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Friday, September 16, 2016

Hillary Clinton returned to the campaign trail on Thursday. "As you may know, I recently had a cough that turned out to be pneumonia," Clinton told the audience. "I tried to power through it, but even I had to admit that maybe a few days of rest would do me good. ... People like me, we're lucky. When I'm under the weather, I can afford to take a few days off. Millions of Americans can't. For millions of moms and dads, if they get sick there's no backup. They're on their own, aren't they?" In Greensboro, Clinton told the crowd that with 54 days until the election, she wanted to end her campaign the way she began, by focusing on families and kids. She recalled her work on behalf of the Children's Defense Fund shortly after graduating law school. As First Lady, she played a leading role in the Children's Health Insurance Program.

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She did mention Trump, however, chiefly criticizing his recently announced family-leave plan -- which only provides unemployment benefits for six weeks for women -- saying it should provide support for men as well. Senator Tim Kaine, her running mate, also criticized Trump's plan earlier on Thursday for not providing sufficient benefits.

Polls in North Carolina show Trump and Clinton in a virtual tie, four years after Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney defeated Obama there. Trump has gained on Clinton in recent polls and is edging her out in several key swing-state polls.

"When we go to the polls this November, the real choice isn't between Democrats and Republicans," Clinton said. "It's about who will have the power to shape our children for the next four years of our lives."

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I know a kid who met Hillary Clinton. Clinton pinched her armed until she teared up and then Hillary took out a vial and captured her tears. Then a beaming Hillary held the vial up and said "This is Life!" and walked away.

True story.

#5 | Posted by Sully at 2016-09-16 10:07 AM | Reply | Funny: 2

"People like me, we're lucky. When I'm under the weather, I can afford to take a few days off. Millions of Americans can't. For millions of moms and dads, if they get sick there's no backup. They're on their own, aren't they?"

Lucky. She must've meant rich, powerful, and connected. Who can afford to have a doctor travel with them. Whose daughter owns an apartment in lower Manhattan in case you get overheated. Who throws parties in The Hamptons and Martha's Vineyard. Yeah....lucky. Not that Hillary cares about anyone else's kid, unless one happens to be standing in a convenient spot for a photo op, where she can wipe off her snotty pneumonia-infected hand on the kids head.

#7 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2016-09-16 10:23 AM | Reply | Funny: 2

"where she can wipe off her snotty pneumonia-infected hand on the kids head."

LOL

#8 | Posted by eberly at 2016-09-16 10:50 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Ah, apparently she was talking about the above posters.

My apologies to kids everywhere.

#10 | Posted by Corky at 2016-09-16 11:49 AM | Reply

Lucky. She must've meant rich, powerful, and connected. Who can afford to have a doctor travel with them. Whose daughter owns an apartment in lower Manhattan in case you get overheated. Who throws parties in The Hamptons and Martha's Vineyard. Yeah....lucky.

#7 | POSTED BY SHEEPLESCHISM

Yes... I am pretty sure that is exactly what she means. She has worked hard throughout her career. Through her skills and sacrifice she has made a lot of money, and accumulated a lot of power and prestige. But a lot of people work just as hard, make as many (or more) sacrifices, and are just as skilled. But, they don't all become as rich or as successful as she has become. She acknowledges that luck has played a role in her success.

Just because she is rich or successful does not mean she (or anyone who is rich and successful) is a bad person. The possibility of becoming rich and successful is the driving force behind our economy. It is a large part of what makes America great. It is when rich and successful people use their money and power to get laws passed (or prevent laws from being repealed or changed) that bends the odds in their favor that I start making judgments upon them.

And it is politicians who fight against the self-serving rich I mention above that I support, regardless of that politician's personal wealth. I believe that Hillary is one of those politicians. You may disagree, as is your right. But, personally, attacking someone only for being rich and successful is an argument that gets no traction with me.

#11 | Posted by gtbritishskull at 2016-09-16 11:50 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

"And it is politicians who fight against the self-serving rich I mention above that I support..."

Is that why she hides her Wall Street speeches? Is that why she vacations with and is mentored by Henry Kissinger? Is that why she called TPP the gold standard? Is that why she fund raises in gated mansions among lobbyists, corporate elites, and Hollywood?

Because she's fighting against the self-serving rich? LOL

#12 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2016-09-16 12:01 PM | Reply

Trump talks about kids too! Especially his daughter and how she is hot and he would date her.

#13 | Posted by bored at 2016-09-16 12:04 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

-Through her skills and sacrifice she has made a lot of money, and accumulated a lot of power and prestige.

Sacrifice? What sacrifices has Rodham made? She's been a member of the elite since Yale. Did she volunteer for the peace corps or the military? She would be a nobody if she hadn't married a future president. Her whole life has been dedicated to accumulating wealth and power.

#14 | Posted by nullifidian at 2016-09-16 12:05 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Hillary should run more ads on her achievements in public office to help children. It's one of her strongest arguments. Find adults who were helped by the Children's Health Insurance Program when they were young and are backing Hillary today.

I know it makes sense to run ads about Trump's unfitness for office, but we also need to hear about things like CHIP and her policy plans to help more children as president.

#15 | Posted by rcade at 2016-09-16 12:19 PM | Reply

She's been a member of the elite since Yale.

She's in in public service for 25 years, advancing a Democratic Party agenda as First Lady, U.S. senator and Secretary of State that has helped millions of people.

She would be a nobody if she hadn't married a future president.

Or Bill Clinton would be a nobody if he hadn't married her. Look at the life history of the Clintons from the time they met to his election as president and you'll find Hillary was a strong contributor to his political success.

#16 | Posted by rcade at 2016-09-16 12:22 PM | Reply

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what good parent would let the clintons around their kids? neither one possess even one redeeming character trait.

#17 | Posted by outbacker at 2016-09-16 12:54 PM | Reply

Lucky for kids who have been born to reap such care and consideration by HRC.

Except of course when you have pneumonia and HRC needs a photo op with a little girl...

Because if the kid is still in the womb--they don't count and don't get any consideration by HRC.

#18 | Posted by MURPHY at 2016-09-16 12:56 PM | Reply

Except that we are in the exact WRONG season for contagious pneumonia. So, most likely it was due to being overworked and exhausted that her immune system was compromised, leading to a bacterial infection of the lungs.

But, don't mind me. I wouldn't want facts to get in the way of you attacking Hillary.

#19 | Posted by gtbritishskull at 2016-09-16 01:08 PM | Reply

Sacrifice? What sacrifices has Rodham made? She's been a member of the elite since Yale. Did she volunteer for the peace corps or the military? She would be a nobody if she hadn't married a future president. Her whole life has been dedicated to accumulating wealth and power.
#14 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN AT 2016-09-16 12:05 PM

Palling around with Goldman Sachs execs is a grim sacrifice, but she is willing to bear that burden.

#20 | Posted by LIVE_OR_DIE at 2016-09-16 01:18 PM | Reply

-Through her skills and sacrifice

what sacrifices?

I'm not saying she hasn't made any.....I don't know her personally. I'm just curious what sacrifices you think she has made.

#21 | Posted by eberly at 2016-09-16 01:54 PM | Reply

Children's Health Insurance Program - She was FLOTUS then. She didn't hold meetings, she couldn't vote, in essence she was a sideline cheerleader.
You all keep touting that like she did actually did something.

#22 | Posted by homerj at 2016-09-16 02:08 PM | Reply

19 - Find out from a medical journal about "non contagious bacterial pneumonia".

#23 | Posted by homerj at 2016-09-16 02:10 PM | Reply

www.webmd.com/lung/understanding-pneumonia-basics

What Causes Pneumonia?
Usually the inflammation is caused by a bacterial infection, but it can also be caused by a virus, fungus, or parasite.

Many of these germs are all around us. They usually can't get past a healthy person's natural defenses. Pneumonia is most common in those with weaker or compromised immune systems, such as elderly people, cigarette smokers, alcoholics, and people suffering from other diseases such as the flu.

Any disease that can be made airborne is "contagious". But, some are prevalent in our environment and only contagious to people who have weakened immune systems. So, if Hillary had been visiting immuno-compromised hospital patients, then the nay-sayers might have a point. But, by complaining about having a photo op with a little girl, they are just spreading FUD.

#24 | Posted by gtbritishskull at 2016-09-16 03:46 PM | Reply

what sacrifices?

Politicians all get rich these days off speeches and other money-making opportunities when they leave office, so it's hard to call public life a sacrifice any more.

I still think there's an element of sacrifice in running for president and serving if you get the job. It's an incredibly difficult job that puts you inside a bubble for four or eight years, consumes your entire life and makes you age quickly.

#25 | Posted by rcade at 2016-09-16 04:32 PM | Reply

--I'm just curious what sacrifices you think she has made.

Still waiting for "Gunslinger" to detail what specific "sacrifices" Rodham has made. Apparently he has hightailed it to the O.K. Corral.

#26 | Posted by nullifidian at 2016-09-16 04:48 PM | Reply

Sacrifices? I was speaking more generally in that success requires hard work and sacrifice. I have made sacrifices for my career (time, relationships, opportunities) to get to where I am, as most people have done.

Since you insist, I am sure there were some sacrifices to family life due to the choice to be the first family. She has definitely sacrificed privacy. Colin Powell talks in his emails about how she overworks herself. The collapse at the 9/11 ceremony was probably an instance where she pushed herself too hard (sacrificed her health). She has also been personally attacked by Republicans for 25 years. And she had to put up with 11 hours of inane questions by Trey Gowdy... if that's not a sacrifice I don't know what is.

But, my point was not to compare her sacrifices to sacrifices others have made (unlike some candidate that will remain nameless), but to say that she has put in the sweat and blood equity to become rich and successful. Just like most rich people who did not inherit their wealth. I am not trying to argue she sacrificed selflessly, just that she didn't get handed her position in life without having to work for it.

Which completely ignores my point, which was that though she has probably worked harder than the average American to get to where she is, there are many Americans who have worked even harder than she has and sacrificed more, while ending up with much less. And Hillary acknowledges this as luck. Luck is when preparation meets opportunity, but some people are just as prepared but never get the opportunity.

And I think it speaks volumes that the candidate that grew up in a middle class family (I think, correct me if I'm wrong) and worked her way up to become one of the most successful people in America acknowledges the luck she had along the way. But, the candidate who was born to a rich family with every advantage (I like the phrase "born with a silver spoon up his ass") discounts luck and talks instead about how great he is every time he opens his mouth.

Nulli... that give you enough to chew on? I don't run from a fight. :)

#27 | Posted by gtbritishskull at 2016-09-16 09:05 PM | Reply

She got some rapists off on technicalities when she was a lawyer. A few of those rape victims apparently gave birth to the spawn of their assailants.

I guess that means she knows a lot about kids.

#28 | Posted by Jeffj at 2016-09-16 09:31 PM | Reply

A few of those rape victims apparently gave birth to the spawn of their assailants.

"It's a miracle!"

Signed,
The guys JeffJ votes for

#29 | Posted by snoofy at 2016-09-16 09:36 PM | Reply

Hillary love kids, transfusions of their blood keep her feeling young.

#30 | Posted by visitor_ at 2016-09-17 08:40 AM | Reply

It has been said by some that Hillary Clinton is especially fond of little girls...

#31 | Posted by ReformedNeocon at 2016-09-17 11:58 AM | Reply

Hillary should be speaking about positive things she'll do for the economy (which Wall Street doesn't want). She is far too focused on trashing Trump.

#32 | Posted by nutcase at 2016-09-17 01:46 PM | Reply

#10 | Posted by Corky

*flag* **pointless and grasping for air**

But I still enjoy listening to you argue for cankles...

#33 | Posted by Jimbob43 at 2016-09-17 10:24 PM | Reply

Look at the life history of the Clintons from the time they met to his election as president and you'll find Hillary was a strong contributor to his political success.
#16 | Posted by rcade

Success and drama... Can't wait to have an unrestrained Bill in the WH- and then hear how 'that woman' is a liar and Bill had no relations with her. Then about she cant remember what you were talking about.

Its going to be epic either way- Epic from a night show comedy standpoint...

#34 | Posted by Jimbob43 at 2016-09-17 10:32 PM | Reply

The decline of the Clinton campaign has nothing to do with her idiot rival's success and everything to do with her failure to articulate a bold, inspiring vision for voters. But then wall Street wouldn't like that would they.

#36 | Posted by nutcase at 2016-09-18 08:29 AM | Reply

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