Whatever it is, Hillary Clinton is on it.
As a lawyer, advocate, first lady of Arkansas and of the nation, U.S. senator, secretary of state and two-time presidential candidate, Clinton has spent her whole life fighting for. . . well, many things. In her campaign speeches, interviews, fact sheets and books, Clinton frequently notes that she has spent her entire adult life, or her entire career, or several decades, dedicated to one cause or another.
Sometimes she is vague, other times, quite specific. But if there is one thing Clinton has spent her entire adult life doing, it is telling us what she has spent her entire adult life doing:
“Well, let me just clarify that I fully appreciate how hard life is for so many Americans today. It’s an issue that I’ve worked on and cared about my entire adult life.” (Interview with ABC News’s Robin Roberts, June 10, 2014, addressing her prior comments about how she and Bill Clinton left the White House “dead broke”)
“Fair pay and fair scheduling, paid family leave and earned sick days, child care are essential to our competitiveness and our growth. And we can do this in a way that doesn’t impose unfair burdens on businesses, especially small businesses. As president, I’ll fight to put families first, just like I have my entire career.” (Speech on economic policy, July 13, 2015, at the New School)
“I’ve spent my entire career fighting for women’s rights. I’ll push for equal pay in the workplace; for protecting women’s health and reproductive rights; making quality, affordable child care a reality for families. That’s what I believe in. That’s what I’m fighting for.” (On the “Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon,” Sept. 16, in a fake interview with “Donald Trump”)
“I have been fighting my whole life to even the odds for people who have those odds stacked against them. That’s what I’m going to keep doing — fighting for families, fighting for fairness, fighting for you.” (Speech at the New Hampshire Democratic Party State Convention, Sept. 19)
“Well, actually, I have been very consistent over the course of my entire life. I have always fought for the same values and principles, but like most human beings, including those of us who run for office, I do absorb new information. I do look at what’s happening in the world.” (CNN Democratic debate in Las Vegas, Oct. 13, in response to a question by Anderson Cooper about concerns over Clinton’s “political expediency” and whether she’ll “say anything to get elected”)
“I have stood with Israel my entire career.” (Op-ed in Forward, Nov. 4, titled, “How I Would Reaffirm Unbreakable Bond With Israel — and Benjamin Netanyahu”)
“Hillary Clinton takes a back seat to no one when it comes to fighting to expand quality, affordable health care coverage for all Americans. She has spent her entire career standing up to the insurance industry and drug companies — and she has the scars to prove it.” (Fact sheet posted on hillaryclinton.com, Dec. 23, titled “Hillary Clinton’s Lifelong Fight for Quality, Affordable Health Care for All Americans”)
“I have spent my entire adult life working toward making sure that women are empowered to make their own choices, even if that choice is not to vote for me.” (Democratic presidential debate in Milwaukee, Feb. 11)
“I have been promoting for my entire adult life, I think, the idea of investing early in kids, early childhood education, universal pre-K, like what Mayor de Blasio brought to New York. We have got to help more kids get off to a good start.” (Democratic presidential debate in New York, April 14)
“This year we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of our National Parks. Unfortunately, America’s natural wonders are facing a range of threats today, from climate-fueled drought to fiercer wildfire seasons to declining wildlife populations. Meanwhile, special interest groups are waging a constant campaign to privatize our nation’s public lands. I’ve been fighting against these threats for my entire career.” (Op-ed in the Mercury News, June 1)
“I have fought for my entire career to protect Americans’ right to retire with dignity and security after years of hard work, and to secure universal health care. As President, I will stand up to any and all Republican efforts to weaken, undermine, or privatize Social Security and Medicare, which form the bedrock of our nation’s commitment to the well-being of older Americans.” (Statement on hillaryclinton.com, July 7, after receiving the endorsement of the Alliance for Retired Americans)
“I have been involved in working to try to close the racial divide my entire adult life. I’ve worked on issues of criminal justice reform, incarceration, juvenile justice for many decades.” (Interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, July 8)
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