Thursday, January 21, 2016

Hillary Clinton On Bernie Sander's Promises: "A President Has To Deliver In Reality"

On the campaign stump today, Hillary Clinton addressed the fact that while Sen. Bernie Sanders is espousing and promising new, single payer healthcare programs, and voicing certain foreign policy initiatives, they may not be realistic.

Via the Washington Post:

As Hillary Clinton closes in on the final days of campaigning in Iowa, she launched a new broadside against her principal Democratic rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.), over his inability to advance a single-payer health-care plan throughout his decades in Congress.

“Senator Sanders has been in Congress for 25 years,” Clinton said at a rally at Simpson College on Thursday. “He never got even a single vote in the House or a single Senate co-sponsor. Not one.”

“You hear a promise to build a whole new system, but that’s not what you get,” she added. “You’ll get gridlock and an endless wait for advances that never come.”

“In theory, there’s a lot to like about some of his ideas,” Clinton said. “But ‘in theory’ isn’t enough. A president has to deliver in reality.”

I'm going to weigh in on this because the same thing happened in 2008. Hillary Clinton campaigned on what was realistic while Barack Obama promised "pie in the sky"hope and change.

Obama eventually delivered a lot of what he campaigned on. But many who voted for him voiced their disillusionment that he wasn't delivering what he promised.

At the time, I championed Hillary because - with her experience - she didn't promise the "pie in the sky." She promised what she felt she could truly deliver.

It feels like we're seeing a "Ground Hog's Day" version of this all over again.

With any Republican controlled chamber of Congress, there will never be a single-payer health system. I support it - but it's not happening any time soon. Hillary continues to campaign on being more moderate, willing to reach across party lines to break up the gridlock in Washington. It's honestly what has to happen.

We all have our dreams of what we'd like Washington to do, but then there's the cold reality.

Hillary is being more honest than Bernie about what's truly possible.

I like Bernie. I like his ideas. But a lot of folks are getting swept up in the airy dreams, and not in the earthbound realities.

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