Tuesday, February 9, 2016

To the Voters in New Hampshire, Especially Young Women: Before you write Hillary Clinton off....

When I hear young women say, and I have heard this ad infinitum,  "I want to see a woman in the White House. I'm just not sure Hillary is the one," I have to wonder what archetypal woman they hold in their psyches for the job.  Please tell me, young ladies. What are you talking about?  She "comes with 'strings?'"  Absolutely!  At your age she was fabricating those strings,  just as you are forming bases for your futures.  She did not spring onto the scene fully formed.

As a young law student, she worked for the underrepresented. As a law graduate, she worked for families and children who lived on the margins and in the shadows - people who wanted to contribute every bit as much as you do now and had contributions to make but were deprived of opportunity.

Hillary Clinton has often said, "Talent is universal. Opportunity is not."

As First Lady of Arkansas she improved the quality and equality of the educational system in her state. As FLOTUS, she brought health care for children into law and pioneered women's rights at the center of U.S. policy.

When she entered the Senate, she put her nose to the grindstone to get the Lilly Ledbetter Act, the Zadroga Act, measures to protect women and children, and she learned.  This is important -  she learned by watching, from the perspective of the Senate Armed Services Committee,  an effective way to assess and improve the efficiency of a government department.

She later applied that lesson, as Secretary of State, to her own department. She evaluated and overhauled the whole department.  It had never been done before!  She successfully negotiated an arms treaty with Russia, salvaged treaties between Turkey and Armenia, visited dangerous territory in the Democratic Republic of Congo to meet with refugees - especially women and children - who live in mortal terror there, and she stood up to dangerous, powerful men and told them exactly what they would need to do to gain our trust and support.  These are just for starters. If you read her books, you will see many more examples of her accomplishments.

Very few of the other candidates on either side have even met a fraction of the world leaders with whom Hillary has developed working relationships.  None of them on either side can point to any treaties they have crafted in partnership with any other country.  These are important attributes in a president. The White House is not a training academy.

What more, exactly, would you expect in any candidate, I wonder.  In a man, her qualifications would be extraordinary, stunning, astounding.  What more, exactly,  do you expect in a female presidential candidate?  And why?  Even if  you hold her to the traditional (sexist)  requirement that a woman must have twice or thrice the qualifications a man would need, Hillary Clinton far outstrips all of her opposition on all sides.  

I have yet, given all the generalities that slip so easily off the tongue, to hear any specifics in the way of where her deficits lie. If the complaint is that there is too much, then you need to remember that a great deal should be accomplished in an adult life.  Hillary Clinton has accumulated an enormous curriculum vitae.  It is impressive.  Should a candidate for POTUS not be impressive?

To me, the mantra holds no credibility. Yes, a woman, but not sure this is the woman? What magical woman do you expect to come along better qualified than this one?  Hillary has spent months answering many, many questions.

Before you write her off, before you enter that booth tomorrow, I think Hillary and we, her supporters who have worked long and hard for her, deserve a better answer from you than that simple mantra because Hillary Clinton is a serious candidate regardless of her sex, her spouse, and her "strings" - or perhaps because of those strings.

Opportunity is not universal.  You stand in a place of privilege.  You have an opportunity the rest of us do not.  There is no magical candidate.  No one can wave a magic wand, say "abracadabra" and change overnight policies and programs that meet resistance from the other side of the aisle. But one candidate has a long and appreciable record of making progress in partnership with the other side whether is it the other side of the chamber or of the ocean.

It is in everyone's interest for you to think deeply and thoroughly before you cast your very precious and privileged vote.

Hillary does not make pie-in-the-sky promises.  She does have extensive, solid plans. She has said that she does not want to over-promise and under-deliver.

She continued broadcasting her message tonight, in Hudson New Hampshire and on MSNBC with Rachel Maddow.

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Hillary told Maddow that even when allegations are never proven, a residue remains.  In defense of herself, she pointed to the many non-establishment endorsements she has won.

In our justice system, proof is the burden of the prosecution not of the defense.

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Monday, February 8, 2016

NH Primary Eve: Here's how you can help Hillary Clinton tonight!

I did this and found that all my NH friends are already strongly committed to Hillary.
1 day to New Hampshire!
How you can help win New Hampshire for Hillary:
Here we go -- tomorrow is the New Hampshire primary, and we need to make sure EVERY last Hillary supporter in the Granite State turns out to vote. The most effective way to convince someone to vote is a personal request from a friend or family member -- that's where you come in.

Here's your mission for today: Go on Facebook and ask your friends in New Hampshire to vote for Hillary and confirm their polling locations.

You can find your friends who live in New Hampshire by clicking here -- then tag them in your post or share our polling place locator directly on their Facebook walls:

https://www.hillaryclinton.com/nh/

If you don't have any Facebook friends who live in New Hampshire, that's okay! Post the link above and ask your friends to share it with their friends who live in New Hampshire -- you can make a huge impact.

Thanks for your help -- let's do this!

Thanks,

Marlon

Marlon Marshall
Director of State and Political Engagement
Hillary for America

P.S. Got 20 minutes to spare today? We still need more folks to call New Hampshire voters! Just three calls will make a big difference -- click here to get started.  

Hillary Clinton's GOTV Rally in Manchester with Bill and Chelsea Clinton

Last push efforts to get out the vote began early this morning in Manchester.

February 8, 2016

Hillary Clinton Campaign Rally in Manchester, New Hampshire

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton holds a “Get Out the Vote” rally at Manchester Community College in New Hampshire with her husband, former President Bill Clinton, and their daughter, Chelsea Clinton.
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If you are a New Hampshire voter, here is something important to bear in mind.


Bill Clinton focused on Hillary's ability to get things done. Both he and Hillary spoke about her efforts to address the crisis in Flint, Michigan.  Hillary spoke about the challenges involved in renewing the infrastructure - what we can see and what is buried and invisible to the eye - and her proposal for an national infrastructure bank.

Hillary reminded the audience of her efforts to initiate CHIP and defended the ACA.  She addressed early childhood education and affordable post-secondary education.

She called for an end to Citizens United and for automatic voter registration.  Find her issues and answers here.

If you are a young person voting in New Hampshire tomorrow, you need to be aware that there are big issues beyond how you are going to pay for college. They will creep up on you faster than you can imagine. You need a president who will address the issues in your future.

You may not imagine the difficulties of parenthood, but Hillary has.  You may not imagine the struggle of dealing with your own parents' failing health, but Hillary has.  You may not yet have a child in school and dealt with the worries of gun violence on the streets, but Hillary has thought about that and has a plan.  She has developed plans and policies to ensure a safe and prosperous future beyond graduation - well beyond.

So, especially if you are very young, consider the candidate with the broad and deep experience to address what to you is unimaginable right now - the one who has a proven record of getting things done - things from which you have benefited, whether you know it or not!  It is easy to be shortsighted and grab for the bright shiny things.  It is harder to foresee.  Hillary has a vision for the future - yours.


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Those folks in the back with the signs with red across the top are the "Arkansas Travelers" who went to New Hampshire on their own dimes to help Hillary get out the vote.  Bill Clinton gave them a special shout-out.

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Before the Game ... GOTV for Hillary in NH

Before the game begins, here is something you can do really quickly, to help Hillary in New Hampshire.

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How you can help win New Hampshire for Hillary:
Happy Sunday, GOTV squad!
As we saw from our close victory in Iowa, every conversation you have with a voter really does matter -- and with an even tougher battle in New Hampshire, we have work to do to connect with every last Hillary supporter to make sure they all vote on Tuesday.

So here's your mission for today: Call three Hillary supporters in New Hampshire and remind them to vote on Tuesday.

Making calls for Hillary couldn't be easier -- just click here to download instructions, and you'll be all set.

If you're new to making calls, never fear -- we'll give you everything you need to do an awesome job: a script, FAQs, and even live online trainings at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 4 p.m. Eastern Time.

And for you phone banking veterans out there -- you know how much this matters. Hillary needs you today! Put your expertise to good use.

With only two days left until the first-in-the-nation primary, we've got our work cut out for us. Make just three calls today, and help Team Hillary get ready for Tuesday

I want to help

Thanks,

Marlon

Marlon Marshall
Director of State and Political Engagement
Hillary for America
And if you've done that now, you are free to compare your game behavior and that of your family.

Hillary Clinton Speaks Out in Flint

Hillary stepped off the campaign trail for awhile today, and into the charged situation in Flint, Michigan. This morning on TV she spoke knowledgeably about the dangerous effects of lead poisoning as well as the structural challenges involved in making the pipelines safe again. If any other candidate for president knows as much as Hillary does on this topic, that individual has been remarkably silent on the subject.

This was not a campaign stop.  Because of her knowledge on this topic, Hillary broke her campaign stride to see how she could help in this dire situation.





An audience member prays before an appearance by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at the House Of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016 in Flint, Mich. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
An audience member prays before an appearance by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at the House Of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016 in Flint, Mich. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the House Of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016 in Flint, Mich. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the House Of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016 in Flint, Mich. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks with an audience member at the House Of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016 in Flint, Mich. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks with an audience member at the House Of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016 in Flint, Mich. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton poses for a photograph at the House Of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016 in Flint, Mich. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton poses for a photograph at the House Of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016 in Flint, Mich. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton meets members of the House Of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Flint, Mich. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton meets members of the House Of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Flint, Mich. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton appears with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver at the House Of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016 in Flint, Mich. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton appears with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver at the House Of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016 in Flint, Mich. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton holds the hand of Flint Mayor Karen Weaver during a meeting with officials at the House Of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016 in Flint, Mich. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton holds the hand of Flint Mayor Karen Weaver during a meeting with officials at the House Of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016 in Flint, Mich. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (R) meets with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver and local officials after speaking at a church in Flint, Michigan February 7, 2016.   REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (R) meets with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver and local officials after speaking at a church in Flint, Michigan February 7, 2016. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (C) meets with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver (L) and congressman Dan Kildee (D-MI) after speaking at a church in Flint, Michigan February 7, 2016.   REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (C) meets with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver (L) and congressman Dan Kildee (D-MI) after speaking at a church in Flint, Michigan February 7, 2016. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
Parishioners attending church service wait for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to address the congregation about the Flint water crisis at the House of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church in Flint, Michigan February 7, 2016.   REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
Parishioners attending church service wait for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to address the congregation about the Flint water crisis at the House of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church in Flint, Michigan February 7, 2016. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton talks with a parishioner after addressing the congregation about the Flint water crisis at the House of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church in Flint, Michigan February 7, 2016.   REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton talks with a parishioner after addressing the congregation about the Flint water crisis at the House of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church in Flint, Michigan February 7, 2016. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
A parishioner is photographed with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton after she addressed the congregation about the Flint water crisis at the House of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church in Flint, Michigan February 7, 2016.   REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
A parishioner is photographed with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton after she addressed the congregation about the Flint water crisis at the House of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church in Flint, Michigan February 7, 2016. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
Kerry Nelson, left, Flint City Council President, motions to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich., listens during a meeting with officials at the House Of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016 in Flint, Mich. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Kerry Nelson, left, Flint City Council President, motions to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich., listens during a meeting with officials at the House Of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016 in Flint, Mich. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton meets with officials at the House Of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016 in Flint, Mich. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton meets with officials at the House Of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016 in Flint, Mich. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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