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What They're Saying About Clinton's Economic Speech

- August 12, 2016

Clinton's Thursday Speech Contained "Little New Policy," Was "Short On Specifics," And Offered "The Worst Kind Of Inauthentic Pandering"

The Washington Post Editorial Board: Clinton "Did Not Venture Beyond The Usual Democratic Talking Points" In Her Speech. "For the most part, however, Ms. Clinton did not venture beyond the usual Democratic talking points: higher taxes for millionaires, equal pay for women, expanded Social Security and so on down the familiar list." (Editorial, "Clinton Sticks To Democrats' Talking Points, Offers Few Specifics In Her Economic Speech," The Washington Post , 8/11/16)

Politico's Ben White: Clinton's Criticism Of The Trans-Pacific Partnership "Still Sounds Like The Worst Kind Of Inauthentic Pandering." "WEAKEST POINT: TRADE - Clinton flip-flopped on TPP during her campaign against Bernie Sanders and her criticism of the deal still sounds like the worst kind of inauthentic pandering." (Ben White, "Hillary Hits Trump Econ Plan," Politico's Morning Money, 8/11/16)

ABC News' John Kruzel And Noah Fitzgerel: Clinton's Tough On Trade Talk Glosses Over "Her Previous Support For Other Multilateral Trade Deals, Including NAFTA And TPP." "Claim: Hillary Clinton voted against the only multilateral trade deal that came before her as senator. Rating: Technically true, but potentially misleading. This claim omits key context about Clinton's previous support for other multilateral trade deals, including NAFTA and TPP." (John Kruzel and Noah Fitzgerel, "Fact-Checking Hillary Clinton's Economic Policy Speech," ABC News, 8/11/16)

The New York Times' Amy Chozick And Alan Rappeport: Clinton "Did Not Propose Anything New On Thursday." "Mrs. Clinton has spent over a year explaining her main economic proposals and did not propose anything new on Thursday." (Amy Chozick and Alan Rappeport, "In Michigan, Hillary Clinton Calls Donald Trump Enemy Of 'The Little Guy,'" The New York Times, 8/11/16)

The Wall Street Journal's Nick Timiraos: Clinton "Offered Little New Policy" In Her Speech . "Speaking in Warren, Mich., Mrs. Clinton's speech Thursday offered little new policy but provided one of her more pointed critiques of American trade policy." (Nick Timiraos, "Hillary Clinton Lays Out Economic Plan, While Criticizing Trump's," The Wall Street Journal, 8/12/16)

The Washington Post's David Weigel: "The Trump Attacks Made Up The Only New Aspects Of The Speech, With Its Policies Largely Rehashing The Ones Developed During The Democratic Primaries." (David Weigel, "In Economic Speech, Clinton Gives Liberals Nothing To Worry About," The Washington Post , 8/11/16)

  • WaPo Editorial Board: "Absent From Her Speech Was Any Discussion Of The Persistent Sluggish Trend In U.S. Productivity…It Would Be Nice To Know, Specifically, What Ms. Clinton Proposes To Do About It." "Absent from her speech was any discussion of the persistent sluggish trend in U.S. productivity, which has fallen for the past three quarters after growing at a historically subpar rate of 1.3 percent from 2007 through 2015. Increasingly, economists name this as the greatest long-term threat to growth, and it would be nice to know, specifically, what Ms. Clinton proposes to do about it beyond investments in infrastructure and education." (Editorial, "Clinton Sticks To Democrats' Talking Points, Offers Few Specifics In Her Economic Speech," The Washington Post , 8/11/16)

Newsday Headline: "Hillary Clinton's Economic Plan Is Short On Specifics" (Editorial, "Hillary Clinton's Economic Plan Is Short On Specifics, [New York] Newsday, 8/11/16)

  • Newsday Editorial Board: "The Shadow Of Sen. Bernie Sanders Hung Over Clinton's Economic Vision" That She Outlined On Thursday, As "She Has Moved To The Left On Many Policy Proposals." "The shadow of Sen. Bernie Sanders hung over Clinton's economic vision. She has moved to the left on many policy proposals, in some cases doing about-faces, as with the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which, in a complete break with President Barack Obama, she said she opposes and will continue to oppose, despite having been for it when serving in the administration." (Editorial, "Hillary Clinton's Economic Plan Is Short On Specifics, [New York] Newsday, 8/11/16)

The New York Times' Jackie Calmes: Clinton "Stretched Facts" By Claiming That "Conservative Experts" Had Attacked Trump's Economic Policies, Instead Citing An Analysis By Registered Democrat Mark Zandi. "Mrs. Clinton stretched facts to ascribe such negative findings about the Trump agenda to 'conservative experts' and a former McCain adviser. She referred to an analysis of the Trump plans in June by the economic research firm Moody's Analytics led by Mark Zandi. He did advise the McCain presidential campaign in 2008, but he also has advised Democrats, including President Obama's team, and contributed to Mrs. Clinton's campaign last year." (Jackie Calmes, "Fact-Checking Hillary Clinton's Economic Speech," The New York Times, 8/11/16)


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