The conquer of the Democratic nomination and the eventual arrival of Hillary Rodham Clinton at the presidency might have a crucial historical meaning for this country. Hillary would be the first female elected to the Presidency of the United States. And even further, an experienced public figure, with more than 40 years of legislative and executive career, would take the reins of this country. Hillary, who undoubtedly is the most recognized woman in the world, answered our questions, in exclusive interview, in regards to her current electoral campaign and her plans to the future.
What is the vision that you have for this country?
Hillary Clinton: I want to knock down all the barriers holding families back. That means creating good jobs that pay good wages, investing in infrastructure, advanced manufacturing and clean energy, and raising the minimum wage. It means defending the Affordable Care Act and building upon it, so every American has access to quality, affordable care. It means tearing down the barriers racism and discrimination in all forms, reforming the criminal justice system, investing in long-neglected communities, and replacing the school-to-prison pipeline with a cradle-to-college pipeline. I could go on and on.
How does the immigrant community fit in that vision?
HC: Immigration is central to all of this. America was built by immigrants. That fact has always been a huge source of our national strength. Some candidates in this presidential race have voted the wrong way on immigration reform. Some say really hateful, ugly things about immigrants. Donald Trump wants to round up millions of undocumented people and kick them out of our country. I don’t know how anyone could think that’s a good idea. As President, I would fight for comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship. I’ll support President Obama’s executive actions on DACA and DAPA, and I’ll go further to keep families together. I don’t want to see raids and roundups. I’m against private detention centers. I don’t want to see families broken up. It’s not right, it’s not necessary, and it goes against everything we stand for as a country.
What does Hillary Clinton bring to the table that other candidates don’t have?
HC: Our next president will walk into the Oval Office next January, sit down at that desk, and start making decisions that will affect the lives of everyone in this country and everyone in the world. That person has to be ready to face three big tests. First, can they make a positive difference in people’s lives? Second, can they keep us safe? And third, can they bring our country together again? I’ve been working my entire adult life to be able to answer those questions positively.
Running for president is hard, but being president is harder. It’s the hardest, most important job in the world. And the only way you succeed is if you find common ground. That’s where I think my experience – all the work that I’ve done over the last 40 years – prepares me to be effective and active from the very first day. I know how to find common ground. And I know how to stand my ground when I need to.
In this intense process of an election year, what is the best piece of advice that you have received from your husband, President Bill Clinton?
HC: He advises me on so much, it’s truly impossible to narrow it down to just one piece of advice. His knowledge is vast. And no one knows more about running for President – the highs and the lows. But I think the biggest thing he reminds me of, just by his existence, is the fundamental fact that our economy does better under Democrats.
When my husband was President, America created millions of jobs. Incomes went up for everybody, not just those at the top. And we lifted more people out of poverty than at any time in a decade. That’s what it means to have a Democrat in the White House. Those are the stakes in this election.
What is your message for the Latino community in Colorado?
HC: This election is shaping up to be one of the most consequential of our lifetimes. So the voters have a serious choice to make. Either we build on the progress we’ve made under President Obama, or we let the Republicans rip it all away. We can’t let that happen.
I’m running to be the President to tear down all the barriers that hold people back, and replace them with ladders of opportunity that everyone can climb. That’s how we’ll make sure America stays a place where everyone can make the most of their God-given potential, no matter who they are, what they look like, or where they started out.
Music to her ears
You recently became a grandma: How would you like your granddaughter to call you?
Hillary Clinton: She calls me Grandma. It’s music to my ears! But then again, she could call me anything and it would be music to me.
Her relationship with Bill
“All I know is that no one understands me better and no one can make me laugh the way Bill does. Even after all these years, he is still the most interesting, energizing and fully alive person I have ever met. Bill Clinton and I started a conversation in the spring of 1971, and … we’re still talking.”
Hillary Clinton on “Living History”.