Hillary Clinton

Political party: 
Question 1: 

What is your vision for the role of U.S. President? How will our Commonwealth and country be different in four years if you're elected?

My primary mission, as president, will be to renew the basic bargain of America - by creating more jobs and more opportunity. If you are working hard and doing your part, you and your family should be able to get and stay ahead. Our country is stronger because of President Obama, but there is more to do. We need to ensure the citizens of the Commonwealth have the tools they need, because when one of us succeeds, we all do better. If elected, I will work to grow our economy by investing in good-paying jobs, protecting American workers, ensuring corporations and wealthy Americans are paying their fair share of taxes, and encouraging family-friendly workplace policies. I will fight so that our children receive a quality education, and will ensure that cost isn’t a barrier to higher education. I will protect the Affordable Care Act, so that all Americans receive the healthcare they need, regardless of zip code. I will work to remove the barriers that are preventing too many members of minority communities from getting ahead – which includes reforming our criminal justice system. I can’t accomplish these goals alone, but if we work together, our country will grow and prosper.

Question 2: 

What are your ideas for building a healthier and more diverse economy in Central Appalachia?

If elected, I will commit to building an economy that works for everyone, including the citizens of the Commonwealth. In my first 100 days in office, I will make the biggest investment in good-paying jobs since World War II, including a $30 billion plan for revitalizing coalfield communities that have experienced a dramatic decline in coal production and employment, such as those in Eastern Kentucky. This plan was developed in partnership with groups across Central Appalachia that are already working hard to build a more diverse and resilient economic future. As part of this plan, I will honor our commitments to those who have kept America’s lights on and factories running for more than a century by ensuring their healthcare and pensions are secure, reforming the black lung benefit program and safeguarding funding for schools dependent on coal revenue. I will make new public investments in infrastructure, high-speed broadband, and repurposing abandoned mine sites to support new economic activity. I will attract new private investment to region by extending and expanding the New Markets Tax Credit to cover all coal communities. And I will establish a new Coal Communities Challenge Fund to support locally-driven economic development priorities.

Question 3: 

What measures would you take as President to ensure access to affordable health care for all Americans?

Throughout my career, I’ve fought to ensure that every American has access to quality healthcare. As First Lady, I helped pass the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which now covers more than 8 million low-income children. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has expanded coverage across the country and today, 20 million previously uninsured Americans can access the care they need. As President, I will protect the ACA so that uninsured Americans can receive affordable coverage. I will invest in community health centers and double the funding for primary care services at Federally Qualified Health Centers - helping break down barriers many minority communities face in accessing care.  I will work with governors across the country, including Governor Bevin, to expand access to Medicaid so that your zip code does not determine the care you receive. Families facing high medical costs will also be eligible for a new tax credit of up to $5,000 - providing additional support during a difficult time. Lastly, we need continue supporting older Americans - capping out-of-pocket prescription drug costs and offering a Medicare buy in for Americans 55 or older. This will not only protect the Medicare program, but help them get the care they need.

Question 4: 

Do you support implementation of the Clean Power Plan? What opportunities do you see in the CPP to create new jobs and energy savings for Kentuckians?

Tackling global climate change is one of the defining challenges of the 21st century and I am confident American ingenuity and entrepreneurialism are fully up to the task. I am committed to meeting this challenge head-on and making the United States the clean energy superpower of the 21st century. That is why I support implementation of the Clean Power Plan (CPP). The CPP is projected to yield $55 to $93 billion in annual economic and public health benefits by 2030, preventing thousands of premature deaths and more than 100,000 asthma attacks each year. It will also unlock billions of dollars of new investment in clean energy and energy efficiency.   Kentuckians are well positioned to compete for this investment and the thousands of new jobs it will create, whether through energy efficiency improvements like those already occurring through the How$mart program, new investments in solar power, or by installing powerhouses on some of the state’s existing dams.

Question 5: 

As President, what policies would you support to protect public health and ensure access to clean water and air for all Americans?

As President, I will fight so every child and family has clean air, clean water, and a safe and healthy place to live – basic human rights. Too often, children living in low-income housing are exposed lead, while half of our nation’s Latino population live in areas where the air quality does not meet the standard set forth by EPA. We need to invest in clean power and transportation, thereby reducing air pollution. We must modernize our drinking and wastewater systems, and eliminate lead as a public health threat. As President, I will fight to prevent future tragedies like those that occurred in Flint, Michigan and Charleston, West Virginia. As low-income communities are forced to confront the impacts of climate change, including prolonged heat waves and rising sea levels, we must invest in resilient infrastructure. We must continue combatting toxic algae - expanding on the efforts underway in Kentucky. I will establish an Environmental and Climate Justice Task Force to ensure these issues remain at the forefront of the work of federal agencies. Further, I will call on Congress to update our federal environmental and public health laws, and our toxic substance laws, so serious violators are appropriately punished.

Question 6: 

How would you increase economic opportunity for Kentuckians, and reduce income and wealth inequality? Do you support a minimum wage increase?

I’ve put forth my agenda for an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top. It includes breaking through Washington gridlock to make the boldest investment in good-paying jobs since World War II, making debt-free college available to all Americans, ensuring that workers share in the profits they help create, rewriting the rules to make sure those at the top pay their fair share, and putting families first by catching up our laws to the 21st century. It also includes my plan to invest in communities that have been left behind, and to ensure that we are providing every child with a good education, dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline, and addressing disparities in health and nutrition. As president, I will also invest in job training programs so that Americans who wish to enter the workforce have the skills and credentials they need to get hired into good jobs with good wages. We need to build ladders of opportunity for all Americans, and remove obstacles that are preventing hardworking individuals from finding good-paying jobs. And I strongly support raising the federal minimum wage, and believe that where it makes sense, states and communities should go even higher.

Question 7: 

As President, what would you do to support greater racial justice and address racial inequality in the United States?

Sadly, too many Americans experience systemic racism in our country, and I support policies that force us to step back and evaluate how we treat our fellow Americans. There are inherent racial disparities in our criminal justice system. We need to reform our sentencing practices, and strengthen the relationship between communities and our law enforcement officers across the country. We need to end the epidemic of gun violence that is plaguing our communities, especially our communities of color through common sense reforms that keep guns out of the hands of individuals that should not have them. We need to close the education achievement gap that exists in this country, and ensure our children have every opportunity to receive a quality education. While my administration will invest in good jobs and good wages, we need to ensure that our workforce has the education and skills to be hired and succeed in their respective careers. Further, in addressing racial inequality, we must also address the need for immigration reform. As President, I would fight for comprehensive immigration reform – and would put forth a full and equal pathway to citizenship so that families can remain together.

Question 8: 

Do you support the restoration of voting rights for former felons who have served their full sentence? Are there other policies you support to increase voting rights and voting access?

I fundamentally support efforts to protect voting rights and increase voting access. I introduced the “Count Every Vote Act,” in the Senate, which recommended restoring voting rights for those who had paid their debts to society. I support implementing the recommendations of President Obama’s bipartisan commission, among which, called for providing online voter registration and establishing that no one should ever have to wait more than 30 minutes to vote. This timing is especially significant as minority voters are more likely to wait in long lines. And, we will do more. We will put in place a system of universal, automatic voter registration for every American when they turn 18, unless they opt out. We will set a new standard of no fewer than 20 days of early-in-person voting, including options to vote on the weekend or in the evening. Hardworking Americans shouldn’t have to choose between making a shift at work, or voting. While states have sought to deny voting access, I applaud recent decisions in North Carolina, Kansas, Texas, and North Dakota that have struck down efforts to unduly burden American voters. Voting is a fundamental right - we ought to expand this right, not restrict it.