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Would you vote for Hillary Clinton?
June 16, 2014 - Andrea Johnson
Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2016?
Judging by her new memoir, her book tour, and the interviews she's been doing in recent days, Hillary will very likely be running for President. Republicans are also dredging up every bit of negative information they can find in her past. There's the 1975 Arkansas case where defense attorney Hillary Clinton attacked the reputation of a 12-year-old girl to get her alleged assailant a plea deal. Hillary gave a series of interviews about the case in the early 1980s, according to The Washington Free Beacon at http://freebeacon.com/politics/the-hillary-tapes/.
It is a disturbing story, though it is also clear that she did what a defense attorney is required to do and gave her client a zealous defense. As horrible as the case is, I don't hold her skill as a defense attorney against her, nor do I hold it against her that she enjoyed using her skills and beating a prosecutor who screwed up. There is some question over whether she violated attorney-client privilege in those interviews, though it doesn't sound to me like she actually revealed anything that her client told her.
The larger issue here may be one of character and how we can expect her to react in a crisis. Her actions in 1975 will be weighed along with her public and private actions over the last four or five decades. I'm sure we can expect another discussion of Vince Foster and Whitewater again too, along with the attacks on the American ambassador and other Americans in the attack on the embassy in Benghazi, Libya. Then, of course, there will be her 1990s attempt at comprehensive health care reform and the true state of her marriage and how much involvement Bill Clinton would have in a Hillary Rodham Clinton White House.
Do you think Hillary Rodham Clinton will be the Democratic presidential nominee? Could you vote for her if she runs for President?
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