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Hillary Clinton's New Television Ads Recycle Old Lies

- June 16, 2016

Twin Ads Showcase Clinton's Penchant For Exaggeration And Stretching The Truth

IN NEW TV ADS, CLINTON EXAGGERATES HER ROLE IN CREATING THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN

In A New Television Ad Titled "Always," Clinton Falsely Claims Credit For A Children's Healthcare Program She Didn't Create. NARRATOR: "Then as First Lady, worked with Republicans and Democrats to win health care that today is covering 8 million kids." ("Always," Hillary For America, 6/16/16)

In Another New Ad Titled "Quiet Moments," Clinton Claims That She Created The Children's Healthcare Program In Her New Television Ad. NARRATOR: "It's in the quiet moments when you see why she does this. For Hillary, it's always been about kids. And when millions couldn't get health care, this First Lady worked with Republicans and Democrats to fix it, creating the Children's Health Insurance Program." CLINTON: "So that every child gets the health care that child deserves to have." NARRATOR: "Now, 8 million kids are covered. That's the kind of leader she is, and the kind of President she'll be." CLINTON: "I'm Hillary Clinton, and I approve this message." ("Quiet Moments," Hillary For America, 6/16/16)

In Reality, Hillary Clinton Had Little To Do With The Creation Of Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)

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 The 2008 Campaign, "Lawmakers And Staff Members [We]re Fuming" 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)

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)

IN A NEW TV AD, CLINTON TAKES CREDIT FOR HELPING TO END TRAFFICKING OF WOMEN AND GIRLS AS SECRETARY OF STATE

Clinton Exaggerated Her Women's Rights Record As Secretary Of State, Failing To Mention That Her Foundation Accepted Millions From Women's Rights Abusers In Her New Ad "Always." NARRATOR: "As Secretary of State she [Clinton] stood up for American values around the world. Working to end the trafficking of women and girls." ("Always," YouTube, 06/16/16)

But Clinton's Family Foundation Took Millions From Brutal Middle Eastern Regimes, Contradicting Clinton's Self-Proclaimed Image As Someone Who Has Advanced Women's Rights

Clinton Found "Herself Under Attack For Her Family Foundation's Acceptance Of Millions Of Dollars In Donations From Middle Eastern Countries Known For Violence Against Women And For Denying Them Many Basic Freedoms." "It was supposed to be a carefully planned anniversary to mark one of the most important and widely praised moments in Hillary Rodham Clinton's political career - and to remind the country, ahead of a likely 2016 presidential campaign, about her long record as a champion for the rights of women and girls. Instead, as Mrs. Clinton commemorates her 1995 women's rights speech in Beijing in back-to-back events in New York, she finds herself under attack for her family foundation's acceptance of millions of dollars in donations from Middle Eastern countries known for violence against women and for denying them many basic freedoms. This was not how she intended to reintroduce herself to American voters." (Amy Chozick, "Hillary Clinton Faces Test Of Record As Women's Advocate," The New York Times , 3/8/15)

  • "The Donations From Countries With Poor Records On Women's Rights, However, Presented A Difficult Appearance Problem For A Candidate Running In Part As The Embodiment Of Women's Aspirations To Equality." (Amy Chozick, "Hillary Clinton Faces Test Of Record As Women's Advocate," The New York Times , 3/8/15)

While "Advancing Women Has Been Her Central Life's Work," Even Clinton's "Most Strident Critics Could Not Have Predicted" She Would "Prove Vulnerable On The Subject." "Mrs. Clinton's glide path to a likely April announcement that she will seek the presidency was built around women's issues. Advancing women has been her central life's work, as she and her admirers say proudly; she made it a priority as secretary of state and focused on it as a philanthropist. But that focus also allowed Mrs. Clinton, who played down her gender in 2008, to frame her second attempt at the White House in what could be one way to make it special and new: as a shot at history for her and for all women. And for someone who has so long been lampooned, and demonized on the right, as overly calculating, playing up her gender as a strength would also allow her to demonstrate her nurturing, maternal - and newly grandmotherly - side to voters whom she may have left cold in the past. Even her most strident critics could not have predicted that Mrs. Clinton would prove vulnerable on the subject." (Amy Chozick, "Hillary Clinton Faces Test Of Record As Women's Advocate," The New York Times , 3/8/15)

  • "The Donations From Countries With Poor Records On Women's Rights, However, Presented A Difficult Appearance Problem For A Candidate Running In Part As The Embodiment Of Women's Aspirations To Equality." (Amy Chozick, "Hillary Clinton Faces Test Of Record As Women's Advocate," The New York Times , 3/8/15)

The New York Times Headline: "Hillary Clinton Faces Test Of Record As Women's Advocate" (Amy Chozick, "Hillary Clinton Faces Test Of Record As Women's Advocate," The New York Times , 3/8/15)

The State Department Has Highlighted Human Rights Abuses, Including Sex Discrimination, In Countries That Have Given The Foundation Tens Of Millions Of Dollars. "But the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation has accepted tens of millions of dollars in donations from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Algeria and Brunei - all of which the State Department has faulted over their records on sex discrimination and other human-rights issues." (Amy Chozick, "Hillary Clinton Faces Test Of Record As Women's Advocate," The New York Times , 3/8/15)

  • Saudi Arabia, "A Particularly Generous Benefactor To The Clinton Foundation," Was "Tersely Faulted" By Clinton's State Department For Gender Discrimination. "The department's 2011 human rights report on Saudi Arabia, the last such yearly review prepared during Mrs. Clinton's tenure, tersely faulted the kingdom for 'a lack of equal rights for women and children,' and said violence against women, human trafficking and gender discrimination, among other abuses, were all 'common' there. Saudi Arabia has been a particularly generous benefactor to the Clinton Foundation, giving at least $10 million since 2001, according to foundation disclosures. At least $1 million more was donated by Friends of Saudi Arabia, co-founded by a Saudi prince." (Amy Chozick, "Hillary Clinton Faces Test Of Record As Women's Advocate," The New York Times , 3/8/15)

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