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I support increasing taxes on people who make $250,000 a year or more. You: No Answer

Hillary Clinton: Agree
I want to make sure the wealthy pay their fair share, which they have not been doing. I want the Buffett Rule to be in effect, where millionaires have to pay 30 percent tax rates instead of 10 percent to nothing in some cases. I want to make sure we rein in the excessive use of political power to feather the nest and support the super wealthy. I also want to create jobs and I want to be a partner with the private sector. I'm particularly keen on creating jobs in small business.

Source: 2015 ABC/WMUR Democratic primary debate in N.H. , Dec 19, 2015
I believe that compromise between parties creates better public policy. You: No Answer

Hillary Clinton: In the Middle
I will send bipartisan emissaries around the world with a simple message that the era of cowboy diplomacy is over. Weíre going to start working together to try and find common ground wherever possible. I will review executive orders, rescind those that undermine the Constitution & betray the rule of law, & issues like not interfering with science. Iíll ask Congress to send me everything that Bush vetoed like stem cell research and begin to prepare my legislative and budget proposals for the Congress.

Source: 2007 Des Moines Register Democratic Debate , Dec 13, 2007
I support developing domestic energy even with environmental cost. You: No Answer

Hillary Clinton: Disagree
O'MALLEY [to CLINTON]: Secretary Clinton's campaign put out a lot of reversals on positions on Keystone and many other things.

CLINTON: Well, you know, everybody on this stage has changed a position or two. If you are learning, you're going to change your position. I never took a position on Keystone until I took a position on Keystone. But I have been on the forefront of dealing with climate change, starting in 2009,

Source: 2015 CNN Democratic primary debate in Las Vegas , Oct 13, 2015
I generally identify with environmentalists' positions. You: No Answer

Hillary Clinton: Agree
I have proposed a strategic energy fund that I would fund by taking away the tax break for the oil companies, which have gotten much greater under Bush and Cheney. And we could spend about $50 billion doing what America does best. Itís time we start acting like Americans again. We can solve these problems if we focus on innovation and technology. Alternative forms of energy are important. So is fuel efficiency for cars and so is energy efficiency for buildings.

Source: 2007 YouTube Democratic Primary debate, Charleston SC , Jul 23, 2007
I support very strict controls on government spending. You: No Answer

Hillary Clinton: Slightly Disagree
While opposing tax cuts, Clinton has supported hundreds of bills boosting federal spending by hundreds of billions of dollars. During her first two years in office, Clinton sponsored or co-sponsored 169 bills increasing spending by a total of $124 billion, while failing to sponsor or co-sponsor a single bill to reduce spending.
In 2003 and 2004 Clinton grew even more generous with the taxpayersí dollars. She sponsored or co-sponsored 211 bills to increase spending and just three bills to reduce it, yielding a total net cost of $378 billion. This made Clinton the second most ďexpensiveĒ senator during that time.

Source: Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy, by Amanda Carpenter, p. 55-56 , Oct 11, 2006
I believe in strictly enforcing current immigration laws. You: No Answer

Hillary Clinton: Strongly Disagree
Q: Here in Virginia, a local board tried to crack down on illegal immigration, by saying that the police should check on legal status when they pull someone over in the car. Is that a good idea?
A: I think itís really sad that individual communities are trying to cope with our broken immigration system. It should not be the responsibility of a municipality or county. This has to be fixed at the federal level. There are lots of strong arguments against turning local police officers into immigration enforcement officials. It has to do with making sure people will report crimes, making sure people will go to the police when thereís a problem. Thatís a matter of public safety. It doesnít always only affect the immigrant community, it affects all of us. So I far prefer that we try to do what needs to be done on comprehensive immigration reform and I have spoken, you know, very forthrightly about what I would do.

Source: 2008 Politico pre-Potomac Primary interview , Feb 11, 2008
I support a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants already in the US. You: No Answer

Hillary Clinton: Agree
Q: Would you offer a form of amnesty for illegal aliens?

A: Iím in favor of comprehensive immigration reform, which includes tightening our border security, sanctioning employers to employ undocumented immigrants, getting the 12 million or so immigrants out of the shadows. Thatís very important to me. After 9/11, weíve got to know whoís in this country. And then giving them a chance to pay a fine, pay back taxes, learn English & stand in line to be eligible for a legal status in this country.

Source: 2007 South Carolina Democratic primary debate, on MSNBC , Apr 26, 2007
I am willing to sacrifice some civil liberties in order to protect us from terrorism. You: No Answer

Hillary Clinton: In the Middle
Q: Secretary Clinton, do you regret your vote on the Patriot Act?

CLINTON: No, I don't. I think that it was necessary to make sure that we were able after 9/11 to put in place the security that we needed. And it is true that it did require that there be a process. What happened, however, is that the Bush administration began to chip away at that process. And I began to speak out about their use of warrantless surveillance and the other behavior that they engaged in. We always have to keep the balance of civil liberties, privacy and security. It's not easy in a democracy, but we have to keep it in mind.

Source: 2015 CNN Democratic primary debate in Las Vegas , Oct 13, 2015
I believe in spending more money than we currently budget for defense and homeland security. You: No Answer

Hillary Clinton: Slightly Disagree
Long-held pro-defense spending stance; not a move to center

As long as she has been in public life, Clinton has held many positions that are ordinarily associated with Republicans, supporting the death penalty, numerous free-trade agreements, and high defense spending, to name a few. She was also a strong and early supporter of the Iraq war (though she became a critic as the war dragged on). Yet these positions are not only not taken as evidence that she is in fact a centrist, they are used as evidence of insincere political calculation. She has often been characterized as MOVING to the center in preparation for a presidential run, even when her position on the issue in question has remained unchanged.
For Clinton, long-held positions, like a hawkish approach to military affairs, are taken as evidence of a shift. And the prevailing assumption is that when she breaks with some in her party (or even when she sticks with her party) it is for crass political purposes and not an outgrowth of genuine conviction.

Source: Free Ride, by David Brock and Paul Waldman, p.134-135 , Mar 25, 2008
I believe the United States should always support the policies of Israel. You: No Answer

Hillary Clinton: Slightly Agree
Clinton devotes many pages to her fealty to Israel, and to her understanding of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who fell from power then rose to it again: "I am not alone in feeling so personally invested in Israel's security and success," she writes. "Many Americans admire Israel as a homeland for a people long oppressed and a democracy that has had to defend itself at every turn. In Israel's story we see our own, and the story of all people who struggle for freedom and the right to chart their own destinies."

Clinton has long paid heed to her standing among Jewish supporters, and she was clear in public comments in the last several months she remains "skeptical" about Iran's commitment to a true nuclear freeze deal.
The many sections on Israel--and on her role in negotiating a ceasefire in Gaza--serve a political purpose. But they also reflect the significance of Israel for any secretary of State, especially as the Arab Spring protests were unfolding.

Source: Politico.com on Hard Choices by Hillary Clinton , Jun 7, 2014
I believe that unions and workers should have the right to collectively bargain with employers. You: No Answer

Hillary Clinton: Agree
Letís make sure the people who work hard every day can actually support their families and save for the future. That means standing up for our unions again--understanding that thereís a connection between unions and the middle class. When Iím president, weíre going to stand up for unions. Weíre going to make sure they can organize for fair wages and good working conditions. And weíre going to appoint people to the Department of Labor who are actually pro-labor for a change.

Source: Take Back America 2007 Conference , Jun 20, 2007
I believe that corporations should be regulated less. You: No Answer

Hillary Clinton: Disagree
[Senator Sanders and I] both want to reign in the excesses of Wall Street. I also want to reign in the excesses of Johnson Controls that we bailed out when they were an auto parts company, and we saved the auto industry, and now they want to avoid paying taxes. I want to go after the pharmaceutical companies like Valeant, and Turns that are increasing prices without any regard to the impact on people's health.

Source: MSNBC Democratic primary debate in New Hampshire , Feb 4, 2016
I support decriminalization of marijuana. You: No Answer

Hillary Clinton: In the Middle
[This week], New York lawmakers approved legislation that would make it the 23rd state in the country to permit medical marijuana use, according to the Marijuana Policy Project. Voters in Alaska and possibly Oregon will decide in November whether to join Colorado and Washington in allowing the sale of marijuana for recreational use.
As the momentum behind marijuana legalization grows, the issue is becoming inescapable for potential presidential contenders in 2016. The latest to weigh in was Hillary Clinton, who was asked about marijuana last week during her book tour. She seemed slightly more open to medical marijuana than she was during the 2008 campaign, saying it was appropriate in limited cases, but that more research was necessary.

"On recreational, you know, states are the laboratories of democracy," Mrs. Clinton told CNN interviewer Christiane Amanpour. "We have at least two states that are experimenting with that right now. I want to wait and see what the evidence is."

Source: Beth Reinhard in Wall Street Journal, "Third Way" , Jun 14, 2014
I support homosexual rights, including gay marriage. You: No Answer

Hillary Clinton: Agree
Hillary Clinton endorsed gay marriage in a new video saying "that her views on the issue have evolved as a result of her experiences personally and as secretary of state," Politico reports.
Said Clinton: "I support it personally and as a matter of policy and law.

Marriage is a fundamental building block of our society--a great joy and, yes, a great responsibility. To deny the opportunity to any of our daughters and sons solely on the basis of who they are and who they love is to deny them the chance to live up to their own God-given abilities."

Source: PoliticalWire.com, "Clinton backs same-sex marriage" , Mar 18, 2013
I support a woman's right to have an abortion. You: No Answer

Hillary Clinton: Strongly Agree
I am and always have been pro-choice, and that is not a right any of should take for granted. There are a number of forces at work in our society that would try to turn back the clock and undermine a womanís right to chose, and [we] must remain vigilant.

Source: New York Times, pg.A11 , Jan 22, 2000
I support more government spending on education. You: No Answer

Hillary Clinton: Strongly Agree
Letís use those dollars for education strategically. Letís do what we said we were going to do. How about funding special education which we never have to the extent we promised? How about fully funding whatever we ask the local communities to do? I want to have a very holistic view of this because if you go into a classroom today, it didnít look like the 21st century in most instances. It looks very familiar to me who was last in a classroom decades ago.

Source: 2007 Des Moines Register Democratic Debate , Dec 13, 2007
I believe government should provide a social safety net, including health care. You: No Answer

Hillary Clinton: Agree
Q: Secretary Clinton, you said of Senator Sanders that "It's very hard to see how any of his proposals could ever be achievable."

CLINTON: Senator Sanders and I share big progressive goals. I've been fighting for universal healthcare for many years, and we're now on the path to achieving it. I don't want us to start over again. I want to build on the progress we've made; got from 90 percent coverage to 100 percent coverage. I don't want to rip away the security that people finally have; 18 million people now have healthcare; pre-existing conditions are no longer a barrier.

Source: MSNBC Democratic primary debate in New Hampshire , Feb 4, 2016
I believe we should decrease taxes on the wealthy. You: No Answer

Hillary Clinton: Strongly Disagree
I want to make sure the wealthy pay their fair share, which they have not been doing. I want the Buffett Rule to be in effect, where millionaires have to pay 30 percent tax rates instead of 10 percent to nothing in some cases. I want to make sure we rein in the excessive use of political power to feather the nest and support the super wealthy. I also want to create jobs and I want to be a partner with the private sector. I'm particularly keen on creating jobs in small business.

Source: 2015 ABC/WMUR Democratic primary debate in N.H. , Dec 19, 2015
I believe that we should reduce trade with other countries in order to protect American workers You: No Answer

Hillary Clinton: In the Middle
CLINTON: I voted for a multinational trade agreement, but I opposed CAFTA because I did not believe it was in the best interests of the workers of America. I did hope that the TPP, negotiated by this administration, I was holding out hope that it would be the kind of trade agreement that I was looking for. Once I saw the outcome, I opposed it. I have a very clear view. We have to trade with the rest of the world. We are 5 percent of the world's population. We have to trade with the other 95 percent. And trade has to be reciprocal. That's the way the global economy works. But we have failed to provide the basic safety net support that American workers need in order to be able to compete and win in the global economy.


Source: MSNBC Democratic primary debate in New Hampshire , Feb 4, 2016
I believe the minimum wage should be increased. You: No Answer

Hillary Clinton: Strongly Agree
Q [to O'Malley]: The President's former chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, Alan Krueger, has said a national increase of $15 could lead to unintended consequences of job loss. You called for raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour; why did you stop at $10.10 in your state?

O'MALLEY: $10.10 was all I could get the state to do. But two of our counties actually went to $12.80 and their county executives would also tell you that it works.

CLINTON: I do take what Alan Krueger said seriously. He is the foremost expert in our country on the minimum wage, and what its effects are. That is why I support a $12 national federal minimum wage. But I do believe that is a minimum. And places like Seattle, like Los Angeles, like New York City, they can go higher. It's what happened in Governor O'Malley's state.


CLINTON: You would index it to the median wage, of course. Do the $12 and you would index it.

Source: 2015 CBS Democratic primary debate in Iowa , Nov 14, 2015