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Hillary took the debate stage tonight with confidence and a bright smile the night after a resounding victory in Mississippi and a narrow defeat in Michigan.  Watching these debates you sometimes have to remind yourself that she is not president … yet.

TRANSCRIPT courtesy of the New York Times >>>>

Link to a Youtube of the full debate >>>>

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The tweets below came from Hillary’s account and also from some of her  staffers.  They reflect both responses to questions and reactions to answers.

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Hillary: “It’s not easy to do what I think is right, to help people, to even the odds, to hear a story like the woman’s story we just heard. And to know that I can make a difference and I want to in every way possible.

I am not a natural politician, in case you haven’t noticed, like my husband or President Obama. So I have a view that I just have to do the best I can, get the results I can, make a difference in people’s lives, and hope that people see that I’m fighting for them and that I can improve conditions economically and other ways that will benefit them and their families.”

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Hillary: “I believe in universal health care. I fought for it 25 years ago.”

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It is clear from some of the tweets that revolution is not necessarily a popular idea in south Florida.  Seems Senator Sanders was hoist with his own petard.  Interesting that after months of promising a popular mobilization that will tear down everything President Obama has done, Sanders becomes Defender-in-Chief of Obama.  And Hillary is copying him?

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Tune in tonight!

The Univision Democratic debate (Wednesday, March 9)

The day after Tuesday’s primaries, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will meet for a Univision Democratic debate simulcast on CNN. The two are likely to debate immigration and campaign strategy, trying to sway voters in the swing state, according to The Washington Post, which is co-sponsoring the event.

When and where is the debate? The Democratic debate will be held at Miami Dade College at 9 p.m. ET Wednesday.

How can I watch? It will air live in Spanish on Univision and simulcast in English on CNN. The debate will also be live streamed on Univision.com, WashingtonPost.com, CNN.com and FUSION.net.

Who will moderate the debate? The moderators will be Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post and Maria Elena Salinas and Jorge Ramos of Univision.

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Follow live as The Times covers tonight’s Democratic debate


Welcome to debate night.Join us at  9 p.m. EST as Nick Confessore, Maggie Haberman, Alan Rappeport provide live analysis of the second Democratic debate of the week.

The debate in south Florida comes a day after Bernie Sanders secured a narrow but surprising victory over Hillary Clinton in Michigan, and lost handedly to her in Mississippi.

Will Mrs. Clinton take her Michigan loss as a nudge to reach out to his supporters? Will Mr. Sanders likewise try to expand his appeal beyond his core constituencies? Will the split victories yesterday instead open a phase of all out warfare?

Here is how to watch and find out.

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Washington, DC
Press Release

At White House Early Learning Summit, Partners Commit to Reaching Millions of Hispanic Families with Information, Tools and Resources to Promote Early Brain Development, Strengthen Early Literacy and Early Numeracy, and Reinforce the Benefits of Bilingualism

WASHINGTON, DC— Univision Communications Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America, announced a new commitment in partnership with Too Small to Fail, a joint effort of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation and Next Generation, to help Hispanic parents and caregivers boost early brain development and improve early learning among Hispanic children from birth to age five.  The commitment, unveiled in conjunction with today’s White House Early Learning Summit, builds on “Pequeños y Valiosos” (Young and Valuable), the joint campaign launched by Univision and Too Small to Fail in February 2014 that has since reached millions of Hispanic families with messages, tools and resources.

Univision and Too Small to Fail will deepen and strengthen “Pequeños y Valiosos” in 2015 by:

  • Introducing new programming that integrates messages about early numeracy, the science behind early brain development and the benefits of bilingualism;
  • Expanding reach to be more inclusive of fathers, grandparents and other caregivers with more than 200 million media impressions reinforcing the importance of talking, reading and singing to young children and highlighting the benefits of bilingualism;
  • Providing no fewer than 100,000 Hispanic families with materials, tools, and resources on early literacy, early brain development and early numeracy, through digital content, a new interactive text messaging platform, mobile apps, and dozens of Univision-sponsored community events across the country;
  • Developing and implementing new tools to empower Hispanic parents to better navigate relationships with childcare providers and assess the quality of childcare centers; and,
  • Increasing the number of Hispanic families who have pledged to spend at least 15 minutes every day talking, reading or singing to their young children to over 35,000 families – representing at least 3.5 million hours pledged to these activities in 2015.

The expansion efforts will be greatly enhanced by a new collaboration between “Pequeños y Valiosos” and Vroom, an early learning initiative of the Bezos Family Foundation, to integrate Vroom’s positive brain-building messages, parent tools and technology into “Pequeños y Valiosos” in 2015.  Vroom and “Pequeños y Valiosos” will empower families with actionable information about the science of early childhood; provide timely prompts to encourage brain-building interactions between parents and children; and deliver tools to help parents develop early numeracy skills in toddlers, as well as tips about how to incorporate more talking, reading, and singing to their children into their daily lives.

Throughout 2015, “Pequeños y Valiosos” will continue to provide Hispanic parents and caregivers with the latest news and information about early brain development and early learning, through regular news features produced by Univision News, special programming and public service announcements produced by the award-winning Univision Contigo community empowerment team, as well as free online resources for parents from Univision and a range of community partners at www.univision.com/educacion.

“Pequeños y Valiosos” is part of Univision Contigo, Univision’s community empowerment platform that delivers programs to support the U.S. Hispanic community in the areas of education, health, prosperity and civic participation. The Heising-Simons Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation provided financial resources to support the production of the “Pequeños y Valiosos” campaign in 2014.

This is the second time this year that Too Small to Fail has worked with the White House and early childhood community leaders to support early learning and help close the “word gap” — or, the disparity in words that children living in lower-income families hear and learn compared to those in higher-income families. In October, Too Small to Fail joined the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Urban Institute, U.S. Department of Education, and Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to highlight the ways that communities across the country are tackling this serious but solvable challenge.



Talking is Teaching in Tulsa

In March 2014, Too Small to Fail announced its first local campaign in Tulsa, Oklahoma, titled “Talking is Teaching”. The campaign was developed in partnership with the George Kaiser Family Foundation, as well as several other community organizations, businesses and individuals that are dedicated to improving the lives of children and families in the local Tulsa community and elsewhere.

This November, our partners rolled out the campaign with the help of hundreds of faith-based leaders, pediatricians, business owners, nurses, and medical facility administrators. These trusted messengers will educate parents about early brain development, and share why talking, reading and singing with children every day from birth is important to their learning and well-being. They will also distribute thousands of materials like books and clothing designed to increase communication between parents and their young children.

During the next few weeks, we will highlight some of these trusted messengers’ efforts on our Facebook page and on our website. Voices like that of Dr. Amy Emerson, a dedicated pediatrician who is also a champion of early literacy programs like Reach Out and Read. In our Q&A with her, Dr. Emerson explains that the best way that parents and caregivers can promote and support early literacy and language development is by integrating it into a daily routine.

There is much to be done in Tulsa and in other communities across the United States to ensure that all children can experience healthy, balanced lives and are prepared to enter school. But we know that with the help of dedicated community leaders—and the efforts of parents and caregivers—more children can meet their potential and succeed in the 21st century.


Dr. Amy Emerson describes how pediatricians are prescribing reading books to children to improve brain development and benefit children’s well-being. >>

Using Every Day Moments to Inspire Early Math Skills

Early math, like early literacy, helps build a foundation for later learning that prepares children for success in school and beyond. Many studies have shown that children who are exposed to math early in life do better in school and apply the math skills they learn to other learning. In fact, it appears that math—more than any other subject area—is a better predictor of future academic success.

The great news is that parents and caregivers can inspire a love of math in their young children using everyday moments. And it doesn’t require flash cards or rote memorization. Math is all around us, and parents and caregivers can use simple tools and activities to share with children important math concepts like shapes, sizes, number order and counting.

Even very young babies get basic math concepts like quantity and space, and are interested in understanding the math around them. Professor Deborah Stipek of Stanford University explains that young children learn best during playful, everyday activities, like counting toes at bath time or buttons on a shirt. At meal times, a parent or caregiver can point out shapes in their baby’s food or in the kitchen. Reading books and singing songs that have basic counting or rhyming patterns also help familiarize children with basic math skills.

Older toddlers enjoy learning math from fun activities like shape hunting or counting games. Once they learn basic skills like counting to ten, children enjoy being asked to find a set number of safe items around the house that match a certain number or shape.

And it is never to early—or late!—to get started. Parents and caregivers can help build math confidence and skill whatever the age of the child.


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Early math experts explain why it’s important to help children discover a love of math in this sweet, original Too Small to Fail video. >>

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The Vital Role of Parents

Parents keep children safe and healthy – it’s in our genes to look out for our children’s well-being. We react instinctively when a child is in harm’s way.

The more we learn about how children develop, the more we know about the crucial role of parents in those moments when a child isn’t in danger. Parents play a vital role in their children’s social and emotional development by providing quality engagement that stimulates brain growth and increases their learning potential. Those every day interactions are the keys to a child’s long-term potential.

Research has shown that meaningful family engagement – the amount of time parents spend talking with their children, reading them a book, cuddling them or asking about their day – has a direct impact on learning and motivation. Very young children thrive when their parents spend time talking, reading, and singing to them every day and when their parents remain calm during emotional outbursts or stressful situations. Older children benefit from parents who ask about their friends, establish a homework routine, and carve out quiet study time.

All children benefit when parents and caregivers establish routines in their home, whether around family meal times, bedtimes or bath times. Routines that begin early can pave the way for habits that last into adulthood. A routine as simple as reading to a child before bed contributes to her healthy brain development and sets her up to become a successful, lifelong reader.

No matter the activity, parents play a critical role in their children’s growth and education from birth on, and help establish the emotional and cognitive foundation that their children’s lives will be built upon.

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This week we decided to celebrate the joy of reading, by asking the staff at Next Generation to share their favorite children’s books—the ones their parents, grandparents, and siblings read to them as children. »

This evening, Hillary is in Sedona to speak at the McCain Institute. Cindy McCain is a member of the Leadership Council at Too Small to Fail and, as the Clinton Foundation reports, participated in an event for parents on Thursday in Phoenix.


Cindy McCain and Univision Share ‘Talking is Teaching’ Message with Parents and Community Leaders at Local Phoenix Event

Phoenix, AZ
Press Release

Senator’s Wife and Philanthropist Meets With Dozens of Parents, Business and Community Leaders to Discuss Ways to Improve Early Learning for Young Children

Phoenix, AZ—Cindy McCain, businesswoman, philanthropist, member of the Leadership Council of Too Small to Fail and longtime early education advocate, will meet with dozens of parents, community and business leaders today at the Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC) Community Center to discuss how parents and caregivers can improve their young children’s vocabulary using simple actions like talking, reading and singing for at least 15 minutes every day. The event is hosted by Univision Communications Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America, and Too Small to Fail, a joint initiative between Next Generation and the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation; this is part of a sustained effort to improve early learning and prepare children to enter kindergarten across the country.

Parents at today’s event will speak directly with Mrs. McCain and Univision executive Roberto Llamas, EVP, Chief Human Resources & Community Empowerment Officer, Univision Communications Inc., as well as several local community leaders, about ways they can improve their children’s early learning. While many parents agree on the importance of spending quality time with their young children, only about half of those interviewed in focus groups report reading, singing or doing other activities with their young children daily to promote brain development and vocabulary.

Research has shown that that children in low-income families hear up to   30 million fewer words by age four than their high-income counterparts. This is commonly referred to as the “word gap.” But when parents and caregivers talk, read and sing to their babies and toddlers every day, they help expand their children’s language skills and significantly increase their chances for future academic success.

This local event is one of dozens of community events and special programming hosted by Univision during April, but is part of a longer campaign called “Pequeños y Valiosos” (Young and Valuable), launched earlier this year in partnership with Too Small to Fail. The multi-year campaign is delivering expert research, commentary and information across Univision platforms.

“Parents are our children’s first teachers,” said Mrs. McCain, “and they have a great opportunity to make a real difference in their young children’s lives. I am optimistic that Arizona’s families will embrace these messages and help make sure our children are prepared to succeed in 21st century America.”

“Univision is proud to work with parents and children to help our Hispanic community succeed and are committed to initiatives that provide them access to the resources and information they need in this regard,” said Llamas.




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Today, Hillary joined New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to launch a joint initiative between her Too Small to Fail organization and Univision to encourage the development of pre-literacy and literacy skills in the Latino 0 – 5 age group.

New York, NY
Press Release

Too Small To Fail, a joint initiative of the Clinton Foundation and Next Generation, joins with Univision to launch Early Childhood Development Program “Pequeños y Valiosos” (Young and Valuable)  

New York — On Tuesday, February 4, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Univision Communications Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer Randy Falco will launch a partnership between Univision and Too Small to Fail, a joint initiative of Next Generation and the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation. The event will mark the beginning of a multi-year partnership with Univision Communications Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America, as part of the Company’s Univision Contigo (Univision With You) empowerment efforts. Building upon Univision’s award-winning education initiative and Too Small to Fail’s mission to help parents and businesses take meaningful actions to improve the health and well-being of children ages zero to five, the partnership, branded in Spanish as “Pequeños y Valiosos,” will deliver expert research, commentary and information across Univision platforms. As indicated in Too Small to Fail’s strategic roadmap, early health and learning directly impacts an individual’s long-term productivity and success. The more parents speak with their children, the faster their children’s vocabularies grow, laying the groundwork for future academic success. “Pequeños y Valiosos” will direct its efforts at Hispanic parents and other caregivers of children ages zero to five, encouraging them to talk, read, and sing with their children in order to develop their language and vocabulary skills. “At Univision we are proud to work with parents and children to help our community succeed.  We invest in initiatives and partnerships that provide them access to the resources and information they need in this regard,” said Randy Falco, president & CEO of Univision Communications Inc. “As our education initiative marks its fourth year, the partnership with Next Generation, the Clinton Foundation, and many other education organizations, will help us amplify our commitment by delivering the best information possible about early childhood development to the Hispanic community.” The partners also launched a new feature section on Univision’s website, www.univision.com/educacion, which offers factsheets, tips and special content for Spanish-speaking parents provided by Too Small to Fail’s partner organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, First Book, the National Council of La Raza, the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), Sesame Workshop, and Zero to Three. Additionally, as part of “Pequeños y Valiosos”, Univision Contigo, Too Small to Fail and their partner organizations will make available thousands of books and other informational materials to families across the country at special events organized by Univision’s local affiliate stations, the first of which is scheduled for Saturday, February 22, in Austin, Texas. Univision Contigo is inviting parents to take a pledge to dedicate uninterrupted time every day to interacting with their children on its website, www.univisioncontigo.com.  Barbara Bermudo, award-winning journalist and anchor for Univision’s award winning newsmagazine “Primer Impacto” (First Impact), will serve as a national spokesperson for the partnership. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Univision to share the newest science about early childhood with Hispanic families,” said Jim Steyer, board chair and co-founder of Next Generation. Patti Miller, director of Too Small to Fail for the Clinton Foundation, added: “Hispanics represent the fastest growing population in the United States, and the decisions parents and caregivers make today will influence their children’s futures and the future of our country for years to come.” The partnership will launch with a “roadblock” of special programming promoting early learning across Univision Network’s programs, including segments on Hispanic America’s top morning show “Despierta América” (Wake Up America), the leading Spanish-language daily newsmagazine “Primer Impacto” (First Impact), on Univision’s nightly evening news “Noticiero Univision,” as well as in local news across Univision affiliates and on Dr. Isabel’s national radio program on Univision Radio’s AM network Univision America. Following the launch, special programming focused on early education and learning, as well as Univision Contigo public service announcements featuring Univision personalities, will be introduced across Univision’s networks and affiliate stations.

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Too Small to Fail Partners with Univision to Help Close Word Gap

On Tuesday, February 4, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Univision Communications Inc. President and CEO Randy Falco announced a partnership between Univision and Too Small to Fail. The announcement, which took place at a bilingual Head Start preschool program in East Harlem, New York City, marks the beginning of a multi-year partnership to help Hispanic parents and caregivers get information about early brain development, early learning, and efforts and strategies to close the word gap.

Research shows that Hispanic children are much less likely to have a parent or other family members read, sing, or tell stories to them every day. But fewer words heard daily means fewer words in a child’s vocabulary, and the partnership, titled “Pequeños y Valiosos” (Young and Valuable) will encourage Spanish-speaking parents and caregivers to talk, read, and sing with their children in order to develop their language and vocabulary skills.

“It’s important for parents to see themselves as teachers,” said Daniela, mother of a three-year-old girl who attends the preschool, during a roundtable discussion at the announcement event. “My daughter can speak several languages because we have taught her. She learns from us first.”

Recent focus groups among Spanish speaking parents have highlighted that many are concerned about language fluency, in particular if their children speak only Spanish. However, researchers agree that baby and young toddlers need to hear many words every day—no matter the language—in order to create important neural pathways in their brains that build their emotional, social, and cognitive skills.

For dual language learners (children who learn more than one language), fluency in the home language can pave the way for learning English. Babies and young children have a high capacity for language, and can learn more than one language without any problems, even if there is a short-term delay. In fact, new research shows that dual language learners often score higher in memory, creativity, and problem-solving.

“Pequeños y Valiosos” will offer fact sheets, tips and special content for parents and caregivers on a new feature section of Univision’s website.

Learn more:

  • For Spanish speakers: hablar dos idiomas no es un impedimento, de Univision.
  • Frequently asked questions about dual language learning, from Zero to Three.

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Watch Barbara Bermudo, award-winning Univision news anchor, talk about the importance of talking, reading and singing to your children (in Spanish). >>



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New York, NY
Press Release

Initiative Expands on Univision’s Award-Winning Education Initiative

NEW YORK – Feb. 3, 2014 — On Tuesday, February 4, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Univision Communications Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer Randy Falco will launch a partnership between Univision and Too Small to Fail, a joint initiative of Next Generation and the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.

The event will mark the beginning of a multi-year partnership with Univision Communications Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America, as part of the Company’s Univision Contigo (Univision With You) empowerment efforts.  Building upon Univision’s award-winning education initiative and Too Small to Fail’s mission to help parents and businesses take meaningful actions to improve the education, health and well-being of children ages zero to five, the partnership, branded in Spanish as “Pequeños y Valiosos” (Young and Valuable), will deliver expert research, commentary and information across Univision platforms to encourage Hispanic parents and families to actively engage young children to help build their vocabulary and language development in the early years.

WHO:             Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Randy Falco, president and chief executive officer of Univision Communications

WHEN:          Tuesday, February 4, 2014;  10:30am-12:00pm ET

WHERE:        East Harlem Council for Human Services Head Start Program, 440 East 116th Street, New York

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Hillary Clinton was on U.S. soil for all of 22 hours on March 18, 2011,  the only day of the week that began Monday, March 14,  with her departure for meetings in Paris,  for which a public schedule has not been published by the State Department.  She arrived from North Africa at one that morning, and was on her way back to Paris around ten that night.

We can piece her day together.  Cable TV news was reporting a meeting in the Situation Room that morning she was said to have attended.  We saw her meeting with Ireland’s foreign minister in the morning and  officials from Northern Ireland in the afternoon.  Sandwiched between the Irish was a speech she made on Latin America at the Center for Strategic International Studies, and by late afternoon President Obama was on TV announcing that we would indeed be joining the coalition to implement a No-Fly Zone over Libya and that he was sending Secretary of State Clinton to a meeting in Paris the next day.  Busy day for a busy lady!  Somehow, she managed to squeeze these two interviews with Spanish-language news channels into that already packed day.

Interview With Lourdes Meluza of Univision


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

QUESTION: (In Spanish.)

At this point, do you have any evidence that the offer by Libya – the ceasefire – is real? Would you have to – what would you have to see to trust it? And will this in any way slow down the operations that have set in motion the Security Council approving this resolution?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, we are waiting to see what Mr. Qadhafi actually does. The Security Council called for a ceasefire, and President Obama has made very clear we expect to see a ceasefire – but not just by words. We want to see actions on the ground. We want to see Qadhafi’s troops begin moving away from the cities that they were marching toward that they have sieged. We want to see them pull out of the cities that they’ve taken by violence and force. We want to see them open up the country to real humanitarian assistance coming in to help the people.

And so he knows what he is expected to do. He’s on a very tight timetable, because the international community has made its will known with the Security Council resolution. So we will know whether he is going to abide by the Security Council or whether the international community will have to enforce the resolution.

QUESTION: (In Spanish.)

If your goal, as you have stated, is that Qadhafi leaves, is the military action inevitable?

SECRETARY CLINTON: We don’t know yet, and so I don’t want to prejudge it. Because it is possible that he will see the overwhelming opposition of the world and begin to behave in a way that a leader should behave, in which case he will have begun to answer the demands of the Security Council. Now, I don’t know what he will do, but by this time tomorrow we will have a much better idea.

QUESTION: (In Spanish.)

What will be your goal in your meeting in France?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, what is so remarkable about what happened in the Security Council and it will be demonstrated at the meeting in France tomorrow, is that this is not a U.S. unilateral action. This is not even an action by NATO. This is an action that came from the demand of the Arab League. The Arab League, last Saturday, said to the international community, we want a Security Council resolution that will stop this man from what he is doing, and then said we will help you. So this was remarkable that we had for the first time an Arab League decision to suspend a member and then to call for action, including the potential of military action.

So tomorrow in France we will have the heads of state of a number of European countries, of Arab countries, and everyone will work to determine the best way forward.

QUESTION: (In Spanish.)

The United States will, in fact, participate in this no-fly zone?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Yes. Now, we will be aiding the efforts of the Europeans and the Arabs because we have some unique capacities. But the President has made clear this will be a well-defined, limited, discrete mission that the United States will go forward in helping others to make sure we do this.

QUESTION: (In Spanish.)

Are there discrepancies in what Japan is communicating to the U.S. as to the safety of – particularly on the nuclear situation? And is the U.S. prepared to evacuate thousands of Americans, if necessary?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, we are always prepared to evacuate American citizens if we believe that they are in danger. And where we stand right now is that our nuclear experts are working very closely to reach our own judgments based on the information we can obtain about what’s going on and working closely with the Japanese to assist them in dealing with this unprecedented disaster that they are facing.

But we have said we will assist those Americans who wish to leave, and we are doing so. We have also worked with our military, which has, as you know, many people stationed in Japan, to make sure that we are closely coordinating.

It is not yet at a point where we would order people to leave, but we have said, based on our information, we would like to see Americans at least 50 miles away from the plants.

QUESTION: (In Spanish.)

Despite widespread concerns here and elsewhere, Jean-Bertrand Aristide has returned to Haiti. Are you concerned that he could be a destabilizing force at this moment?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, I think it is going to be up to former president Aristide what kind of force he is inside Haiti. What’s important is that the people of Haiti are looking to the future, not to the past. They have an election on Sunday, which is so significant because it will be the first time there will be a handoff of power between a democratically elected president to the next democratically elected president. And the United States is going to do everything we can, along with our international partners, to make the election successful – free, fair, transparent, with credible results. And that’s what I think people are looking at in Haiti.

QUESTION: But the U.S. had preferred he had not returned?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, putting together this election, still in the midst of all of the destruction from the earthquake, is a huge undertaking. And we just want it to be done as smoothly as possible. And I’m hoping that that will be the case on Sunday.

QUESTION: Okay, on the trip of the President to Latin America. (In Spanish.)

One of the reasons of the trip of the President, he has said, is to reestablish economic ties, to strengthen them, and to talk about job creation. And do you think, for instance, that China is gaining terrain on the United States with Latin America?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, I think China is certainly expanding its commercial relationships in Latin America, which it is doing all over the world. There’s nothing unusual about that. But Latin America is America’s biggest trading partner, and we are very committed to doing everything we can to strengthen those economic ties and also the relationships between the United States and the countries of Latin America, because we have so much more in common when it comes to democracy, when it comes to dealing with challenges from climate change to energy security to social inclusion and income inequality. And that’s what we’re focusing on and that’s what the President will be talking about.

QUESTION: (In Spanish.)

Do you expect any concrete initiatives to come out of this trip?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Yes, I think you will see some very important announcements on the economy and greater economic cooperation between the United States and Brazil. You will see a reaffirmation and a very strong statement of support for democracy and the need to continue to improve it in Chile. And you’ll see a real commitment on the part of the United States to helping El Salvador and Central America deal with the twin challenges of security problems caused by the criminal gangs, the narco-traffickers, and inequality and poverty, which has to be addressed.

QUESTION: Okay, on Mexico. (In Spanish.)

As you know, the ATF Operation Fast and Furious has created an uproar in Mexico. They claim that they didn’t know anything about it. Were you aware that it was taking place, and how has it affected the relations with your partner?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, I was unaware of it. It was a law enforcement initiative. But I do think it’s important to recognize it was aimed at doing something that we are in full agreement with Mexico about, and that is stopping the flow of illegal guns across the border.

But we’re still working on making sure there is good cooperation and good information sharing. We’ve come a very long way in working with our Mexican friends on this shared challenge of criminality. And the Department of Justice has announced it will be investigating that particular program.

QUESTION: Does the U.S. ambassador in Mexico, Carlos Pascual, does he still have your confidence after the WikiLeaks scandals?

(In Spanish.)

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, I deeply regret the WikiLeaks situation, and I’ve told President Calderon that. But I do really appreciate what Ambassador Pascual has done in his time as our ambassador because he’s worked closely with many parts of the Mexican Government. We are close friends and partners with Mexico but we don’t always agree on everything, as no two countries do. And so I’m going to continue to really support the important work that’s being done, and it will be up to the ambassador to determine how effective he can be going forward.

QUESTION: Okay. (In Spanish.)


QUESTION: One more? Okay, one more. It seems that Cuba returned to the United States (inaudible) Cuba, like in the recent measures that were announced, Cuba comes back with something, and this time it’s being the sentencing of an American citizen.

(In Spanish.)

What can you do about it?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, we deeply deplore the sentencing of Alan Gross. He should not be there in the first place, having been in prison for so many months. He should not have been brought before a court and charged with crimes that he did not commit. We believe he should be released and returned to his family on humanitarian grounds as soon as possible. And we hope that the Cuban Government will do that, because I think everyone knows that President Obama came into office and has demonstrated a willingness to try to assist the Cuban people and provide greater relationships and connections between the Cuban people and Cuban Americans and other Americans. But it is very regrettable that Alan Gross is being treated the way he is.

QUESTION: Madam Secretary, we wish you the best in your trips and your diplomacy in Europe. Thank you for this time, the best of luck to you. Thank you for this time.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you very much.

Interview With Jose Diaz-Balart of Telemundo


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

QUESTION: (Speaking in Spanish.) Thank you for being with us. (Speaking in Spanish.) Is the United States going to be entering into a new battlefield in Libya?

SECRETARY CLINTON: No, but what we are going to do is to work with the international community to convince Mr. Qadhafi to stop the violence against his own people, and we’ve laid out very clear demands in the United Nations Security Council. This is not an American initiative; this is an international initiative. And then we will be prepared with European partners and Arab partners, which has never happened before, to enforce the will of the international community. But the United States has a very time-limited, discreet, well-defined role to play in accomplishing this.

QUESTION: (Speaking in Spanish.) But the U.S. Armed Forces may be involved?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Yes, they will be. We have some unique capacities that neither European, Arab, nor anyone else has to contribute to this effort, and we will do so. But what has been really important about this is that it’s not just everybody saying, “Oh, we need to do something, go do it, United States.” It’s other people saying, “We want to be part of it. We’re willing to put our planes, our pilots, our military assets to work.” So that’s a big difference than many of the other situations that have occurred in the past.

QUESTION: (Speaking in Spanish.) The message directly to Qadhafi is what?

SECRETARY CLINTON: As the President said very clearly: You must end your violence. You must have a ceasefire. You must withdraw away from the cities that you have taken by force. You must return power and water to your own people. And you must open up access for humanitarian assistance to be provided.

QUESTION: (Speaking in Spanish.) — Japan what an amazingly destructive incident —

SECRETARY CLINTON: Oh my goodness.

QUESTION: — and many are worried about the nuclear after-attack.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Yes. Well, first, I think every American was horrified by what happened in Japan – a 9.0 earthquake followed by an enormous tsunami, which is a Japanese word for obvious reasons, and now, these very catastrophic developments in the nuclear reactors. There is no danger to Americans from radiation coming from Japan to the United States. However, we are worried about Americans and Japanese and others who are near these plants.

And we have sent our nuclear experts to Japan. They are working to try to determine what exactly is going on, and how we help advise the Japanese about what to do about it, because it’s a really unpredicted, unprecedented chain of events. We actually ordered that Americans get much further away from the plants than the Japanese have. We are providing —

QUESTION: Why is that? (Speaking in Spanish.)

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, our assessment was that the potential for radiation fallout was beyond the 20-mile radius that had originally been discussed. In fact, it would be safer to go to a 50-mile radius. We moved a lot of our military forces who were helping with the events out of a wind pattern and further away from shore.

Now, Japan’s been fortunate in the last couple of days because the wind has been blowing out to sea, so we haven’t seen the impact that we were worried about. But we are literally watching this minute by minute, and we have told American citizens in Japan that they should take prudent precautions, and we have told the families of our civilian and military employees that if they wish to leave, we will facilitate that.

QUESTION: (Speaking in Spanish.) Let’s talk about Mexico. Is Mexico Colombia during the ‘80s?

SECRETARY CLINTON: No, but it faces serious security challenges, and we’ve been working closely with the Mexican Government, as has Colombia, because Colombia, as you know so well, has a remarkable success story to tell. It was a courageous effort by the Colombian people and a series of Colombian leaders who have moved Colombia out of the category of being a failed state, which it was, because of the combined effects of the narco-traffickers and the guerillas.

So what we’re doing with Mexico is to make sure that they get all the lessons that the United States, Colombia, and others have to offer, and we are determined to assist Mexico in President Calderon’s very courageous fight against these unbelievably ruthless criminal gangs.

QUESTION: You know there’s been a flare-up on the WikiLeaks issue because the president has expressed very little confidence in the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico. Is he going to be there? Do you have confidence in the U.S. Ambassador? (Speaking in Spanish.)

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, this was a very unfortunate situation. I spoke personally with President Calderon about it and expressed our regret. But at the same time, the Ambassador has been very instrumental in working to make sure that the United States Government responded to the Mexican needs. I think the Ambassador will make an assessment as to whether or not he can continue to be as helpful as he has been in the past.

QUESTION: Fast and furious, this operation that has caused a lot of headlines in Mexico, arms going into Mexico and people are saying, “Is that the way the United States should be acting?” (Speaking in Spanish.) What’s your reaction to that?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, of course, we are committed to doing everything we can to stop the flow of what we consider illegal guns being trafficked into Mexico and being used by the criminals against innocent Mexicans. Different methods have been tried. The one that you mentioned is under review by the Department of Justice, because everything we do, we want to lead to the right result. And I think that questions have been raised about this by the Mexicans themselves and we should look into it.

QUESTION: (Speaking in Spanish.) How would you describe the position or the condition of U.S.-Mexican relations right now?

SECRETARY CLINTON: I think it’s good, and it’s a relationship between friends and partners who are very candid and open with each other, which I personally like, because being the Secretary of State, I see people often saying one thing in private and then an entirely different thing in public. With our Mexican counterparts, they’re very straightforward. President Calderon’s administration, it just lays it on the table. And we don’t agree on everything, but we don’t agree on everything with any country in the world.

So this has been hard. I mean, what the Mexicans are trying to do is to build an effective, professional, national police force, which didn’t exist; strong prosecutorial and judicial responses; a better corrections system to keep these bad guys behind bars; build good, strong community responses against these narco-traffickers. It’s a huge agenda. So I understand that it’s a pretty stressful time, and we support them and we’re going to continue to support them.

QUESTION: On the issue of Alan Gross, 15 years, other than talk and condemn, what can or should the United States be doing? (Speaking in Spanish.)

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, first, I think that the 15-year sentence is deplorable. Alan Gross was in Cuba to help people literally connect with the rest of the world, and as we’re seeing around the world, that’s a tide that is coming. You’re not going to be able to push it back out to sea, even in Cuba. He has served a very long time for doing what was not in any way criminal, in our view. And he should be released, and at the very least, on humanitarian terms. He should be sent home to his family, and I’m hoping that the Cuban Government will do that.

QUESTION: (Speaking in Spanish.) Separate from condemning, is there anything you can or should be doing?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, we are working closely with Alan Gross’s attorneys, who want to be very supportive of what they’re trying to do on his behalf. We don’t want to take any actions or say anything that will undermine the chances for this man to come home to his family.

QUESTION: Last thing – (Speaking in Spanish) –


QUESTION: You know this, we talked about this a lot, the Hispanic community admires you and your husband, but especially you because of your actions with us for many, many decades. And many were taken aback and, quite frankly, upset with you when you said that you weren’t going to be in the public eye in the near future. You want to talk to us about that a little bit, please?

SECRETARY CLINTON: (Laughter.) Well, I cherish my relationship with the Hispanic community in our country, and it goes back really to the time I was a young girl and I was —

QUESTION: You were helping people register. (Speaking in Spanish.)

SECRETARY CLINTON: Yeah, that’s right, and through my church, working with the children of farm workers. So it is incredibly important to me, but I think that – I have signed on and am very honored to serve President Obama as Secretary of State, but at the end of his first term, I will have been 20 years in very high-level political positions, both appointed, elected, and by marriage. And so I’m looking forward to taking a deep breath.

And I think for many of your viewers, I will always continue to serve, and I will look for ways to continue to serve here at home and around the world, particularly on behalf of women and children.

QUESTION: Yeah, I think I’m going to let you slide on that, because I want to know exactly what you are going to be doing —


QUESTION: — and where our community can be finding you. (Speaking in Spanish.)

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, I’ll make a promise.

QUESTION: All right.

SECRETARY CLINTON: When I get near the end of my tenure, you and I will talk, and I will give you everything that I can to be specific.

QUESTION: (Speaking in Spanish.)


QUESTION: (Speaking in Spanish.) Thank you.


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