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Candidate positions: Hillary Clinton

The following positions reflect those used for Hillary Clinton in the Select A Candidate survey. They come from the candidate's public statements, Web sites, and responses to Minnesota Public Radio questionnaires. In some cases, candidiates have failed to respond to inquiries, and their position is noted as "No known opinion."


Issue Question Candidate Position
Sub-prime mortgage Do you support the government directly buying distressed mortgages from home borrowers and lenders? ANSWER OPTION
Candidate declined to provide an opinion
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Iraq What is your opinion on the war in Iraq? ANSWER OPTION
There should be a timetable for the removal of U.S. troops.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
"I'm very proud of the Congress under the leadership of Speaker Pelosi and Leader Reid for putting together a piece of legislation which says we will fund our troops and protect them, we will limit the number of days that they can be deployed, and we will start to bring them home," Clinton said at a debate in South Carolina on April 26, 2007. Voted for the resolution authorizing force in 2002, but now favors troop withdrawal. "I believe that it will be only through our commitment to withdrawal that the Iraqis will begin to do what they have failed to do for all of these years. I will also begin an intensive diplomatic effort, both within the region and internationally, to begin to try to get other countries to understand the stakes that we all face when it comes to the future of Iraq." (ABC Debate, 4/16/08) (More Info)
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Afghanistan What changes would you propose to the war policy in Afghanistan? ANSWER OPTION
Focus on increasing international participation through NATO, work with the Afghan government to increase security, and redesign the counternarcotics program in Afghanistan.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Clinton has said that the war in Afghanistan needs, "as much, if not more attention than Iraq." (More Info)
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Immigration What is your position on immigration in the United States? ANSWER OPTION
I favor a guest worker program, while tightening border security.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Clinton said in a Feb. 2008 debate, "We need comprehensive immigration reform. I have been for this. I signed onto the first comprehensive bill back in 2004. I've been advocating for it: tougher, more secure borders, of course, but let's do it the right way, cracking down on employers, especially once we get to comprehensive immigration reform, who exploit undocumented workers and drive down wages for everyone else." (More Info)
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The mortgage crisis What do you think should be done -- if anything -- in the wake of the near collapse of companies specializing in subprime mortgages, and the foreclosures of homes? ANSWER OPTION
Mortgage brokers should be federally licensed, eliminate prepayment penalties, require disclosure of broker compensation, fund state programs to provide money for those facing foreclosure, provide more money for affordable housing, and expand mortgage fraud prosecution.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Clinton has introduced legislation in the Senate. The "American Home Ownership Protection Act" would, according to a release from Sen. Clinton, "The legislation contains a number of proposals that would regulate unscrupulous mortgage brokers, empower borrowers with better disclosure about their mortgages and better information on their mortgage professionals, and eliminate the worst elements of abusive mortgage products. Moreover, the legislation would set aside funding to help supplement foreclosure relief and prevention efforts at the state and local level and help support affordable housing funds throughout the country." (More Info)
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Taxes Do you believe the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts should be made permanent? ANSWER OPTION
No

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Clinton voted against the tax cuts, and has said she would repeal them to help pay for her health care program. "I will make it clear that the Bush tax cuts on the upper income, those making more than $250,000 a year, will be allowed to expire." (More Info)
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Issue Question Candidate Position
Education Please select the comment that most closely matches your view on education (K-12). ANSWER OPTION
End No Child Left Behind. Provide incentive pay for school-wide performance. Provide universal pre-kindergarten.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Clinton outlined her goals in a Democratic candidates debate on ABC in August 2007. "Well, I have long supported incentive pay for school Clinton said in an April debate, "I'm against No Child Left Behind as it is currently operating, and I would end it, because we can do so much better to have an education system that really focuses in on kids who need extra help." (More Info)
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Social Security Do you favor the concept of privatization of Social Security to any degree? ANSWER OPTION
No

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Clinton has consistently opposed privatization of Social Security, but opposes ajdusting the payroll tax to make the system soluble. "If there are some of the long-term challenges that we need to address, let's do it in the context of having fiscal responsibility, and then let's put together a bipartisan commission and look at how we're going to deal with these long-term challenges." (More Info)
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Health care Do you generally favor or oppose the concept of universal health care in America? That is, require people to have health insurance and provide a mechanism for meeting the requirement. ANSWER OPTION
Favor

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Require all Americans to buy health care, subsidized through employers and the government by rolling back 2001 and 2003 tax cuts on the wealthy. (More Info)
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Issue Question Candidate Position
S-CHIP The SCHIP program is designed to subsidize health coverage for families that earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to afford private insurance. Recent debate in Congress centered around a proposal to increase spending to expand the program. Do you favor or oppose the proposed expansion? ANSWER OPTION
Favor

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Clinton supports the S-CHIP program and favors it's expansion. (More Info)
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Abortion Do you support or oppose legalized abortion in the United States? ANSWER OPTION
Support

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Clinton supports abortion rights. "This decision, which is one of the most fundamental, difficult and soul searching decisions a woman and a family can make, is also one in which the government should have no role." (More Info)
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Energy Do you support federal assistance for the production of ethanol and/or biofuel as an alternative to oil? ANSWER OPTION
Yes

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Clinton supports jumpstarting research and development through a $50 billion Strategic Energy Fund and doubling investment in basic energy research. (More Info)
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Issue Question Candidate Position
Death penalty Do you favor or oppose the use of the death penalty for certain crimes? ANSWER OPTION
Favor

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
According to the Pew Forum on Religion and American Life, "Clinton has been a longtime advocate of the death penalty. Clinton cosponsored the Innocence Protection Act of 2003 which became law in 2004 as part of the Justice for All Act. The bill provides funding for post-conviction DNA testing and establishes a DNA testing process for individuals sentenced to the death penalty under federal law. As first lady, she lobbied for President Clinton's crime bill, which expanded the list of crimes subject to the federal death penalty." (More Info)
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Gun control What are your views on firearm regulation? ANSWER OPTION
Support gun control, including reinstating the "Assault-style" weapons ban that expired in 2004.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
I believe in the right to keep and bear arms. But, I think we need to renew the expired assault weapons ban and we must be aggressive about enforcing current gun laws," Clinton said in an April, 2008 debate. (More Info)
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Climate change Do you favor or oppose federal regulation of greenhouse gases? ANSWER OPTION
Favor

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Supports a mandatory cap-and-trade system to reduce greenhouse gases by 80 percent from the 1990 levels by 2025. (More Info)
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Issue Question Candidate Position
G.I. Bill Expansion Do you support a $50 billion expansion of the G.I. Bill to pay college tuition at a public university and other expenses for soldiers who have served 3 years since Sept. 11, 2001? ANSWER OPTION
Favor

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Clinton voted for the bill and introduced similar legislation of her own last year, saying "The GI Bill has helped millions of soldiers transition successfully to civilian life and it has been one of the best investments we have made as a nation. Now it is time to update and modernize the GI Bill for the 21st century to meet the needs of today's soldiers, veterans and their families, from education to housing and microloans to start a small business." (More Info)
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