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In 2008, Hillary Clinton said mother would have been in foster care today

She was Senator Hillary Clinton in 2008, when she ran against Senator Barack Obama and John Edwards in South Carolina, the last state before Edwards dropped out of the race.

I spoke to her for NPR’s News and Notes, and she mentioned her mother, saying, “If she had been born at a later time, I believe she probably would have been put into the foster care system because her parents essentially abandoned her.”  Today, former Secretary of State Clinton is expected to formally announce for President, foregrounding themes of her mother.

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The New York Times says:

Sharing that story is a shift for Mrs. Clinton, who in her 2008 campaign was fiercely protective of her mother’s privacy and eager to project an image of strength as she sought to become the first female commander in chief. And in this campaign, her mother’s story may help address one of Mrs. Clinton’s central challenges: convincing voters who feel they already know everything about her that there is, indeed, more to know, and that she is motivated by more than ambition.

But she did, in fact talk about it… perhaps not extensively, but you can still listen here (sometimes with a long page load time). It begins at 5:17.

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, 2008, for NPR’s News and Notes, 1/25/2008, responding to why she has done children’s-rights work in her legal and political career.

I think it was initially important because my mother had such a very difficult life.

If she had been born at a later time, I believe she probably would have been put into the foster care system because her parents essentially abandoned her and her grandparents were very unwelcoming, and basically she had to leave their home when she was 13 just to go work in someone else’s home, just to have a safe place to live and to try to be able to make some way in her life.
They let her take care of her children but she had to but she had to get up and get the other children off to school, and they let her go to high school. I really saw at a very early age, that despite my comfortable, secure upbringing in my family that wasn’t the case for so many children.
It just became the cause of my passionate commitments here in public service to do what I can to give every child a chance to live up to his or her God-given potential.


Digital Diplomacy and Global Economy: An Interivew with Alec Ross on One with Farai

Alec Ross

Alec Ross

Author and former U.S. diplomat Alec Ross on globalization

Alec Ross helped define “digital diplomacy”, and logged nearly a million air miles for work — as Senior Advisor of Innovation to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He talked with Farai Chideya about technology and the future of globalization.

Why Are Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren In the Same Political Party?

The New Republic, and many other outlets, believe there’s possible war for the soul of the Democratic Party between Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts — known as a crusader against financial industry misdeeds and for working families — and former Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, known, simply, as one of the most powerful people in the world.

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This is a putative feud, the kind of things political folk noodle about while waiting for the plus/minus 18 months of intense Presidential election coverage. But it underlines a persistent issue with American politics: we simply don’t have enough choices. Multi-party European democracies are messy, but they do offer a range of ideological options, and, in many cases (as with the recent German elections) the possibilities for coalition governments that bring together a greater ideological range than any single party can.

We see the problems of a two-party system quite clearly on the GOP side, which is tearing itself apart over race/class/immigration. But as the New Republic’s piece points out, the Democratic coalition also has its fissures. President Barack Obama, for example, favored Larry Summers (who I wrote about here) to lead the Federal Reserve. More liberal minds on the Dem side said hell naw, which is why Janet Yellen is heading to confirmation hearings this week.

Converting the American two-party system to a multi-party democracy is far harder than converting a Hummer to biodiesel. But that’s not the only option. Fusion voting, which is allowed in 10 states including New York, allows third parties to also endorse candidates of the two major parties. It was outlawed in many states because it was too successful at holding the major parties accountable to their constituencies. In a parallel universe, Ted Cruz and Mitt Romney wouldn’t be in the same party; nor would Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren. And if that parallel universe included fusion voting, American voters could decide without the “spoiler” question that confronts third parties today.

I wrote a chapter in my 2004 book Trust: Reaching the 100 Million Missing Voters which has quite a bit of information on fusion voting. That chapter is attached to this post. Read on if you’d like to know more.