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Clinton Stretches The Truth In New Campaign Ad

- February 17, 2016

In Her New Television Ad, Clinton Touts Her Work On The New START Treaty, An Agreement That Reduced U.S. Military Readiness, And Is Used By Russia To "Circumvent" Missile Test Rules

In A New Television Ad, Clinton Touts Her Work On The New START Treaty As "Securing A Massive Reduction In Nuclear Weapons." CLINTON AD: "The world a president has to grapple with. Sometimes, you can't even imagine. That's the job and she's the one who's proven she can get it done. Securing a massive reduction in nuclear weapons." (Hillary For America, "New World," Accessed 2/17/16)

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By Negotiating Treaties Like New START, The Obama Administration Ran The Risk Of Giving Up Significant American Defense Advantages In Return For Very Little. "But as with the effort to engage Iran, the strategy runs the risk of appearing to give away too much to tough negotiating partners who may simply pocket any concessions." (Mark Champion and Peter Spiegel, "Allies React To U.S. Missile U-Turn," The Wall Street Journal, 9/18/09)

  • Clinton's New START Treaty "Reduces U.S. Military Readiness." "But the erosion in the nuclear treaties has created a momentum of its own. The House Armed Services Committee has repeatedly tried to block implementation of New START because it reduces U.S. military readiness. And Republican and Democratic defense experts have been pushing for heavy investments in developing new nuclear weapons." (W.J. Hennigan and Ralph Vartabedian, "Future Of Nuclear Arms Control Looks Bleak, Experts Say," Los Angeles Times, 7/9/15)

Russia Uses The New START Treaty To "Circumvent" Rules On Missile Tests. "But because Russia has conducted a small number of tests of the RS-26 at intercontinental range, it technically qualifies as a long-range system and will be counted under the treaty known as New Start, which was negotiated by the Obama administration. So it is generally considered by Western officials to be a circumvention, but not a violation, of the 1987 treaty." (Michael R. Gordon, "U.S. Says Russia Tested Missile, Despite Treaty," The New York Times, 1/29/14)

  • In The Years Since The New START Treaty, Russia Has Given "A Powerful Message About [Its] Robust Plans For Its Nuclear Forces." "The latest blow came with Russian President Vladimir Putin's announcement last month that he would add 40 new intercontinental nuclear missiles to his arsenal - not a treaty violation, but a powerful message about Russia's robust plans for its nuclear forces." (W.J. Hennigan and Ralph Vartabedian, "Future Of Nuclear Arms Control Looks Bleak, Experts Say," Los Angeles Times, 7/9/15)

Despite Her Ludicrous Claim That The VA Problems Are Not "Widespread" And Vowing Not To Confront VA Problems, Clinton Tries To Portray Herself A Champion Of Health Care For Military Families

In The Ad, Clinton Also Claims To Be A Champion For Military Families' Health Care. CLINTON AD: "The world a president has to grapple with. Sometimes, you can't even imagine. That's the job and she's the one who's proven she can get it done. … Expanding benefits for the national guard." (Hillary For America, "New World," Accessed 2/17/16)

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In October, Clinton Said The VA Scandal Has "Not Been As Widespread As It Has Been Made Out To Be ." CLINTON: "Yeah, and I don't understand that. You know, I don't understand why we have such a problem, because there have been a number of surveys of veterans, and overall, veterans who do get treated are satisfied with their treatment. Now…" MADDOW: "Much more so than people in the regular system." CLINTON: "That's exactly right." MADDOW: "Yeah. Right." CLINTON: "Now, nobody would believe that from the coverage that you see, and the constant berating of the VA that comes from the Republicans, in part in pursuit of this ideological agenda that they have." MADDOW: "But in part because there has been real scandal." CLINTON: "There has been. And - but it's not been as widespread as it has been made out to be." (MSNBC's " The Rachel Maddow Show," 10/23/15)

  • Clinton Accused Republicans Of "Constant Berating Of The V.A. That Comes From The Republicans, In Part In Pursuit Of This Ideological Agenda…" CLINTON: "Now, nobody would believe that from the coverage that you see, and the constant berating of the V.A. that comes from the Republicans, in part in pursuit of this ideological agenda that they have." (MSNBC's " The Rachel Maddow Show," 10/23/15)
  • Through A Spokesman, Clinton Refused To Apologize For Her Remarks. "'Republicans are trying to suggest the only solution to the VA's problems is to privatize it, but Hillary Clinton will not apologize for insisting on doing the hard work to reform the VA, rather than ending it altogether,' [Clinton campaign Press Secretary Brian] Fallon said." (Ben Kelsing, "Republicans Take Aim at Hillary Clinton For VA Remarks," The Wall Street Journal, 10/28/15)

The Association Of Federal Government Employees Endorsed Clinton For President. (Press Release, "Why AFGE Is Supporting Hillary Clinton For President Of The United States," Association Of Federal Government Employees, 12/10/15)

According To The AFGE Endorsement, "Clinton Also Assured AFGE That She Won't Let The Department Of Veteran Affairs Be Exploited To Satisfy A Political Agenda." "Secretary Clinton told AFGE leaders at a recent presidential forum 'I believe in the right to organize and bargain collectively. I think we've lost track of what it takes to balance the economy so it works for everyone. Workers need to be at the table.' Clinton also assured AFGE that she won't let the Department of Veterans Affairs be exploited to satisfy a political agenda. She wants to make sure our correctional officers and TSA officers are safe on the job, and SSA employees can continue to serve Americans at community offices and elsewhere." (Press Release, "Why AFGE Is Supporting Hillary Clinton For President Of The United States," Association Of Federal Government Employees, 12/10/15)

  • AFGE Endorsement: "While Many Candidates Have Used Government Employees As Political Punching Bags, Clinton Has Stood Up For Employees At The VA And Other Agencies." " While many candidates have used government employees as political punching bags, Clinton has stood up for employees at the VA and other agencies. While other candidates are trying to raid your pay, Clinton wants to protect it - and give you a fair raise." (Press Release, "Why AFGE Is Supporting Hillary Clinton For President Of The United States," Association Of Federal Government Employees, 12/10/15)
  • The AGFE Endorsement Featured An Assurance That Clinton Would Provide VA Employees A "Fair Raise." " While many candidates have used government employees as political punching bags, Clinton has stood up for employees at the VA and other agencies. While other candidates are trying to raid your pay, Clinton wants to protect it - and give you a fair raise." (Press Release, "Why AFGE Is Supporting Hillary Clinton For President Of The United States," Association Of Federal Government Employees, 12/10/15)

Clinton Continues To Exaggerate Her Role Is SCHIP

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In The Ad, Clinton Flaunts Her Role In Passing The Children's Health Insurance Program. CLINTON AD: "The world a president has to grapple with. Sometimes, you can't even imagine. That's the job and she's the one who's proven she can get it done. … And winning health care for 8 million children." (Hillary For America, "New World," Accessed 2/17/16)

But, Clinton "Had Little To Do" With SCHIP. "Hillary Clinton, who has frequently described herself on the campaign trail as playing a pivotal role in forging a children's health insurance plan, had little to do with crafting the landmark legislation or ushering it through Congress, according to several lawmakers, staffers, and healthcare advocates involved in the issue." (Susan Milligan, "Clinton Role In Health Program Disputed," Boston Globe, 3/14/08)

  • "Current And Former Lawmakers And Staff Said Hillary Clinton Had No Role In Helping To Write" SCHIP. "And several current and former lawmakers and staff said Hillary Clinton had no role in helping to write the congressional legislation, which grew out of a similar program approved in Massachusetts in 1996." (Susan Milligan, "Clinton Role In Health Program Disputed," Boston Globe, 3/14/08)

During SCHIP Negotiations, Hillary Clinton's Name "Barely Surfaced." "During months of SCHIP negotiations in 1997, her name rarely surfaced in news accounts. Clinton never testified before Congress or held a news conference on the bill. When Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (Utah), the lead GOP negotiator of the children's health bill, heard reports that Clinton was depicting herself as SCHIP's main advocate, 'I had to blink a few times,' he said. Hatch said he doesn't recall a single conversation with Clinton about SCHIP, even a mention of her name. 'If she was involved, I didn't know about it,' he said." (Shailagh Murray And Jonathan Weisman, "Both Obama And Clinton Embellish Their Roles," The Washington Post, 3/24/08)

  • Then-Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV): "You Know How She [Clinton] Says, 'I Started SCHIP'? Well So Did I." "'You know how she says, 'I started SCHIP'? Well, so did I,' joked Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.), one of the Democrats who pushed the bill across the finish line along with Kennedy." (Shailagh Murray And Jonathan Weisman, "Both Obama And Clinton Embellish Their Roles," The Washington Post, 3/24/08)
  • Then-Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) Noted That Clinton's Only Connection To SCHIP Was That She Was The First Lady. "But when her rhetoric on the campaign trail started to filter back to the Capitol, the veteran legislator became stingier with his praise. 'At the last hour, the administration supported it, and she was part of the administration, so I suppose she could say she supported it at the time,' Kennedy said." (Shailagh Murray And Jonathan Weisman, "Both Obama And Clinton Embellish Their Roles," The Washington Post, 3/24/08)

During The 2008 Campaign, Lawmakers Fumed Over "Clinton's Exaggeration" Of Her Role On SCHIP. "But privately, some lawmakers and staff members are fuming over what they see as Clinton's exaggeration of her role in developing SCHIP, including her campaign ads claiming she 'helped create' the program. The irritation has grown since Nov. 1, when Clinton - along with fellow senators and presidential candidates Barack Obama, Chris Dodd, and John McCain - missed a Senate vote to extend the SCHIP program, which was approved without the votes of those lawmakers." (Susan Milligan, "Clinton Role In Health Program Disputed," Boston Globe, 3/14/08)


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