Candidate Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton formally launched her second bid to become the Democratic nominee for president on June 13, 2015. She first rose to national prominence in 1992 when she became first lady of the United States and maintained a public profile since then as the U.S. senator from New York and secretary of state in the Obama administration. She entered the 2016 race with expectations that she would secure the Democratic nomination, but quickly faced a surprisingly strong challenge from Sen. Bernie Sanders, a self-proclaimed democratic socialist.

Clinton has made economic prosperity for all the primary cornerstone of her campaign. If elected, she would be the first female president of the United States.

Hillary Clinton, April 2015

The deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top. Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion. So you can do more than just get by.

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About the Candidate:

Birth October 26, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois

Age on Inauguration Day 69 years old

Religion Methodist

Education Bachelor of Arts from Wellesley College, Juris Doctor from Yale Law School

Family Clinton married Bill Clinton in 1975, and they had daughter Chelsea in 1980. Clinton now has one granddaughter, born in Charlotte in 2014.

Net worth $21.5 million

Political Career U.S. Secretary of State (2009 - 2013); U.S. Senator from New York (2001 - 2009); First Lady of the United States (1993 - 2001)

Top 5 donor industries Securities & Investment, TV/Movies/Music, Retired, Lawyers/Law Firms, Non-Profit Institutions

Hillary Clinton on

Abortion

Wants to protect women’s health and reproductive rights. Believes a women’s personal health choices should be hers to make with her family, her faith, and with the counsel of her doctor.

“I will defend a woman's right to choose. And I will defend Planned Parenthood.”

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Although she has faced criticism from some within the movement, especially over her husband's tough-on-crime policies of the 1990s, Clinton says she remains fully committed to the Black Lives Matter movement and to racial equality on a broader level.

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While her critics are quick to point to the many Wall Street bankers who support her campaign, Clinton says she is committed to overturning Citizens United, getting rid of secret and unaccountable money in politics.

Believes climate change is real and man-made and has called for action to help combat its impacts if elected.

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Opposes abolishing the death penalty because she think it is a justified punishment for particularly heinous crimes including terrorism. But she also says the death penalty "has been too frequently applied, and too often in a discriminatory way." She is particularly worried about the standard of judicial rigor required at the state level. "So if it were possible to separate out the federal from the state system by the Supreme Court that would I think be an appropriate outcome."

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Describes America's growing drug problem as one of the most surprising issues she encountered when she hit the campaign trail in 2015. Has a plan to help treat drug and addiction issues with a combination of preventative programs, treatment and recovery options. Also supports criminal justice reform to ensure that low-level and nonviolent drug offenses do not continue to contribute to America's mass incarceration problem.

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Says increasing income for middle class families would be the first thing she would want to accomplish after taking the oath of office. Supports raising the minimum wage to $12 an hour and supports a minimum wage of $15 in certain states and locations across the country.

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Supports an expansion of early childhood education and supports charter schools as a supplement to public schools but not a replacement for them. Has a proposal to help millions pay for college and reduce interest rates on student loans. Believes in "debt-free" college education, but says that only the neediest students should have access to entirely free education and that kids of high income Americans should pay their share.

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Wants to invest in alternative fuel, and wants the U.S. to be energy independent by 2020.

"On my first day as President, I'll set two big goals. I want the U.S. to have half a billion solar panels by 2020. And I want us to generate enough renewable electricity to power every home in America in the next 10 years."

Unveiled what she called a "360-degree strategy" to defeat ISIS that focuses on cutting off finances to the terror group, strictly screening visa applicants who have visited ISIS-controlled countries recently and working closely with patriotic Muslim-Americans to fight homegrown terror risks. Says she is committed to preventing Iran from ever having a nuclear weapon, and has broken with the Obama administration in calling for new sanctions. Says she will stand up to Russian leader Vladimir Putin and also to China on issues of "cyberspace, human rights, trade, territorial disputes, and climate change."

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Supports comprehensive background checks and closing the so-called gun show loophole and also the Charleston loophole. Says that the NRA is out of touch with its members and that they should called for NRA members “to form a different organization and take back the Second Amendment from the extremists.”

NRA rating: F

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Supports Obamacare and says she wants to build upon its successes to expand health care access. "My plan will crack down on drug companies charging excessive prices, slow the growth of out-of-pocket costs, and provide a new credit to those facing high health expenses."

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Supports comprehensive immigration reform, including a pathway to citizenship. Wants to avoid deportations that would break up families and says she will enable "millions of workers to come out of the shadows." Also plans to support and defends Obama’s executive actions to provide deportation relief for DREAMers.

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Supports full marriage equality rights for the LGBT community. Has decried figures like Kim Davis who've attempted to oppose marriage equality on religious grounds, and spoke out against the failed Indiana "Religious Freedom Restoration Act." Also says she supports transgender rights and as president would work to protect and expand those rights.

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Says she will work to reduce health care costs to strengthen Medicare. Plans to protect the future of the Social Security program by increasing the contributions paid by the wealthiest Americans, who are currently capped, and that she will fight all attempts to privatize the programs.

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Has said that she doesn't want to increase taxes on people earning less than $250,000 a year and provide tax relief to the middle class. Also says she thinks the wealthiest Americans pay too little, which she plans to fix by closing tax loopholes to make sure rich Americans don't pay lower tax rates than middle class Americans.

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