[Editor's Note: Hillary Clinton suspended her presidential campaign and gave her support to Barack Obama in a speech in Washington, DC on June 7, 2008: "Today, as I suspend my campaign, I congratulate him on the victory he has won and the extraordinary race he has run. I endorse him, and throw my full support behind him...Life is too short, time is too precious, and the stakes are too high to dwell on what might have been. We have to work together for what still can be. And that is why I will work my heart out to make sure that Senator Obama is our next President and I hope and pray that all of you will join me in that effort."
On June 9, 2008, ProCon.org called Clinton's campaign headquarters in Washington, DC and confirmed with Spencer (no last name given) that Hillary Clinton is "suspending" and "not canceling" her campaign. Clinton has not conceded her delegates to Obama because, according to Spencer, "he already has enough delegates for the nomination." ProCon.org stopped updating her profile as of that date.]
Democratic Presidential Candidate US Senator (D-NY)
Pro: "Let us unite around a common goal of reducing the amount of abortions, not by making them illegal as many are attempting to do or overturning Roe v. Wade and undermining the constitutional protections that decision provided, but by preventing unintended pregnancies in the first place through education, contraception, accessible health care and services, empowering women to make decisions."
"Women's Rights: National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association Luncheon," Hillary Clinton's official candidate website, June 13, 2006
Con: "While we all hope that young women will involve their parents in these decisions, mandating parental consent has the serious potential to do more harm than good. In fact, during congressional testimony, Dr. Warren Seigel, an expert in adolescent medicine, stated that legislation mandating parental involvement `represents bad medicine and places politics before the health of our youth.'"
Congressional Record, Library of Congress, THOMAS, July 25, 2006
Not Clearly Pro or Con: "In a major policy speech at St. Anselm College today, Hillary Clinton proposed a series of measures to restore Americans' confidence in their government by increasing transparency and cutting waste and corruption.
'This is a plan to enhance accountability and transparency and make government more efficient and effective for taxpayers,' Clinton said. 'To restore competence and end the culture of cronyism. To replace secrecy and mystery with transparency. A plan to make our government work for all Americans again.'"
"Clinton Outlines Comprehensive 10-Point Government Reform Plan," Press Release, Hillary Clinton's official candidate website, Apr. 13, 2007
Not Clearly Pro or Con: "[Keith] Olbermann: ...Senator Clinton, China, an ally or an adversary?
[Hillary] Clinton: ...You know, six and a half years ago, we had a balanced budget and a surplus...Now we are in deep debt with a rising deficit. And it is absolutely true that George Bush has put it on the credit card, expecting our children and grandchildren to pay for it. We've got to get back to fiscal responsibility in order to undercut the Chinese power over us because of the debt we hold. We also have to deal with their current manipulation. We have to have tougher standards on what they import into this country. I do not want to eat bad food from China or have my children having toys that are going to get them sick...So let's be tough on China going forward."
AFL-CIO Democratic Presidential Forum, Chicago, IL, Aug. 7, 2007
Not Clearly Pro or Con: "The violent clashes in Tibet and the failure of the Chinese government to use its full leverage with Sudan to stop the genocide in Darfur are opportunities for Presidential leadership. These events underscore why I believe the Bush administration has been wrong to downplay human rights in its policy towards China. At this time, and in light of recent events, I believe President Bush should not plan on attending the opening ceremonies in Beijing, absent major changes by the Chinese government.
I encourage the Chinese to take advantage of this moment as an opportunity to live up to universal human aspirations of respect for human rights and unity, ideals that the Olympic games have come to represent."
"Statement by Hillary Clinton on Olympics," Press Release, Hillary Clinton's official candidate website, Apr. 7, 2008
Con: "[Anderson] Cooper: Senator Clinton, would you agree with Senator Biden? American troops should got to Darfur?
[Hillary] Clinton: I agree completely that what we need to do is start acting instead of talking. That means accelerating the United Nations peacekeeping forces along with the African Union. It means moving more quickly on divestment and sanctions on the Sudanese government, including trying to use the diplomacy to get China involved. And, finally, it does mean a no-fly zone. We can do it in a way that doesn't endanger humanitarian relief.
[Anderson] Cooper: How about American troops on the ground?
[Hillary] Clinton: I think NATO [North Atlantic Treaty Organization] has to be there with the no-fly zone, and I think that only the United States can provide the logistical support and the air lift to make a no-fly zone and the actual delivery of humanitarian aid work.
[Anderson] Cooper: Just in the spirit of trying to get the answer, does that mean no American ground troops?
[Hillary] Clinton: American ground troops I don't think belong in Darfur at this time. I think we need to focus on the United Nations peacekeeping troops and the African Union troops. We've got to figure out what we're doing in Iraq, where our troops are stretched thin, and Afghanistan, where we're losing the fight to al Qaeda and bin Laden."
CNN/YouTube Democratic Presidential Debate, Charleston, SC, July 23, 2007
Con: "Well, outsourcing is a problem, and it's one that I've dealt with as a senator from New York. I started an organization called New Jobs for New York to try to stand against the tide of outsourcing, particularly from upstate New York and from rural areas."
All-American Presidential Forum, hosted by PBS, Howard University, Washington, D.C., June 28, 2007
Pro: "NAFTA [North American Free Trade Agreement] was a mistake to the extent that it did not deliver on what we had hoped it would, and that's why I call for trade timeout. When I am president, I'm going to evaluate every trade agreement. We do need to get back to enforcing the ones we have, which the Bush administration has not done. They have totally abdicated that.
But I think we have to get broader than that. We've got to have enforceable labor and environmental standards. We've got the WTO [World Trade Organization] that enforces financial and corporate rights. We need the International Labor Organization and other mechanisms that will be there to enforce labor rights and environmental rights.
And that's what I intend to do as president."
Democratic Debate, hosted by CNN, Las Vegas, NV, Nov. 15, 2007
Now Not Clearly Pro or Con: "[Hillary] Clinton: I have been a critic of NAFTA from the very beginning. I didn't have a public position on it, because I was part of the administration, but when I started running for the Senate, I have been a critic. I've said it was flawed. I said that it worked in some parts of our country, and I've seen the results in Texas. I was in Laredo in the last couple of days. It's the largest inland port in America now. So clearly, some parts of our country have been benefited...
I have said that I will renegotiate NAFTA, so obviously, you'd have to say to Canada and Mexico that that's exactly what we're going to do...
[Tim] Russert: You will get out. You will notify Mexico and Canada, NAFTA is gone in six months.
Clinton: No, I will say we will opt out of NAFTA unless we renegotiate it, and we renegotiate on terms that are favorable to all of America."
Con: "For those who are in education, you already know that the No Child Left Behind Act, which was intended to provide more resources for schools and create more support for the teaching and learning enterprise has unfortunately not been either funded or implemented, in my view, effectively or appropriately."
"Clinton on No Child Left Behind," video on Glassbooth.org website (accessed Jan. 28, 2008)
Pro: "...[T]he most important doorway into the middle class is education beyond high school. Today a college graduate earns twice as much as a high school graduate. That is a million-dollar bonus over the working lifetimes of today's college seniors. We used to rank first in the world in our percentage of young people with a post-secondary degree; now we have fallen to seventh, not because our young people don't try but because too many don't finish. Think of that.
The most overwhelming obstacle to finishing college is the expense. College costs have increased faster than inflation for 25 years in a row. The result is that college graduation rates have stayed flat for years. About 70 percent of Americans own their own home. About 85 percent have healthcare. About 42 percent own retirement accounts, but only 30 percent have a college degree. Just because many of us from this room think everybody we know has a college degree, that is not the case. The percentage is higher for Americans under 35, but it is still less than half...
Within a decade, more than half of our young people could finish college with a degree, and any student willing to work part time or perform community service to go to a four-year public college practically free, because we propose a new performance-based American dream grant that will award states money each year based on the number of students that attend and graduate from their colleagues and universities."
"Remarks of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton at the 2006 DLC National Conversation," Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) website, July 24, 2006
Pro: "...I am today introducing the 'Protecting American Democracy Act of 2003,' which amends by adding a voter verification requirement for voting systems to give each voter an opportunity to verify his or her vote at the time the vote is cast. Voters will be given an opportunity to correct any error made by the voting system before the permanent voting record is preserved.
While requiring that all election jurisdictions give voters the ability to verify their votes, this legislation also gives States and local jurisdictions the flexibility to employ the most appropriate, accurate, and secure voter verification technologies, which may include voter-verifiable paper ballots, votemeters, modular voting architecture, and/or encrypted votes, for their State or jurisdiction in a uniform and nondiscriminatory manner. Any voter verification method used must ensure that voters with disabilities and other affected voters have the ability to cast their vote in private, and language minorities must have equal access in verifying their vote."
"Statements on Introduced Bills and Joint Resolutions," US Senate website, Dec. 9, 2003
Not Clearly Pro or Con: Voted Yes on the "Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002" (H.R. 2356) on Mar. 20, 2002:
"The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (BCRA) includes several provisions designed to end the use of nonfederal, or 'soft money' (money raised outside the limits and prohibitions of federal campaign finance law) for activity affecting federal elections...
The BCRA increases limits on contributions made by individuals and some political committees; indexes certain contribution limits for inflation; prohibits contributions by minors to federal candidates and parties; and prohibits contributions, donations, expenditures, independent expenditures and disbursements by foreign nationals...
The new law may raise the individual contribution limits for Senate and House candidates who are facing self-financed candidates if those candidates spend more than a specified amount of their own funds on the campaign."
"Major provisions of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002," Federal Election Commission website, Mar. 20, 2002
Pro: Hillary Clinton: "...I believe that the only answer to this entire set of circumstances is public financing, something that I strongly support, that I'm going to try to do when I'm President, because there is no doubt that the cost of campaigns, particularly to try to get on television with our advertising and all the things that people have to do in a modern campaign are just out of control..."
George Stephanopoulos: "Will you cosponsor the legislation on public financing that Senator Obama has introduced?"
Clinton: "I'm going to cosponsor anything that looks like it can move us in that direction, because my view on this is we're not going to get anything done at this point with the President, with, unfortunately, a Republican minority that engages in filibustering, but we're going to try to build a commitment to doing it.
There are some ideological, philosophical, even constitutional objections, but I think we can overcome those and I don't see any choice. We've got to do it. Otherwise, the campaigns are going to continue to do the very best we can. We've even added additional background check work that we think is called for. But at the end of the day, we should be moving toward public financing."
This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Sep. 23, 2007
Con: "Protecting America's vast environmental treasures, such as our National Parks, National Forests, and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, is a bipartisan tradition stretching back to Teddy Roosevelt. These special places are part of our natural - and our national - heritage.
I have strongly supported protection of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The Arctic Refuge is part of what makes our country unique, beautiful and precious. During my time in the Senate, I have worked to ensure that the Arctic Refuge will not be opened to unnecessary development. I am an original cosponsor of legislation that would protect the refuge by designating it as a protected wilderness area. In addition, I have voted against opening the refuge to drilling at every opportunity during my time in the Senate. Drilling for oil in the Arctic Refuge is bad environmental policy, and it is bad energy policy. It would take ten years of drilling in the Arctic Refuge to roduce oil. We do not need to despoil an environmental treasure on a gamble for oil where the odds of finding significant supplies are remote."
Pro: "With oil nearing $100 a barrel and gas prices over $3 per gallon, Americans are feeling the pain of seven years of a failed Bush-Cheney energy policy...
I urge the President to release oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve and the Northeast Heating Oil Reserve to send a signal to the market and ease concerns about low crude oil stocks that are driving prices higher."
"Statement of Hillary Clinton on High Gas Prices," Press Release, Hillary Clinton's official candidate website, Nov. 7, 2007
Pro: "...I will start by reigniting our international involvement. We cannot sit here, in the United Sates and expect to deal with global warming if we do not cooperate with other countries. Getting back into process, you know when President Bush took us out of Kyoto, I regretted that but he had an opportunity to start his own process, he didn't want to do Kyoto, do something else. Reach out to India and China they have to be part of this. One of the flaws of the Kyoto process was I don't think people anticipated, even in the early 90s how quickly China and India would grow. China is now growing at 12 percent a year. They are the second highest user of energy but they are now the highest emitter of green house gases in the world. India is not far behind. We have got to get a new international process."
"Energy and Environment: Speech on the Green Building Fund," Hillary Clinton's official candidate website, July 24, 2007
Pro: "As President, I will put in place a market-based cap and trade system to reduce carbon pollution...In combination with efficiency, fuel economy standards and other proposals, this system will ensure we meet our goal of reducing our contribution to global warming below 1990 levels by 80%...
As President, I will raise the fuel efficiency standards to 40 miles per gallon by 2020 and 55 by 2030."
"ENERGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE: Comprehensive Strategy to Address the Climate and Energy Challenge," Hillary Clinton's official candidate website, Nov. 5, 2007
Not Clearly Pro or Con: "...[T]he President [George W. Bush] and Vice President [Dick Cheney] refuse to admit that there were any human contributions to global climate change. There are climatic changes that are so-called natural, but we have so changed the atmosphere that it has a ripple effect...Yes, there are natural reasons why the climate may get warmer but we put so much CO2 into the atmosphere that that changes the natural forces..."
"Hillary Clinton Answers a Global Warming Question in Iowa," YouTube.com video of a Town Hall Meeting in Des Moines, IA (accessed Mar. 18, 2008)
Pro: "...I remember very well when I accompanied Bill to Columbine after that massacre and met with the family members of those who had been killed and talked with the students, and feeling that we had to do more to try to keep guns out of the hands of the criminal and of the mentally unstable.
And during the Clinton administration, that was a goal -- not to, in any way, violate people's Second Amendment rights, but to try to limit access to people who should not have guns."
Pro: "...[T]oday, as we strive for a new beginning to the 21st century, I believe everyone, every man, woman and child, should have quality, affordable health care in America...
Under my plan, large companies will be required to help pay for their employees' health care. Those that do so can simply maintain their current policy that they choose. Those that don't, will need to contribute towards the cost of covering their employees on a sliding scale based on their size and average wages...
Now, under my plan, we won't require small businesses to cover employees. Instead we will provide tax credits to ensure that many of them do. These tax credits will be based on size and average wages, so that small businesses can provide health care without destroying their bottom line...
Government also needs to do its part to promote shared responsibility. Under my plan, the government will provide tax-credits to insure that every single American can afford health insurance."
"Health Care: Remarks on American Health Choices Plan," Hillary Clinton's official candidate website (accessed Oct. 30, 2007)
Pro: "Let's start getting drug costs under control by allowing Medicare to negotiate for lower drug prices and to lower those costs for everyone...We should also allow the importation of drugs from certain countries to lower costs and let's remove barriers to generic competition."
"Health Care: Hillary Remarks on Reducing the Cost of Health Care," Speech on Hillary Clinton's official candidate website, May 24, 2007
Not Clearly Pro or Con: "...[W]hat we've got to do is to say, come out of the shadows. We will register everyone. We will check, because if you have committed a crime in this country or the country you came from, then you will not be able to stay, you will have to be deported.
But for the vast majority of people who are here, we will give you a path to legalization if you meet the following condition: pay a fine because you entered illegally, be willing to pay back taxes over time, try to learn English -- and we have to help you do that, because we've cut back on so many of those services -- and then you wait in line....
And therefore, it's imperative we approach it this way, only after people have agreed to these conditions...and that they have been willing to say, yes, they will meet those conditions, do I think we ought to talk about privileges like drives' licenses."
Democratic Presidential Debate, hosted by CNN, Los Angeles, CA, Jan. 31, 2008
Pro: "[Hillary] Clinton: There may be places where a physical barrier is appropriate. I think when both of us [Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama] voted for this, we were voting for the possibility that where it was appropriate and made sense, it would be considered...So I would have a review. I would listen to the people who live along the border, who understand what it is we need to be doing to protect our country...
[John] King: Does that mean that you think your vote was wrong, or the implementation of it was wrong?...
Clinton: But, you know, John, there is -- there's a lot we've learned about technology and smart fencing. You know, there is technology that can be used instead of a physical barrier. It requires us having enough personnel along the border so that people can be supervising a certain limited amount of space and will be able to be responsive in the event of people attempting to cross illegally. I think that the way that the Bush administration is going about this, filing eminent domain actions against landowners and municipalities, makes no sense.
So what I have said is, yes, there are places when after a careful review, again listening to the people who live along the border, there may be limited places where it would work. But let's deploy more technology and personnel, instead of the physical barrier.
I frankly think that will work better and it will give us an opportunity to secure our borders without interfering with family relations, business relations, recreation and so much else that makes living along the border, you know, wonderful."
[Editor's Note: Senator Clinton also voted in favor of the "Secure Fence Act of 2006" (H.R.6061) on Sep. 29, 2006 which allowed for the following:
"SEC. 3. CONSTRUCTION OF FENCING AND SECURITY IMPROVEMENTS IN BORDER AREA FROM PACIFIC OCEAN TO GULF OF MEXICO...
(1) SECURITY FEATURES.-
(A) REINFORCED FENCING.-In carrying out subsection (a), the Secretary of Homeland Security shall provide for least 2 layers of reinforced fencing, the installation of additional physical barriers, roads, lighting, cameras, and sensors..."]
Now Con: "We must work to check Iran's nuclear ambitions and its support of terrorism, and the sanctions announced today strengthen America's diplomatic hand in that regard. The Bush Administration should use this opportunity to finally engage in robust diplomacy to achieve our objective of ending Iran's nuclear weapons program, while also averting military action. That is the policy I support."
"Statement from Hillary Clinton on Administration's Iran Sanctions Announcement," Press Release, Hillary Clinton's official candidate website, Oct. 25, 2007
[Editor's Note: Prior to Hillary Clinton's Oct. 25, 2007 Con position above, her position was Not Clearly Pro or Con as indicated in her July 2007 statement below.]
Not Clearly Pro or Con: "We cannot, we should not, and we must not permit Iran to build or acquire nuclear weapons. That has to be our starting point. And in dealing with this threat, no option can be taken off the table. I think it's important that we look at all the options that are available to us, some of which have been considerably narrowed because of this administration's policies... And finally, if we do have to take offensive military action against Iran, it would be far better if the rest of the world saw it as a position of last resort, not first resort, because the effects and consequences will be globally felt."
"Remarks by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton," The Philadelphia Village Voice, July 2007
[Editor's Note: In an Apr. 22, 2008 interview on Good Morning America, ABC News' Chris Cuomo asked Hillary Clinton what she would do if Iran attacked Israel with nuclear weapons, to which she responded: "I want the Iranians to know that if I'm the President, we will attack Iran...In the next 10 years, during which they might foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel, we would be able to totally obliterate them."]
Now Pro: "Based on the information that we have today, Congress never would have been asked to give the President authority to use force against Iraq. And if Congress had been asked, based on what we know now, we never would have agreed, given the lack of a long-term plan, paltry international support, the proven absence of weapons of mass destruction, and the reallocation of troops and resources that might have been used in Afghanistan to eliminate Bin Laden and al Qaeda, and fully uproot the Taliban."
Letter to constituents on Iraq policy, Nov. 29, 2005
[Editor's Note: Prior to Hillary Clinton's Nov. 29, 2005 Pro position above, her position was Con as indicated in her Dec. 15, 2003 statement below.]
Con: "I was one who supported giving President Bush the authority, if necessary, to use force against Saddam Hussein. I believe that that was the right vote. I have had many disputes and disagreements with the administration over how that authority has been used, but I stand by the vote to provide the authority because I think it was a necessary step in order to maximize the outcome that did occur in the Security Council with the unanimous vote to send in inspectors. And I also knew that our military forces would be successful."
"Remarks by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton," Council on Foreign Relations, Dec. 15, 2003
Con: "Even those who are implementing this [Iraq] policy of the president's cannot tell us it will make America more safe, nor that it will lead to the kind of political decision-making that we have to expect from the Iraqis themselves."
"Ending the War in Iraq," Hillary Clinton's official candidate website (accessed Aug. 15, 2007)
Now Pro: Voted yes on the "US Troop Readiness, Veterans' Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, 2007" (H.R. 1591) "Making emergency supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2007, and for other purposes" on Apr. 26, 2007:
"TITLE I GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS- CHAPTER 9 GENERAL PROVISIONS-THIS TITLE- SEC. 1904...
(b) If the President fails to make any of the determinations specified in subsection (a), the Secretary of Defense shall commence the redeployment of the Armed Forces from Iraq no later than July 1, 2007, with a goal of completing such redeployment within 180 days. (c) If the President makes the determinations specified in subsection (a), the Secretary of Defense shall commence the redeployment of the Armed Forces from Iraq not later than October 1, 2007, with a goal of completing such redeployment within 180 days."
[Editor's Note: Prior to Hillary Clinton's Apr. 26, 2007 Pro position above, her position was Con a timetable for troop withdrawal as indicated in her Nov. 29, 2005 statement below.]
Con: "It is time for the President to stop serving up platitudes and present us with a plan for finishing this war with success and honor - not a rigid timetable that terrorists can exploit, but a public plan for winning and concluding the war."
"Letter to Constituents on Iraq Policy," Hillary Clinton's Senate website, Nov. 29, 2005
Not Clearly Pro or Con: "There are no quick solutions for the difficulties we face today, but we know that we have to stand with democracies and free peoples against the threat of nihilism and extremism. That is why we stand with Israel because it is a beacon of democracy in the region; that is why we stand with Israel because its very existence is a defiant affront to anti-Semitism; that is why we stand with Israel because in defeating terror because Israel's cause is our cause. And that is why we stand with Israel because of our shared values and our shared belief in the dignity of men and women and the right to live without fear or oppression. And what we must do is to think rationally and strategically about how our values, our beliefs can be translated into effective action. It is not enough for us to say the right things; we've got to be smart and tough enough to do the right things that will protect American and Israeli interests now and forever."
"Senator Clinton's Remarks to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)," Hillary Clinton US Senate website, Feb. 1, 2007
Not Clearly Pro or Con: Cosponsored "A Resolution Condemning Hezbollah and Hamas and Their State Sponsors and Supporting Israel's Exercise of Its Right to Self-defense" (S.534) on July 18, 2006:
Condemning Hezbollah and Hamas and their state sponsors and supporting Israel's exercise of its right to self-defense...
Whereas both Hezbollah and Hamas refuse to recognize Israel's right to exist and call for the destruction of Israel: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Senate...
(5) condemns the Governments of Iran and Syria for their continued support for Hezbollah and Hamas, and holds the Governments of Syria and Iran responsible for the acts of aggression carried out by Hezbollah and Hamas against Israel...
(7) urges the President to use all available political and diplomatic means, including sanctions, to persuade the governments of Syria and Iran to end their support of Hezbollah and Hamas..."
"S. Res. 534: A Resolution Condemning Hezbollah and Hamas and Their State Sponsors and Supporting Israel's Exercise of Its Right to Self-defense," GovTrack.us website, July 18, 2006
Pro: "I think that it will be in the long term interests of the Middle East for Palestine to be a state, and for it to be a state that is responsible for its citizens' well-being, a state that has responsibility for providing education and health care and economic opportunity to its citizens, a state that has to accept the responsibility of governing...I think that is very important for the Palestinian people, but I also think it is very important for the broader goal of peace in the Middle East."
"Hillary Clinton: Eventual Palestinian State Important for Mideast Peace," US Embassy, Tel Aviv website, May 6, 1998
Con: "When HRC [Human Rights Campaign] stood up and took on the Federal Marriage Amendment [Constitutional amendment legally defining marriage as the union between a man and a woman only] you were making an important statement because this amendment was wedge politics at its worst. It was mean-spirited. It was against the entire forward movement of American history. It was the first time that anyone was proposing that we amend the Constitution to deny citizens' rights, rather than widening the circle of rights and opportunities...
In the end, we stopped the Federal Marriage Amendment and we sent a strong message that we will not stand idly by when anyone tries to write discrimination into our Constitution."
Speech at a Human Rights Campaign Board Meeting, Mar. 2, 2007
Not Clearly Pro or Con: "[Katie] Couric: Harry Truman once said, 'A man not honorable in his marital relations is not usually honorable in any other.' Some voters say they don't feel comfortable supporting someone who's not remained faithful to his or her spouse. Can you understand or appreciate their point of view?
Clinton: Well, I can certainly understand why some people would feel that way, and...that is their perfect right to do so. But I think...[it] would be a tough standard for most of American history to be able to meet, when we look at people who have made a big difference in our country.
I think there's more to someone's honor and integrity, and to their public service. I think sometimes we confuse the private and the public in ways that are not necessarily useful. So, of course, it's a deeply personal matter that I take personally. But I think on the public stage, there are a number of people who have represented our country, led our country, accomplished great achievements on behalf of our country who might have some challenges in their personal life, but have made a great contribution."
"Candidates Offer Views on Infidelity," CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, Dec. 19, 2007
Not Clearly Pro or Con: "With respect to medical marijuana, you know I think that we have had a lot of rhetoric and the federal government has been very intent upon trying to prevent states from being able to offer that as an option for people who are in pain. I think we should be doing medical research on this. We ought to find what are the elements that claim to be existing in marijuana that might help people who are suffering from cancer and nausea-related treatments. We ought to find that out. I don't think we should decriminalize it, but we ought to do research into what, if any, medical benefits it has."
Town hall forum, Plymouth State College, Plymouth, NJ, Oct. 11, 2007
Not Clearly Pro or Con: "I don't think it's a good use of federal law-enforcement resources to be going after people who are supplying marijuana for medicinal purposes. What we would do is prioritize what the DEA [Drug Enforcement Administration] should be doing, and that would not be a high priority. There's a lot of other more important work that needs to be done."
Interview with Oregon newspaper Willamette Weekly, Apr. 9, 2008
Pro: "Clearly we have to make some tough decisions as a country...And one of them ought to be coming up with a much better entry and exit system so that if we're going to let people in for the work that otherwise would not be done, let's have a system that keeps track of them.
...[A]t least a visa ID, some kind of an entry and exit ID. And, you know, perhaps, although I'm not a big fan of it, we might have to move towards an ID system even for citizens."
"Hillary Calls for National ID Cards to Keep Illegals Out of the Country," PHXnews.com, Feb. 11, 2003
Con: "[Anderson] Cooper: Senator Clinton, do you think women should register for Selective Service?
[Hillary] Clinton: I do. I don't support a draft. I think our all-volunteer military has performed superbly. But we've had women die in Iraq. We've had combat deaths of women in Iraq and Afghanistan. And I do think that women should register. I doubt very much that we'll ever have to go back to a draft. But I think it is fair to call upon every young American."
CNN/YouTube Democratic Presidential Debate, Charleston, SC, July 23, 2007
Pro: "...[P]robably since the very beginning of our nation we've had gays serving in our military with distinction and honor on behalf of our country, as we do today. And yet I have watched how 'don't ask/don't tell' has been implemented. And I've concluded that it is not the best way for us as a nation to proceed. It has been in many instances implemented in a discriminatory manner.
You know, after the first Gulf War there was a big flood of discharges of gays and lesbians because they let them serve and then after they finished the war, then they discharged them. In this particular time period, we've had Arabic linguists discharged under 'don't ask/don't tell' when we are unfortunately so short of having people who speak the very language that our men and women in uniform have to understand in the streets of Baghdad. So I believe we could change the policy to let gays and lesbians serve in the military and be covered by the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So just like those who are not gays and lesbians, if there were conduct problems, then the conduct problems we looked at. But people would not be judged on who they are...
And I just want to end by saying Barry Goldwater once said you don't have to be straight to shoot straight.
And I think he was right...And I believe we should open up our military."
Democrats' Second 2008 Presidential Debate, hosted by CNN, Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH, June 3, 2007
Con: "...I don't believe in the unitary Executive. I don't quite know where Cheney's fourth branch of government fits into the unitary Executive, but whatever it is, I don't believe in it...
I think you have to restore the checks and balances and the separation of powers, which means reining in the Presidency. You know, I think, maybe with the exception of Nixon, in recent times, you know, most Presidents have struggled with this. You know, they've tried to get the right balance. I don't think President Bush has struggled with it at all. He's tried to assume as much power as possible. No argument really works, because he views his position as unassailable, and I think you have to begin to rein that in in the office by the person who holds it demonstrating that we've gotten through a lot of tough times in our country without, you know, the extent of Presidential power being claimed, as this President has...
Obviously, I'm not going to appoint judges who are lock-step in line with that unitary, Federalist society theory of government, which I think is very destructive to the, you know, to the whole body politic over time."
Interview with the Boston Globe Editorial Board on Oct. 10, 2007, transcript emailed to ProCon.org on Apr. 28, 2008
Not Clearly Pro or Con: "People often ask me whether I'm a praying person, and I say I was lucky enough to be raised in a praying family...
So faith can provide that bedrock and it is important that we have the right debate in our country. It needs to be one carried out by people who understand what our objectives should be. We want to live together, we want to respect each other's beliefs, and that means respecting the faith of others and enabling people to live out their faith in the public square, and that means also providing services to people, so that we have a diversity of services available."
"Remarks by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to the Ten Point National Leadership Foundation," Hillary Clinton's US Senate website, Jan. 19, 2005
Pro: "...[W]hen I am President, I will lift the current ban on ethical stem cell research. In 2001, President Bush issued an Executive Order banning federal funding for some of the most promising avenues of stem cell research. And this year -- yet again -- he vetoed legislation to open up new lines of embryonic stem cells for federal funding...
When I'm President, therefore, one of my first acts will be to lift the ban on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. But we have to go much further than that if we expect to restore scientific integrity."
"Scientific Integrity and Innovation: Remarks at the Carnegie Institution for Science," Hillary Clinton's official candidate website, Oct. 4, 2007
Not Clearly Pro or Con: "And as President, I will work to ensure a stable and peaceful relationship between Turkey and the Kurds in Northern Iraq, both of whom are our friends and allies. We must not permit a conflict between these two allies to become another consequence of the Iraq war."
"Iraq: Speech at the Temple for the Performing Arts in Des Moines," Hillary Clinton's official candidate website, July 10, 2007
Con: "I think it's really important for the United States makes it absolutely clear that as a matter of policy we do not condone or conduct torture. I think that has to be our value because that gives us a lot of moral authority which we have lost, unfortunately.
We also have to be smarter about how we interrogate. There's a lot of evidence that you don't get acurate, good information from extreme measures. In fact, you get it by developing some kind of system that can really get people to feel that they need to give you that information. That's what we did during World War II. That's what we have done in previous times.
So, I think for both the moral and values reason and because of the lack of effectiveness that a lot of these so-called techniques have, we need to be very clear that we do not conduct torutre."
Pro: "Guantanamo has become associated in the eyes of the world with a discredited administration policy of abuse, secrecy, and contempt for the rule of law. Rather than keeping us more secure, keeping Guantanamo open is harming our national interests. It compromises our long term military and strategic interests, and it impairs our standing overseas. I have certainly concluded that we should address any security issues on what to do with the remaining detainees, and then close it once and for all."
"Senator Clinton Calls for Closure of Guantanamo Bay Detention Center," Hillary Clinton official candidate website, Apr. 26, 2007
Not Clearly Pro or Con: "I supported the Patriot Act but I'm working to improve it. I want to make sure that it strikes the proper balance between securing our safety and safeguarding our liberties. That's why I fought for a better balance in the reauthorization, including the right to challenge gag rules and an end to unfettered searches of library records, and that's why I insisted on shorter sunset periods in the reauthorization so that Congress can revisit those provisions that are susceptible to possible abuse. While we all recognize the importance of equipping our law enforcement with the tools they need to effectively combat terror, we also must ensure that those tools work in a way that respects our values."
"LAist Interview: Senator Hillary Clinton," LAist.com, Feb. 5, 2008
Con: Q: "Telecommunications companies such as AT&T have been accused in court of opening their networks to the government in violation of federal privacy law. Do you support giving them retroactive immunity for any illicit cooperation with intelligence agencies or law enforcement, which was proposed by the Senate Intelligence Committee this fall (S 2248)?
[Hillary] Clinton: I have said that I oppose retroactive immunity for telecommunications providers, and I oppose the retroactive immunity provisions in the Senate Intelligence Committee bill."