September 18, 2007
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SENATOR HILLARY CLINTON DISCUSSES HER “UNIQUE
PERSPECTIVE” ON HEALTH CARE REFORM
ON NPR NEWS ALL THINGS CONSIDERED
TODAY, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18

CLINTON ON NORMAN HSU: “IT WAS A RUDE AWAKENING
TO ALL OF US”

EXCERPT BELOW; AUDIO TO BE AVAILABLE AT WWW.NPR.ORG


September 18, 2007; Washington, D.C. – Democratic presidential candidate Senator Hillary Clinton tells NPR’s Melissa Block in an interview airing tonight on NPR News All Things Considered that her experience as First Lady has given her a “unique perspective” on health care reform: “I believe that my experience and what I have learned from the efforts before led me to work very hard as First Lady to help pass the children’s health insurance program, to get vaccines for children, to get health care for our first responders and our veterans. So I have a unique perspective being on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue as I have. I also believe that the country has changed. You know, there was a lot of skepticism and resistance in the early ‘90s. I think that has dissipated considerably. More and more people now understand that we have to take action than did back then.”

On her reaction to the revelation that fundraiser Norman Hsu is a fugitive, Sen. Clinton says: “I think it was a rude awakening to all of us. I mean, not only in my campaign, but the dozens of campaigns going back to, I guess, 2003 and four, who took contributions. None of us caught this, and we all ran searches. Every one of us does a vetting process and my campaign certainly did it. And this did not turn up. And as soon as we found out, we took action. And that’s one of the reasons why I think we should be moving toward public financing.”

When asked to explain her statement that General David Petraeus’ report on Iraq required a “willing suspension of disbelief,” Sen. Clinton says: “I believe that Gen. Petraeus is fulfilling a very narrow mission. But you have to look at the entire context in which that mission takes place. I have no doubt that Gen. Petraeus is doing everything he humanly can. He is a great soldier, and he is a great leader. But he’s been given an assignment that, by its very nature, cannot succeed.”

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