Clinton is most presidential candidate
To the editor:
I first met Hillary Clinton in 1992 in Pittsburgh at a Bill Clinton rally during his first presidential campaign. Hillary shook my hand warmly with both of hers and thanked me for attending. For the next 24 years I watched her campaign for senator from New York, her run for the presidency in 2008, and her service in the Obama administration as secretary of state.
Now, in her campaign for the presidency those 24 years of experience in national and world politics have transformed Hillary into the one and only candidate who is presidential.
In her determined and practical style, she makes clear where she stands. Education: Make public college debt-free. Fund universal pre-K. Close tax loopholes for the wealthy. Guns: Ban several types of assault weapons. Repeal protections for gun makers. Create a comprehensive background check system and close loopholes.
Healthcare: Give the government a role in setting insurance rates. Expand Obamacare. Immigration: Give undocumented residents a path to legal status. Allow the undocumented to buy into Obamacare and encourage states to offer in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants.
Jobs and wages: $275 billion infrastructure/stimulus plan to improve roads, bridges, railways, airports and FAA technology. Raise federal minimum wage to $12 an hour and encourage states to raise it to $15. Social issues: A staunch supporter of legal access to abortions, of family planning, and of same-sex marriage. Lifetime advocate for minorities and women.
Taxes and income equity: Tax credits for the middle class, including for those caring for sick or infirmed family, for high out-of-pocket medical costs and for higher education. Raise capital gains taxes. Iran: Support framework for nuclear deal. Islamic State: No boots on the ground. Use regional troops. Trade: The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement as it currently stands does not meet her bar for creating jobs, raising wages for Americans and advancing national security.
Let's make sure Hillary is the Democratic nominee and our next president. Vote for her in the Massachusetts primary on March 1.
Tela Zasloff, Williamstown