The impossible dream: Clinton says she wants to ‘go further’ left than Obama

The impossible dream: Clinton says she wants to ‘go further’ left than Obama

CLINTON: “I agree with a lot of what President Obama has done and I don’t think he gets the credit he deserves for all that’s accomplished and in particular saving our economy from what could have been a great depression. People now don’t really remember how bad off we were so I do want to build, but there are things that I want to go further on. I want to really make a big, big push on equal pay for women. This has to finally be accomplished and I believe that if we start early and we are absolutely determined, we can make a big change there. I want to make a big push for early childhood education because we can talk all we want about our schools, but if children come not prepared or able to learn, we’re never going to close the achievement gap. I will make a big push for affordable college, debt-free tuition and to pay down student debt by allowing students to refinance their debt and I want to get the government out of the business of making money off of lending money to students. I just disagree with that and I will build on the Affordable Care Act, but I want to tackle the prescription drug costs and make sure that Medicare gets the authority to negotiate for lower drug costs and those costs are then spread throughout our health care system and I will make a very big push on mental health and addiction. We are not doing enough in either area and we’re paying a very big price and then finally let me just quickly say when it comes to criminal justice reform, I want to build on some of the recommendations that President Obama’s policing commission has made because I think that we’ve got to do more to retrain our police forces. We have to get best practices from those departments that have good records. We have to make sure that we deal with the — what is called the school to prison pipeline and turn it into a cradle to college pipeline and also go right after incarceration and then I really support everything President Obama said he would do through regulation on guns, but we’re going to start the very first day and tackle the gun lobby to try to reduce the outrageous number of people who are dying from gun violence in our country and I will take that on.”

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