Voters have the chance to choose one of
the most broadly and deeply qualified
presidential candidates in modern history.
By THE EDITORIAL BOARD JAN. 30, 2016
For the past painful year, the Republican presidential contenders have been bombarding Americans with empty propaganda slogans and competing, bizarrely, to present themselves as the least experienced person for the most important elected job in the world. Democratic primary voters, on the other hand, after a substantive debate over real issues, have the chance to nominate one of the most broadly and deeply qualified presidential candidates in modern history.Hillary Clinton would be the first woman nominated by a major party. She served as a senator from a major state (New York) and as secretary of state — not to mention her experience on the national stage as first lady with her brilliant and flawed husband, President Bill Clinton. The Times editorial board has endorsed her three times for federal office — twice for Senate and once in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary — and is doing so again with confidence and enthusiasm.
Hillary is making use of every minute before Monday’s Iowa Caucuses. Last night she rallied voters at a Five Flags in Dubuque and joined Bill Clinton for a rousing event at the Col Ballroom in Davenport.
Our opponent just doesn’t seem to think we have the fight and enthusiasm to take this across the finish line.
I disagree. We’ve built a great team, and we’ve reached millions of people who agree that together we can keep moving forward — I’m so proud of what we’ve done. But the biggest test of what we can do happens on Monday at the Iowa caucus.
Hillary rallied potential caucus-goers at Grand View University in Des Moines today.
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets an audience member during a campaign stop at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa January 29, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is welcomed as she takes the stage at a campaign stop at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa January 29, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets audience members during a campaign stop at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa January 29, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton pauses while speaking during a campaign stop at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa January 29, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign stop at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa January 29, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton signs 13-year-old Noah Harkness’ hall pass after Harkness got out of classes to attend a rally at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa January 29, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes a photograph with a member of the audience after speaking at a rally at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa, Friday, Jan. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
For those who might have some concerns about the story dominating the news this evening, here is Brian Fallon’s statement.
Hillary for America National Press Secretary Brian Fallon released the following statement Friday after the intelligence community demanded that more than 20 emails from Hillary Clinton’s tenure at the State Department be fully withheld from public release:
“We firmly oppose the complete blocking of the release of these emails. Since first providing her emails to the State Department more than one year ago, Hillary Clinton has urged that they be made available to the public. We feel no differently today.
“After a process that has been dominated by bureaucratic infighting that has too often played out in public view, the loudest and leakiest participants in this interagency dispute have now prevailed in blocking any release of these emails. This flies in the face of the fact that these emails were unmarked at the time they were sent, and have been called ‘innocuous’ by certain intelligence officials. We understand that these emails were likely originated on the State Department’s unclassified system before they were ever shared with Secretary Clinton, and they have remained on the department’s unclassified system for years. And, in at least one case, the emails appear to involve information from a published news article.
“This appears to be over-classification run amok. We will pursue all appropriate avenues to see that her emails are released in a manner consistent with her call last year.”
Lilly Ledbetter is trending on Twitter, and this is why. Every once in awhile an endorsement comes along from a living icon. Such was the case when John Lewis endorsed Hillary back in October as he launched “African Americans for Hillary.”
It is the case once again today as Lilly Ledbetter joins the ranks of those standing firm in support Hillary Clinton.
My story paved the way for the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Together we can fulfill its promise.
When I became an overnight shift manager at the Goodyear plant in 1979, there weren’t many women on the job (and the few that didn’t stay long). But I worked my way up, and in 1996, I even received the plant’s “top performance award.”
It wasn’t until 19 years after I’d started that I learned I was being paid less than my male colleagues.
One evening, I came into work early, checked my mail, and there it was: an anonymous note that listed my salary and the salaries of three men with the same title. I was being paid significantly less for the same job—less than I deserved and less than my family needed.
The easiest thing to do would have been to let it go. But that’s not who I am.
I took my case all the way to the Supreme Court. But they ruled that, though I had clearly been discriminated against, I had filed my case too late to be compensated.
Luckily, we live in a country where, when the laws are wrong, we can do something about it.
Seven years ago today, President Obama signed his first bill into law: the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which makes it easier to challenge wage discrimination in court. It was an important step toward equal pay for women, and an important victory for the increasing number of American households where women are the primary breadwinner. Under this law, no one else will ever have to accept the gender discrimination I faced without the chance to challenge it in court.
But this isn’t just my story. It’s the story of women working full time across this country who, despite new protections, are on average still earning just 78 cents for every dollar a man earns—with women of color often being shortchanged even more. That’s money their families are losing out on.
Our next president can either build on the progress we’ve made and go even further—or dismiss this important issue. Women across this country need more than rhetoric; they need action—they need a fighter in the White House.
I firmly believe Hillary Clinton will be that fighter.
Hillary has spent decades fighting to advance women’s rights and economic opportunities. We fought side by side to pass the Lilly Ledbetter Act, which she co-sponsored in the United States Senate, and she has been a tireless champion for the Paycheck Fairness Act—legislation that would go even further to address the pay gap. And she’s put issues like equal pay, affordable child care, paid leave, and reproductive rights front and center in her campaign.
Hillary understands that these issues can’t be dismissed or pushed to the sidelines. They’re not just “social issues”—they’re fundamental to our country’s economic future, and they are at the heart of everything she’s fighting for on this campaign. For Hillary, this is about more than politics—it’s personal. She just gets it, plain and simple.
Of all the candidates in this race, she is the one we can count on to be a fierce and uncompromising champion for women, for basic fairness, and for opportunity for everyone. She’s not just a steadfast supporter of issues that affect women’s lives; she’s someone who has been there. She doesn’t just say the right things; she does the right things. And when it comes to finally closing the gender pay gap once and for all, that will make a world of difference.
I was part of the “Twitter Brigade” tonight during the GOP debate, but while the Republicans were busily trying to find every which way to invoke her name, here is what Hillary was doing in Iowa. Thanks to Jessica Morales Rocketto for sending this note.
Phew, that’s over. Onward to Iowa!
Another night of Republicans reminding us what’s at stake in this election: immigration, women’s health, the Affordable Care Act, and so much more. With just four days left until the Iowa caucus, it’s more important than ever that we make sure Hillary is our nominee, so she can take down every last one of those guys this November.
Luckily, that’s just what Hillary was focused on tonight, and she’s got a great team in Iowa standing with her. Let’s tell the world about it!
They’re fired up in Lee County, where Hillary spoke tonight:
The Berg Middle School in Newton, Iowa was the venue for this event today. As we can see, Hillary’s supporters range from the very young to the retired. As for youthful enthusiasm, these Grinnell College students with their special Hillary T-shirts say it all.
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton listens during a meeting with the group Every Child Matters at the Berg Middle School in Newton, Iowa January 28, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets Grinnell College students Mollie Jo Blahunka (C) and Hannah Lundberg (R) during a campaign stop at the Berg Middle School in Newton, Iowa January 28, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets audience members during a campaign stop at the Berg Middle School in Newton, Iowa January 28, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton embraces 73 year-old Annette Bebout, after listening to Bebout relate how she lost her home, during a campaign stop at Berg Middle School in Newton, Iowa January 28, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Grinnell College students Sarah McCarthy (L), Mollie Jo Blahunka (C) and Hannah Lundberg pose for a videographer while waiting for U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at the Berg Middle School in Newton, Iowa January 28, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Gina Fleming waits for U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at a campaign stop at the Berg Middle School in Newton, Iowa January 28, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
An audience member uses two microphones while talking about student debt with U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during a campaign stop at the Berg Middle School in Newton, Iowa January 28, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
An audience member talks about student debt with U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during a campaign stop at the Berg Middle School in Newton, Iowa January 28, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign stop at the Berg Middle School in Newton, Iowa January 28, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Jennette Resch has the campaign logo of U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton drawn on her hand during a campaign stop at the Berg Middle School in Newton, Iowa January 28, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Audience members listen as U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign stop at the Berg Middle School in Newton, Iowa January 28, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Sometimes there is one picture that just grabs me. This is the one from this event. These two little ones are as precious as can be!
A girl poses for a photograph next to U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during a meeting with the group Every Child Matters at the Berg Middle School in Newton, Iowa January 28, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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