Chelsea Clinton Makes Campaign Stop at Law School
April 17, 2008 — With Pennsylvania’s Democratic presidential primary looming, Chelsea Clinton visited Earle Mack School of Law to campaign on behalf of her mother, U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York.
Meeting with about 100 students and professors in the Earle Mack School of Law Library on April 17, Clinton touted her mother’s accomplishments and talked about her proposals to implement universal health care, cut taxes on the middle class, terminate No Child Left Behind and invest in a “green economy.”
“I’m proud that she was supporting universal health care in ‘93-94, before it was popular,” Clinton said.
Her mother’s current proposal for health reform would limit the amount of disposable income taxpayers would have to pay for medical insurance, she said.
Clinton responded to questions on a broad range of topics, including foreign policy matters she said the Bush Administration has mishandled.
“The world is angry about many things this administration has done,” she said, citing the refusal to sign onto the Kyoto Protocols to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, an international treaty to ban testing of nuclear weapons or the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The former First Daughter was welcomed to the stage by 2L Michelle Payne, who described the struggles that many law students face in financing their graduation education.
“I worked in non-profits since college and now have lots of debt hanging over my head,” Payne said.
Clinton said her mother’s proposals for making higher education affordable would make it easier for students and their families to finance graduate school as well as college.
Many in the audience said they were taken with Clinton’s knowledge of diverse policy issues.
Patrick Doran, a 1L who said he leaned toward U.S. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois before Clinton’s remarks, admitted the event had given him food for thought.
“She’s impressive,” Doran said.
Tracy Tripp, a 1L who is concerned about upholding the reproductive rights of low-income women, said she plans to vote for Clinton.
“I prefer Senator Clinton’s health-care plan,” Tripp said.
Jaimee Moore, a 1L who supports Obama, said she thinks most students have firmly made their decisions by now.
“I don’t know there’s anything at this point in time that would truly sway anybody,” Moore said.
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