|Posted by Jennifer L Pozner|
August 4th, 2007
I’m taking extensive notes with my media pass right now during Sen. Hillary Clinton’s townhall-type, unvetted discussion with the attendees of Yearly Kos. I’ll post later today but will need to clean up my typos, etc. before I do so, and hoping also to get the video feed of her responses. But, some highlights:
1. Terrible response about whether or not she’d repeal the Telecommunications Act of 1996 - she basically said “you’ll have to ask A Gore” about that, and said something like [paraphrased] “he’s the expert, not me” - it was probably the most evasive and uninformed, most light-weight answers she gave to any of the questions asked of her so far today. Not even a dodge — a complete “that’s unimportant to me” toss-off.
2. When asked if she would repeal welfare reform passed under her husband’s administration, she said she was a supporter of welfare reform and that “the positive consequences of welfare reform far outweigh the negative” and basically said that the only real problems with welfare reform are a result of Bush admin removals of health care provisions and education provisions in the implementation.
3. She also spoke in favor of DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, and said it was important as a way of preventing the conservative effort to codify discrimination via a constitutional amendment to prevent gay marriage.