Just like the administration did with Iran, right when the [Iranian] administration was feeling the maximum pain, [Obama] throws them an economic lifeline and continues the brutal repression and dictatorship of the Castro brothers,’ said Cruz, whose father emigrated from Cuba in 1957, four years before the U.S. imposed a strict trade embargo on the country. When Cavuto pointed out that more than five decades of the same policy hadn’t been very effective, Cruz demurred. ‘What it has wrought is limiting the impact and harm of Cuba,’ he said.” [National Journal, 12/17/14] Hillary Clinton was “the main architect of the new policy” that restored diplomatic ties with Cuba. “Although President Barack Obama is taking the credit for Wednesday’s historic deal to reverse decades of U.S. policy toward Cuba, when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, she was the main architect of the new policy and pushed far harder for a deal than the Obama White House. From 2009 until her departure in early 2013, Clinton and her top aides took the lead on the sometimes public, often private interactions with the Cuban government. According to current and former White House and State Department officials and several Cuba policy experts who were involved in the discussions, Clinton was also the top advocate inside the government for ending travel and trade restrictions on Cuba and reversing 50 years of U.S. policy to isolate the Communist island nation. Repeatedly, she pressed the White House to move faster and faced opposition from cautious high-ranking White House officials.” [Bloomberg, 12/18/14]
Planned Parenthood Ted Cruz was an original cosponsor of the Senate version of legislation designed to defund Planned Parenthood. “Congressional Republicans informed LifeNews today that more than 80 other House members re-introduced the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act would would revoke taxpayer funds from Planned Parenthood to ensure taxpayers are not financing the abortion industry. Representative Diane Black, a pro-life congresswoman from Tennessee, is the lead sponsor of the bill along with Reps. Bill Flores (R-TX), Jackie Walorski (R-IN), Pro-Life Caucus Co-Chairman Chris Smith (R-NJ), and Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA). This bill ensures that Title X family planning grants are used for their intended purpose and are prohibited from being used by organizations that provide abortions or fund those that do. ‘Planned Parenthood and organizations like it that profit off the destruction of innocent life do not deserve one more dime from American taxpayers. I have been proud to lead the charge against the funding of the big-abortion industry since my first days as a state legislator, and I am honored to continue this fight by reintroducing the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act. This legislation would simply clarify the original intent and spirit of the law to ensure that Title X federal funded grants will no longer be awarded to ‘health care’ providers that fail to protect life by providing abortions,’ Black said.” [LifeNews, 1/8/15; S. 582, 2/26/15] Hillary Clinton believed that the “overarching mission of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America…is as relevant in our world now as it was 100 years ago.” “It was a great privilege when I was told that I would receive this award,” said U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, in accepting the award. “It’s part of a movement which is about economic and political progress for all women and girls. It’s about making sure that every woman and girl everywhere has the opportunity she deserves to fulfill her potential, the potential as a mother, worker and human being. The overarching mission of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the cause of reproductive freedom that you continue to advance today is as relevant in our world now as it was 100 years ago. So, I thank you.” [Planned Parenthood news release, 5/14/14]
Social Security Ted Cruz believed George Bush’s push to privatize Social Security “was the right thing to do.” “I also think you’ve got to give George W. Bush some real credit—he showed remarkable courage in the beginning of the second term taking on Social Security reform and personal accounts. It was the right thing to do. Sadly, congressional Republicans ran to the hills and abandoned him.” [CNBC interview with John Harwood, 4/9/15] Hillary Clinton: “When I am president, privatizing Social Security will certainly not be even discussed.” “I don’t think there’s any doubt that we’ve got to fight and finally bury the idea of privatizing Social Security. It is one of those bad ideas that deserve to be totally buried. When I am president, privatizing Social Security will certainly not be even discussed. I reject the view of President Bush and others who have given large tax cuts to the wealthiest, failed to crack down on offshore tax dodgers, and handed out no-bid contracts to companies like Halliburton, and then insisted that we needed to cut benefits to middle-class retirees.” [Senator Clinton speech on retirement security, 10/9/07]
Employment Non-Discrimination Act Ted Cruz voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. In November 2013, Cruz voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, legislation that would prohibit employers from “engaging in employment discrimination on the basis of an individual’s actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.” [S. 815, 4/25/13; Senate roll call vote 232, 1/7/13] Hillary Clinton repeatedly cosponsored the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to prevent employment discrimination based on sexual orientation. In the Senate, Hillary Clinton was an original cosponsor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2002 and 2003 to prevent employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Hillary Clinton has said it is “inconceivable to me that people who work hard and do a good job every day can still be fired because of who they love. It’s unfair, it’s un-American, and I will put a stop to it once and for all.” [S.1284, 7/31/01; S.1705, 10/2/03; Human Rights Campaign 2008 Presidential Questionnaire]
Citizens United Ted Cruz opposed a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United. “This week, the Senate is devoting much of its time to debating a constitutional amendment that would reverse the 2010 Citizens United decision. It has somewhat bipartisan support but is unlikely to ever become law. The debates that occur this week then are mostly theoretical and made for grandstanding. Which is the one kind of debate where Congress -- and the Senate in particular excels. No speech, though, was as visually appealing as that of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), who -- wait for it -- opposes the amendment. Cruz’s speech included a dazzling array of charts that would make no sense out-of-context -- and, Cruz’s opponents would argue -- even in-context.” [Washington Post, 9/10/14] Hillary Clinton: “We need to fix our dysfunctional political system and get unaccountable money out of it once and for all, even if it takes a constitutional amendment.” “We need build the economy of tomorrow, not yesterday. We need to strengthen families and communities because that’s where it all starts. We need to fix our dysfunctional political system and get unaccountable money out of it once and for all, even if it takes a constitutional amendment, and we need to protect our country from the threats that we see and the ones that are on the horizon.” [Hillary Clinton campaign roundtable in Monticello, IA, 4/14/15]
 

Hillary vs. Bobby Jindal on the Issues Facing America

Climate Change Bobby Jindal questioned whether humans play a role in global warming. “On climate change, Mr. Jindal takes positions directly at odds with environmentalists—and, likely, with whoever becomes the Democratic presidential nominee—by questioning the role humans play in global warming and calling on the U.S. to withdraw from climate talks led by the United Nations.” [Wall Street Journal, 10/15/14 Hillary Clinton called climate change the “most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges we face as a nation and world.” “Climate change is the ‘most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges we face as a nation and world,’ Clinton said at the National Clean Energy Summit 7.0 in Nevada. ‘The data is unforgiving no matter what the deniers try to assert.’” [The Hill, 9/4/14
Minimum Wage Bobby Jindal opposed raising the minimum wage nationally and in Louisiana. “Jindal said he would not be in favor raising the minimum wage nationally or in Louisiana at this time because the country’s economy isn’t strong enough. Both the U.S. Congress and the Louisiana State Legislature are considering increases to the lowest possible wage this spring.” [Times-Picayune, 2/26/14] Hillary Clinton cosponsored the Fair Minimum Wage Act five times in the Senate. Hillary Clinton sponsored the Fair Minimum Wage Act five times in the Senate. Although she opposed the Iraq funding bill it was folded into, Clinton cosponsored the original version of the Fair Minimum Wage Act that increased the minimum wage for the first time in ten years, from $5.85 to $7.25 an hour. [S. 277, 2/7/01; S. 20, 1/7/03; S. 2370, 4/20/04; S. 1062, 5/18/05; S. 2, 1/4/07
Marriage Equality Bobby Jindal opposes same-sex marriage and said that states have the right to reject same-sex marriage. “During a speech in California last week, Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana defended the rights of states to reject gay marriage as a matter of faith. He calls the legal battles an assault on the freedom of religion. ‘It is a war — a silent war — but it is a war against religious liberty. This war is waged in our courts and in the halls of political power,’ Jindal says.” [NPR, 2/20/14 Hillary Clinton: “I support marriage for lesbian and gay couples.” Secretary Hillary Clinton: “LGBT Americans are our colleagues, our teachers, our soldiers, our friends, our loved ones, and they are full and equal citizens and deserve the rights of citizenship. That includes marriage. That’s why I support marriage for lesbian and gay couples. I support it personally and as a matter of policy and law.” [Human Rights Campaign, 3/18/13
Abortion Bobby Jindal opposes abortion in all cases, including rape, incest, and when the health of the mother is at risk. According to Newsweek, “After a long stretch of soul searching, Jindal concluded that Protestantism lacked ‘scriptural cogency’ and decided to become a strict Catholic instead. […] His deeply Catholic views, including a ‘100 percent’ opposition to abortion ‘with no exceptions’ for rape, incest or health of the mother, undoubtedly anger more voters than they attract. ‘If I wanted the aesthetics without the inconvenient morality,’ he wrote in 1998, ‘I could become Episcopalian.’” [Newsweek, 12/12/08 Hillary Clinton: “I believe, and I have said for many, many years, that abortion should be safe, it should be rare, but it should be legal.” During floor remarks on the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito Sen. Clinton said, “Now, I believe, and I have said for many, many years, that abortion should be safe, it should be rare, but it should be legal. And I understand that it is a difficult and even tragic choice for many women. It is a decision of conscience and therefore, should be a constitutionally-protected decision made not by the government, not by the majority – whoever the majority might be – but between a woman, her doctor, and her faith in God.” [Senator Clinton floor speech on the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito, 1/25/06
Gun Control Bobby Jindal signed legislation allowing for the concealed carrying of firearms in restaurants that serve alcohol and expanded Louisiana’s “stand your ground” law. “Gov. Bobby Jindal signed two bills into law Friday (May 23) that will expand gun rights for Louisiana residents after they received overwhelming support from the state Legislature. The new statutes will go into effect Aug. 1. The more sweeping of the two gun rights measures will allow people with concealed handgun permits to carry their weapons into restaurants that serve alcohol, but make most of their money from food sales. […] The second bill signed by Jindal will expand the ‘stand your ground’ law in Louisiana. Under current law, a person who kills an intruder coming into his car or house is given the benefit of the doubt and can use self-defense as a lawful reason for the killing. But the same self-defense argument could not be legally applied to situations where a person hurt, but didn’t kill, the intruder.” [Times-Picayune, 5/23/14]  Hillary Clinton voted to extend the Assault Weapons Ban and cosponsored legislation to require background checks at gun shows. “Sen. Clinton voted for a ten-year extension of the ban on assault weapons. Senator Clinton cosponsored legislation requiring background checks for firearms purchases at gun shows and from unlicensed dealers. “Senator Clinton is an original co-sponsor of legislation introduced by Senator Jack Reed, to require criminal background checks on individuals who purchase firearms at gun shows from unlicensed dealers. Currently, unlicensed dealers at gun shows are able to skirt the background checks that are required of licensed gun dealers under the Brady Law. This law -- which requires licensed gun dealers to conduct background checks of potential purchasers in order to prevent felons, fugitives and stalkers from buying firearms -- has resulted in approximately 536,000 criminals or other prohibited purchasers being denied access to firearms.” [Senator Clinton press release, 4/24/01; S. 767, 4/24/01; Senate roll call vote 24, 3/2/04
Iran Letter Bobby Jindal was the first non-Congressional official to sign the GOP’s open letter to Iranian leadership warning against a potential nuclear deal. “Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed the open letter to Iran warning that any nuclear deal it reaches during talks with U.S. and international negotiators might not last beyond the Obama administration, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) announced Tuesday. Jindal, who is a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, is the first governor and official not serving in Congress to add his name to the list of 47 Senate Republican signatories.” [The Hill, 3/10/15 Hillary Clinton slammed Republican senators for undermining American leadership by sending an open letter to Iran’s leaders. In a tweet, Hillary Clinton wrote, “GOP letter to Iranian clerics undermines American leadership. No one considering running for commander-in-chief should be signing on.” [3/11/15, 3:11 p.m. EDT
Social Security Bobby Jindal supported President Bush’s plan to privatize Social Security. “Rep. Bobby Jindal, R-Kenner, and 10 other Republican House members were summoned Feb. 17 to the White House to talk to President Bush about Social Security. Jindal and Rep. Joe Schwartz, a doctor from Michigan, were the only freshmen legislators invited. In the hour-and-a-half session, attended by Vice President Dick Cheney, Jindal said Bush made his pitch for private investment accounts in Social Security and sought his guests’ views on reforming the program. Jindal favors the president’s plan to let workers divert payroll taxes to investment accounts, but he said he wanted to see more details and told that to the president. ‘They are open to ideas and very interested in reaching an agreement,’ he said. ‘But they are still very early in the process.’” [Times-Picayune, 2/27/05]  Hillary Clinton: Social Security is a “solemn generational promise,” and protecting it is “certainly my highest priority.” “I am very concerned about this because as you know so well there are so many older women who are living alone and it is great that they’re healthy enough, independent enough. But as you get older, you have, you know, some challenges. And certainly my highest priority is to protect Social Security. I consider it a solemn generational promise.” [Senator Clinton campaign Let the Conversation Begin webcast, 1/24/07
Net Neutrality Bobby Jindal voted against net neutrality. “Similarly, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) voted against a net neutrality proposal as a member of Congress in 2006, along with nearly every other Republican at the time.” [The Hill, 11/12/14; House roll call vote 239, 6/8/06 Hillary Clinton cosponsored legislation to protect net neutrality. Hillary Clinton repeatedly cosponsored the Internet Freedom Preservation Act, legislation that she stated would “ensure that open, unimpaired and unencumbered Internet access for both its users and content providers is preserved.” In a statement released announcing her support of the 2006 version of the bill, Hillary Clinton affirmed that efforts “to fundamentally alter the inherently democratic structure of the Internet must be rejected.” [S. 2917, 5/19/06; S. 215, 1/9/07
Equal Pay Bobby Jindal voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Bobby Jindal voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2007, legislation that would strengthen protections for victims of pay discrimination based on sex. [House roll call vote 768, 7/31/07]  Hillary Clinton was an original cosponsor of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Senator Clinton cosponsored the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, which became the first law signed by President Barack Obama on January 29, 2009. The Act, which expanded workers’ rights to take pay discrimination issues to court, was originally introduced in 2007 by Ted Kennedy as the Fair Pay Restoration Act. That version was co-sponsored by Clinton as well. [S. 181, 1/8/09; S. 1843, 7/20/07
Medicare Bobby Jindal presented a health care plan that proposed turning Medicare into a voucher system. “Declaring that the GOP needs to be ‘the party of solutions,’ Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) offered his own health care plan to replace Obamacare at a breakfast for reporters held by The Christian Science Monitor Wednesday. […] Incentives for ‘health savings accounts’ would be beefed up to allow such accounts to pay for insurance premiums. Medicare – healthcare for seniors – would turn into a ‘premium support’ system. In other words, seniors would get vouchers to choose their own plans. […] These ideas are similar to ones proposed by Representative Ryan Tuesday in his Republican budget plan. They would significantly change Medicare and Medicaid, but, experts say, also make them more cost-effective at a time when the national debt is about to balloon because of the costs of caring for retiring baby boomers.” [Christian Science Monitor, 4/2/14 Hillary Clinton believed that Medicare was “part of a fair deal that our country has established between working and retired Americans.” “Those of us who support Medicare believe it is part of a fair deal that our country has established between working and retired Americans. Now this Administration and the Republican Leadership want to abandon this tradition. They want to get rid of Medicare instead of making it stronger.” [Senator Clinton press release, 3/13/03
Cuba Bobby Jindal denounced the normalization of U.S.-Cuban relations and called on Congress to “do everything it can to stop” it. “With today’s announcement, the President is appeasing a Communist dictatorship headed by the Castro brothers that takes political prisoners and completely disregards basic human dignity. Taking steps to normalize relations with Cuba only serves to reward them, and it is a disservice to those in Cuba who wish to be free and who live in fear of a dictatorial regime. […] Congress should do everything it can to stop the President’s plan of appeasement toward Cuba. We must be willing to stand for freedom around the globe. The safety of the American people depends on it.” [Office of Governor Jindal press release, 12/18/14]  Hillary Clinton was “the main architect of the new policy” that restored diplomatic ties with Cuba. “Although President Barack Obama is taking the credit for Wednesday’s historic deal to reverse decades of U.S. policy toward Cuba, when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, she was the main architect of the new policy and pushed far harder for a deal than the Obama White House. From 2009 until her departure in early 2013, Clinton and her top aides took the lead on the sometimes public, often private interactions with the Cuban government. According to current and former White House and State Department officials and several Cuba policy experts who were involved in the discussions, Clinton was also the top advocate inside the government for ending travel and trade restrictions on Cuba and reversing 50 years of U.S. policy to isolate the Communist island nation. Repeatedly, she pressed the White House to move faster and faced opposition from cautious high-ranking White House officials.” [Bloomberg, 12/18/14
Domestic Violence Bobby Jindal cut funding for Louisiana’s battered women shelters and other domestic violence programs. “Gov. Bobby Jindal’s latest round of budget cuts are falling on shelters that take in battered women and other domestic violence prevention providers. The reductions were made to help close a $166 million midyear budget deficit. The Advocate reports that funding for family violence prevention and intervention programs was cut by more than $998,000. That’s a 16 percent drop in the dollars spent on contracts the state holds with shelters and other domestic violence programs. In Baton Rouge, shelter director Audrey Wascome says she may have to pare the number of beds for battered women and children by a third. Dale Standifer, executive director of the Metropolitan Center for Women and Children in the New Orleans area, says the cuts will erode funding for an emergency shelter.” [Associated Press, 1/4/13 Hillary Clinton cosponsored the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization to ensure the continuation of critical programs for women suffering from violence and abuse. “Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton today hailed the unanimous approval by the US Senate of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization. VAWA expired on Saturday, October 1st and the reauthorization bill will now ensure that the critical programs authorized by VAWA continue. Senator Clinton was a co-sponsor of the bill, S. 1197. ‘The Violence Against Women Act focuses resources and attention on some of the most vulnerable women in our society -- women who too often suffer in silence,’ said Senator Clinton. ‘I am so pleased that by passing this bill, the Senate finally reaffirmed its commitment to helping prevent and cope with domestic abuse.’” [Senator Clinton press release, 10/5/05; S. 1197, 6/8/05
Unemployment Insurance Bobby Jindal declined stimulus money “specifically targeted at expanding state unemployment insurance coverage.” “Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Friday that he will decline stimulus money specifically targeted at expanding state unemployment insurance coverage, becoming the first state executive to officially refuse any part of the federal government’s payout to states. In a statement, Jindal, who is slated to give the Republican response to President Barack Obama’s message to Congress on Tuesday, expressed concern that expanding unemployment insurance coverage would lead to increased unemployment insurance taxes later on.” [Politico, 2/20/09 Hillary Clinton continuously fought to extend unemployment insurance for U.S. workers. Hillary Clinton repeatedly supported legislative efforts to extend unemployment assistance for out-of-work Americans throughout her Senate career. [S. 3009, 9/26/02; S. 225, 1/28/03;S. 1708, 10/2/03; S. 2006, 1/20/04; S. 2544, 1/22/08; S. 3507, 9/17/08
Planned Parenthood Bobby Jindal’s administration blocked Planned Parenthood from opening a clinic in New Orleans. “Then last month Jindal’s administration denied Planned Parenthood an operating license, stating that the group failed to show the need for the clinic. Work has stopped at the site on a busy thoroughfare west of downtown, at least for now, while Planned Parenthood vows to appeal. The clinic decision comes as Jindal prepares to launch a campaign for the White House in 2016, with a special emphasis on courting the Republican Party’s influential evangelical wing. Jindal, who was raised Hindu but converted to Catholicism, has staked out conservative positions on social issues ranging from same-sex marriage to prayer in the schools in an effort to become the preferred candidate of the Christian right.” [Washington Post, 2/14/15 Hillary Clinton believed that the “overarching mission of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America…is as relevant in our world now as it was 100 years ago.” “It was a great privilege when I was told that I would receive this award,” said U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, in accepting the award. “It’s part of a movement which is about economic and political progress for all women and girls. It’s about making sure that every woman and girl everywhere has the opportunity she deserves to fulfill her potential, the potential as a mother, worker and human being. The overarching mission of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the cause of reproductive freedom that you continue to advance today is as relevant in our world now as it was 100 years ago. So, I thank you.” [Planned Parenthood news release, 5/14/14
Indiana “Religious Liberty” Legislation Bobby Jindal supported the Indiana law that allowed businesses to discriminate against LGBT patrons. “Jindal, the Louisiana governor, told Breitbart News in an email Monday that he, too, supports Indiana’s law. ‘I support the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act because I support religious liberty as granted to us in our Constitution,’ Jindal reportedly said. […] ‘The great irony is that in the minds of today’s liberals the only bigotry to be tolerated is their own bigotry against religious beliefs,’ Jindal said.” [CNN, 3/30/15 Hillary Clinton immediately came out decisively against the Indiana discrimination law. In a tweet, Hillary Clinton said, “Sad this new Indiana law can happen in America today. We shouldn’t discriminate against [people because] of who they love #LGBT.” [3/26/15, 9:32 p.m. EDT
Hobby Lobby Bobby Jindal praised the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case. “Governor Jindal issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court ruling in the Hobby Lobby case: ‘With today’s Hobby Lobby decision rejecting the arguments of President Obama’s administration and affirming the rights of families to conduct their business according to their faith, the Supreme Court formally recognized what the overwhelming majority of Americans already know to be true: that religious liberty is a good thing.” [Office of Governor Jindal press release, 6/30/14 Hillary Clinton said the Hobby Lobby decision was “troubling.” In a tweet, Hillary Clinton said, “Hard-working women will pay the price for today’s two troubling #SCOTUS decisions — in wages, health care & dignity.” [6/30/14, 6:34 p.m. EDT
Taxes Bobby Jindal proposed a tax plan that would “raise taxes on the bottom 80 percent of Louisianans, while cutting them for the richest 1 percent.” “Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) recently rolled out a plan to replace his state’s personal income and corporate taxes with an increased sales tax. Such a move would shift taxes from the rich to the poor, who are disproportionately hit by the sales tax. According to an analysis by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, Jindal’s plan will raise taxes on the bottom 80 percent of Louisianians, while cutting them for the richest 1 percent.” [ThinkProgress, 1/15/13 Hillary Clinton: “I am absolutely committed to not raising a single tax on middle class Americans, people making less than $250,000 a year.” “I am absolutely committed to not raising a single tax on middle class Americans, people making less than $250,000 a year. In fact, I have a very specific plan of $100 billion in tax cuts that would go to help people afford health care, security retirement plans, you know, make it possible for people to get long-term care insurance and care for their parents and grandparents who they are trying to support, making college affordable and so much else.” [Democratic presidential debate, 4/16/08] 
Immigration Bobby Jindal opposed comprehensive immigration reform.   In an op-ed for the National Review, Gov. Jindal wrote, “The Gang of Eight bill includes some bacon for Majority Leader Harry Reid… They see the Senate bill as a win-win. So we find ourselves in a familiar cycle: Washington produces a massive bill full of pork and needlessly complex and unworkable rules and regulations that create more problems than they solve; then governors, businesses, and citizens are left to try to make sense of it and clean up the mess. If and when the folks in Washington want to successfully reform our immigration system, they will have to accept the simple fact that it needs to be done in stages. An all-or-nothing approach will likely yield what it usually yields — nothing. It just takes three simple steps.” [Jindal, National Review, 7/9/13]  Hillary Clinton said the U.S. needed comprehensive immigration reform. “We need comprehensive immigration reform in this country. I am committed to that and I believe that it’s imperative that we work toward it. Right now people are really worried about what’s happening to their friends, their neighbors, people that they even read about in the papers. There’s so much that is just not right.” [Senator Clinton speech at Latina Summit in Washington, 9/10/08] 
Stem Cell Research Bobby Jindal voted against embryonic stem cell research. Bobby Jindal repeatedly voted against the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act, legislation that would support research utilizing embryonic stem cells derived from human embryos provided by in vitro fertilization clinics. [House roll call vote 20, 1/11/07; House roll call vote 204, 5/24/05]  Hillary Clinton called for the national government to make smart investments in stem cell research. During a speech to the Democratic Leadership Council Sen. Clinton said, “The national government needs a strategy to create an economic climate in which the private sector can generate jobs, raise incomes and increase wealth. To unleash the power of innovation and enterprise, we need to restore fiscal responsibility, open new markets, enforce trade laws, and make smart economic investments such as in broadband, scientific research including stem cell research – alternative fuels and an advanced research project agency for energy that will spur the creation of new highways, and jobs, and exports from America to the rest of the world.” [Senator Clinton Speech to the Democratic Leadership Council, 7/24/06] 

Hillary vs. John Kasich on the Issues Facing America

Issue John Kasich Hillary Clinton
Marriage Equality John Kasich opposed both same-sex marriage and civil unions. “Ohio Gov. John Kasich revealed on Wednesday that he supports civil unions for same-sex couples. But don’t quote him on that. A spokesman for the Republican governor said Thursday that Kasich misspoke when he expressed support for the legal partnerships. The truth is, he doesn’t. ‘The governor’s position is unchanged,’ Kasich’s spokesman Rob Nichols said Thursday in a statement. ‘He opposes gay marriage and opposes changing Ohio’s constitution to allow for civil unions.’” [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 3/21/13] Hillary Clinton: “I support marriage for lesbian and gay couples.” Secretary Hillary Clinton: “LGBT Americans are our colleagues, our teachers, our soldiers, our friends, our loved ones, and they are full and equal citizens and deserve the rights of citizenship. That includes marriage. That’s why I support marriage for lesbian and gay couples. I support it personally and as a matter of policy and law.” [Human Rights Campaign, 3/18/13]
Abortion John Kasich signed into law a bill banning abortion after 20 weeks with no exceptions for rape or incest. “Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) signed a bill on Wednesday that bans abortions after 20 weeks if the fetus is determined to be viable, making Ohio the latest in a series of states to ban late-term abortions. The Ohio bill contains no exceptions for rape or incest and only a very narrow exception for health of the mother, which means that an Ohio physician must be able to prove in court that he performed a late-term abortion to save the woman’s life. If a doctor violates this rule, he could be arrested and lose his medical license.” [Huffington Post, 7/21/11]John Kasich signed into law a bill that enacted “stringent” abortion restrictions, including mandatory ultrasounds. “Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) signed stringent abortion restrictions into law as part of his state’s budget Sunday night, just days after Democratic Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis thrilled abortion rights groups nationwide with her successful filibuster against proposed anti-abortion regulations in her home state. The provisions in Ohio will make it more difficult for family planning groups to receive funding for preventive care; require ultrasounds for anyone seeking an abortion; and limit abortion providers’ ability to get transfer agreements with public hospitals.” [Washington Post, 7/1/13]   Hillary Clinton: “I believe, and I have said for many, many years, that abortion should be safe, it should be rare, but it should be legal.” During floor remarks on the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito Sen. Clinton said, “Now, I believe, and I have said for many, many years, that abortion should be safe, it should be rare, but it should be legal. And I understand that it is a difficult and even tragic choice for many women. It is a decision of conscience and therefore, should be a constitutionally-protected decision made not by the government, not by the majority – whoever the majority might be – but between a woman, her doctor, and her faith in God.” [Senator Clinton floor speech on the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito, 1/25/06]Hillary Clinton: Choosing whether to have an abortion is “a highly personal decision that that woman should make based on her own faith beliefs, her own personal situation, her medical condition.” “I’m pro-choice because I think that’s the best position. If someone chooses to have an abortion or chooses not to have an abortion, that is such a highly personal decision that that woman should make based on her own faith beliefs, her own personal situation, her medical condition. The fight is not over in the United States and we’re going to have to keep standing up for women’s rights and particularly reproductive health rights.” [Guardian interview, 7/4/14]  
Minimum Wage John Kasich opposed raising the minimum wage. “KASICH: […] I am not personally in favor of raising the minimum wage for this reason: If you talk to business people, people who put a payroll together -- I’ve never put a payroll together, that’s why I’m leaving politics, so I can do it -- they say that if the minimum wage goes up they’re going to have to raise all other wages in their businesses, and the people it’s going to hurt the most are the poorest people, are the least skilled people that work for them.” [CNN, 9/2/00] Hillary Clinton cosponsored the Fair Minimum Wage Act five times in the Senate. Hillary Clinton sponsored the Fair Minimum Wage Act five times in the Senate. Although she opposed the Iraq funding bill it was folded into, Clinton cosponsored the original version of the Fair Minimum Wage Act that increased the minimum wage for the first time in ten years, from $5.85 to $7.25 an hour. [S. 277, 2/7/01; S. 20, 1/7/03; S. 2370, 4/20/04; S. 1062, 5/18/05; S. 2, 1/4/07]Hillary Clinton: “Raising the minimum wage is something that is long overdue.” “Raising the minimum wage is something that is long overdue. There are too many people that work full time and are below the poverty level, so there are things we can do right now, but then we’re going to have to look hard at what really would work.” [Clinton Global Initiative event, 9/24/14]  
Automotive Industry Rescue Package John Kasich claimed that rescuing the American auto industry was throwing “good money after bad.” “KASICH: Well, you know what? Americans will say we don’t mind helping them if they’re going to be viable. If they’re not going to be viable, we shouldn’t throw good money after bad. And so I think the public’s even going to put pressure on them.” [Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, 12/19/08] Hillary Clinton praised emergency assistance for the automotive industry. “The American auto industry is the backbone of our nation’s manufacturing base and directly and indirectly employs millions of Americans, including more than 230,000 New Yorkers. As we grapple with a deepening recession, continuing turmoil in the financial markets, and a potentially devastating new wave of home foreclosures, a bankruptcy by any of our U.S. automakers would further destabilize our economy. The emergency assistance announced today is necessary to prevent an immediate economic catastrophe and will help pave the way for the stabilization of our automakers.” [Senator Clinton press release, 12/19/08]
Collective Bargaining John Kasich supported legislation that would have “significantly curtailed” workers’ collective bargaining rights in Ohio. “Ohio voters dealt a sharp rebuke to first-year Gov. John Kasich and his conservative agenda Tuesday by overwhelmingly rejecting the restrictive new collective bargaining law he championed. […] The referendum on the law, which was Issue 2 on the ballot, was defeated 61 percent to 39 percent in a major victory for unions representing the 360,000 public employees whose power the law would have significantly curtailed. And it has given Democrats, who were crushed at the polls in Ohio just one year ago, a surge of momentum heading into next year’s elections.” [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 11/8/11] Hillary Clinton cosponsored the Employee Free Choice Act of 2007 to “strengthen workers’ right to organize.” “Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton today joined thousands of workers in calling for passage of the Employee Free Choice Act. The bill, cosponsored by Senator Clinton, will strengthen workers’ right to organize. […] The Employee Free Choice Act would level the playing field between workers and employers by: Permitting workers to form a union through ‘majority sign-up,’ a process in which workers present signed authorization cards as demonstration of their choice to belong to a union; Requiring mediation and arbitration to help employers and employees reach a first contract in a reasonable period of time; and Strengthening penalties against employers who violate the labor laws.” [Senator Clinton campaign press release, 6/19/07; S.1041, 3/29/07]
Contraception John Kasich signed into law legislation defunding contraception services at Ohio family planning centers. “The ruse that the anti-choice movement is about ‘life’ has been harder to maintain in recent years, as lawmakers have starting attacking contraception access (which reduces the need for abortion, duh). Gov. John Kasich of Ohio took it a step further Sunday night and signed a bill that merges his party’s anti-contraception and anti-abortion agendas into one. The budget bill (of course!) packs a one-two-three punch of making it harder for women to prevent pregnancies, harder for women to terminate pregnancies, and harder for low-income women to keep their babies. […] What’s not getting as many headlines is this: The defunding of contraception services in the state may manage to do even more damage to women’s health than the abortion restrictions. As reported by NPR, Ohio Republicans barely bothered to claim that defunding family planning services is about abortion. Family planning centers will now basically not be able to get any funding at all for contraception services, even if they don’t provide abortion.” [Slate, 7/1/13] Hillary Clinton aggressively pursued legislation to ensure a woman’s right to contraceptives. “It’s also important that private insurance companies do their part to help reduce unwanted pregnancies. That is why I am a proud co-sponsor of the Equity in Prescription Insurance and Contraceptive Coverage -- the so-called EPICC. The legislation would require private health plans to cover FDA-approved prescription contraceptives and related medical services to the same extent that they cover prescription drugs and other outpatient medical services. This bill simply seeks to establish parity for prescription contraception. Thanks to so many of the people in this room and the advocates, the EPICC law is now in effect in New York State having been passed and signed in 2002. It’s a real role model for the nation. And it’s about equal rights and simple justice. After all, if insurance companies can cover Viagra, they can certainly cover prescription contraceptives.” [S.104, 1/22/01; Senator Clinton speech to the NYS Family Planning Providers, 1/24/05]
Social Security John Kasich proposed a Social Security privatization plan similar to Pres. Bush’s “that would reduce the Social Security benefits of future retirees by a total of about 45 percent.” “Some Republicans who claim that privatization will work are more up front about the need for benefit cuts. Rep. John Kasich (R-Ohio) has introduced a plan similar to Bush’s that would reduce the Social Security benefits of future retirees by a total of about 45 percent.” [Chicago Tribune, 10/26/00] Hillary Clinton: “When I am president, privatizing Social Security will certainly not be even discussed.” “I don’t think there’s any doubt that we’ve got to fight and finally bury the idea of privatizing Social Security. It is one of those bad ideas that deserve to be totally buried. When I am president, privatizing Social Security will certainly not be even discussed. I reject the view of President Bush and others who have given large tax cuts to the wealthiest, failed to crack down on offshore tax dodgers, and handed out no-bid contracts to companies like Halliburton, and then insisted that we needed to cut benefits to middle-class retirees.” [Senator Clinton speech on Retirement Security, 10/9/07]Hillary Clinton: “From my perspective cutting benefits is not the answer” for preserving Social Security. “Let me start with calling for a renewed national commitment to Social Security, this is the most successful domestic program in the history of the United States. And you don’t have to worry, when I’m president, privatization is off the table, because it does not answer anything. From my perspective cutting benefits is not the answer, raising the retirement age isn’t the answer, we need to get back to the fiscal responsibilities that we had in the 1990s where we weren’t raiding the social security trust fund anymore. When my husband left office, we had a secure Social Security system until 2055, and now all of the sudden the Bush administration took us back into deficits we lost 14 years off the solvency of the Social Security trust fund in the last six and a half years.” [NBC News, 9/4/07]  
LGBT Rights John Kasich removed protections for Ohio state employees that prohibited job discrimination based on gender identity. “Shortly after taking office in 2011, Kasich continued an executive order enacted in 2007 by former Democrat Gov. Ted Strickland that prohibits discrimination in state employment, including that based on sexual orientation. Kasich, however, chose to take out language that forbid state job discrimination based on gender identity.” [Columbus Dispatch, 3/31/15] Hillary Clinton directed that the State Department’s equal employment opportunity policy “explicitly protect against discriminatory treatment of employees and job applicants based on gender identity.” In her book Hard Choices, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrote, “In 2010, I directed that the State Department’s equal employment opportunity policy explicitly protect against discriminatory treatment of employees and job applicants based on gender identity. We also made it easier for Americans to change the sex listed on their passport and made it possible for same-sex couples to obtain passports under the names recognized by their state through their marriage or civil union.” [Hard Choices, pg. 578, 2014]
Climate Change John Kasich said he was not “laying awake at night worrying” about climate change. “‘We are going to continue to work on cleaning coal, but I want to tell you, we are going to dig it, we are going to clean it, and we are going to burn it in Ohio, and we are not going to apologize for it,’ he said during wide-ranging remarks on energy at the conference. Ohio is a coal-producing state and home to American Electric Power, a major coal-burning utility. Asked in a subsequent interview if he was concerned about the GOP’s efforts to kill EPA rules, he said, ‘I believe there is something to [climate change], but to be unilaterally doing everything here while China and India are belching and putting us in a noncompetitive position isn’t good, but some of that is the presidential leadership,’ Kasich said. ‘I am just saying that I am concerned about it, but I am not laying awake at night worrying the sky is falling. I just have a concern about it,’ he added.” [The Hill, 5/2/12] Hillary Clinton called climate change the “most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges we face as a nation and world.” “Climate change is the ‘most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges we face as a nation and world,’ Clinton said at the National Clean Energy Summit 7.0 in Nevada. ‘The data is unforgiving no matter what the deniers try to assert.’” [The Hill, 9/4/14]
Gun Control John Kasich pledged to oppose attempts to strengthen gun laws while governor. “When he challenged then-Gov. Ted Strickland for election in 2010, Republican John Kasich promised he would oppose restrictions on gun rights in Ohio. The promise wasn’t a leading theme in his campaign, which hammered Strickland on the economy repeatedly. And it was Strickland who won the endorsement of the National Rifle Association. Thus, in a live webcast during which the candidate took questions, Kasich said, ‘I believe in the 2nd Amendment. Everybody has the right to keep and bear arms to either protect your family, protect yourselves, to be a hunter. The 2nd amendment is part of that Constitution. It’s something I believe in. And, we’re going to stand firm, very firm, for 2nd Amendment rights here in the state of Ohio.’” [PolitiFact, 4/25/13] John Kasich signed legislation weakening gun control laws immediately after the school shooting in Newtown, CT. “Gov. John Kasich said he will sign a new gun bill, even after calls on him to postpone his decision in wake of the Connecticut shooting. The liberal group Progress Ohio had requested Kasich hold off signing the law. It will, for the first time, allow people to bring guns into the parking garages under the statehouse, and across the street at the Riffe center. ‘I’m a Second Amendment supporter and that’s not going to change. There are a range of issues at play here involving mental health, school security and a culture that at times fails to reject the glorification of violence that can desensitize us to the sanctity and majesty of life. Going forward, we need to pay close attention to what the experts conclude from this incident in order to see if there are lessons to be learned and applied here in Ohio,’ said Kasich.” [WBNS, 12/17/12]   Hillary Clinton voted to extend the Assault Weapons Ban and cosponsored legislation to require background checks at gun shows. Sen. Clinton voted for a ten-year extension of the ban on assault weapons. Senator Clinton cosponsored legislation requiring background checks for firearms purchases at gun shows and from unlicensed dealers. “Senator Clinton is an original co-sponsor of legislation introduced by Senator Jack Reed, to require criminal background checks on individuals who purchase firearms at gun shows from unlicensed dealers. Currently, unlicensed dealers at gun shows are able to skirt the background checks that are required of licensed gun dealers under the Brady Law. This law — which requires licensed gun dealers to conduct background checks of potential purchasers in order to prevent felons, fugitives and stalkers from buying firearms — has resulted in approximately 536,000 criminals or other prohibited purchasers being denied access to firearms.” [Senator Clinton press release, 4/24/01; S. 767, 4/24/01; Senate roll call vote 24, 3/2/04]
Unemployment Insurance John Kasich said it made “no sense” to accept money from the federal government to expand aid for out-of-work Americans. “The federal government set aside $7 billion for unemployment compensation for states that broaden their unemployment programs. The provision is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. ‘The idea was to reward states who update laws to increase access to benefits,’ said Wayne Vroman, an unemployment compensation expert under contract with the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services. But Gov. John Kasich says it makes no sense for the state to make long-term changes to a fiscally-damaged system for a one-time payment, spokesman Rob Nichols said. And the jobs department, which administers the state’s unemployment compensation system, is not seeking any changes, department spokesman Ben Johnson said.” [Toledo Blade, 8/21/11] Hillary Clinton continuously fought to extend unemployment insurance for U.S. workers. Hillary Clinton repeatedly supported legislative efforts to extend unemployment assistance for out-of-work Americans throughout her Senate career. [S. 3009, 9/26/02; S. 225, 1/28/03; S. 1708, 10/2/03; S. 2006, 1/20/04; S. 2544, 1/22/08; S. 3507, 9/17/08]
 

Hillary vs. Ben Carson on the Issues Facing America

Issue Ben Carson Hillary Clinton
Veterans’ Health Care Ben Carson questioned whether “we even need” the VA system. “World-famous neurosurgeon Ben Carson told WMAL’s ‘Drive at Five Show’ in Washington, D.C. Friday afternoon following VA Secretary Shinseki’s resignation that the greatest problem with the VA system is ‘too many layers of bureaucrats.’ […] ‘The real issue is that you got to get all that bureaucracy out of there and quite frankly, do we even need that system for most of our veterans? Why can they not be served at the local hospitals where they live and not have to drive 50 or a 100 miles to get a to a veterans facility? These are honored people in our society. They should be welcomed at any of our facilities and we should be honored to take care of them.’” [Daily Caller, 5/30/14] Hillary Clinton asserted that veterans should be “guaranteed access to the highest quality health care through the VA.” “You may have noticed in the State of the Union last night that we didn’t hear a single word about veterans. We heard a lot about our currently serving young men and women who we are so proud of and so grateful to. But, eventually, they will become veterans, and when they return home, they should be guaranteed access to the highest quality health care through the VA.” [Senator Clinton campaign Let the Conversation Begin webcast, 1/24/07 (via archive.org)]
Medicare Ben Carson said he would eliminate Medicare. “Dr. Carson also advocates an alternative to the Affordable Care Act. Most people could pay most of their medical bills through health savings accounts, he said in his office. He would eliminate Medicaid and Medicare, and for the poor, government would make the contributions to their health accounts.” [New York Times, 3/20/13] Hillary Clinton believed that Medicare was “part of a fair deal that our country has established between working and retired Americans.” “Those of us who support Medicare believe it is part of a fair deal that our country has established between working and retired Americans. Now this Administration and the Republican Leadership want to abandon this tradition. They want to get rid of Medicare instead of making it stronger.” [Senator Clinton press release, 3/13/03 (via archive.org)]
Climate Change Ben Carson: The Earth “may be warming” or “may be cooling.” “Carson, a retired Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon, often talks about his medical background and science during his speeches. Pressed on the fact that the bulk of the scientific community believes the Earth is indeed warming, Carson pivoted. ‘You can ask it several different ways, but my answer is going to be the same,’ he said. ‘We may be warming. We may be cooling.’” [Bloomberg, 11/26/14] Hillary Clinton called climate change the “most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges we face as a nation and world.” “Climate change is the ‘most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges we face as a nation and world,’ Clinton said at the National Clean Energy Summit 7.0 in Nevada. ‘The data is unforgiving no matter what the deniers try to assert.’” [The Hill, 9/4/14]
Minimum Wage Ben Carson rejected the notion that “we can make significant progress in eliminating poverty by raising the minimum wage.” In an op-ed entitled “Obama is wrong that raising minimum wage will fix income inequality,” Ben Carson wrote, “There has been much discussion about income inequality recently. President Obama seems to think that we can make significant progress in eliminating poverty by raising the minimum wage, as his State of the Union address highlighted. Many hope that through a simple declaration, the poor can be elevated to a higher social status. Such people fail to realize that pay is associated with value — otherwise, we could just pay everybody $1 million a year and let everybody be rich. In a capitalistic society, those individuals who produce the wherewithal to obtain income tend to be paid quite handsomely, while individuals who don’t generate significant income are paid accordingly.” [Carson, Washington Times, 1/28/14] Hillary Clinton cosponsored the Fair Minimum Wage Act five times in the Senate. Hillary Clinton sponsored the Fair Minimum Wage Act five times in the Senate. Although she opposed the Iraq funding bill it was folded into, Clinton cosponsored the original version of the Fair Minimum Wage Act that increased the minimum wage for the first time in ten years, from $5.85 to $7.25 an hour. [S. 277, 2/7/01; S. 20, 1/7/03; S. 2370, 4/20/04; S. 1062, 5/18/05; S. 2, 1/4/07]Hillary Clinton: “Raising the minimum wage is something that is long overdue.” “Raising the minimum wage is something that is long overdue. There are too many people that work full time and are below the poverty level, so there are things we can do right now, but then we’re going to have to look hard at what really would work.” [Clinton Global Initiative event, 9/24/14]  
Marriage Equality Ben Carson said that “marriage is between a man and a woman” and compared supporters of marriage equality to “people who believe in bestiality.” In response to a question by Sean Hannity about his views on gay marriage, Ben Carson said, “Well, my thoughts are that marriage is between a man and a woman. It's a well-established, fundamental pillar of society and no group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA, be they people who believe in bestiality. It doesn't matter what they are. They don't get to change the definition.” [Slate, 3/28/13] Hillary Clinton: “I support marriage for lesbian and gay couples.” Secretary Hillary Clinton: “LGBT Americans are our colleagues, our teachers, our soldiers, our friends, our loved ones, and they are full and equal citizens and deserve the rights of citizenship. That includes marriage. That’s why I support marriage for lesbian and gay couples. I support it personally and as a matter of policy and law.” [Human Rights Campaign, 3/18/13]
Indiana “Religious Liberty” Legislation Ben Carson said it was “absolutely vital” that Americans support the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act. “Dr. Ben Carson, a likely 2016 presidential contender, tells Breitbart News that it is ‘absolutely vital’ Americans stand up for Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s new religious freedom law. Speaking about the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act—which has drawn fire from the left—Carson said the First Amendment is one of the basic pillars and a founding principle of the nation. ‘It is absolutely vital that we do all we can to allow Americans to practice their religious ways, while simultaneously ensuring that no one’s beliefs infringe upon those of others. We should also serve as champions of freedom of religion throughout the world,’ Carson tells Breitbart News.” [Breitbart, 3/30/15] Hillary Clinton immediately came out decisively against the Indiana discrimination law. In a tweet, Hillary Clinton said, “Sad this new Indiana law can happen in America today. We shouldn’t discriminate against [people because] of who they love #LGBT.” [3/26/15, 9:32 p.m. EDT]
Abortion Ben Carson likened abortion to “human sacrifice.” “Ben Carson, retired neurosurgeon-turned-conservative rock star — and an open follower of the Christian faith — likely ruffled liberal feathers with his most recent comment on abortion, during which he likened it to the biblical act of sacrificing humans. He made the remark during an appearance on the Christian broadcast outlet, DoveTV, after host Perry Atkinson suggested that America could receive great blessings from God by outlawing abortion. […] ‘It’s interesting,’ Mr. Carson said, Raw Story reported, ‘that we sit around and call other ancient civilizations ‘heathen’ because of human sacrifice, but aren’t we actually guilty of the same thing?’” [Washington Times, 7/2/14] Hillary Clinton: “I believe, and I have said for many, many years, that abortion should be safe, it should be rare, but it should be legal.” During floor remarks on the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito Sen. Clinton said, “Now, I believe, and I have said for many, many years, that abortion should be safe, it should be rare, but it should be legal. And I understand that it is a difficult and even tragic choice for many women. It is a decision of conscience and therefore, should be a constitutionally-protected decision made not by the government, not by the majority – whoever the majority might be – but between a woman, her doctor, and her faith in God.” [Senator Clinton floor speech on the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito, 1/25/06 (via archive.org)]Hillary Clinton: Choosing whether to have an abortion is “a highly personal decision that that woman should make based on her own faith beliefs, her own personal situation, her medical condition.” “I’m pro-choice because I think that’s the best position. If someone chooses to have an abortion or chooses not to have an abortion, that is such a highly personal decision that that woman should make based on her own faith beliefs, her own personal situation, her medical condition. The fight is not over in the United States and we’re going to have to keep standing up for women’s rights and particularly reproductive health rights.” [Guardian interview, 7/4/14]  
Gun Control Ben Carson opposed expanding background checks and banning assault weapons. “In an appearance on Wednesday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Dr. Ben Carson, author of the new book ‘One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future’ discussed his views on the Second Amendment of the Constitution. Carson stated that in high-crime areas, ‘We should be able to engage in conversations about [the Second Amendment],’ and the discussion should center around ‘what can we agree on that doesn’t violate the Second Amendment?’ Carson did say that ‘the Second Amendment is the essential part of our Constitution,’ and clarified afterwards that expanded background checks and an assault weapons ban would be off the table in any discussions on the Second Amendment.” [Breitbart, 5/28/14] Hillary Clinton voted to extend the Assault Weapons Ban and cosponsored legislation to require background checks at gun shows. Sen. Clinton voted for a ten-year extension of the ban on assault weapons. Senator Clinton cosponsored legislation requiring background checks for firearms purchases at gun shows and from unlicensed dealers. “Senator Clinton is an original co-sponsor of legislation introduced by Senator Jack Reed, to require criminal background checks on individuals who purchase firearms at gun shows from unlicensed dealers. Currently, unlicensed dealers at gun shows are able to skirt the background checks that are required of licensed gun dealers under the Brady Law. This law — which requires licensed gun dealers to conduct background checks of potential purchasers in order to prevent felons, fugitives and stalkers from buying firearms — has resulted in approximately 536,000 criminals or other prohibited purchasers being denied access to firearms.” [Senator Clinton press release, 4/24/01 (via archive.org); S. 767,4/24/01; Senate roll call vote 24, 3/2/04]
Iran Nuclear Deal Ben Carson believed the nuclear negotiations with Iran were “a slap in the face to the Founders.” “Dr. Ben Carson said Thursday that the Iran deal negotiated by President Barack Obama without input from the Congress was a ‘slap in the face to the Founders.’ […] ‘For the executive branch just to decide we’re going to do this our way, we don’t care that much what you guys have to say, really is a slap in the face to the Founders of this nation and to the way our government is set up.’” [Daily Caller, 4/9/15] Hillary Clinton said the nuclear deal with Iran was an “important step” toward strengthening security in the region. “Hillary Rodham Clinton called the framework for an Iran nuclear deal that was reached on Thursday an ‘important step,’ adding that while ‘the devil is always in the details’ in such negotiations, ‘diplomacy deserves a chance to succeed.’ […]’The understanding that the major world powers have reached with Iran is an important step toward a comprehensive agreement that would prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon and strengthen the security of the United States, Israel and the region,’ Mrs. Clinton said.” [New York Times, 4/2/15]
Social Security Ben Carson supported raising the Social Security retirement age. “When Social Security was first enacted, the average age of death was about 63 years. It is now approaching 80 years and rising. Obviously we have to adjust to a changing situation. The age at which benefits are distributed should be gradually raised. I stress the word gradually because people must be given a chance to adjust their plans and expectations.” [Forbes, 1/29/15] Hillary Clinton: “Raising the retirement age isn’t the answer” to preserving Social Security. “Let me start with calling for a renewed national commitment to Social Security, this is the most successful domestic program in the history of the United States. And you don’t have to worry, when I’m president, privatization is off the table, because it does not answer anything. From my perspective cutting benefits is not the answer, raising the retirement age isn’t the answer, we need to get back to the fiscal responsibilities that we had in the 1990s where we weren’t raiding the social security trust fund anymore. When my husband left office, we had a secure Social Security system until 2055, and now all of the sudden the Bush administration took us back into deficits we lost 14 years off the solvency of the Social Security trust fund in the last six and a half years.” [NBC News, 9/4/07]
Net Neutrality Ben Carson argued that net neutrality is a means of imposing “another level of secrecy and control in the private lives of citizens.” “Carson told Brody that President Obama and others want to ‘impose another level of secrecy and control in the private lives of citizens’ through net neutrality, arguing that officials should instead focus on ‘exploring ways to allow people to do what they want to do, they’ve been doing it for years, so why should we now impose a layer of government control.’” [Right Wing Watch, 3/3/15] Hillary Clinton cosponsored legislation to protect net neutrality. Hillary Clinton repeatedly cosponsored the Internet Freedom Preservation Act, legislation that she stated would “ensure that open, unimpaired and unencumbered Internet access for both its users and content providers is preserved.” In a statement released announcing her support of the 2006 version of the bill, Hillary Clinton affirmed that efforts “to fundamentally alter the inherently democratic structure of the Internet must be rejected.” [S. 2917, 5/19/06; S. 215, 1/9/07]Hillary Clinton: “I would vote for net neutrality.” “I would vote for net neutrality because as I understand it, it’s Title II with a lot of changes within it in order to avoid the worst of the utility regulation. So it’s a foot in the door. It’s a value statement.” [Watermark Lead On Conference, 2/24/15]  
Taxation Ben Carson supported a flat income tax, which would cut taxes for the wealthy while raising taxes on low-income Americans. “I believe we should have a proportional tax system that is applied to all American citizens. As an example, if we had a 10% flat tax, a person making $10 billion per year would pay $1 billion and a person making $100 a year would pay $10.” [Forbes, 1/29/15] Hillary Clinton supported “a fair and progressive tax system.” “I said that I’m in favor of doing something about the AMT. How we do it and how we put the package together, everybody knows, is extremely complicated. It’s not going to happen while George Bush is president; everybody knows that. I want to get to a fair and progressive tax system. The AMT has to be part of what we try to change when I’m president. And there are a lot of moving pieces here. You know, there are kinds of issues we’re going to deal with as the tax cuts expire. I want to freeze the estate tax at the 2009 level of 7 million (dollars) for a couple. There’s a lot of moving parts. So I’m not going to get committed to a specific approach, but I applaud Chairman Rangel for beginning the conversation.” [Democratic presidential debate, 10/30/07]
LGBT Rights Ben Carson called homosexuality a sin comparable to murder that he would not “justify…in order to be politically correct.” In his book The Big Picture, Ben Carson wrote, “How I feel and what I think isn’t just my opinion. God in his Word says very clearly that he considers homosexual acts to be an ‘abomination.’ Whenever I point out that God calls homosexual behavior a sin, I am usually quick to add that the Bible just as clearly calls a lot of other things wrong — lying, cheating, adultery, murder, gluttony — and I am not going to try to justify any those things in order to be politically correct either.” [Salon, 4/1/13]Ben Carson believed that federal judges who rule in favor of marriage equality should be removed from the bench. “Federal judges had better make sure that their future rulings don’t conflict with the policy preferences of a President Ben Carson. Otherwise, despite a lifetime appointment, they might quickly find themselves out of a job. During an interview last week with conservative Iowa radio host Steve Deace, Carson, who is considering running for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016, discussed the wave of recent rulings by federal courts striking down same-sex marriage bans. He argued that statewide ballot initiative results should be the final word, saying it was ‘unconstitutional’ that judges have ruled in favor of equality despite these votes. The remarks were first reported by Right Wing Watch. Carson continued that, when federal judges make rulings like this, ‘our Congress actually has the right to reprimand or remove them.’” [Think Progress, 1/28/15]   Hillary Clinton declared that “gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights” to the international community. According to Sec. Clinton’s remarks in recognition of International Human Rights Day in Geneva, Switzerland, “I want to thank Director General Tokayev and Ms. Wyden along with other ministers, ambassadors, excellencies, and UN partners. This weekend, we will celebrate Human Rights Day, the anniversary of one of the great accomplishments of the last century. […] This recognition did not occur all at once. It evolved over time. And as it did, we understood that we were honoring rights that people always had, rather than creating new or special rights for them. Like being a woman, like being a racial, religious, tribal, or ethnic minority, being LGBT does not make you less human. And that is why gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights.” [Remarks in Recognition of International Human Rights Day, state.gov, 12/6/11]Hillary Clinton pledged not to appoint any federal judges who were anti-gay. “MR. CAPEHART: Would you put someone on the bench who is known to be anti-gay? SEN. CLINTON: No. And that’s why we shouldn’t. (Cheers, applause). MS. CARLSON: Senator - SEN. CLINTON: It’s one of the reasons why I’m against Southwick for -- (inaudible word) -- judge.” [Democratic presidential debate, 8/9/07]  
Hobby Lobby Ben Carson supported the Hobby Lobby ruling. “It’s fortunate the Supreme Court of the United States saw fit last week to rule that corporations could not be coerced into covering religiously objectionable forms of birth control for their employees. This was a critical ruling because it indicates that the majority of the court still thinks that religious beliefs and personal choice have a valid place in American society.” [Carson, Washington Times, 7/8/14] Hillary Clinton said the Hobby Lobby decision was “troubling.” In a tweet, Hillary Clinton said, “Hard-working women will pay the price for today’s two troubling #SCOTUS decisions — in wages, health care & dignity.” [6/30/14, 6:34 p.m. EDT]
Community College Ben Carson said a proposal to provide two years of higher education to American high school graduates was robbing “Peter to pay Paul.” “There has been much talk recently about providing free community college education. First of all, it is only free if no one has to pay for it. It is not free if we rob Peter to pay Paul. Secondly, Pell grants already exist to pay for community college expenses for needy students. For those who are not needy, there is an old-fashioned remedy that is very effective called work. In fact work might even be beneficial for those who are needy. It certainly provided some very valuable experiences for me.” [Ben Carson op-ed, Washington Times, 2/3/15] Hillary Clinton: “I fully support President Obama’s plan to make community college free.” “Hillary Clinton said community college should be free during a roundtable with students in Iowa on Tuesday. ‘I fully support President Obama’s plan to make community college free,’ the newly announced presidential contender said at Kirkwood Community College, the first official stop of her campaign. Clinton, who is casting the first part of her campaign as a listening tour to get to know ‘everyday Americans,’ said she also wants to reduce peripheral higher education costs, such as books and room and board.” [Fusion, 4/14/15]
Medicaid Ben Carson said he would eliminate Medicaid. “Dr. Carson also advocates an alternative to the Affordable Care Act. Most people could pay most of their medical bills through health savings accounts, he said in his office. He would eliminate Medicaid and Medicare, and for the poor, government would make the contributions to their health accounts.” [New York Times, 3/20/13] Hillary Clinton believed Medicaid provided patients with access to “fundamental rights that all health care consumers should be able to rely on.” “These protections, as originally drafted, would guarantee Medicaid patients fundamental rights that all health care consumers should be able to rely on: access to emergency room care and women’s health services, health plans with an adequate amount of doctors, and the right to seek grievance if something goes wrong.” [Senator Clinton press release, 8/15/01 (via archive.org)]
Poverty Ben Carson believed that the government had no responsibility to provide for the needy. “Dr. Ben Carson tested the political waters Saturday at the Conservative Political Action Conference, where many said he would be a popular Republican contender for the White House. […] Charities, he added, are better at providing for the needy than the government. ‘Nobody is starving on the streets. We’ve always taken care of them,’ Carson said. ‘We take care of our own; we always have. It is not the government’s responsibility.’” [Baltimore Sun, 3/17/13] Hillary Clinton believed the U.S. had an obligation “to maintain programs that are there to help people in need.” “But I think that what we want to do is have a little reality check here, because how is it best to end poverty? We know we’ve got to maintain programs that are there to help people in need, but look at what’s happened over the space of the last seven years. The average African-American family has lost $2,600 in income. Compare that to the prior eight years, when we had a president who took on the fights of the ‘90s and stood up against the Republicans, often at great cost, and the typical African-American family income went up $7,600 during the 1990s. We know we’ve got to attack poverty by making sure the economy works for everybody.” [Democratic presidential debate, 1/21/08]
Domestic Violence Ben Carson said he was “not sure” that domestic violence was a problem in America. “Fox News contributor Ben Carson challenged host Bill O’Reilly on Thursday over the seriousness of America’s domestic violence problem. Expressing his uncertainty about the rate of violence against women during a discussion about Ray Rice, Carson explained that the public should not be so quick to judge domestic abusers. […] ‘But doctor, do you know how many millions of men do that?’ O’Reilly interrupted. ‘It’s not an isolated deal. It’s a terrible plague.’ ‘I’m not sure that’s true,’ Carson responded. ‘I’m telling you,’ O’Reilly interjected again. ‘Battery against women in this country and around the world is just out of control.’” [Salon, 9/12/14] Hillary Clinton cosponsored the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization to ensure the continuation of critical programs for women suffering from violence and abuse. “Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton today hailed the unanimous approval by the US Senate of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization. VAWA expired on Saturday, October 1st and the reauthorization bill will now ensure that the critical programs authorized by VAWA continue. Senator Clinton was a co-sponsor of the bill, S. 1197. ‘The Violence Against Women Act focuses resources and attention on some of the most vulnerable women in our society -- women who too often suffer in silence,’ said Senator Clinton. ‘I am so pleased that by passing this bill, the Senate finally reaffirmed its commitment to helping prevent and cope with domestic abuse.’” [Senator Clinton press release, 10/5/05; S. 1197, 6/8/05]
   

Hillary vs. Chris Christie on the Issues Facing America

Minimum Wage Chris Christie said he was “tired of hearing about the minimum wage.” “New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said Tuesday that he’s ‘tired’ of hearing discussion on the minimum wage and seemed to suggest that a higher minimum wage isn’t something to ‘aspire to.’ ‘I gotta tell you the truth, I’m tired of hearing about the minimum wage, I really am,’ Christie said during an event at the Chamber of Commerce in Washington, according to a recording of his remarks by the liberal opposition research group American Bridge. ‘I don’t think there’s a mother or father sitting around a kitchen table tonight in America who are saying, ‘You know honey, if my son or daughter could just make a higher minimum wage, my God, all our dreams would be realized,’ he added. ‘Is that what parents aspire to for their children?’” [Talking Points Memo, 10/21/14] Hillary Clinton cosponsored the Fair Minimum Wage Act five times in the Senate. Hillary Clinton sponsored the Fair Minimum Wage Act five times in the Senate. Although she opposed the Iraq funding bill it was folded into, Clinton cosponsored the original version of the Fair Minimum Wage Act that increased the minimum wage for the first time in ten years, from $5.85 to $7.25 an hour. [S. 277, 2/7/01; S. 20, 1/7/03; S. 2370, 4/20/04; S. 1062, 5/18/05; S. 2, 1/4/07] Hillary Clinton: “Raising the minimum wage is something that is long overdue.” “Raising the minimum wage is something that is long overdue. There are too many people that work full time and are below the poverty level, so there are things we can do right now, but then we’re going to have to look hard at what really would work.” [Clinton Global Initiative event, 9/24/14]
Marriage Equality Chris Christie waged a losing legal battle to block marriage equality in New Jersey. “Christie dropped a legal fight to block same-sex marriage in New Jersey in 2013 after the State Supreme Court indicated it would not stop the unions, saying now: ‘Yeah, it is a settled issue in New Jersey.’ ‘When I know that I’ve been defeated you don’t bang your head against a wall and spend taxpayer money to do it,’ he said, explaining his decision. ‘Absent a change in the legislature, I think at the moment it’s settled law in New Jersey.’” [Time, 7/12/14] Hillary Clinton: “I support marriage for lesbian and gay couples.” Secretary Hillary Clinton: “LGBT Americans are our colleagues, our teachers, our soldiers, our friends, our loved ones, and they are full and equal citizens and deserve the rights of citizenship. That includes marriage. That’s why I support marriage for lesbian and gay couples. I support it personally and as a matter of policy and law.” [Human Rights Campaign, 3/18/13]
Social Security Chris Christie unveiled a proposal to cut Social Security benefits and raise the Social Security retirement age. “Christie, whose chances of winning the GOP nomination had already sunk to Ted Cruz levels, released a bold Social Security proposal on Tuesday. Specifically, he wants to cut benefits for those making more than $80,000 a year, end them for those making more than $200,000, and raise the retirement age from 67 to 69.” [FiveThirtyEight, 4/15/15] Hillary Clinton: “Cutting benefits is not the answer, raising the retirement age isn’t the answer” to preserving Social Security. “Let me start with calling for a renewed national commitment to Social Security, this is the most successful domestic program in the history of the United States. And you don’t have to worry, when I’m president, privatization is off the table, because it does not answer anything. From my perspective cutting benefits is not the answer, raising the retirement age isn’t the answer, we need to get back to the fiscal responsibilities that we had in the 1990s where we weren’t raiding the social security trust fund anymore. When my husband left office, we had a secure Social Security system until 2055, and now all of the sudden the Bush administration took us back into deficits we lost 14 years off the solvency of the Social Security trust fund in the last six and a half years.” [NBC News, 9/4/07]
Abortion Chris Christie endorsed a 20-week abortion ban. “New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Monday joined other potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates in endorsing a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. ‘I am proud to be a pro-life Republican,’ Christie said in a statement to the anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List, which solicited endorsements of the legislation from Republicans. ‘I believe that every life is an individual gift from God, and that no life is disposable.’ The 20-week ban would block abortions at least two weeks before the fetus is viable outside the womb. Such a restriction appears to defy the Supreme Court, which decided in Roe v. Wade in 1973 that women have a right to seek an abortion until the fetus is viable, at around 22 weeks to 24 weeks.” [Huffington Post, 3/30/15] Hillary Clinton: “I believe, and I have said for many, many years, that abortion should be safe, it should be rare, but it should be legal.” During floor remarks on the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito Sen. Clinton said, “Now, I believe, and I have said for many, many years, that abortion should be safe, it should be rare, but it should be legal. And I understand that it is a difficult and even tragic choice for many women. It is a decision of conscience and therefore, should be a constitutionally-protected decision made not by the government, not by the majority – whoever the majority might be – but between a woman, her doctor, and her faith in God.” [Senator Clinton floor speech on the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito, 1/25/06] Hillary Clinton: Choosing whether to have an abortion is “a highly personal decision that that woman should make based on her own faith beliefs, her own personal situation, her medical condition.” “I’m pro-choice because I think that’s the best position. If someone chooses to have an abortion or chooses not to have an abortion, that is such a highly personal decision that that woman should make based on her own faith beliefs, her own personal situation, her medical condition. The fight is not over in the United States and we’re going to have to keep standing up for women’s rights and particularly reproductive health rights.” [Guardian interview, 7/4/14]
Iran Nuclear Deal Chris Christie opposed a deal between the U.S., Iran, and others that would compel Iran to scale back its nuclear program and submit to international inspections. “New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Wednesday the emerging nuclear pact with Iran will lead to it having nuclear weapons and to an even more dangerous Middle East. […] Christie said he had ‘grave concerns’ about the preliminary deal between the U.S., Iran and five other world powers aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear ambitions. It would ultimately compel Iran to reduce the number of centrifuges used to enrich uranium and agree to inspections of its nuclear sites, among other things, in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.” [Associated Press, 4/15/15] Hillary Clinton said the nuclear deal with Iran was an “important step” toward strengthening security in the region. “Hillary Rodham Clinton called the framework for an Iran nuclear deal that was reached on Thursday an ‘important step,’ adding that while ‘the devil is always in the details’ in such negotiations, ‘diplomacy deserves a chance to succeed.’ […]’The understanding that the major world powers have reached with Iran is an important step toward a comprehensive agreement that would prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon and strengthen the security of the United States, Israel and the region,’ Mrs. Clinton said.” [New York Times, 4/2/15]
Electoral Reform Chris Christie vetoed legislation aimed at making voting more accessible by expanding opportunities for early voting. “Gov. Chris Christie today vetoed a bill that would allow early voting at polling places, prompting Democrats to brand it a politically motivated effort to suppress the vote months after Hurricane Sandy exposed vulnerabilities in the state elections system. The Republican governor called a proposal to let voters cast ballots at designated polling places during a 15-day period before Election Day ‘hasty, counterproductive and less reliable’ than the current system.” [Star-Ledger, 5/9/13] Hillary Clinton repeatedly introduced the Count Every Vote Act, legislation that would strengthen the franchise by designating Election Day as a federal holiday and establishing nationwide early voting. “As a senator in 2005, Clinton introduced a bill that would have hugely expanded access to the ballot, in the wake of a 2004 presidential election in which massive wait times plagued minority and student areas in Ohio, a pivotal presidential swing state. Among other steps forward, Clinton’s measure would have made Election Day a public holiday, established early voting and same-day voter registration nationwide and required that states take steps to reduce wait times.” [MSNBC, 4/14/15; S.450, 2/17/05; S.804, 3/7/07]
Collective Bargaining Chris Christie praised Scott Walker’s moves to restrict collective bargaining rights as being “in the best interest of Wisconsin.” “New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said on Sunday that while he supported ‘fair and reasonable’ collective bargaining rights for public service employees in New Jersey, those rights ‘didn’t come down from tablets at the top of a mountain’ - and that individual states needed to make their own determinations on the issue. As protesters in Wisconsin embark on their 13th day of demonstrations against Republican Governor Scott Walker’s plan to end the collective bargaining rights of teachers and other public service employees, Christie, in an appearance on CBS’ ‘Face the Nation,’ expressed his faith that Walker was acting in the best interest of his state. ‘I know Scott Walker. I like him. I trust him,’ Christie told CBS’ Bob Schieffer. ‘I think he’s doing what’s in the best interest of Wisconsin this same way I’ll do what’s best for New Jersey.’” [CBS News, 2/27/11] Hillary Clinton cosponsored the Employee Free Choice Act of 2007 to “strengthen workers’ right to organize.” “Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton today joined thousands of workers in calling for passage of the Employee Free Choice Act. The bill, cosponsored by Senator Clinton, will strengthen workers’ right to organize. […] The Employee Free Choice Act would level the playing field between workers and employers by: Permitting workers to form a union through ‘majority sign-up,’ a process in which workers present signed authorization cards as demonstration of their choice to belong to a union; Requiring mediation and arbitration to help employers and employees reach a first contract in a reasonable period of time; and Strengthening penalties against employers who violate the labor laws.” [Senator Clinton campaign press release, 6/19/07; S.1041, 3/29/07]
Equal Pay Chris Christie vetoed “two sensible reforms that would help prevent women from getting cheated in their paychecks.” “Gov. Chris Christie says he’s committed to pay equity for women. So why, for the second time, has he killed two sensible reforms that would help prevent women from getting cheated in their paychecks? […] One bill, called the Wage Transparency Act, Christie outright vetoed. It would have required state contractors to make their gender, race and wage information publicly available, as federal contractors will soon have to. Christie argues the state’s prevailing wage law already requires wage reporting. But it doesn’t cover all public contractors. And we have yet to see any evidence that doing so would be too ‘costly and burdensome’ for business, as Christie claims. Weinberg’s other bill, the Unfair Wage Recovery Act, Christie’s conditional veto has rendered toothless. Under this reform, a woman who suddenly discovers she is being paid less than male co-workers would have had the opportunity to seek all the back pay she is owed, without hitting an arbitrary statute of limitations.” [Star-Ledger, 8/14/14] Hillary Clinton was an original cosponsor of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which expanded workers’ rights to take pay discrimination issues to court. Senator Clinton co-sponsored the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, which became the first law signed by President Barack Obama on January 29, 2009. The Act, which expanded workers’ rights to take pay discrimination issues to court, was originally introduced in 2007 by Ted Kennedy as the Fair Pay Restoration Act. That version was co-sponsored by Clinton as well. [S. 181, 1/8/09; S. 1843, 7/20/07]
Planned Parenthood Chris Christie slashed “nearly $7.5 million for family planning services in the fiscal year 2011 budget.” “It’s true that Christie eliminated nearly $7.5 million for family planning services in the fiscal year 2011 budget, and has rejected efforts to restore that funding. That funding reduction led to the closure of six family planning clinics around the state.” [PolitiFact, 9/4/12] Hillary Clinton believed that the “overarching mission of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America…is as relevant in our world now as it was 100 years ago.” “It was a great privilege when I was told that I would receive this award,” said U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, in accepting the award. “It’s part of a movement which is about economic and political progress for all women and girls. It’s about making sure that every woman and girl everywhere has the opportunity she deserves to fulfill her potential, the potential as a mother, worker and human being. The overarching mission of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the cause of reproductive freedom that you continue to advance today is as relevant in our world now as it was 100 years ago. So, I thank you.” [Planned Parenthood news release, 5/14/14]
Climate Change Chris Christie refused “to rejoin a regional cap-and trade program to combat climate change.” “Gov. Chris Christie is coming under fire for refusing to rejoin a regional cap-and trade program to combat climate change that his state withdrew from three years ago. The move — highlighted last week by The New York Times — has opponents charging that the Republican governor doesn’t want to alienate conservatives in advance of a potential 2016 presidential bid. ‘It’s all because of a four letter word: K-O-C-H,’ said Democratic state Sen. Bob Smith, the chairman of the state’s Environment and Energy Committee, referring to the billionaire Koch brothers who bankroll many GOP campaigns, and who favor conservative stances on environmental issues. ‘They don’t want to see any candidates for president who have the slightest green tint to them. If the governor was green at all, he would lose their support.’” [MSNBC, 9/23/14] Hillary Clinton called climate change the “most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges we face as a nation and world.” “Climate change is the ‘most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges we face as a nation and world,’ Clinton said at the National Clean Energy Summit 7.0 in Nevada. ‘The data is unforgiving no matter what the deniers try to assert.’” [The Hill, 9/4/14]
Hobby Lobby Chris Christie supported the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case. “New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said Thursday that he supports the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling, just weeks after saying on national television that he wouldn’t give his opinion on it. Christie, a potential 2016 presidential contender, offered his position on the Hobby Lobby case during a meet-and-greet event in Iowa. The Democratic super PAC American Bridge caught the exchange on video and sent it to The Huffington Post. ‘Do I support the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case? I do,’ said Christie, responding to a question from a man at MJ’s Restaurant in Marion, Iowa.” [Huffington Post, 7/17/14] Hillary Clinton said the Hobby Lobby decision was “troubling.” In a tweet, Hillary Clinton said, “Hard-working women will pay the price for today’s two troubling #SCOTUS decisions — in wages, health care & dignity.” [6/30/14, 6:34 p.m. EDT]
Cuba Chris Christie said that normalizing relations with Cuba was a “national disgrace.” “A day after the Obama administration recommended that the U.S. government reverse its long-standing policy designating Cuba a state sponsor of international terrorism, Chris Christie called the move a ‘national disgrace.’ In an appearance today at a town hall meeting in Londonberry, New Hampshire, Christie took aim at President Obama’s diplomatic warming with the Communist nation. ‘It is a national disgrace that the president is engaged in those conversations and even considering taking that country off the terrorist watch-list,’ Christie said.” [ABC News, 4/15/15] Hillary Clinton was “the main architect of the new policy” that restored diplomatic ties with Cuba. “Although President Barack Obama is taking the credit for Wednesday’s historic deal to reverse decades of U.S. policy toward Cuba, when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, she was the main architect of the new policy and pushed far harder for a deal than the Obama White House. From 2009 until her departure in early 2013, Clinton and her top aides took the lead on the sometimes public, often private interactions with the Cuban government. According to current and former White House and State Department officials and several Cuba policy experts who were involved in the discussions, Clinton was also the top advocate inside the government for ending travel and trade restrictions on Cuba and reversing 50 years of U.S. policy to isolate the Communist island nation. Repeatedly, she pressed the White House to move faster and faced opposition from cautious high-ranking White House officials.” [Bloomberg, 12/18/14]
Medicare Chris Christie called for an increase in the Medicare retirement age. “The New Jersey governor, in a speech at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College, called for means testing Social Security, raising the retirement age for Social Security to 69 and gradually raising the eligibility age for Medicare to 67 by the year 2040.” [WMUR Manchester, 4/14/15] Hillary Clinton supported allowing Americans aged 50 to 65 to “buy into Medicare.” “We also need to allow people between 50 and 65 to buy into Medicare. Many of them retire early or many of them lose their health insurance and they’re left waiting until they can be eligible for Medicare.” [Senator Clinton speech at the Economic Club of Chicago, 4/11/06]
Vaccines Chris Christie changed his position on vaccines after facing a “maelstrom of criticism” for suggesting they should be voluntary for children. “You may recall all the way back to two months ago, when Christie fielded a question about vaccines during a measles outbreak and said that while he was largely for vaccinations, he believed parents ‘needed to have some measure of choice.’ The comments caused a maelstrom of criticism and induced a week’s worth of scrutiny on GOP candidates, many of whom fumbled over their position. No longer. Per NJ.com: ‘The governor, speaking to New Hampshire residents during a town hall meeting here, declared he would not support a ‘voluntary vaccination’ policy.’” [Mediaite, 4/15/15] Hillary Clinton: “The science is clear: The earth is round, the sky is blue, and vaccines work.” In a tweet, Hillary Clinton said, “The science is clear: The earth is round, the sky is blue, and #vaccineswork. Let’s protect all our kids. #GrandmothersKnowBest” [2/2/15, 10:45 p.m. EDT]
Marijuana Legalization Chris Christie vowed to “crack down” on states that legalized marijuana. “New Jersey Gov. and potential Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie said Tuesday that he would ‘crack down’ on states that have legalized marijuana if he were elected president. ‘Absolutely,’ Mr. Christie said on ‘The Hugh Hewitt Show’ when asked if he would enforce federal drug laws in states where marijuana is legalized, The Hill reported. ‘I will crack down and not permit it.’” [Washington Times, 4/15/15] Hillary Clinton was open to allowing states to experiment with marijuana legalization. “‘On recreational, you know, states are the laboratories of democracy,’ Clinton said. ‘We have at least two states that are experimenting with that right now. I want to wait and see what the evidence is.’ In 2012, voters in Washington and Colorado passed ballot initiatives that legalized small amounts of marijuana for recreational use. Other states have allowed usage for medical reasons. Clinton said Tuesday that she doesn’t think ‘we’ve done enough research yet’ on medical marijuana questions, but said that ‘there should be availability (of marijuana) under appropriate circumstances.’” [CNN, 6/18/14]

Hillary vs. Rick Perry on the Issues Facing America

Issue Rick Perry Hillary Clinton
Social Security Rick Perry said Social Security was a “Ponzi scheme” and a “monstrous lie.” “Texas Gov. Rick Perry says Social Security is a ‘monstrous lie’ for younger Americans. ‘It is a monstrous lie. It is a Ponzi scheme to tell our kids that are 25 or 30 years old today, you’ve paid into a program that’s going to be there. Anybody that’s for the status quo with Social Security today is involved with a monstrous lie to our kids, and that’s not right.’” [Real Clear Politics, 9/7/11]Rick Perry suggested that Social Security was unconstitutional. “Perry, who referred to the justices as ‘nine oligarchs in robes,’ said he was not convinced that Social Security and Medicare were constitutional. ‘I don’t think our Founding Fathers, when they were putting the term ‘general welfare’ in there, were thinking about a federally operated program of pensions nor a federally operated program of healthcare,’ he said in a book interview with Newsweek last fall. ‘Whether it’s Social Security, whether it’s Medicaid, whether it’s Medicare … they’re bankrupt. They’re a Ponzi scheme. I challenge anybody to stand up and defend the Social Security program that we have today.’” [Los Angeles Times, 8/23/11]   Hillary Clinton: “When I’m president, I will do everything to protect and preserve Social Security.” “I think that has to be what happens again, but with a president who is dedicated to Social Security, unlike our current president, who has never liked Social Security. You can go back and see when he first ran for Congress he was dissing Social Security. So when I’m president, I will do everything to protect and preserve Social Security so we can have that kind of bipartisanship.” [Democratic presidential debate, 9/26/07]
Social Security Retirement Age Rick Perry supported raising the Social Security retirement age. “Many of [Perry’s] proposals, which include allowing younger workers to open individual savings accounts within Social Security and gradually raising the program’s retirement age, are more common and have been debated at great length in recent years.” [New York Times, 11/5/11] Hillary Clinton: “Raising the retirement age isn’t the answer” to preserving Social Security. “Let me start with calling for a renewed national commitment to Social Security, this is the most successful domestic program in the history of the United States. And you don’t have to worry, when I’m president, privatization is off the table, because it does not answer anything. From my perspective cutting benefits is not the answer, raising the retirement age isn’t the answer, we need to get back to the fiscal responsibilities that we had in the 1990s where we weren’t raiding the social security trust fund anymore. When my husband left office, we had a secure Social Security system until 2055, and now all of the sudden the Bush administration took us back into deficits we lost 14 years off the solvency of the Social Security trust fund in the last six and a half years.” [NBC News, 9/4/07]
Medicare Rick Perry suggested that Medicare was unconstitutional and a “Ponzi scheme.” “Perry, who referred to the justices as ‘nine oligarchs in robes,’ said he was not convinced that Social Security and Medicare were constitutional. ‘I don’t think our Founding Fathers, when they were putting the term ‘general welfare’ in there, were thinking about a federally operated program of pensions nor a federally operated program of healthcare,’ he said in a book interview with Newsweek last fall. ‘Whether it’s Social Security, whether it’s Medicaid, whether it’s Medicare … they’re bankrupt. They’re a Ponzi scheme. I challenge anybody to stand up and defend the Social Security program that we have today.’” [Los Angeles Times, 8/23/11] Hillary Clinton believed that Medicare was “part of a fair deal that our country has established between working and retired Americans.” “Those of us who support Medicare believe it is part of a fair deal that our country has established between working and retired Americans. Now this Administration and the Republican Leadership want to abandon this tradition. They want to get rid of Medicare instead of making it stronger.” [Senator Clinton press release, 3/13/03 (via archive.org)]
Marriage Equality Rick Perry criticized the legal decision that declared Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. “Texas Gov. Rick Perry criticized the ruling made Wednesday by a federal judge in his state striking down the ban on same-sex marriage. ‘This is yet another attempt to achieve via the courts what couldn’t be achieved at the ballot box,’ the Republican governor said in a statement. ‘We will continue to fight for the rights of Texans to self-determine the laws of our state.’ The state’s ban on same-sex marriage was deemed unconstitutional by Judge Orlando Garcia, who will continue to allow the ban to be enforced, pending an appeal. The ruling followed a lawsuit filed by two gay couples challenging a constitutional amendment and law, according to the Associated Press.” [Politico, 2/26/14] Hillary Clinton: “I support marriage for lesbian and gay couples.” Secretary Hillary Clinton: “LGBT Americans are our colleagues, our teachers, our soldiers, our friends, our loved ones, and they are full and equal citizens and deserve the rights of citizenship. That includes marriage. That’s why I support marriage for lesbian and gay couples. I support it personally and as a matter of policy and law.” [Human Rights Campaign, 3/18/13]
LGBT Americans Rick Perry compared homosexuality to alcoholism. “Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry reportedly compared gay people to alcoholism at an event in San Francisco on Wednesday. The moderator at the Commonwealth Club of California asked him if he considered homosexuality to be a disorder, according to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle. ‘Whether or not you feel compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not, you have the ability to decide not to do that,’ Perry allegedly said. ‘I may have the genetic coding that I’m inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that, and I look at the homosexual issue the same way.’” [MSNBC, 6/12/14] Hillary Clinton on LGBT Americans: “I want to be a president who can clearly say to the American people, you know, these are our friends, our children, our parents.” “I want to be a president who can clearly say to the American people, you know, these are our friends, our children, our parents; these are people who we want to support as they live the best lives they can. So it’s very personal for me. And we are not going to agree on everything, but I will be a president who will fight for you, will work to end discrimination in the employment area, end ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ finally get hate crimes through, do a lot of what we need to do on HIV/AIDS and so much more. And I really hope that we can be partners in trying to make our country a little bit better and a little more progressive for all of us.” [Democratic presidential debate, 8/9/07]
Abortion Rick Perry opposed abortion in all instances, including in cases of rape and incest. “‘In a move that cements his stature on the Republican Party’s conservative wing, Texas Gov. Rick Perry confirmed to a pastor on Tuesday that he no longer supports abortion in any cases, including rape. […] ‘My view is that life begins at conception and the end of human life should be protected until human death. And that has guided me as governor of my home state,’ Perry said, explaining that his position was a product of studying both the Founding Fathers and the Bible. He pledged that on his first day in office he would reinstate the so-called ‘Mexico City policy,’ which requires all non-governmental organizations that receive federal funding not to perform abortions and has been a constant point of struggle between Democrats and Republicans in the abortion debate.” [CBS News, 12/28/11] Rick Perry signed into law controversial legislation that banned abortion after 20 weeks and shuttered family planning clinics across Texas. “Following weeks of heated protests at the state capitol, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) signed into law on Thursday a package of abortion restrictions that is expected to drastically reduce access to abortion across the state. House Bill 2 bans abortions 20 weeks after fertilization, four weeks earlier than the standard set by Roe v. Wade. It may also lead to the closure of all but five abortion clinics in the state, since it requires all clinics to become ambulatory surgical centers, even if they do not provide surgical abortions. The bill mandates that abortion providers have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the facility and requires them to administer the abortion-inducing medication RU-486 in person, rather than allow women to take it at home.” [Huffington Post, 7/18/13]   Hillary Clinton: “I believe, and I have said for many, many years, that abortion should be safe, it should be rare, but it should be legal.” During floor remarks on the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito Sen. Clinton said, “Now, I believe, and I have said for many, many years, that abortion should be safe, it should be rare, but it should be legal. And I understand that it is a difficult and even tragic choice for many women. It is a decision of conscience and therefore, should be a constitutionally-protected decision made not by the government, not by the majority – whoever the majority might be – but between a woman, her doctor, and her faith in God.” [Senator Clinton floor speech on the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito, 1/25/06 (via archive.org)]Hillary Clinton: Choosing whether to have an abortion is “a highly personal decision that that woman should make based on her own faith beliefs, her own personal situation, her medical condition.” “I’m pro-choice because I think that’s the best position. If someone chooses to have an abortion or chooses not to have an abortion, that is such a highly personal decision that that woman should make based on her own faith beliefs, her own personal situation, her medical condition. The fight is not over in the United States and we’re going to have to keep standing up for women’s rights and particularly reproductive health rights.” [Guardian interview, 7/4/14]  
Contraception Rick Perry and the Texas legislature cut funding for family planning clinics by two thirds in 2011, a move that a supporter in the state house characterized as a “war on birth control.” “This year, the Texas legislature and Gov. Perry cut funding for family planning clinics by two-thirds. Dr. Celia Neavel is director of adolescent health at the People’s Community Clinic in East Austin and says it is a devastating blow. ‘That particular funding was used obviously for birth control, but also Pap smears, breast cancer screening, for diabetes, thyroid disorders, anemia [and] high cholesterol,’ Neavel says. […] The goal is to get government money out of the abortion process, and if contraceptive services have to suffer a bit of collateral damage in the process, so be it. When The Texas Tribune asked state Rep. Wayne Christian (R-Nacogdoches), a supporter of the family planning cuts, if this was a war on birth control, he said ‘yes.’ ‘Well of course this is a war on birth control and abortions and everything — that’s what family planning is supposed to be about,’ Christian said.” [National Public Radio, 9/20/11] Hillary Clinton aggressively pursued legislation to ensure a woman’s right to contraceptives. “It’s also important that private insurance companies do their part to help reduce unwanted pregnancies. That is why I am a proud co-sponsor of the Equity in Prescription Insurance and Contraceptive Coverage -- the so-called EPICC. The legislation would require private health plans to cover FDA-approved prescription contraceptives and related medical services to the same extent that they cover prescription drugs and other outpatient medical services. This bill simply seeks to establish parity for prescription contraception. Thanks to so many of the people in this room and the advocates, the EPICC law is now in effect in New York State having been passed and signed in 2002. It’s a real role model for the nation. And it’s about equal rights and simple justice. After all, if insurance companies can cover Viagra, they can certainly cover prescription contraceptives.” [S.104, 1/22/01; Senator Clinton speech to the NYS Family Planning Providers, 1/24/05 (via archive.org)]
Gun Control Rick Perry opposed background checks for gun purchases and supported allowing concealed carry permit holders to carry weapons in any public spaces, including schools. “Texas Gov. Rick Perry says passing new gun control laws won’t stop criminals and would only make law-abiding citizens easy targets by depriving them of weapons to defend themselves. Perry spoke Friday at the National Rifle Association convention’s political rally. Perry said issues such as tighter background checks on guns sales would only hurt non-criminals who want to buy them. Perry says there are ‘no easy fixes’ to gun violence, but that limiting gun ownership is not the answer. […] Perry has also supported allowing permit holders to carry concealed weapons in any public place — including teachers in schools. Democrat Jim Himes — a Congressman in a district to Newtown, Connecticut — lit into Perry over the comments.” [CBS-DFW/AP, 5/3/13] Hillary Clinton voted to extend the Assault Weapons ban and cosponsored legislation to require background checks at gun shows. Sen. Clinton voted for a ten-year extension of the ban on assault weapons. Senator Clinton cosponsored legislation requiring background checks for firearms purchases at gun shows and from unlicensed dealers. “Senator Clinton is an original co-sponsor of legislation introduced by Senator Jack Reed, to require criminal background checks on individuals who purchase firearms at gun shows from unlicensed dealers. Currently, unlicensed dealers at gun shows are able to skirt the background checks that are required of licensed gun dealers under the Brady Law. This law — which requires licensed gun dealers to conduct background checks of potential purchasers in order to prevent felons, fugitives and stalkers from buying firearms — has resulted in approximately 536,000 criminals or other prohibited purchasers being denied access to firearms.” [Senator Clinton press release, 4/24/01 (via archive.org); S. 767,4/24/01; Senate roll call vote 24, 3/2/04]
Iran Letter Rick Perry was the second governor to back the Senate GOP’s open letter to Iranian leadership attacking a potential nuclear deal with Iran. “Signed by 47 GOP Senators, including presidential contenders Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul, the Monday letter warned the Iranian government that the next president would not be bound by the agreement. [Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal] was followed shortly after by former Texas Gov. Rick Perry.” [TIME, 3/10/15] Hillary Clinton slammed Republican Senators for undermining American leadership by sending an open letter to Iran’s leaders. In a tweet, Hillary Clinton wrote, “GOP letter to Iranian clerics undermines American leadership. No one considering running for commander-in-chief should be signing on.” [3/11/15, 3:11 p.m. EDT]
Iran Nuclear Deal Rick Perry pledged to invalidate the U.S.’ multilateral deal with Iran to limit Iranian nuclear capacity as one of his first acts as president. “Declaring that the world is more dangerous than at any point in the past quarter-century, Rick Perry plans to say Monday that if elected president, he would immediately invalidate President Obama’s agreement with Iran because he believes the eventual deal would make the world even less safe. […] ‘Should I run for president, and be so fortunate to be elected, one of my first actions in office would be to invalidate the president’s Iran agreement, which jeopardizes the safety and security of the free world,’ Perry will say, according to his prepared remarks.” [Washington Post, 4/6/15] Hillary Clinton said the nuclear deal with Iran was an “important step” toward strengthening security in the region. “Hillary Rodham Clinton called the framework for an Iran nuclear deal that was reached on Thursday an ‘important step,’ adding that while ‘the devil is always in the details’ in such negotiations, ‘diplomacy deserves a chance to succeed.’ […]’The understanding that the major world powers have reached with Iran is an important step toward a comprehensive agreement that would prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon and strengthen the security of the United States, Israel and the region,’ Mrs. Clinton said.” [New York Times, 4/2/15]
Voter ID Rick Perry signed legislation to make Texas voter ID laws stricter. “Gov. Rick Perry (R) signed Texas’ voter ID law in May 2011. The state already required an ID to vote; the new law requires a photo ID. Those who don’t have a valid photo ID can apply for a new ‘election identification certificate.’ As a state with a history of voter discrimination, Texas must get preclearance from the Department of Justice for changes in election law. The DOJ blocked Texas’ law under Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, declaring that it would disproportionately affect Hispanic voters.” [Washington Post, 7/9/12] Hillary Clinton condemned GOP voter ID laws as being tools for “voter suppression.” “Clinton said the Supreme Court in June had done serious damage with its landmark Voting Rights Act ruling, which cleared the way for states with a history of discrimination to tighten voting laws without federal approval. She also denounced voter ID laws pushed through by state legislatures controlled by the GOP, saying they were being justified as tools to fight the ‘phantom epidemic of voter fraud,’ but really just made it harder for minorities and the poor to exercise their voting rights. She referred to North Carolina’s new election rules, which were signed into law by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory this week, as the ‘greatest hits of voter suppression.’” [The Week, 8/13/13]
Equal Pay Rick Perry called the push for wage equality “nonsense.” “Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Tuesday called the debate over equal pay for women that is lighting up the Texas governor’s race ‘nonsense,’ saying the Democrats should focus on ‘substantive issues.’ ‘If they want to talk about substantive issues in Texas in this governor’s race, let’s talk about tax policy, regulatory policy, legal policies. But to go focus on this issue of a piece of legislation that already — that we already have laws that protect it, is nonsense,’ Perry said on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ on Tuesday.” [Politico, 3/25/14]Rick Perry vetoed fair pay legislation in Texas. “Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) has vetoed a bill meant to prevent wage discrimination against women. An aide to state Rep. Senfronia Thompson (D), who authored the equal pay bill, HB 950, said Perry’s office called on Friday to say he had vetoed it. State Sen. Wendy Davis (D), who introduced the Senate version of the legislation, told the Texas Tribune that she had received the same call. In a statement, Thompson said she was ‘deeply disappointed’ and ‘heartbroken.’ ‘Women will still have to struggle to receive their equal pay for their equal work,’ she said. The bill would bring Texas state law in line with the federal Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which makes it easier for women to sue employers over wage discrimination.” [Huffington Post, 6/14/13]   Hillary Clinton was an original co-sponsor of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Senator Clinton co-sponsored the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, which became the first law signed by President Barack Obama on January 29, 2009. The Act, which expanded workers’ rights to take pay discrimination issues to court, was originally introduced in 2007 by Ted Kennedy as the Fair Pay Restoration Act. That version was co-sponsored by Clinton as well. [S. 181, 1/8/09; S. 1843, 7/20/07]
Climate Change Rick Perry called himself a climate change skeptic. “Texas Gov. Rick Perry reiterated his position on man-made global warming this weekend, telling New Hampshire voters that he’s ‘not afraid’ to call himself a climate change skeptic. ‘For us to take a snapshot in time and to say that what is going on in the country today, the climate change that is going on is man’s fault and we need to jeopardize America’s economy, I’m a skeptic about that,’ Perry told a man in Derry, N.H., Friday night who pressed him about his position on climate change. ‘I’m not afraid to say I’m a skeptic about that.’” [Huffington Post, 10/1/11] Hillary Clinton called climate change the “most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges we face as a nation and world.” “Climate change is the ‘most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges we face as a nation and world,’ Clinton said at the National Clean Energy Summit 7.0 in Nevada. ‘The data is unforgiving no matter what the deniers try to assert.’” [The Hill, 9/4/14]
Cuba Rick Perry opposed the normalization of relations with Cuba and claimed that the U.S. got “the way short end” of the deal to secure the release of imprisoned American aid worker Alan Gross. “Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry voiced his concerns about the Obama administration’s stance on trade with Cuba and China at the Iowa Ag Summit Saturday. ‘The administration basically empowered the Castro regime with no thought about helping the people,’ Perry said to summit host Bruce Rastetter. ‘I think we got a bad deal. The people of Cuba got a bad deal.’ The former Texas governor also conveyed his frustration over the 2014 prisoner exchange for USAID subcontractor Alan Gross, who had been sentenced to 15 years in prison by the Cuban government in 2011. ‘We traded Mr. Gross for three Cuban spies,’ the potential 2016 Republican candidate said. ‘In my opinion, we got the way short end of that deal.’” [CBS News, 3/7/15] Hillary Clinton was “the main architect of the new policy” that restored diplomatic ties with Cuba. “Although President Barack Obama is taking the credit for Wednesday’s historic deal to reverse decades of U.S. policy toward Cuba, when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, she was the main architect of the new policy and pushed far harder for a deal than the Obama White House. From 2009 until her departure in early 2013, Clinton and her top aides took the lead on the sometimes public, often private interactions with the Cuban government. According to current and former White House and State Department officials and several Cuba policy experts who were involved in the discussions, Clinton was also the top advocate inside the government for ending travel and trade restrictions on Cuba and reversing 50 years of U.S. policy to isolate the Communist island nation. Repeatedly, she pressed the White House to move faster and faced opposition from cautious high-ranking White House officials.” [Bloomberg, 12/18/14]Washington Post: The release of Alan Gross “was the achievement of a goal that Clinton had sought in public and in private during her tenure at the State Department.” “Cuba’s release of Alan Gross, a U.S. Agency for International Development contractor who was imprisoned for five years, was the achievement of a goal that Clinton had sought in public and in private during her tenure at the State Department. In a statement Wednesday, Clinton said, ‘I am deeply relieved by Alan Gross’s safe return to the United States. . . . It is great news that Alan is finally home with his family, where he belongs.’” [Washington Post, 12/17/14]  
Unemployment Insurance Rick Perry rejected federal aid to expand unemployment benefits for out-of-work Texans. “Texas Gov. Rick Perry plans to turn down $555 million that would expand state unemployment benefits, saying the money would have required the state to keep funding the expanded benefits after the stimulus money ran out. Perry, an outspoken critic of President Barack Obama’s $787 billion stimulus bill, accepted most of the roughly $17 billion slated for Texas in the plan. But the governor turned down the unemployment benefits because he said they would require the state to increase the tax burden on Texas businesses.” [Associated Press, 3/12/09 Hillary Clinton continuously fought to extend unemployment insurance for U.S. workers. Hillary Clinton repeatedly supported legislative efforts to extend unemployment assistance for out-of-work Americans throughout her Senate career. [S. 3009, 9/26/02; S. 225, 1/28/03;S. 1708, 10/2/03; S. 2006, 1/20/04; S. 2544, 1/22/08; S. 3507, 9/17/08]
Indiana “Religious Liberty” Legislation Rick Perry supported the Indiana discrimination law. “A spokesman for Rick Perry said the former Texas governor supports the Indiana law. ‘Governor Perry has always fought to expand religious freedoms, which is why Texas became a beacon for liberty during his leadership,’ spokesman Travis Considine told the Washington Post. ‘He believes it’s up to the states and their leaders to determine what’s in the best interests of their citizens.’” [Talking Points Memo, 3/31/15] Hillary Clinton immediately came out decisively against the Indiana discrimination law. In a tweet, Hillary Clinton said, “Sad this new Indiana law can happen in America today. We shouldn’t discriminate against [people because] of who they love #LGBT.” [3/26/15, 9:32 p.m. EDT]
Hobby Lobby Rick Perry praised the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case. “Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. ‘Today’s decision is further proof that Obamacare represents one of the greatest governmental overreaches in our nation’s history. Religious freedom is an intrinsic part of being American, and the Supreme Court’s decision reaffirms that the government cannot mandate that anyone operate in a fashion counter to their most deeply-felt principles.’” [Rick Perry Facebook page, 6/30/14] Hillary Clinton said the Hobby Lobby decision was “troubling.” In a tweet, Hillary Clinton said, “Hard-working women will pay the price for today’s two troubling #SCOTUS decisions — in wages, health care & dignity.” [6/30/14, 6:34 p.m. EDT]
Employee Free Choice Act Rick Perry called the Employee Free Choice Act “un-American.” ‘Six Republican governors, including a couple big ones, are publicly coming out against the Employee Free Choice Act today. South Carolina’s Mark Sanford, Mississippi’s Haley Barbour, Georgia’s Sonny Perdue, Idaho’s Butch Otter, South Dakota’s Mike Rounds and Texas’s Rick Perry will release a statement calling the labor-backed bill ‘absolutely unacceptable. […] Perry: ‘The secret ballot is sacred in America. Card check is just plain unfair and un-American.’” [Politico, 4/16/09] Hillary Clinton pledged to “be the president who signs the Employee Free Choice Act” and cosponsored the Employee Free Choice Act of 2007. “Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton today joined thousands of workers in calling for passage of the Employee Free Choice Act. The bill, cosponsored by Senator Clinton, will strengthen workers’ right to organize. […] The Employee Free Choice Act would level the playing field between workers and employers by: Permitting workers to form a union through ‘majority sign-up,’ a process in which workers present signed authorization cards as demonstration of their choice to belong to a union; Requiring mediation and arbitration to help employers and employees reach a first contract in a reasonable period of time; and Strengthening penalties against employers who violate the labor laws.” [Democratic presidential debate, 8/7/07; Senator Clinton campaign press release, 6/19/07 (via archive.org); S.1041, 3/29/07]
Net Neutrality Rick Perry opposed net neutrality. “Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) became the latest potential GOP presidential candidate to blast President Obama’s proposal for open Internet rules. Perry on Wednesday described Obama’s proposal to reclassify broadband Internet as a utility as a ‘Great Depression’ era regulatory scheme. He said Texas owes a lot to regulatory certainty. ‘President Obama’s call to saddle 21st century technology with outdated, unnecessary regulations from the era of the Great Depression is alarming and will stifle innovation and growth,’ he said in a statement Wednesday evening.” [The Hill, 11/13/14] Hillary Clinton cosponsored legislation to protect net neutrality. Hillary Clinton repeatedly cosponsored the Internet Freedom Preservation Act, legislation that she stated would “ensure that open, unimpaired and unencumbered Internet access for both its users and content providers is preserved.” In a statement released announcing her support of the 2006 version of the bill, Hillary Clinton affirmed that efforts “to fundamentally alter the inherently democratic structure of the Internet must be rejected.” [S. 2917, 5/19/06; S. 215, 1/9/07]Hillary Clinton: “I would vote for net neutrality.” “I would vote for net neutrality because as I understand it, it’s Title II with a lot of changes within it in order to avoid the worst of the utility regulation. So it’s a foot in the door. It’s a value statement.” [Watermark Lead On Conference, 2/24/15]  
Automotive Industry Rescue Package Rick Perry supported allowing the U.S. auto industry to go bankrupt. “Gov. Rick Perry says the collapse of talks in the Senate on an auto industry bailout is good news. Perry says he’s not worried that the Big Three automakers might go into bankruptcy. He says right-to-work states in the South like Texas will benefit if automakers are forced to retool their industry and break ‘those onerous union contracts.’” [Dallas Morning News, 12/12/08] Hillary Clinton praised emergency assistance for the automotive industry. “The American auto industry is the backbone of our nation’s manufacturing base and directly and indirectly employs millions of Americans, including more than 230,000 New Yorkers. As we grapple with a deepening recession, continuing turmoil in the financial markets, and a potentially devastating new wave of home foreclosures, a bankruptcy by any of our U.S. automakers would further destabilize our economy. The emergency assistance announced today is necessary to prevent an immediate economic catastrophe and will help pave the way for the stabilization of our automakers.” [Senator Clinton press release, 12/19/08]
 

Hillary vs. Mike Huckabee on the Issues Facing America

Issue Mike Huckabee Hillary Clinton
Abortion Mike Huckabee said that reproductive freedom was worse than the Holocaust. “He blamed the legalization of abortion and same-sex marriage on the failure of pastors to become active in politics. Huckabee said Americans have ‘blood on our hands’ for failing to criminalize abortion and contended that reproductive freedom is much worse than the Nazi Holocaust.” [Right Wing Watch, 11/25/14 Hillary Clinton: “I believe, and I have said for many, many years, that abortion should be safe, it should be rare, but it should be legal.” During floor remarks on the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito, Senator Clinton said, “Now, I believe, and I have said for many, many years, that abortion should be safe, it should be rare, but it should be legal. And I understand that it is a difficult and even tragic choice for many women. It is a decision of conscience and therefore, should be a constitutionally-protected decision made not by the government, not by the majority – whoever the majority might be – but between a woman, her doctor, and her faith in God.” [Senator Clinton floor speech on the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito, 1/25/06
Marriage Equality Mike Huckabee said the U.S. would “pay the consequences” for allowing same-sex couples to marry. “Huckabee drew a parallel between the struggle against abortion rights and the right’s battle against equality for same-sex couples. Calling straights-only marriage ‘the foundation of our society and culture,’ Huckabee warned that by allowing same-sex couples to get married, ‘we will pay the consequences for having upended the very foundation which is the essence of how a civilization survives.’ ‘So the soul of America is in real trouble,’ he concluded.” [Salon, 11/25/14 Hillary Clinton: “I support marriage for lesbian and gay couples.” Secretary Hillary Clinton: “LGBT Americans are our colleagues, our teachers, our soldiers, our friends, our loved ones, and they are full and equal citizens and deserve the rights of citizenship. That includes marriage. That’s why I support marriage for lesbian and gay couples. I support it personally and as a matter of policy and law.” [Human Rights Campaign, 3/18/13
Voter ID Mike Huckabee supported voter ID laws that would make voting more difficult. “The former Arkansas governor told the crowd at an Americans for Prosperity conference last month that sometimes he thinks the United States has less freedom than North Korea. ‘When I go to the airport, I have to get in the surrender position. People put hands all over me. And I have to provide photo ID in a couple of different forms and prove that I really am not going to terrorize the airplane. But if I want to go vote, I don’t need a thing.’” [Washington Post, 5/12/14 Hillary Clinton condemned GOP voter ID laws as tools of “voter suppression.” “Clinton said the Supreme Court in June had done serious damage with its landmark Voting Rights Act ruling, which cleared the way for states with a history of discrimination to tighten voting laws without federal approval. She also denounced voter ID laws pushed through by state legislatures controlled by the GOP, saying they were being justified as tools to fight the ‘phantom epidemic of voter fraud,’ but really just made it harder for minorities and the poor to exercise their voting rights. She referred to North Carolina’s new election rules, which were signed into law by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory this week, as the ‘greatest hits of voter suppression.’” [The Week, 8/13/13
Climate Change Mike Huckabee mocked the Obama Administration’s focus on climate change. “Huckabee appeared before the Iowa Freedom Summit on Saturday to deliver a biting assessment of President Barack Obama’s policies and make a pitch for his potential candidacy. He recently left a cable news show and is on a book tour. The former Arkansas governor mocked Obama’s elevation of climate change as a critical issue. Huckabee says a greater threat is violent radical elements stoking fear around the world. He says America hasn’t done enough to strike those terror groups.” [Associated Press, 1/25/15 Hillary Clinton called climate change the “most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges we face as a nation and world.” “Climate change is the ‘most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges we face as a nation and world,’ Clinton said at the National Clean Energy Summit 7.0 in Nevada. ‘The data is unforgiving no matter what the deniers try to assert.’” [The Hill, 9/4/14
Contraception and Personhood Mike Huckabee supported “personhood” legislation that would outlaw common forms of birth control. “Former Arkansas Gov. and Fox News host Mike Huckabee (R) will be the keynote speaker at an anti-abortion event in Jackson, Mississippi next week. Huckabee will help raise money for Personhood Mississippi, a radical group that is trying to amend the state constitution to give every fertilized eggs full rights. […] Personhood USA and its affiliates are fringe anti-abortion groups that are determined to redefine life as beginning at the moment of fertilization, effectively outlawing contraceptives like birth control pills.” [ThinkProgress, 8/31/11 Hillary Clinton aggressively pursued legislation to ensure a woman’s right to contraceptives. “It’s also important that private insurance companies do their part to help reduce unwanted pregnancies. That is why I am a proud co-sponsor of the Equity in Prescription Insurance and Contraceptive Coverage -- the so-called EPICC. The legislation would require private health plans to cover FDA-approved prescription contraceptives and related medical services to the same extent that they cover prescription drugs and other outpatient medical services. This bill simply seeks to establish parity for prescription contraception. Thanks to so many of the people in this room and the advocates, the EPICC law is now in effect in New York State having been passed and signed in 2002. It’s a real role model for the nation. And it’s about equal rights and simple justice. After all, if insurance companies can cover Viagra, they can certainly cover prescription contraceptives.” [S.104, 1/22/01; Senator Clinton speech to the NYS Family Planning Providers, 1/24/05Hillary Clinton derided “personhood” legislation as efforts to “outlaw common forms of birth control and ban abortions even in cases of rape or incest.” “Clinton also hit hard on raising the minimum wage, saying it’s a ‘pro-family’ issue — and offered a full-throated defense of legal abortion. ‘Women’s rights are the canary in the mine. If you don’t protect women’s rights here at home and around the world, everybody’s rights are lost,’ she said. ‘You have to ask yourself, do you want a senator who will always defend a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions and won’t ever shame or judge a woman for decisions that are complex and deeply personal, or do you want a senator who will push so-called ‘personhood’ laws that would outlaw common forms of birth control and ban abortions even in cases of rape or incest?’” [The Hill, 10/25/15]  
Iran Letter Mike Huckabee supported the Senate GOP’s open letter to Iranian leadership warning against a potential nuclear deal. “Mike Huckabee on Monday slammed Secretary of State John Kerry as offensive and hypocritical for his criticism of an open letter to Iran issued by 47 Republican senators. In a scathing letter to Kerry shared with the Washington Examiner, the former Arkansas governor and likely 2016 presidential candidate said Senate Republicans were exercising their constitutional authority to provide oversight of President Obama’s foreign policy. The letter, authored by Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., cautioned Tehran that any deal with the administration to limit its nuclear weapons program must be approved by Congress in order to be legally binding.” [Washington Examiner, 3/16/15 Hillary Clinton slammed Republican senators for undermining American leadership by sending an open letter to Iran’s leaders. In a tweet, Hillary Clinton wrote, “GOP letter to Iranian clerics undermines American leadership. No one considering running for commander-in-chief should be signing on.” [3/11/15, 3:11 p.m. EDT
Gun Control Mike Huckabee compared expanding gun control laws to Nazism. “The ongoing push to legislate universal background checks for gun purchases has parallels to policies of the Third Reich, former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.) said Wednesday in an exchange first caught by Media Matters. A woman called in to Huckabee’s radio show Wednesday to claim that Americans are not historically informed as to what caused Germany’s slide into Nazism. ‘It was a democracy, then turned into a dictatorship by everyone having to register their guns and then they went door to door and collected them,’ the caller said. Huckabee emphatically agreed with the caller’s comparison. ‘When you bring that up you get people who get crazy on us,’ he said. ‘And they’ll start saying, ‘Oh there you go comparing to the Nazis.’ And I understand the reaction, but it’s the truth.’” [Huffington Post, 4/4/13 Hillary Clinton voted to extend the Assault Weapons Ban and cosponsored legislation to require background checks at gun shows. Sen. Clinton voted for a ten-year extension of the ban on assault weapons. Senator Clinton cosponsored legislation requiring background checks for firearms purchases at gun shows and from unlicensed dealers. “Senator Clinton is an original co-sponsor of legislation introduced by Senator Jack Reed, to require criminal background checks on individuals who purchase firearms at gun shows from unlicensed dealers. Currently, unlicensed dealers at gun shows are able to skirt the background checks that are required of licensed gun dealers under the Brady Law. This law -- which requires licensed gun dealers to conduct background checks of potential purchasers in order to prevent felons, fugitives and stalkers from buying firearms -- has resulted in approximately 536,000 criminals or other prohibited purchasers being denied access to firearms.” [Senator Clinton press release, 4/24/01; S. 767, 4/24/01; Senate roll call vote 24, 3/2/04
Automotive Industry Rescue Package Mike Huckabee opposed the federal government’s investment to rescue the U.S. automotive industry. “Romney called for letting Detroit ‘go bankrupt’ in a New York Times op-ed, writing that ‘if General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye.’ Tim Pawlenty called the bailout ‘misguided,’ and Newt Gingrich called it ‘irresponsible and dangerous.’ Jon Huntsman, Huckabee, Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul also opposed the plan.” [Politico, 5/14/11 Hillary Clinton praised emergency assistance for the automotive industry. “The American auto industry is the backbone of our nation’s manufacturing base and directly and indirectly employs millions of Americans, including more than 230,000 New Yorkers. As we grapple with a deepening recession, continuing turmoil in the financial markets, and a potentially devastating new wave of home foreclosures, a bankruptcy by any of our U.S. automakers would further destabilize our economy. The emergency assistance announced today is necessary to prevent an immediate economic catastrophe and will help pave the way for the stabilization of our automakers.” [Senator Clinton press release, 12/19/08
Minimum Wage Mike Huckabee did not support raising the minimum wage. “In his opening remarks last night, Mike Huckabee said proposals to raise the minimum wage in several states will not bring prosperity and independence to entry-level workers. Huckabee called for workers to not be satisfied with minimum wage, but instead aim to achieve their maximum wage through education, training and experience. ‘If you get suckered into believing some politician is looking out for you because he wants to keep you locked into a low minimum wage, tell him you’ve got a better idea,’ Huckabee suggested.” [Fox News, 11/2/14 Hillary Clinton cosponsored the Fair Minimum Wage Act five times in the Senate. Hillary Clinton sponsored the Fair Minimum Wage Act five times in the Senate. Although she opposed the Iraq funding bill it was folded into, Clinton cosponsored the original version of the Fair Minimum Wage Act that increased the minimum wage for the first time in ten years, from $5.85 to $7.25 an hour. [S. 277, 2/7/01; S. 20, 1/7/03; S. 2370, 4/20/04; S. 1062, 5/18/05; S. 2, 1/4/07Hillary Clinton: “Raising the minimum wage is something that is long overdue.” “Raising the minimum wage is something that is long overdue. There are too many people that work full time and are below the poverty level, so there are things we can do right now, but then we’re going to have to look hard at what really would work.” [Clinton Global Initiative event, 9/24/14]  
Cuba Mike Huckabee opposed normalizing diplomatic relations with Cuba. “GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee gave the Obama administration a kick in the pants over Cuba — and warned the Castro regime would do a lot worse. […] ‘I think we ought to quit pretending that Cuba is some wonderful nation with whom we can sit down and visit with. ... They’re not,’ the former Arkansas governor declared.” [New York Daily News, 3/7/15 Hillary Clinton was “the main architect of the new policy” that restored diplomatic ties with Cuba. “Although President Barack Obama is taking the credit for Wednesday’s historic deal to reverse decades of U.S. policy toward Cuba, when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, she was the main architect of the new policy and pushed far harder for a deal than the Obama White House. From 2009 until her departure in early 2013, Clinton and her top aides took the lead on the sometimes public, often private interactions with the Cuban government. According to current and former White House and State Department officials and several Cuba policy experts who were involved in the discussions, Clinton was also the top advocate inside the government for ending travel and trade restrictions on Cuba and reversing 50 years of U.S. policy to isolate the Communist island nation. Repeatedly, she pressed the White House to move faster and faced opposition from cautious high-ranking White House officials.” [Bloomberg, 12/18/14
Indiana “Religious Liberty” Legislation Mike Huckabee supported the Indiana discrimination law and claimed that backlash to the legislation came from “the militant gay community.” “Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas who is considering a second run for president in 2016, has blamed ‘the militant gay community’ for the pressure brought to bear this week on Indiana and Arkansas, after those states passed religious freedom laws that critics say encourage discrimination against LGBT people.” [The Guardian, 4/4/15]  Hillary Clinton immediately came out decisively against the Indiana discrimination law. In a tweet, Hillary Clinton said, “Sad this new Indiana law can happen in America today. We shouldn’t discriminate against [people because] of who they love #LGBT.” [3/26/15, 9:32 p.m. EDT
Iran Nuclear Deal Mike Huckabee claimed that the deal to increase international oversight of Iran’s nuclear program was like giving matches to “a pyromaniac.” “Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate, said President Obama’s leaked draft nuclear deal with Iran is ‘terrible’ and can be compared to giving a book of matches to ‘a pyromaniac in our neighborhood.’ ‘It’s a terrible deal,’ Huckabee told Newsmax TV, referring to a draft of the nuclear-limits deal by the Obama administration that would lift economic sanctions on Tehran if it cuts its nuclear centrifuge supply by 40 percent, as reported by The Associated Press.” [Christian Post, 3/21/15 Hillary Clinton said the nuclear deal with Iran was an “important step” toward strengthening security in the region. “Hillary Rodham Clinton called the framework for an Iran nuclear deal that was reached on Thursday an ‘important step,’ adding that while ‘the devil is always in the details’ in such negotiations, ‘diplomacy deserves a chance to succeed.’ […]’The understanding that the major world powers have reached with Iran is an important step toward a comprehensive agreement that would prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon and strengthen the security of the United States, Israel and the region,’ Mrs. Clinton said.” [New York Times, 4/2/15
LGBT Adoptions Mike Huckabee supported laws banning same-sex couples from adopting children. “During a conversation with the College of New Jersey’s student publication, the Perspective, Huckabee reiterated his support for an Arkansas law that would ban same-sex couples from adopting children. ‘I think this is not about trying to create statements for people who want to change the basic fundamental definitions of family,’ Huckabee, a Southern Baptist minister, said. ‘Children are not puppies,’ he continued. ‘This is not a time to see if we can experiment and find out, how does this work?’” [Huffington Post, 6/12/10 Hillary Clinton pledged to ensure that LGBT Americans have equal benefits and adoption rights. “America deserves a president who appeals to the best in each of us, not the worst; a president who values and respects all Americans, gay and straight; a president who treats all Americans equally no matter who they are or who they love. I’m proud of my record standing up for the LGBT community during my years as First Lady and as a U.S. Senator. But when I take office in January 2009, we’ll finally be able to define success by more than the bigotry we stopped and the bad decisions we prevented. America will finally have a president who moves this country forward. When I am president, we will work together to make sure that all Americans in committed relationships have equal benefits and that nothing stands in the way of loving couples who want to adopt children in need.” [Senator Clinton campaign press release, 6/1/07
Planned Parenthood Mike Huckabee supported fully defunding Planned Parenthood. “My fight to defund Planned Parenthood continues. With Democrats in the House vowing to block Republican attempts to defund Planned Parenthood. We must make clear to Republican Leaders that pushing to fully eliminate all funding for Planned Parenthood is a grassroots priority for millions of Conservatives across the nation.” [Mike Huckabee Facebook page, 8/15/13 Hillary Clinton believed that the “overarching mission of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America…is as relevant in our world now as it was 100 years ago.” “It was a great privilege when I was told that I would receive this award,” said U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, in accepting the award. “It’s part of a movement which is about economic and political progress for all women and girls. It’s about making sure that every woman and girl everywhere has the opportunity she deserves to fulfill her potential, the potential as a mother, worker and human being. The overarching mission of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the cause of reproductive freedom that you continue to advance today is as relevant in our world now as it was 100 years ago. So, I thank you.” [Planned Parenthood news release, 5/14/14
Hobby Lobby Mike Huckabee supported Hobby Lobby in its legal crusade to deny contraception coverage to its employees. “The Hobby Lobby case has been closely watched by religious groups because it is likely to set the course for how Obamacare regulations will be applied to non-religious businesses with religious owners who claim that the law violates their conscience. […] It has also quickly become a cause célèbre for conservative evangelicals, from rank-and-file consumers to Mike Huckabee, who on Thursday compared Hobby Lobby’s plight to that of the biblical Daniel, who was thrown into the lion’s den for refusing to eat meat sacrificed to idols.” [Daily Beast, 1/4/13 Hillary Clinton said the Supreme Court decision in favor of Hobby Lobby was “troubling.” In a tweet, Hillary Clinton said, “Hard-working women will pay the price for today’s two troubling #SCOTUS decisions — in wages, health care & dignity.” [6/30/14, 6:34 p.m. EDT
Stem Cell Research Mike Huckabee praised Pres. Bush for blocking federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. “Huckabee praised President Bush for blocking federal funding for research that destroys embryos, saying he rightfully stood up to pressure to cave. ‘The president was right,’ said Huckabee, an ordained Baptist minister and former Arkansas governor. ‘He was bold and he was courageous.’” [Wall Street Journal, 12/21/07] Hillary Clinton called for the national government to make smart investments in stem cell research. During a speech to the Democratic Leadership Council Sen. Clinton said, “The national government needs a strategy to create an economic climate in which the private sector can generate jobs, raise incomes and increase wealth. To unleash the power of innovation and enterprise, we need to restore fiscal responsibility, open new markets, enforce trade laws, and make smart economic investments such as in broadband, scientific research including stem cell research – alternative fuels and an advanced research project agency for energy that will spur the creation of new highways, and jobs, and exports from America to the rest of the world.” [Senator Clinton Speech to the Democratic Leadership Council, 7/24/06
Employment Non-Discrimination Act Mike Huckabee indicated that he would veto the Employment Non-Discrimination Act as president to allow employers to discriminate against employees on the basis of sexual orientation. “TIM BONO, ARLINGTON VIRGINIA: Good evening. My name is Tim Bono. I own a motion picture film lab that came under fire by the Arlington Human Rights Commission because I refused to duplicate objectionable pro-homosexual material. If elected president, would you protect business owners like me from being forced to violate our moral conscience by vetoing the so-called ‘Employment Non-Discrimination Act’ and any other legislation that would add the phrase ‘sexual orientation’ into federal law? HUCKABEE: GREEN (yes)” [Republican presidential primary debate, 9/17/07]  Hillary Clinton repeatedly cosponsored the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to prevent employment discrimination based on sexual orientation. In the Senate, Hillary Clinton was an original cosponsor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2002 and 2003 to prevent employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Hillary Clinton has said it is “inconceivable to me that people who work hard and do a good job every day can still be fired because of who they love. It’s unfair, it’s un-American, and I will put a stop to it once and for all.” [S.1284, 7/31/01; S.1705, 10/2/03; Human Rights Campaign 2008 Presidential Questionnaire]
Collective Bargaining Mike Huckabee supported scaling back the right of public employees to collectively bargain. “Asked if he believes collective bargaining should be eliminated for public employee unions, Huckabee said: ‘If it’s not eliminated I think it has to be certainly somehow be contained in a reasonable and responsible way and I don’t have a specific proposal other than just to recognize that is not the same to have collective bargaining at a public employee level as it is private sector level.’” [Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, 2/23/11]  Mike Huckabee campaigned in favor of a failed initiative to strip Ohio’s public employees of their collective bargaining rights. “On November 8, Ohioans will vote on Issue 2, a much-contested ballot referendum on whether to repeal Gov. John Kasich’s controversial anti-union legislation (known as SB 5) that curbed collective bargaining rights for his state’s public-sector unions. Recent polls have shown that a majority of Ohioans support repealing Kasich’s bill. Enter Huckabee. He has been stumping for voting yes on Issue 2—that is, to uphold Kasich’s anti-union bill—urging members of the audience to do the same, and to pray in support of the measure.” [Mother Jones, 10/17/11]   Hillary Clinton cosponsored the Employee Free Choice Act of 2007 to “strengthen workers’ right to organize.” “Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton today joined thousands of workers in calling for passage of the Employee Free Choice Act. The bill, cosponsored by Senator Clinton, will strengthen workers’ right to organize. […] The Employee Free Choice Act would level the playing field between workers and employers by: Permitting workers to form a union through ‘majority sign-up,’ a process in which workers present signed authorization cards as demonstration of their choice to belong to a union; Requiring mediation and arbitration to help employers and employees reach a first contract in a reasonable period of time; and Strengthening penalties against employers who violate the labor laws.” [Senator Clinton campaign press release, 6/19/07; S.1041, 3/29/07
Community College Mike Huckabee called a plan to offer U.S. high school graduates free community college tuition “irresponsible” and a “liberal giveaway.” “Huckabee, who recently left his Fox News show to consider running for president again, said Obama’s community college plan ‘sounds good in theory, but it’s entirely irresponsible.’ The White House estimates it will cost $60 billion over 10 years to implement the community college proposal. ‘Once again, he fails to recognize that hard-working taxpayers foot the bill for all of his liberal giveaways,’ Huckabee said.” [USA Today, 1/20/15 Hillary Clinton: “I fully support President Obama’s plan to make community college free.” “Hillary Clinton said community college should be free during a roundtable with students in Iowa on Tuesday. ‘I fully support President Obama’s plan to make community college free,’ the newly announced presidential contender said at Kirkwood Community College, the first official stop of her campaign. Clinton, who is casting the first part of her campaign as a listening tour to get to know ‘everyday Americans,’ said she also wants to reduce peripheral higher education costs, such as books and room and board.” [Fusion, 4/14/15

Hillary vs. Carly Fiorina on the Issues Facing America

Issue Carly Fiorina Hillary Clinton
Abortion Carly Fiorina said she would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. “In January, after a radio host brought up DeVore’s charge that she was ‘personally pro-life, but when it comes to Roe v. Wade Carly Fiorina is something else,’ she responded, ‘Well, you know, I think it’d be helpful at some point if Chuck DeVore would quit mischaracterizing my record. . . . I absolutely would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade if the opportunity presented itself.’” [New Yorker, 6/7/10]   Hillary Clinton: “I believe, and I have said for many, many years, that abortion should be safe, it should be rare, but it should be legal.” During floor remarks on the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito Sen. Clinton said, “Now, I believe, and I have said for many, many years, that abortion should be safe, it should be rare, but it should be legal. And I understand that it is a difficult and even tragic choice for many women. It is a decision of conscience and therefore, should be a constitutionally-protected decision made not by the government, not by the majority – whoever the majority might be – but between a woman, her doctor, and her faith in God.” [Senator Clinton floor speech on the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito, 1/25/06]   Hillary Clinton: Choosing whether to have an abortion is “a highly personal decision that that woman should make based on her own faith beliefs, her own personal situation, her medical condition.” “I’m pro-choice because I think that’s the best position. If someone chooses to have an abortion or chooses not to have an abortion, that is such a highly personal decision that that woman should make based on her own faith beliefs, her own personal situation, her medical condition. The fight is not over in the United States and we’re going to have to keep standing up for women’s rights and particularly reproductive health rights.” [Guardian interview, 7/4/14]  
Marriage Equality Carly Fiorina opposed marriage equality and supported California’s Proposition 8. “Carly Fiorina cited President Obama’s opposition to same-sex marriage to substantiate her belief that ‘marriage is between a man and a woman’ and moderate her support for Proposition 8: ‘I do believe that marriage is between a man and a woman, but also have been consistent and clear that I support civil unions for gay and lesbian couples. The Defense of Marriage Act had broad bipartisan support. And actually, the position I’ve consistently espoused is consistent with that of our President and a vast majority of senators in the U.S. Senate…The voters were quite clear about their views on this [Proposition 8] and this is now going through a legal process.’” [Think Progress, 9/1/10]   Hillary Clinton: “I support marriage for lesbian and gay couples.” Secretary Hillary Clinton: “LGBT Americans are our colleagues, our teachers, our soldiers, our friends, our loved ones, and they are full and equal citizens and deserve the rights of citizenship. That includes marriage. That’s why I support marriage for lesbian and gay couples. I support it personally and as a matter of policy and law.” [Human Rights Campaign, 3/18/13]  
Minimum Wage Carly Fiorina opposed raising the minimum wage. “FIORINA: I think there’s no question that if you’re making minimum wage you think you want to make more. On the other hand, the sad truth is that raising the minimum wage will hurt those who are looking for entry-level jobs. It hurts women who are frequently last hired and first fired. It hurts African American youth who have very high unemployment rates. So the question is are we creating an economy where people have the opportunity to get a job and rise?” [Clinton Global Initiative event, 6/24/14]   Hillary Clinton cosponsored the Fair Minimum Wage Act five times in the Senate. Hillary Clinton sponsored the Fair Minimum Wage Act five times in the Senate. Although she opposed the Iraq funding bill it was folded into, Clinton cosponsored the original version of the Fair Minimum Wage Act that increased the minimum wage for the first time in ten years, from $5.85 to $7.25 an hour. [S. 277, 2/7/01; S. 20, 1/7/03; S. 2370, 4/20/04; S. 1062, 5/18/05; S. 2, 1/4/07]   Hillary Clinton: “Raising the minimum wage is something that is long overdue.” “Raising the minimum wage is something that is long overdue. There are too many people that work full time and are below the poverty level, so there are things we can do right now, but then we’re going to have to look hard at what really would work.” [Clinton Global Initiative event, 9/24/14]  
Iran Nuclear Deal Carly Fiorina opposed the U.S. negotiations with Iran to limit Iranian nuclear capacity. In an op-ed for Fox News, Carly Fiorina wrote, “The Iranian government has repeatedly, flagrantly violated sanctions put in place by the United Nations. We know that they have flat-out lied about every nuclear facility they have built over the last three decades. This is not the behavior of a potential ally or of a partner. These are the actions of a country trying to bluff its way into persuading the United Nations, the United States, and its allies to allow it the freedom to develop a nuclear weapon for military purposes. Because of these facts, we cannot trust anything they sign. Until Iran is prepared to (and opens its nuclear facilities to) full and unfettered UN-sanctioned inspections and demonstrates that they are willing to halt uranium enrichment, we cannot place any trust in any deal that is made.” [Fiorina, Fox News, 4/2/15]   Hillary Clinton said the nuclear deal with Iran was an “important step” toward strengthening security in the region. “Hillary Rodham Clinton called the framework for an Iran nuclear deal that was reached on Thursday an ‘important step,’ adding that while ‘the devil is always in the details’ in such negotiations, ‘diplomacy deserves a chance to succeed.’ […]’The understanding that the major world powers have reached with Iran is an important step toward a comprehensive agreement that would prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon and strengthen the security of the United States, Israel and the region,’ Mrs. Clinton said.” [New York Times, 4/2/15]  
Unemployment Insurance Carly Fiorina flip-flopped on extending unemployment insurance, opposing it before shifting to say she would “probably” vote for extension after facing criticism for her comments. “Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina on Tuesday shifted her position on extending unemployment benefits, saying she would ‘probably’ support the extension if she were in the Senate. […] Earlier this month, the former Hewlett Packard chief executive said she opposed the extension because it would worsen the national deficit. Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer had been using Fiorina’s position to attack her as out of touch with average workers.” [Associated Press, 7/20/10]   Hillary Clinton consistently and continuously fought to extend unemployment insurance for U.S. workers. Hillary Clinton repeatedly supported legislative efforts to extend unemployment assistance for out-of-work Americans throughout her Senate career. [S. 3009, 9/26/02; S. 225, 1/28/03; S. 1708, 10/2/03; S. 2006, 1/20/04; S. 2544, 1/22/08; S. 3507, 9/17/08]  
Gun Control Carly Fiorina opposed a federal ban on assault weapons. “Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina said Tuesday that she opposes a ban on assault weapons and supports a U.S. Supreme Court decision this week affirming a constitutional right to bear arms. In a 45-minute question-and-answer session with reporters here, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO also repeated her backing of Arizona’s controversial immigration law and said she would support efforts to repeal the federal health care reform measure.” [San Jose Mercury News, 6/29/10]   Hillary Clinton voted to extend the Assault Weapons Ban and cosponsored legislation to require background checks at gun shows. Sen. Clinton voted for a ten-year extension of the ban on assault weapons. Senator Clinton cosponsored legislation requiring background checks for firearms purchases at gun shows and from unlicensed dealers. “Senator Clinton is an original co-sponsor of legislation introduced by Senator Jack Reed, to require criminal background checks on individuals who purchase firearms at gun shows from unlicensed dealers. Currently, unlicensed dealers at gun shows are able to skirt the background checks that are required of licensed gun dealers under the Brady Law. This law — which requires licensed gun dealers to conduct background checks of potential purchasers in order to prevent felons, fugitives and stalkers from buying firearms — has resulted in approximately 536,000 criminals or other prohibited purchasers being denied access to firearms.” [Senator Clinton press release, 4/24/01; S. 767,4/24/01; Senate roll call vote 24, 3/2/04]  
Net Neutrality Carly Fiorina opposed net neutrality. “California GOP Senate hopeful Carly Fiorina this week staked out her spot opposing tough Net neutrality rules. The former Hewlett-Packard CEO and telecommunications industry executive told POLITICO she opposes any federal requirement that Internet providers treat all Web traffic equally. ‘The principle sounds fantastic, but the principle is not the problem,’ Fiorina said in an interview at the Technology Policy Institute’s conference in Aspen, Colo. ‘The problem is how companies and regulatory bodies are trying to translate that principle into policy, which would have a bad effect.’ A spokeswoman later added that Fiorina ‘opposes Net neutrality and thinks government intervention and more regulation will not be helpful where the Internet is concerned.’” [Politico, 8/27/10]   Carly Fiorina called net neutrality “crony capitalism.” “Crony capitalism is alive and well. If you need proof, look no further than the Federal Communication Commission’s new Title II regulations imposed in the name of ‘net neutrality’ under pressure from President Barack Obama, and the big businesses that benefit. Net neutrality proponents did a masterful job of marketing it with the help of late-night hosts and political spin, arguing that it would level the Internet playing field. The truth, however, is that it will insert Washington bureaucracy and control into the 21st century’s greatest success story. The Internet, which has empowered hundreds of millions of Americans in so many aspects of life, will now be subject to the same types of regulations that governed telephone service in the 20th century.” [CNN, 4/7/15]   Hillary Clinton cosponsored legislation to protect net neutrality. Hillary Clinton repeatedly cosponsored the Internet Freedom Preservation Act, legislation that she stated would “ensure that open, unimpaired and unencumbered Internet access for both its users and content providers is preserved.” In a statement released announcing her support of the 2006 version of the bill, Hillary Clinton affirmed that efforts “to fundamentally alter the inherently democratic structure of the Internet must be rejected.” [S. 2917, 5/19/06; S. 215, 1/9/07]   Hillary Clinton: “I would vote for net neutrality.” “I would vote for net neutrality because as I understand it, it’s Title II with a lot of changes within it in order to avoid the worst of the utility regulation. So it’s a foot in the door. It’s a value statement.” [Watermark Lead On Conference, 2/24/15]  
Immigration Carly Fiorina did not support comprehensive immigration reform. “But [Fiorina] also broke with members in both parties who believe a comprehensive immigration package is needed to address the problem. ‘So then Barbara Boxer, President Obama, say, “oh my gosh, we have to have comprehensive immigration reform.” You don’t need comprehensive immigration reform to secure the border. And you don’t need comprehensive immigration reform to have a temporary worker program that works. Those are responsibilities of the federal government that they have today and they are failing at those responsibilities,’ she said.” [Politico, 5/1/10]   Hillary Clinton said the U.S. needed comprehensive immigration reform. “We need comprehensive immigration reform in this country. I am committed to that and I believe that it’s imperative that we work toward it. Right now people are really worried about what’s happening to their friends, their neighbors, people that they even read about in the papers. There’s so much that is just not right.” [Senator Clinton speech at Latina Summit in Washington, 9/10/08]  
Hobby Lobby Carly Fiorina said the backlash to the Hobby Lobby ruling was “shameless, baseless propaganda.” “‘A lot women including me are sick of the “war on women”, and we saw it in spades on Monday after the Hobby Lobby case,’ Fiorina told a CNN panel. ‘Somehow this is the long arm of business and the Republican Party reaching into the body of women. It’s ridiculous.’ ‘The war on women is shameless, baseless propaganda, there’s no fact to it, and it’s worked because it’s scared women to death,’ she insisted. ‘Enough. Enough.’ […] ‘I — this is crazy to me,’ Fiorina stuttered. ‘Your arguments are so counter-factual. Twenty forms of birth control are mandated, by the way, not by Obamacare. They’re mandated by some HHS bureaucrats who go into the basement and write a regulation after Obamacare passes, and they decide. Elected by no one, accountable to no one.’” [Raw Story, 7/6/14]   Hillary Clinton said the Hobby Lobby decision was “troubling.” In a tweet, Hillary Clinton wrote, “Hard-working women will pay the price for today’s two troubling #SCOTUS decisions — in wages, health care & dignity.” [6/30/14, 6:34 p.m. EDT]  
Indiana “Religious Liberty” Legislation Carly Fiorina defended the Indiana discrimination law. “Former Hewlett-Packard chief Carly Fiorina on Thursday blasted Apple CEO Tim Cook’s opposition to Indiana’s religious freedom law as ‘hypocrisy.’ Fiorina, a potential 2016 GOP presidential contender, said Cook had a double standard and cited Apple’s operations in other countries with controversial laws about gays and women in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. ‘When Tim Cook is upset about all the places that he does business because of the way they treat gays and women, he needs to withdraw from 90% of the markets that he’s in, including China and Saudi Arabia,’ Fiorina argued. ‘But I don’t hear him being upset about that.’ Fiorina said his stance exposed a ‘level of hypocrisy here that is really unfortunate.’ She added that Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act contained ‘nothing objectionable’ and that Cook’s criticism stemmed from ‘narrow special interests’ rather than reality. ‘I think this is a ginned-up controversy by people who play identity politics that has divided the nation in a way that is really unhelpful,’ Fiorina added.” [The Hill, 4/3/15]   Hillary Clinton immediately came out decisively against the Indiana discrimination law. In a tweet, Hillary Clinton said, “Sad this new Indiana law can happen in America today. We shouldn’t discriminate against [people because] of who they love #LGBT.” [3/26/15, 9:32 p.m. EDT]  
 

Hillary vs. Mike Pence on the Issues Facing America

Hillary Clinton vs. Mike Pence on the issues

 
Issue Mike Pence Hillary Clinton
Marriage Equality Mike Pence cosponsored legislation amending the Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. “In 2003, Pence co-sponsored the Federal Marriage Amendment, which would have enshrined in the constitution that marriage in the United States ‘shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman,’ and that neither the U.S. Constitution ‘or the constitution of any State, nor state or federal law, shall be construed to require that marital status or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon unmarried couples or groups.” [ThinkProgress, 2/21/14; H.J. Res. 56, 5/21/03 Hillary Clinton: “I support marriage for lesbian and gay couples.” Secretary Hillary Clinton: “LGBT Americans are our colleagues, our teachers, our soldiers, our friends, our loved ones, and they are full and equal citizens and deserve the rights of citizenship. That includes marriage. That’s why I support marriage for lesbian and gay couples. I support it personally and as a matter of policy and law.” [Human Rights Campaign, 3/18/13
Indiana “Religious Freedom” Legislation Mike Pence signed into law a measure that would allow Indiana businesses to discriminate against LGBT Americans. “Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says concerns that his state’s new ‘religious freedom’ law will allow businesses to turn away LGBT customers is the result of a ‘tremendous amount of misinformation and misunderstanding.’ But he refused Sunday to answer at least six yes-or-no questions about whether the measure legalizes discrimination against gays and lesbians. And he said he won’t support legislation that would clean up the public relations mess by adding protections based on sexual orientation to Indiana’s anti-discrimination laws.” [CNN, 3/29/15 Hillary Clinton immediately came out decisively against the Indiana discrimination law. In a tweet, Hillary Clinton said, “Sad this new Indiana law can happen in America today. We shouldn’t discriminate against [people because] of who they love #LGBT.” [3/26/15, 9:32 p.m. EDT
Climate Change Mike Pence called on Congress to defund climate change regulations. “Pence, a former member of House GOP leadership, sent a letter to Indiana’s congressional delegation backing a House effort to bar the EPA from directing any resources toward draft rules meant to limit greenhouse emissions from new and existing power plants. The prohibition is part of an EPA spending bill approved this week by a House Appropriations subcommittee. ‘Using the power of the purse, Congress has the ability to block or prevent implementation of the EPA’s proposed regulations on new and existing power plants,’ Pence wrote. ‘I respectfully urge you to support legislative efforts to do so.’” [The Hill, 7/10/14 Hillary Clinton called climate change the “most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges we face as a nation and world.” “Climate change is the ‘most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges we face as a nation and world,’ Clinton said at the National Clean Energy Summit 7.0 in Nevada. ‘The data is unforgiving no matter what the deniers try to assert.’” [The Hill, 9/4/14
Planned Parenthood Mike Pence pushed to defund Planned Parenthood. “Abortion-rights advocates and abortion-rights opponents don’t see eye to eye on much, but they do agree on this: Nobody hates Planned Parenthood quite as much as Mike Pence. The Indiana Republican is on a one-man crusade to deny all federal funding to the group — not just the money it gets for reproductive health and family planning services, but every penny it gets for anything. ‘If Planned Parenthood wants to be involved in providing counseling services and HIV testing, they ought not be in the business of providing abortions,’ Pence told POLITICO in an interview Tuesday. ‘As long as they aspire to do that, I’ll be after them.’ For three legislative sessions in a row, Pence has introduced legislation that would prevent any entity that provides abortion from receiving funds through Title X, the only federal program dedicated to reproductive health and family planning.” [Politico, 2/16/11]    Hillary Clinton believed that the “overarching mission of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America…is as relevant in our world now as it was 100 years ago.” “It was a great privilege when I was told that I would receive this award,” said U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, in accepting the award. “It’s part of a movement which is about economic and political progress for all women and girls. It’s about making sure that every woman and girl everywhere has the opportunity she deserves to fulfill her potential, the potential as a mother, worker and human being. The overarching mission of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the cause of reproductive freedom that you continue to advance today is as relevant in our world now as it was 100 years ago. So, I thank you.” [Planned Parenthood news release, 5/14/14
Abortion Mike Pence supported a federal ban on abortion after 20 weeks. “Gov. Mike Pence and a group of other possible Republican presidential contenders have thrown their support behind a federal ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. […] ‘It is for these reason that I wholeheartedly support (the legislation) and join you in urging Senate leadership to allow a vote on this important piece of pro-life legislation,’ Pence wrote in the April 3, 2014 letter.” [Associated Press, 9/17/14 Hillary Clinton: “I believe, and I have said for many, many years, that abortion should be safe, it should be rare, but it should be legal.” During floor remarks on the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito Sen. Clinton said, “Now, I believe, and I have said for many, many years, that abortion should be safe, it should be rare, but it should be legal. And I understand that it is a difficult and even tragic choice for many women. It is a decision of conscience and therefore, should be a constitutionally-protected decision made not by the government, not by the majority – whoever the majority might be – but between a woman, her doctor, and her faith in God.” [Senator Clinton floor speech on the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito, 1/25/06
Equal Pay Mike Pence voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act twice. As a congressman, Mike Pence voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in both 2007 and 2009. [House roll call vote 768, 7/31/07; House roll call vote 37, 1/27/09 Hillary Clinton was an original cosponsor of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Senator Clinton cosponsored the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, which became the first law signed by President Barack Obama on January 29, 2009. The Act, which expanded workers’ rights to take pay discrimination issues to court, was originally introduced in 2007 by Ted Kennedy as the Fair Pay Restoration Act. That version was co-sponsored by Clinton as well. [S. 181, 1/8/09; S. 1843, 7/20/07
Net Neutrality Mike Pence promoted legislation designed to undermine net neutrality. Mike Pence cast a “no” vote against the Network Neutrality Act of 2006, legislation that would outlaw “tiered” internet access for higher paying customers. Rep. Pence also cosponsored the Internet Freedom Act, a bill designed to invalidate Federal Communications Commission protections for net neutrality. [House roll call vote 239, 6/8/06; H.R. 96, 1/5/11 Hillary Clinton cosponsored legislation to protect net neutrality. Hillary Clinton repeatedly cosponsored the Internet Freedom Preservation Act, legislation that she stated would “ensure that open, unimpaired and unencumbered Internet access for both its users and content providers is preserved.” In a statement released announcing her support of the 2006 version of the bill, Hillary Clinton affirmed that efforts “to fundamentally alter the inherently democratic structure of the Internet must be rejected.” [S. 2917, 5/19/06; S. 215, 1/9/07Hillary Clinton: “I would vote for net neutrality.” “I would vote for net neutrality because as I understand it, it’s Title II with a lot of changes within it in order to avoid the worst of the utility regulation. So it’s a foot in the door. It’s a value statement.” [Watermark Lead On Conference, 2/24/15]  
Minimum Wage Mike Pence opposed raising the minimum wage. “Gov. Mike Pence wants to tell President Barack Obama that the most efficient way to create jobs and boost the economy would be to lift regulations on businesses, rather than raise the minimum wage. ‘I think lifting the burden on businesses and taxes and regulations, and creating more effective career and vocational expectations, is a better pathway,’ the Indiana Republican told ‘Fox & Friends’ Monday.” [Newsmax, 2/24/14Mike Pence signed legislation preventing local governments from raising the minimum wage. “The underlying legislation, which was signed into law by Republican Gov. Mike Pence and took effect July 1, prohibits local governments from requiring businesses pay a higher minimum wage, or offer any working condition or benefit, such as paid sick leave, if it’s not mandated by state or federal law.” [Times of Northwest Indiana, 11/12/13]   Hillary Clinton cosponsored the Fair Minimum Wage Act five times in the Senate. Hillary Clinton sponsored the Fair Minimum Wage Act five times in the Senate. Although she opposed the Iraq funding bill it was folded into, Clinton cosponsored the original version of the Fair Minimum Wage Act that increased the minimum wage for the first time in ten years, from $5.85 to $7.25 an hour. [S. 277, 2/7/01; S. 20, 1/7/03; S. 2370, 4/20/04; S. 1062, 5/18/05; S. 2, 1/4/07Hillary Clinton: “Raising the minimum wage is something that is long overdue.” “Raising the minimum wage is something that is long overdue. There are too many people that work full time and are below the poverty level, so there are things we can do right now, but then we’re going to have to look hard at what really would work.” [Clinton Global Initiative event, 9/24/14]  
Social Security Mike Pence supported Pres. Bush’s plan to privatize Social Security. In a letter to President George Bush, Rep. Mike Pence wrote, “We urge you to continue to pursue personal carve-out accounts as the long run solution for Social Security’s actuarial shortcomings.” [The Hill, 4/19/05 Hillary Clinton: “When I am president, privatizing Social Security will certainly not be even discussed.” “I don’t think there’s any doubt that we’ve got to fight and finally bury the idea of privatizing Social Security. It is one of those bad ideas that deserve to be totally buried. When I am president, privatizing Social Security will certainly not be even discussed. I reject the view of President Bush and others who have given large tax cuts to the wealthiest, failed to crack down on offshore tax dodgers, and handed out no-bid contracts to companies like Halliburton, and then insisted that we needed to cut benefits to middle-class retirees.” [Senator Clinton speech on Retirement Security, 10/9/07
Medicare Mike Pence voted in favor of a proposal to convert Medicare into a voucher system. “[The legislation] calls for transforming Medicare from a program in which the government directly pays medical bills into a voucher-like system that subsidizes purchases of private insurance plans. People 55 and over would remain in the current system, but younger workers would receive subsidies that would steadily lose value over time.” [Associated Press, 4/15/11; House roll call vote 277, 4/15/11 Hillary Clinton believed that Medicare was “part of a fair deal that our country has established between working and retired Americans.” “Those of us who support Medicare believe it is part of a fair deal that our country has established between working and retired Americans. Now this Administration and the Republican Leadership want to abandon this tradition. They want to get rid of Medicare instead of making it stronger.” [Senator Clinton press release, 3/13/03
Employee Free Choice Act Mike Pence voted against the Employee Free Choice Act. Mike Pence voted against the Employee Free Choice Act, legislation that would “require the National Labor Relations Board to certify a bargaining representative without directing an election if a majority of the bargaining unit employees have authorized designation of the representative (card-check) and there is no other individual or labor organization currently certified or recognized as the exclusive representative of any of the employees in the unit.” [H.R. 800, 2/5/07 Hillary Clinton pledged to “be the president who signs the Employee Free Choice Act” and cosponsored the Employee Free Choice Act of 2007. “Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton today joined thousands of workers in calling for passage of the Employee Free Choice Act. The bill, cosponsored by Senator Clinton, will strengthen workers’ right to organize. […] The Employee Free Choice Act would level the playing field between workers and employers by: Permitting workers to form a union through ‘majority sign-up,’ a process in which workers present signed authorization cards as demonstration of their choice to belong to a union; Requiring mediation and arbitration to help employers and employees reach a first contract in a reasonable period of time; and Strengthening penalties against employers who violate the labor laws.” [Democratic presidential debate, 8/7/07; Senator Clinton campaign press release, 6/19/07; S.1041, 3/29/07
Employment Non-Discrimination Act Mike Pence voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Mike Pence voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2007, legislation that would make “it an unlawful employment practice for covered entities (employers, employment agencies, labor organizations, or joint labor-management committees) to discriminate against an individual on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation, including actions based on the actual or perceived sexual orientation of a person with whom the individual associates or has associated.” [H.R. 3685, 9/27/07; House roll call vote 1057, 11/7/07 Hillary Clinton repeatedly cosponsored the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to prevent employment discrimination based on sexual orientation. In the Senate, Hillary Clinton was an original cosponsor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2002 and 2003 to prevent employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Hillary Clinton has said it is “inconceivable to me that people who work hard and do a good job every day can still be fired because of who they love. It’s unfair, it’s un-American, and I will put a stop to it once and for all.” [S.1284, 7/31/01; S.1705, 10/2/03; Human Rights Campaign 2008 Presidential Questionnaire
Hate Crimes Mike Pence voted against the Matthew Shepard Act in 2007 and 2009. “The many religious and conservative groups against hate crime laws, particularly the inclusion of LGBT people as a protected class under the law, fear that they will not only impede but criminalize the articulation of deeply held moral or religious beliefs. Mike Pence, governor of Indiana, lobbied against the federal Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act when he was a congressman.’” [The Nation, 10/2/13; House roll call vote 299, 5/3/07; House roll call vote 223, 4/29/09 Hillary Clinton cosponsored the Matthew Shepard Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act. In the Senate, Hillary Clinton was an original cosponsor of the Matthew Shepard Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which would have expanded the federal criminal hate crime code to include sexual orientation and gender identity. [S.1105, 4/12/07
LGBT Military Service Mike Pence believed “the presence of homosexuals in the [military] ranks weakens unit cohesion.” “[B]ringing an end to the ‘don’t ask/don’t tell’ policy of permitting homosexuals to serve in the armed forces. Homosexuality is incompatible with military service because the presence of homosexuals in the ranks weakens unit cohesion.” [Mike Pence campaign website, accessed 5/1/15 Hillary Clinton worked to “make sure that all men and women willing to risk their lives to defend America can serve proudly” in the U.S. military “regardless of sexual orientation.” In remarks to the Empire State Pride Agenda, Hillary Clinton said, “I will also work to make sure that all men and women willing to risk their lives to defend America can serve proudly in the United State Military regardless of sexual orientation.” [Hillary Clinton remarks to the Empire State Pride Agenda, 10/5/00Hillary Clinton supported ending Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, calling it a “failed policy.” “And finally, we will put an end to the failed policy of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Courage, honor, patriotism and sacrifice -- the traits that define our men and women in uniform -- have nothing to do with sexual orientation.” [Senator Clinton campaign press release, 6/1/07]  
Automotive Industry Rescue Package Mike Pence “strongly opposed” the U.S. automotive industry rescue package. “REP. MIKE PENCE (R), INDIANA: It’s a fair question. I strongly opposed the $700 billion bailout, and today with 150 Republicans, we strongly opposed this $15 billion bailout to Detroit. Look, Alan, the American people know we can’t borrow and spend and bail our way back to a growing economy or a healthy domestic automotive industry.” [Fox News’ Hannity & Colmes, 12/10/08 Hillary Clinton praised emergency assistance for the automotive industry. “The American auto industry is the backbone of our nation’s manufacturing base and directly and indirectly employs millions of Americans, including more than 230,000 New Yorkers. As we grapple with a deepening recession, continuing turmoil in the financial markets, and a potentially devastating new wave of home foreclosures, a bankruptcy by any of our U.S. automakers would further destabilize our economy. The emergency assistance announced today is necessary to prevent an immediate economic catastrophe and will help pave the way for the stabilization of our automakers.” [Senator Clinton press release, 12/19/08
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Mike Pence cut tens of thousands of Indiana’s poorest people out of the food stamp program. “Indiana will cut tens of thousands of its poorest people off of the food stamps roles beginning next spring, the state announced. Gov. Mike Pence (R) has decided to join seven other states in reinstating work requirements for food stamps despite being eligible for a federal waiver from those rules for the coming fiscal year.” [ThinkProgress, 10/20/14 Hillary Clinton introduced the Food Security Act, legislation to strengthen the food stamp program for unemployed workers. “Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Congresswoman Nydia M. Velazquez introduced legislation to strengthen the food stamp program for unemployed workers, providing needed assistance to hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers in need. The Food Security Act of 2008 would extend the eligibility for workers without dependents to receive food stamps from 3 months to 12 months per three-year period. ‘As our nation faces the highest unemployment in years along with soaring fuel prices and rising food costs, many New Yorkers are struggling to make ends meet,’ said Senator Clinton. ‘For too many, the challenge is not choosing between a gallon of milk and a gallon of gas, it’s finding enough food to survive. This critical legislation will ease the burden of putting food on the table while they work hard to get back on their feet.’” [Senator Clinton press release, 9/16/08; S. 3497, 9/16/08
Unemployment Insurance Mike Pence favored tax cuts for millionaires over extending unemployment benefits for out-of-work Americans. “HALPERIN: If your leaders came to you and said ‘we have a deal with the White House. We’re going to extend unemployment benefits but the tax cuts for people making over a million dollars a year will not be extended, but that helps to pay for it,’ would you take that deal? Would you vote for that package? PENCE: Look, I think the worst thing you could do for people that are struggling in this economy and looking for a job is raise taxes on any American. We don’t want to help with one hand and take away with the other. HALPERIN: So would rather extend the tax cuts for every American, including those making over a million, or have the unemployment benefits extended, if that’s the choice? PENCE: This isn’t a corner, but I feel the paint. I’m good. Nice move. I played chess with my son the other day and I lost, so I’m not good at this chess thing. Let me tell you, I think the minimum we have to do for Americans right now that are struggling in unemployment in this economy is make sure no American sees a tax increase.” [ThinkProgress, 12/1/10 Hillary Clinton continuously fought to extend unemployment insurance for U.S. workers. Hillary Clinton repeatedly supported legislative efforts to extend unemployment assistance for out-of-work Americans throughout her Senate career. [S. 3009, 9/26/02; S. 225, 1/28/03; S. 1708, 10/2/03; S. 2006, 1/20/04; S. 2544, 1/22/08; S. 3507, 9/17/08