Hillary Rodham Clinton

Sydney Hansen , News co-editors

Highly controversial yet politically experienced, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton made history by becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party.


As a former NY Senator and U.S. Secretary of State, as well as First Lady to former president Bill Clinton, Mrs. Clinton has spent a large majority of her career in politics. Despite her involvement in young Republican groups as a young woman, she became a Democrat in 1968 and has maintained her political affiliation with the party ever since. She previously ran for the presidency in 2008, but conceded the nomination when it became clear that then-Illinois senator Barack Obama held the majority of delegates.


Economically, Mrs. Clinton plans to make the tax code more progressive by greatly increasing taxes on the wealthy. To do this, she would impose the “Buffett Rule,” which requires those with gross incomes over $1 million to pay a minimum 30 percent of their income in taxes. However, the majority of Americans would not see a large difference in their taxes because she does not want to increase the burden on middle-class families. For businesses and corporations, she supports simplifying and cutting taxes for small businesses, and closing corporate loopholes that reward companies for shifting jobs overseas.


In a world where terrorism has become commonplace, Mrs. Clinton suggests that completely destroying the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is the only way to combat the terrorist attacks that happen prevalently. Her plan to combat the radical group includes working with U.S. allies to dismantle the global terror network by stemming the flow of jihadists from Europe and America to countries like Syria and Iraq, as well as intensifying the coalition air campaign against ISIS fighters. Mrs. Clinton’s plan to demolish terrorism also relates to gun laws in the U.S. She is an advocate for stronger gun control, maintaining that she would expand background checks on gun sales and keep guns out of the hands of violent criminals and the severely mentally ill. She also plans on keeping assault weapons out of the hands of suspected terrorists, and believes that people on the no-fly list should not be allowed to buy guns.


As a crusader for women, Mrs. Clinton is devoted to maintaining and strengthening the rights of women domestically and internationally. She believes in defending Planned Parenthood, which offers services such as cancer screening, contraceptive services and sexually transmitted disease (STD) tests. Hillary also asserts that she will work to close the pay gap between men and women, especially for women of color, who earn the least in comparison to men, and will confront the violence against women that is especially prevalent on college campuses.


On the healthcare front, Mrs. Clinton stated in the Oct. 9 presidential debate that she wants to refine the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), a law that requires all Americans to have healthcare, but also makes healthcare coverage more affordable. Obamacare has been challenged numerous times in court, with some politicians asserting that it is too costly for businesses, thereby killing jobs, and that it also intrusive in the affairs of individuals; despite this, Mrs. Clinton is committed to defending the law and expanding access to affordable healthcare. She also aims to reduce the cost of prescription drugs, defending access to reproductive healthcare (including safe and legal abortion), and expand affordable health care to families even if they are not legal U.S. citizens.