Friday, April 18, 2008

And after Senator Clinton becomes President, she'll keep fighting...

As Senator Clinton herself points out, she is not only tough enough to stand up to John McCain, she is most certainly tough enough - and experienced at - standing up to special interests. She is the only candidate in the race willing to stand up to the nation's powerful health insurance industry and demand universal health care. Today, in response to an important question at an event in N.C., she spoke eloquently and intelligently about how to deal with Big Oil. As she has noted before, Senator Clinton highlighted her commitment to energy independence, and pointed out that of course nothing would happen on that front until "these two oil men get out of the White House." Senator Clinton was in Winston-Salem, North Carolina at Wake-Forest University for an appearance with her supporter Dr. Maya Angelou. Not surprisingly the first press coverage of the event - whether appearing online or on televison - seem to be in keeping with the bias and the tendency toward fascination with the irrelevant that so many of us find so annoying in the press coverage this Democratic Primary season. Although at least one report points out the dignity with which Senator Clinton handled an awkward, but trivial moment.

Although CNN streamed the event live, I can't find any video clips. So, if you attended the event and care to post a comment about the substance of the conversation between Dr. Angelou and Senator Clinton or your impressions of the audience reaction, please do!

Meanwhile, Senator Obama is, apparently, done with debates.

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Anonymous Mawm said...

I was at the event, and I can say that Hillary was wonderful. She and Maya Angelou talked about the great opportunities we have at this moment in time. She discussed how this election has broken an invisible barrier. The fact that a woman and african american, both groups who were originally left out of the constitution are now vying for the presidency, now means that every child will believe that they could indeed grow up to be president of the United States of America.
Clinton and Angelou also talked about our energy policy. Clinton said that as soon as she became president, she would "declare energy independence". And invest in green-energy. The investment would also create great "green-collared" jobs that can't be outsourced. She also will investigate price-gouging in the oil trading markets.
Angelou described how she watched Hillary from the time she was first lady in Arkansas, and from seeing her in action, decided that no matter what Hillary wanted to do, she would support her.
The event was very inspiring.

April 19, 2008 at 1:02 PM  
Blogger Heidi Li Feldman, J.D., Ph.D. said...

Thanks for the first-hand report!!

April 19, 2008 at 2:50 PM  

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