March 13, 2016

Clinton Grilled On ObamaCare & Death Penalty Positions During Town Hall

During Sunday night’s town hall, Secretary Clinton faced tough questions from Ohio voters adversely affected by policies Clinton supported.

First, Clinton faced tough questions about her past support for the death penalty from a man, Ricky Jackson, who spent 39 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Jackson was nearing execution when investigators proved his innocence. After sharing his story, Jackson asked Clinton:

“I would like to know how you can still take your stance on the death penalty in light of what you know right now?”

In 1994, Clinton lobbied Democratic lawmakers to accept “a major expansion of the federal death penalty” as part of an omnibus crime bill—a deeply unpopular measure among Democrats today that was signed by President Bill Clinton. And in 2000, when Clinton was First Lady and running for Senate, she “went out of her way to note her support for the death penalty,” per The New York Times.

Next, Clinton faced Teresa O’Donnell, an Ohio voter who saw her healthcare costs skyrocket under ObamaCare:

“I voted for Obama, but then my health insurance skyrocketed from $490 a month to $1,081 a month for a family of four. I know Obama told us that we’d be paying a little more. But doubling – over doubling – my health insurance cost has not been a little more. It has been difficult to come up with that kind of payment every month. I would like to vote Democratic, but it’s costing me a lot of money. And I’m just wondering if Democrats really realize how difficult it’s been on working class Americans to finance ObamaCare?”

Clinton, who wholeheartedly supported the passage of ObamaCare, was utterly unable to answer this valid, worthwhile question. At one point, Clinton’s answer was to tell O’Donnell to “keep shopping” for other health care plans. To be clear: that is not an answer, and Clinton’s inability to answer this question demonstrates why she should not be president.