Hillary Clinton and the 2-for-1 presidency
By LISA LERER and CATHERINE LUCEY
Associated Press --
May 16, 4:17 PM EDT
HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The notion of a 2-for-1 Clinton presidency is back.
Recalling sunnier days of growth, low unemployment and budget surpluses under her husband, Hillary Clinton is telling Americans that Bill Clinton will take the lead on the economy if she wins the White House. What his work would be remains unclear: not a cabinet post, she indicated. But in some way, he'd be "in charge of revitalizing the economy."
Bill Clinton reigned over a strong economy, especially in the final years of his presidency, yet his economic legacy is mixed. The late 1990s were the last period to see sustained income gains for the typical American household. Middle-income wages have stagnated since then.
But his refusal to step up regulation of exotic financial instruments known as derivatives was blamed in large measure for the collapse of the financial sector years later. The tech bubble of his time burst. And his agenda was driven by support for free trade deals, including one that gave China better access to the U.S. market, that are held responsible by elements of both parties for driving jobs out of the country.
Still, in those pre-9/11 days, it's a stretch of peace and prosperity like Americans haven't seen since and with her latest remarks, in Kentucky, Hillary Clinton is more firmly laying out how important he would be to her agenda.The situation is highly unusual: Not only would Clinton be the first president to have a "First Dude," she'd also be the first to have a former president in the East Wing.
Now, facing a two-front fight against Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, she's stressing that Bill Clinton would be an asset in her administration, particularly with the kind of Southern white voters who once backed him but now are drawn to Trump. "Tell me anybody else who's been here as much or knows us as well," said Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, of Bill Clinton, during a campaign event in West Virginia. Hillary Clinton lost that primary - a state her husband won by double digits - earlier this month to Sanders.
The GOP front-runner and his team are making a different political bet. They see Bill Clinton's history of scandal as ripe for exploitation.
Third Way and MIC rejoice. Social Security and any hope for peace - targets. Any hope of keeping jobs in this country - gone.
I for sure, will never vote for you. I'm tired of Bill and you, already.
He's 100% fair game. And we are all well and truly fucked if this is who we're stuck with.
When they first ran Hillary said she wasn't one of those "Stand By Your Man" women and she wouldn't be baking cookies in the White House.
Now she says Bill will handle the Economy....but doesn't say what Her Role will be! Is she going to be baking cookies and doing WH Tours or will she be back in her role as SOS in Charge of Foreign Affairs where invading another Country like Libya will be on her "Bucket List?"
Each of them has plenty on his/her own as well as a matched set. Why on earth is she
even running? Her name is synonymous with scandal and secrecy. He left the WH under
a cloud but it started right from the get-go with Travelgate amongst many more. The good
times of the 90's are not returning and they are responsible for many of the factors that
make that so.
I WISH THEY WOULD JUST GO AWAY.
Then the 'foundation' doesn't have to pay for it! It's being on the public dime....this so called CZAR bullshit.
I feel so much better about a democratic presidency knowing Slick Willy will be back in the White House negotiating trade deals.
Between trade agreements & H1B visas that HRC loves, the only decent paying jobs that will be left in this country will be Directors, VPs & C level officers. Hmmmmmm, why don't we ever outsource those jobs? Certainly there are Asian execs who can run a company at a fraction of the cost of American executives?
Published on May 11, 2016
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