Hillary Clinton charms supporters
at San Francisco fundraiser
Code Pink group infiltrate proceedings
with anti-war message
Presidential candidate Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) held a fundraiser
at the San Francisco Palace Hotel yesterday. Clinton reportedly
earned $300,000 for her presidential bid.
By Brent Begin, Bay City News Service
February 24, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - New York Senator Hillary Clinton
brought her campaign for the 2008 presidency to San Francisco
yesterday, promising universal health care, investment in alternative
energy, better education and an end to the war in Iraq.
Her speech drew applause from a supportive group of donors and
California politicians and continued to rouse the crowd even as
members of an activist group walked through the aisles of the
Palace Hotel conference room with anti-war banners.
"I know there are still some who might say, 'Yes, but can
we ever elect a woman president?' My response to that is: we don't
know until we try," Clinton said. "That's not a hard
sell in the home of Nancy Pelosi, Dianne Feinstein, and Barbara
Clinton touched on a variety of topics dear to Bay Area voters,
vowing to retain and replace a number of social services that
have been cut over the last six years.
She said that while she doesn't have a definitive plan on universal
health care, she would make it a point to examine the major costs
of healthcare and turn the data into a "uniquely American
Clinton pledged to send more students to college by improving
preschool education and boosting need-based grants. She also told
the audience she is already working on federal subsidies in order
to make housing more affordable.
She also complimented California as being a leader in conservation
and innovation in alternative energy, and she promised to cut
greenhouse gas emissions as president.
But the issue that has caused a major divide among liberal voters
and her major democratic competitor, Barack
Obama, is her stance on the war in Iraq.
Several protesters from Code Pink, an organization of women opposing
the war in Iraq, were led away by security after holding banners
that said, "We need a peace president," and "Hillary,
stop funding the war."
Clinton did not address the protesters but vowed to cap the number
of troops in Iraq while sending them the equipment they need to
She also promised to stop writing "blank checks" to
the leaders of Iraq without holding them accountable.
Code Pink cofounder Medea Benjamin, who chanted outside the hotel
with a group of activists, said Clinton was making a mistake by
not supporting an immediate troop withdrawal.
"We're out here to tell Hillary that her position in Iraq
is too pro-war; her measures are too little, too late," she
said. "We represent the vast majority of democrats who strongly
oppose the war. She's out of touch with both democrats and women
Code Pink founder
Police cited and released five women who protested inside the
conference room for "disturbing a meeting," according
to police Sgt. Neville Gittens.
One of the biggest reactions was a comment about Clinton's husband,
former President Bill Clinton. When asked by an audience member
whether she would appoint her husband as secretary of state, she
replied that it might not be legally feasible but that it might
be a good idea.
"He's is the most popular person in the world right now..."
she said. "I will promise you this, as president I will continue
the tradition of using former presidents as often as I can."
President Bill Clinton, file photo, 11/1/6
Among Clinton's supporters at the event were Senate Pro Tem Don
Perata, state Senator Carole Migden, Assemblymember Fiona Ma,
and state Treasurer Bill Lockyer.
California State Treasurer Bill Locker
Clinton's visit is one of many recent Bay Area nods by presidential
hopefuls including Obama; former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani,
a republican; former Democratic vice presidential nominee John
Edwards; former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack, a Democrat; and former
New Mexico governor Bill Richardson, a Democrat.
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