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Oct 14, 2015

Sanders backs Clinton over email scandal, says time to move on

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won unexpected support from chief rival Bernie Sanders on Tuesday for her use of a private email server as U.S. secretary of state, helping to defuse an issue that has overshadowed her campaign.

Echoing comments she has made before, Clinton said her decision to not use a government email address was a mistake, but she emphasized that she wanted to focus her energy on policy issues that were more important to voters.

Oct 14, 2015

Clinton defends herself in debate against charges of flip-flopping on key issues

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton defended herself against charges that she has shifted positions to win over the liberal wing of her party, kicking off a debate with rival Democrats on Tuesday with a promise to raise workers’ wages and make the wealthy pay higher taxes.

Saying she was the granddaughter of a factory worker, Clinton called herself a “progressive” who likes to get things done despite opposition from Republicans.

Oct 14, 2015

Clinton tacks to the left ahead of Democratic debate

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Hillary Clinton has veered hard to the left ahead of Tuesday’s first Democratic presidential debate, hoping to inoculate herself from criticism by rival Bernie Sanders and woo the union members and liberal activists who have been slow to embrace her.

But in a Democratic race so far featuring few political attacks or policy clashes, Clinton’s move to protect her left flank on issues like the Asian trade pact and Keystone oil pipeline could open the door during the debate to questions about her sincerity and to charges of flip-flopping.

Oct 13, 2015

Clinton’s tack to the left to be on display in Democratic debate

LAS VEGAS/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Hillary Clinton has veered hard to the left ahead of Tuesday’s first Democratic presidential debate, hoping to inoculate herself from criticism by rival Bernie Sanders and woo the union members and liberal activists who have been slow to embrace her.

But in a Democratic race so far featuring few political attacks or policy clashes, Clinton’s move to protect her left flank on issues like the Asian trade pact and Keystone oil pipeline could open the door during the nationally televised debate to questions about her sincerity and charges of flip-flopping.

Oct 7, 2015

Clinton opposes new Pacific trade pact in break with Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday she does not support the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), rejecting a central tenet of President Barack Obama’s strategic pivot to Asia.

Clinton, who backed the developing trade pact when she was secretary of state during Obama’s first term, said she was worried the agreement would not do enough to crack down on currency manipulation or protect consumers from excessively high drug prices.

Oct 5, 2015

Bernie Sanders to pit his bulldog debate style against Clinton

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton’s biggest rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, is a novice to the bright lights of prime-time television, but politicians who have sparred with him in the past predict he will be a tenacious brawler in their party’s debate on Oct. 13.

Sanders, a Brooklyn native and self-styled socialist, can be argumentative, confrontational and quick to anger, according to political foes who have butted heads with him. He has come a long way from his first nervous debate performance during a U.S. Senate run more than 40 years ago, when microphones picked up the sound of his shaking knees knocking against the table.   

Sep 29, 2015

Clinton calls for repeal of ‘Cadillac tax’ on healthcare plans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called on Tuesday for the repeal of the “Cadillac tax” on premium health insurance plans that was created under President Barack Obama’s sweeping healthcare law.

The move by Clinton, the Democratic front-runner in the 2016 White House race, is a break with the Obama administration that could win her more backing from some of the labor unions critical to her White House bid.

Sep 27, 2015

Clinton on email controversy: a ‘drip, drip, drip’ of revelations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Sunday the politically damaging “drip, drip, drip” of revelations about her use of a private email server is out of her control and she is unsure when the controversy might end.

Clinton, who has seen her lead shrivel in the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, said she has tried to be as open as possible and take responsibility for the email flap.

Sep 21, 2015
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Debate poll: A second chance to make a worst impression

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Republican U.S. presidential candidates Dr. Ben Carson (L) and businessman Donald Trump talk during a commercial break at the second official Republican presidential candidates debate, September 16, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

For Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, last week’s debate won him some new admirers and more haters, too.

Sep 14, 2015

Clinton shrugs off slumping poll numbers, looks to debate

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (Reuters) – Presidential contender Hillary Clinton shrugged off her slumping poll numbers on Monday and said the upcoming Democratic debates would give her a chance to draw a contrast with liberal Senator Bernie Sanders and other rivals as she makes her White House pitch directly to voters.

“You’re supposed to have an election; you’re supposed to have a contest,” Clinton told reporters after a campaign event in Iowa, the state that will kick off the Democratic presidential nominating contest early next year.

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      "John Whitesides has covered U.S. politics, elections and Congress for 13 years, based in Washington. He joined Reuters in Asia, where he worked as an editor and correspondent in Hong Kong."
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