The 7 Best Answers From Hillary Clinton's Facebook Q&A That Revealed The Kind Of President She Might Be
In a smart move to become more accessible to the American populace, Hillary Clinton hosted a Facebook Q&A session Monday afternoon. Individuals were encouraged to write comments to ask questions on any subject, and Clinton provided some brilliant responses to questions about race, college debt, immigration reform, and more. The questions ranged from serious to humorous, and they allowed Clinton to showcase her knowledge on the issues, as well as give a better look at her personality and how she would act as president.
Although intended for private individuals, a few reporters managed to get some questions highlighting economic and social issues answered in the process, while some people who were weren't members of the press wrote in to ask more lighthearted questions, like the one about her favorite karaoke joints (no answer, unfortunately). The result was a new level of transparency and accessibility for the Clinton campaign, which has notoriously been off-limits with reporters.
On Monday, Clinton appeared lively and excited to talk, signing each comment as "H" to indicate she herself wrote it. And not every response was serious — the most endearing answer was Clinton's response to being asked how she liked being a grandma. "IT'S THE BEST THING EVER! -H" she replied.
Missed the Q&A? Here are some of Clinton's best answers.
On Race & #BlackLivesMatter
One question (asked by a sneaky reporter), pondered, "You chose not to speak at Netroots Nation this weekend, two of your Democratic primary rivals did -- both were interrupted by Black Lives Matter protesters, who asked: 'As the leader of this nation, will you advance a racial justice agenda that will dismantle -- not reform, not make progress -- but will begin to dismantle structural racism in the United States?' How would you have answered?" Clinton responded:
On The Economy
One of the first questions asked (also by a reporter) referenced a "gig economy" where jobs are replaced by technology. "Would you support a negative income tax?" on questioner asked. "What about flexible benefits, like workers compensation or unemployment insurance, that are independent of any given employer, similar to the the model of the Affordable Care Act?" Clinton responded:
On First Time Voters
Youth voters were a power house during Obama's first election, and are a force Clinton will surely try to capitalize on again. "Hillary this will be my daughters first time voting for a president," a Facebook user asked. "What will you say to her and all first time voters to inspire them to come out and vote and to let them know not to loose hope in this great country of ours. Certainly things do not look to bright these days." Clinton responded:
Although Clinton didn't go on the attack in many questions, she didn't hold back any punches either. One question stated, "Senator Mitch McConnell said about you today: 'The gender card alone isn't enough.' How do you respond to an attack like that?" Clinton responded:
On Immigration Reform
The most direct question by far was about Clinton's plans for immigration reform. "Are you going to make it easier for immigrants to have a pathway to citizenship?" one individual asked. Clinton responded:
On Student Debt
Finally someone asked the question that's plaguing students across the nation. "What are you going to do - or at least try to do - to curb the burden of student debt? We are young and we just want to live our lives without struggling every month because of the enormous student debt looming over us." Clinton responded:
Nate, I am so sorry and angry about the situation you and so many young people find yourselves in. I borrowed money to go to law school, but I had the opportunity to pay it back as a percentage of my income over the years it took me to pay off. It's wrong that you and others who are trying to improve your education and opportunities for the future are anchored by debt that's often linked to unreasonably high interest rates. I'll be putting forward specific proposals to refinance debt so it becomes more affordable, encourage more people to use income contingency repayment program so you are paying back as a percentage of what you actually earn, to try to make college more affordable to start with so that students today and tomorrow don't end up with the amount of debt you and 40 million other Americans currently have. This is one of my biggest economic and educational priorities and I will be addressing it from the first day I become president. -H
On Pantsuit Preferences
By far the most pressing question asked referred to Clinton's deep and abiding love of pantsuits. "All serious questions aside, do you have a favorite pantsuit to wear?" one person asked. "Being an avid follower for years, there have been quite a few to cross those public forum stages. Surely you have to have a favorite." Clinton responded, plugging her own merchandise:
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