Hillary Reaches Out to Gays, Promising Partnership

Noting she has the same initials as the Human Rights Campaign, in an unpublicized speech Friday, Hillary Clinton offered gays a partnership in her Administration.

She also opposed "Don't Ask, Don't tell" for gays serving in the military, as do John Edwards and Barack Obama.

The group hasn't yet decided whom to endorse, and like many of us, won't for some time.

As to being closed to the press:

Clinton aides said no announcement was made because the group's gathering is traditionally closed to the press. Video of the speech was posted on the group's Web site.

Smith said such annual board meetings have always been closed to the press, but it was the first time he could remember that a speech at such a meeting had been made public afterward.

"There's no contradiction," he said. "The event is always closed to the press and we wanted to make (the remarks) available for people to see."

Team Hillary says they're "delighted" the speech is available on the internet.

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    Did she say anything against the (none / 0) (#1)
    by hellskitchen on Mon Mar 05, 2007 at 02:45:22 PM EST
    Coulter attack on Edwards?

    Irony (none / 0) (#2)
    by Gabriel Malor on Mon Mar 05, 2007 at 03:02:36 PM EST
    From the linked article:

    She also attacked the Bush administration for making political appeals based on gay rights issues, vowing that her presidency would mark "the end of leadership that has politicized the most personal and intimate issues."

    Candidates will make political appeals based on any and every issue, so long as there are voters to be swayed. The appropriate course of action is to oppose the message--the particular appeal being made, be it anti-gay or pro-gay--not declare that all political messages about personal issues should be verboten.

    Once again, whatever happened to "the Personal is Political?" That was a useful rallying cry to raise social consciousness about issues. However, on issues that may cost votes it seems Clinton would rather deem them outside of political discourse, than engage in a national discussion. What changed?

    Finally, this quote is a paraphrase by the article writer, so it's difficult to be sure what Clinton actually said, but it's difficult to swallow her attack on Republicans for making political hay from gay rights issues, while vowing to be a gay groups BFF during a private meeting with them.

    don't ask don't tell (none / 0) (#3)
    by diogenes on Tue Mar 06, 2007 at 09:03:14 AM EST
    I'm old enough to remember the heady early Clinton presidency days when we were told about "copresidents".  What did Hillary say or do about "don't ask don't tell" then?
    Same old pandering.  The anti flag-burning tack to the center Hillary wouldn't push this approach, but now she feels the push of Obama.
    Can anyone trust what she says as far as they can throw her?
    And remember...LBJ opposed the "war man" Goldwater, and then ESCALATED Vietnam after the 1964 election.