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Hillary held a live town hall on Good Morning America today. The Coffee with the Candidates spot was occupied by the Dem frontrunner and questions came from the panel, the studio audience, a few outside locations, and from social media.

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Asked about Donald Trump’s latest nickname for her, she said she is not going to respond to his personal attacks.

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Regarding Bernie Sanders, she will leave it up to him to decide what his campaign will do.  Even though Bernie’s supporters do not support her now she will continue to support them.  She will keep talking about her agenda.

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Speech transcripts: This is a new standard. When everybody releases theirs,  she will release hers.  Meanwhile, it is the tax returns that are the standard, and Sanders should release his.


1994 Crime bill: She pointed out that Sanders voted for that bill. She will divert people away from the criminal justice system; provide second chance opportunities; restore voting rights.


What would she say to people who don’t trust her?  When she gets a job everyone says she does it well.  President Obama trusted her. Stephanopoulos asked where she thinks this comes from, and Hillary said it’s a long term thing. People are fine with her and praise her when she is doing a job, but as soon as she runs for a job, they attack.

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Greatest political regret.  Iraq War vote.


Marijuana question.  She would have to study a bill before signing on but is interested in what is happening where it is legal. Recommends acquire evidence and make decisions based on that.


Pay gap: Laws permit people to be fired when they try to get information about their comparative pay.  Those need to be addressed. Young women start out in parity and the disparity grows over years.


Which Hillary came closest?  There’s a little bit of truth in all of them and the history of the hairstyle is like an archeological dig.


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Learning from the skits:  She is not a natural politician and it doesn’t make good TV but gets good feedback from the impressions. Loved playing Val the Bartender and may bring her back.


#TBT: 1988 GMA appearance: Was about fighting sexism and pay inequality in law practice. Is campaigning on breaking barriers – so many barriers.

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Has been using hot sauce since 1992 to boost her immune system.  Has a collection.


Bill’s most annoying habit. Reading himself to sleep.  Since he’s asleep bed, she has to get up and turn out his light.

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My take: The audiences at these events are politically active. That is clear. (Did I not see Jennifer McCann there?  She is everywhere!) Also, questions are screened. That’s how the questions get up on the screen so quickly.  So have these people simply not been paying attention? She has answered these same questions ad infinitum and really never gets a new question.

Every audience, full of activists, comes up with the same questions. I bet Jennifer submitted a question.  I bet it was about plans for disabilities in the workplace – something like that.  Why do the producers keep pulling the same old questions out of the hat and not give Hillary a chance to answer new ones? I have a feeling there were better questions in that audience. Questions with answers a lot of voters have not heard her answer before. How the heck is Hillary supposed to explain the people who do not find her “trustworthy?”  That is a question for them, not for her. Why does that one keep coming up?  That’s just me.



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I have never seen anyone whip up this much excitement and attention while in hibernation.  Mark Finkelstein clearly suffers from Clinton Derangement Syndrome since he published this entry a few days ago.

“Good Morning America” Giddy Over Possibility Hillary Might Run

by Mark Finkelstein| February 16, 2013

If Good Morning America’s giddiness over the prospect that Hillary Clinton might run for president is any indication of how the MSM will treat the story, it’s gonna be a long-g-g-g four years.


… listen to the sheer giddiness in the voices of the GMAers as they discuss Clinton’s presidential prospects, and brace yourself for four years of slobbering MSM coverage of Hillary’s possible run.

DAN HARRIS: On another note, we’re hearing these reports overnight that a supposed insider is saying that he knows for sure that it’s a done deal that Hillary Clinton is going to run for president. Any truth to this at all?

REENA NINAN: We are looking for any sort of tea leaves. Meteorites hitting Russia, anything that might suggest that Hillary Clinton is running. [Ed. you really have to listen and hear the breathless excitement in Ninan’s voice]. I think we’re going to have a date every Saturday to talk about this, Dan. You know, what’s interesting, a source close to Hillary says she is very seriously considering her options, and is interested in a potential run. But what I am also hearing is that they are looking to see who her Republican challenger might be. Someone like Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey might be a tougher candidate to try and defeat, Dan.

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As if in response to Ninan, Quinnipiac published a new poll today pitting Christie against our girl in NJ,  his home state and thus probably his strongest one where he is polling higher than any governor since Quinnipiac has been doing this poll.

February 20, 2013 – New Jersey Gov Flies High, Buries Unknown Dem, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Christie Close To Clinton, Leads Cuomo In ’16 Pres Race
New Jersey voters today continue Gov. Christopher Christie’s record-breaking 74 – 22 percent approval rating, the highest of any New Jersey governor in 17 years of Quinnipiac University surveys. Voters also say 71 – 23 percent that Gov. Christie deserves reelection this year.
Christie’s job score is currently the highest of any governor in the seven states surveyed by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.

If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Hillary Clinton the Democrat and Christopher Christie the Republican, for whom would you vote?

                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk

Clinton              49%     7%    86%    44%    35%    60%    37%    88%
Christie             45     90      8     48     58     34     56      6
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      -      -      -      -      1      1      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      -      2      1      1      1      1      -
DK/NA                 5      3      5      7      5      5      4      6

                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YRS.......    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+    <50K   50-100 >100K

Clinton              51%    47%    51%    51%    46%    54%    51%    46%
Christie             43     46     41     44     47     38     44     50
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      1      1      -      -      -      -      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      -      2      2      1      1      3      -      -
DK/NA                 5      5      5      4      6      6      4      3

                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore

Clinton              61%    55%    40%    53%    32%
Christie             31     40     57     39     57
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      1      -      -      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      -      1      -      3      2
DK/NA                 7      3      3      5      9

First a disclaimer from me: I do not put any credence in any “insider” info.  So many people claim to *know* what Hillary Clinton will do.  Right now all we really know is that she will be doing some public speaking and writing her memoirs of her Secretary of State years.  If she is looking at the Republican field,  given the 2012 pool,  it appears there is no one stronger than Christie.

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George gets the highest rating of the last (free) question. Viera and Hill just about equal with the idiotic “will you run” question.


Interview With George Stephanopoulos of ABC’s Good Morning America

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Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
January 18, 2011

QUESTION: Madam Secretary, thanks for joining us this morning. The White House is really rolling out the red carpet for President Hu, but I think a lot of Americans, especially those having trouble in the job market, are having a hard time figuring out how to think about China. Are they friend or foe, ally or adversary?

SECRETARY CLINTON: George, one of the reasons why we are rolling out the red carpet and having President Hu Jintao come for a state visit is because we think that we’ll be able better to answer such a question as we move forward. And my hope is —

QUESTION: You don’t know yet?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, my hope is that we have a normal relationship, a very positive, cooperative, comprehensive relationship, where in some areas we are going to compete – there’s no doubt about that – but in many areas we’re going to cooperate. And we’ve seen that pattern in the last two years and it’s a pattern that I think reflects the reality and the complexity of our relationship.

QUESTION: It’s tough competition on the economic front especially. Your senior senator in New York, Chuck Schumer, has said America is getting fed up with the way China is manipulating its currency, closing down its markets, and he says that at times they are seeking unfair economic advantage. He’s actually proposed legislation that would sanction them, have tariffs if they don’t stop manipulating their currency.

Can you see a point where the Administration would get behind something like that?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, George, let me say first that I think Americans need to put this relationship into perspective. Our economy is about three times the size of the Chinese economy, where they have four times the number of people. So our standard of living is much higher, our innovation, our creativity – all of that is really to America’s advantage.

They have a huge labor market. They have lower costs. And they are going to be a really tough competitor. And what we’re looking for is a competition where nobody’s got their thumb or their fist on the scale. So —

QUESTION: That’s the way it is right now, though.

SECRETARY CLINTON: No – we agree. That’s why we continue to raise issues of currency, of what they call indigenous innovation, which could be a disadvantage for our firms; of the failure to protect intellectual property, which is really our bread and butter because we are at the forefront of creating intellectual property.

So we are very clear in raising a lot of these issues. We do it continuously. We will be doing it during this visit. And we see small steps. I think it’s important to realize that we’re going to stand up for our values and our interests and our security. They’re going to stand up for theirs as they see it.

So part of what this dialogue is about is making sure that there’s no doubt in the Chinese mind that we think it’s in our interest, but it’s also in their interest, to have a freer market economy, to create more indigenous innovation, if you will, but not at the disadvantage of American creativity, intellectual property, and businesses.

So this is an ongoing discussion. We’re not going to be able to change their behavior overnight. But we think as they continue to develop, if we can create some bilateral trust, they will begin to see that a more open economy is actually in their interest, and that will advantage America.

QUESTION: We also have to see on the issue of security whether they’re going to do more to crack down on the North Korean nuclear program and stop undermining efforts to stop the Iranians from building nuclear weapons. Are we seeing any progress there, because it doesn’t seem like it from the outside?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, I think I see it a little differently. On Iran, for example, China joined with us in the tough sanctions. The Israelis just said about a week or so ago that they see a slowdown in the Iranian program. We believe that sanctions have had an impact. In North Korea, they also joined with us on sanctions.

So I think you have to look at the steps that we have taken to date and the fact that we need to be doing more. We are still —

QUESTION: You don’t believe they’re undermining the sanctions in Iran?

SECRETARY CLINTON: We think that there are some entities within China that we have brought to the attention of the Chinese leadership that are still not as, shall we say, as in compliance as we would like them to be. And we are pushing very hard on that and we may be proposing more unilateral sanctions.

Now, the Chinese response is they are enforcing the sanctions they agreed to in the Security Council; they did not agree to either European, American, or Japanese sanctions that were imposed unilaterally. Our response to that is, look, we share the same goal, we need to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear weapons state; so therefore, even though technically you did not sign up to our unilateral sanctions, we expect you to help us implement them. Because what is the alternative? Some kind of conflict in the Persian Gulf which would disrupt oil supplies, which would have a terrible impact on your economy? So it’s that kind of very clear-eyed, realistic discussion that we are having. And I think that we’ve made progress, we have a ways to go.

And similarly with North Korea, we have the same goal – the Chinese and the U.S.: We want a denuclearized, peaceful, stable Korean Peninsula. The Chinese have, obviously, many more years of experience in dealing with the North Koreans. They are very straightforward in saying here’s what we think you, South Korea, and Japan need to do to try to change their behavior. Well, we are exploring their recommendations and we are giving our own recommendations. But we’re engaged in a very intense discussion about this.

QUESTION: Let me ask you about Vice President Cheney. He gave an interview where he said – where he wondered whether President Obama has the absolute commitment to stopping another terror attack that both he – he said – and President Bush had. What do you make of that?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, I think that is really unfortunate language. I was certainly taken aback by it. I don’t know how anyone who was in the White House before or now could doubt any president’s absolute commitment to stopping the terrorists from attacking us. And I think you’ve seen in the last two years that President Obama and our entire team is single-mindedly focused on that, and we’ve had some successes in preventing terrorists from wreaking havoc on our own country and working with our friends and allies around the world.

I don’t think it’s useful to make such a statement and I certainly reject it completely.

QUESTION: Let me ask you a question coming out of that tragedy in Tucson. It’s pretty clear that Americans are fed up with the tone of our political discourse. We just had a poll at ABC News showing 82 percent don’t like the tone right now. You’ve been in the middle of the political fray for so long, I’m just wondering if you had any concrete ideas on how we might ratchet down the rhetoric. And for example, if you were still in the Senate, would you sit next to Republicans at the State of the Union?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Oh, absolutely. I think that it may be a symbolic action, but symbolism matters. And I think we need to be doing more of that. I also think we have to be very careful about demonizing what are political disagreements by personalizing the people who hold different views. And I think everybody in politics, as I have been, gets carried away in the heat of the moment from time to time, and maybe says things about the person as opposed to the policy that we would think better of the next day.

So I think we need to continue to hold the opinions – that goes back to the beginning of our great debate in this country. And certainly we don’t all agree on the best way forward, whether it’s economics or any other issue, but let’s try to keep it on the policy. And one of the things that I regret, George, is what I call an evidence-free zone in our political debate, where people say things without ever being held accountable. And I don’t care whether it comes from one side or the other; if people make statements that are factually untrue in order to push their political point, there needs to be some way, through the media or elsewhere, to really call them on it.

Because let’s have a legitimate, fact-based debate. We all love our country. We all know that our country has some challenges. We want to maintain the standard of living. We want to create jobs. We want to give our children the same kind of future that we inherited when it was passed on to us by our parents and grandparents. And so let’s come to the table with that sense of good faith and sincere commitment, and let’s have a civil conversation where, yes, we can have differences, but we search for common ground.

QUESTION: We’re out of time. One final question. You seem awfully fulfilled on the professional front. How are you doing on the grandmother front?

SECRETARY CLINTON: (Laughter.) Well, I will only get in trouble however I respond to that, but let me just say I love babies so maybe I’ll have more in my life someday. (Laughter.)

QUESTION: Well, good luck with that. Madame Secretary, thanks so much for your time.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thanks, George. Good to talk to you.

QUESTION: Bye-bye.

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