From NBC News BY CHUCK TODD, MARK MURRAY AND DOMENICO MONTANARO Read Article Full Here The Clinton Machine revs up This week, we witnessed the Clinton Machine beginning to rev up to a level we haven’t seen since 2008. And this means … Continued
Coverage of “Back to the Nineties Starring Retro Rand Paul” video on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, 2/28/14.
From expanding health care access for National Guard members and reservists as Senator, to increasing health care coverage for millions of children through the creation of SCHIP as First Lady, to expanding rural health care access as the First Lady of Arkansas, Hillary Clinton’s strong and expansive record on health care speaks for itself.
This republican attack is just another desperate and ineffective attempt by the right wing to distract from Hillary Clinton’s long record of supporting working families.
“First, I think she’s going to be asked to account for her time as secretary of state and I don’t think it’s the sterling success people think it is. Quite frankly, much of the foreign policy failures we see in place today began when she ran the Department of State,” Rubio said.
Correct the Record, a group that does not represent Clinton but seeks to defend her against political attacks, argued that Rubio was playing politics with the facts.
The RNC launched an attack today against Joe Biden for his oversight of the $787 billion economic stimulus package that helped the U.S. recover from its worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The Republicans are once again trying to rewrite history and define the entire stimulus package as wasteful and ineffective. The RNC has obviously forgotten how the stimulus package guided our nation out of an economic disaster. Let’s remind them:
Hillary Clinton played a critical role in America’s “pivot to Asia” strategy, which is considered one of her more lasting achievements as Secretary of State. The strategy represented a significant shift in American foreign policy from the Middle East and Europe to East and South Asia. As Martin Indyk wrote in Foreign Policy, “she laid the groundwork, built the relationships, and developed the complex architecture of the new strategy — and she turned up at that pivotal moment in Vietnam in July 2010 to declare the U.S. commitment to the region.” Scholarly praise for Hillary Clinton’s role in the “pivot to Asia” strategy continued with Thursday’s article by Michael O’Hanlon of the Brookings Institution, titled Why Hillary Should Run. According to the article:
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently expressed her support for the current administration’s plan to negotiate with Iran and for withholding further sanctions in support of the negotiations. As a former Brigadier General, I recognize the threat a nuclear Iran poses.
Iran poses one of the greatest threats to global security today. The country’s relentless hostility toward Israel presents a constant danger and creates instability throughout the Middle East. Iran’s sphere of influence does not end there. The country has been a sponsor of terrorism for decades, leading to a number of attacks throughout the world — including those initiated by Hezbollah, a terrorist organization supported by Iran.
It is no secret that over the past few years, Iran has greatly increased its nuclear capabilities, rejecting sensible requests from the international community for greater transparency. These actions have resulted in escalating concerns that Iran may be close to generating nuclear weapons. With the threat of Iran mounting, Clinton took action, forming an international coalition to impose the toughest sanctions in Iran’s history. After refusing to negotiate for so long, the pressure of these sanctions has forced Iran to the table. Our diplomats are currently in deep negotiations with Iranian officials, with the ultimate goal of finding a comprehensive solution to the international threat posed by Iran’s nuclear development. Secretary Clinton’s leadership laid the groundwork for these historic negotiations. She is right to continue supporting diplomatic efforts to curb a nuclear Iran.
The tragic situation in Kiev, Ukraine has garnered global attention as the United States and European allies apply pressure to end the bloodshed and reach a diplomatic resolution. With fires burning, guns shots reverberating, and death toll and injured counts rising, this is the last place anyone should be drawing on to get political potshots or play politics. Yet, some on the right have demonstrated their desperation to link Hillary Clinton to any headline.
“Throughout her tenure, Hillary Clinton has embraced the same far-left agenda. Before Obamacare there was Hillarycare. And that agenda hurts people who are struggling.”
Correct the Record, a group created to defend potential Democratic presidential candidates, took issue with Cruz’s comments regarding Clinton.
“Not surprising, Ted Cruz just doesn’t know his facts. Secretary Clinton helped restore America’s leadership and standing in the world during a time of global challenges and changes. As a U.S. Senator, she worked to expand health care for National Guard members and reservists. In the Senate, she worked to strengthen the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which increased coverage for children in low income and working families, a program she helped create as First Lady,” said Adrienne Watson, the group’s deputy communications director.
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