I have served as secretary of state, senator from New York, first lady of the United States, first lady of Arkansas, a practicing lawyer and law professor, activist, and volunteer—but the first thing my friends and family will tell you is that I've never forgotten where I came from or who I've been fighting for. I grew up in a middle-class home in Park Ridge, a suburb of Chicago. My dad, Hugh, was a World War II Navy veteran and a small-business owner who designed, printed, and sold drapes. I helped with the family business whenever I could.
“Anybody who threatens our security should be deported no questions asked. But I don’t like the level of deportation that we’ve been seeing in this [Obama] administration … [W]e’re not going to deport 11 or 12 million people[.] Let’s keep families together. Let’s weed-out the ones who should be deported. And let’s move towards comprehensive immigration reform.”
“I was, I think, the first and only First Lady ever to march in a gay pride parade back in the late-1990s. So I have been an advocate – a vocal visible advocate – for equality and against discrimination. Yes, my views did evolve … I certainly concluded that marriage equality should be the law of the land and I was thrilled when the Supreme Court made it the law of the land.”
“You should be able to live, work, and raise a family anywhere you choose. To ensure that every American has a solid foundation for success - wherever they choose to live - I will double funding for Early Head Start and make pre-k universal for four year olds, enact free community college, and support telemedicine and Medicaid expansion.”
“I have several proposals: Number one, I’d like to apply the “Buffet Rule” on anyone at $1 million or more[.] … Then, I have a 4% surcharge on top of income at $5 million. … The tax system has not been effective at capturing money from people who are very successful. Our progressive tax system was one of the real accomplishments of the United States. ”
“I’m the only candidate [who] has a policy about how to bring economic opportunity – using clean renewable energy as the key – into coal country. … Now, we’ve got to move away from coal and all the other fossil fuels. But I don’t want to move away from the people who did the best they could to produce the energy that we relied on. ”
“My position is in line with Roe v. Wade. Women have a constitutional right to make these most intimate, and personal, and difficult decisions based on their conscience, their faith, their family, their doctor and it is something that really goes to the core of privacy. … There is room for reasonable kinds of restrictions after a certain point in time. … [Childbearing] is a choice, not a mandate.”
“I do support comprehensive background checks, and to close the gun show loop-hole, the online loop-hole and ... the Charleston loop-hole, to prevent people who are on the no fly list from getting guns. ... There needs to be a rival organization to the NRA of responsible gun owners who know that their hunting rights, their shooting rights, their collecting rights … is not going to be effected.”
“I want to move marijuana off of Schedule I … I am 100% in favor of medical uses for marijuana, but I want to know what the evidence is. … Let’s be really smart about this and acquire the evidence and then make the best decisions. ”
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