Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) -- House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy made up his mind to pull out of the race to be House speaker Thursday morning after hearing from chamber conservatives that they would directly challenge him on the House floor, sources say.
McCarthy’s team determined he only had between 175 to 200 House Republicans who they could count on voting for him, well short of the 218 needed.
McCarthy had the support of the overwhelming majority of House Republicans -- about 75 percent of them -- but the conservatives refused to say they would unite behind him. So, a narrow minority has effectively hijacked the process. They don’t have the votes to elect their own candidate but they have proven they can block a candidate they don’t like.
McCarthy determined that even if he could get the 218 votes and get elected speaker, the conservatives would continue to challenge him, making it effectively impossible to lead the House.
“He thought he would have a honeymoon,” a McCarthy confidant said. “It became clear there would be no honeymoon.”
McCarthy also determined that he’d be unable to lead the House through the serious challenges this fall, especially funding the government and preventing a U.S. default on the debt.
What's next? Here’s what one top Republican close to the House leadership said on Thursday: “Total chaos.”
Rep. Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, was the most likely one to unite the House Republicans, but he says he won’t be a candidate.
Rep. Trey Gowdy, now busy with the Benghazi committee, is being asked to run. He has said he has no interest in the job. After Gowdy, look for Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas to be asked, although he has said he didn’t want to take leadership for family reasons.
Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Republican candidate Ben Carson continued his controversial remarks about guns Thursday -- suggesting in a new interview that the Jews may have been able to diminish the likelihood of the Holocaust if they were armed.
Carson made the remarks, which drew swift condemnation -- on CNN. He said that passengers on Flight 93, which crashed on 9/11, helped avoid further tragedy by rushing the gunman.
In Carson's new book “A Perfect Union,” Carson writes that “through a combination of removing guns and disseminating propaganda, the Nazis were able to carry out their evil intentions with relatively little resistance.”
On CNN, Carson was asked: "But just to clarify, if there had been no gun control laws in Europe at that time, would 6 million Jews have been slaughtered?"
In response, the candidate suggested that Hitler may not have been as effective in carrying out his plot if the victims were armed.
“I think the likelihood of Hitler being able to accomplish his goals would have been greatly diminished if the people had been armed,” Carson said. “I’m tell you there is a reason these dictatorial people take guns first."
The comments drew a swift response from the Anti-Defamation League.
“Ben Carson has a right to his views on gun control, but the notion that Hitler’s gun-control policy contributed to the Holocaust is historically inaccurate," said Jonathan Greenblatt, National Director of the organization. "The small number of personal firearms available to Germany’s Jews in 1938 could in no way have stopped the totalitarian power of the Nazi German state."
Isaac Brekken/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- Donald Trump took "a lot of credit" for driving Rep. Kevin McCarthy out of the race for House Speaker, he told a crowd of 1,600 in Las Vegas on Thursday.
“I wanna just start by saying, you know Kevin McCarthy is out, you know that? right?,” Trump said to a loud applause. “They are giving me a lot of credit for that because I said you really need somebody very, very, tough, and very smart, you know smart goes with tough, not just tough.
"I know tough people, they are not smart, that’s the worst, OK?”
Trump told reporters before giving his remarks that he wouldn’t name an alternative.
McCarthy's move stunned Republicans. According to Rep. Peter King, of New York, he said the majority leader wasn't the person to unify the party. Two other congressmen, reps. Jason Chaffetz and Daniel Webster, remain in the running.
Trump also expressed his support for Hillary Clinton's recent move opposing the Obama administration's Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal.
"Hillary came out against the president," he said. "Be careful Hillary, you might be indicted, be careful. No. That’s very dangerous for her to do, I give her credit.”
Trump, who has drawn fire over his remarks about Hispanics, got support from a woman who he pulled up on stage, Myriam Witcher.
“Oh Mr. Trump,” the woman said hugging the real estate mogul.
“Where are you from?”, he asked, “I”m from Columbia, I’m Hispanic!,” Witcher said overjoyed.
“I’m Hispanic and I vote for Mr. Trump! We vote for Mr. Trump! Yes! Mr. Trump! We love you, on the way to the White House!,” she shouted.
A smiling Trump said he never met Witcher, which she later confirmed.
Scott Olson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Draft Biden, the super PAC seeking to recruit Vice President Joe Biden into the 2016 presidential race, no longer plans to air the new emotional ad encouraging him to run, a group officials said on Thursday.
The decision comes after a Los Angeles Times report saying the vice president did not want the ad to run, citing a source close to the VP who said he felt the ad treads on "sacred ground."
"The vice president appreciates that they are trying to help," the person close to the vice president told the LA Times. "But he has seen the ad and thinks the ad treads on sacred ground and hopes they don't run it."
Josh Alcorn, senior adviser to Draft Biden, said the group will honor the VP's wish not to air the ad.
"Nobody has more respect for the vice president and his family than we do. Obviously we will honor his wishes," Alcorn said.
The 90-second ad titled "My Redemption" features audio of Biden describing the 1972 car accident that killed his first wife, Neilia, and his 1-year-old daughter Naomi.
“The incredible bond I have with my children is a gift I’m not sure I would’ve had I not been through what I went through,” Biden says as black and white photos of his young family air on the screen. “By focusing on my sons, I found my redemption.”
Draft Biden made a $250,000 ad buy to air the ad before and after the first Democratic debate on CNN on Oct. 13.
The ad received mixed reviews in the political realm. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said today the ad was "powerful."
"Vice President Biden's personal story is as powerful as any story in American politics," Earnest said. "What made it particularly effective is they used the words of Vice President Biden. It wasn't somebody else telling his story; it's him telling his own story."
However, David Axelrod, a former adviser to President Obama, called the ad "tasteless" and "exploitative."
"Am I alone in finding this Draft Biden ad tasteless?" he tweeted. "It's powerful, but exploitative. Can't believe he'd approve."
Rand Paul campaign(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Rand Paul is putting his own mark on the debate over raising the nation’s debt limit, starting a new campaign geared towards getting the federal government to cut what he considers wasteful spending.
Called “Cut Their Card,” the new push coincides with the approaching deadline for Congress to raise the debt ceiling, which limits the amount of money the federal government can borrow. The U.S. Treasury has said the current deadline is November 5th.
The Paul campaign is releasing a series of web-only videos that decry federal overspending – the first two note that the government spends $180,000 a year studying the effect of cocaine on the sexual habits of Japanese quail (which the fact-checking site Politifact notes is actually part of a study on human sexuality).
“Washington has an addiction. They spend more than they have!” Paul exclaims in a voice-over, while punk-sounding music plays in the background. “I have a revolutionary idea. Instead of running up their debt, let’s stop. Let’s cut off their credit card.”
The “Cut Their Card campaign” also features a pop-up visual of a hand cutting a credit card in half, which will feature at all upcoming campaign events, and will encourage supporters to use the hashtag “#CutTheirCard.”
The Paul campaign is also directing viewers to www.cuttheircard.com, which currently features a Paul quote and picture and redirects visitors to a campaign donation page.
This push allows Paul to fuse his work as a U.S. senator with his campaign message of reining in government spending.
“With the debt ceiling deadline looming, this will be a major topic of discussion at each of the senator's campaign stops. This is especially relevant to college students looking to join the work force,” campaign spokeswoman Eleanor May said in a statement.
SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) --House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy took his name out of the running for House Speaker Thursday in a stunning move that came as a surprise to many in the GOP.
"If we are going to unite and be strong, we need a new face to help do that," McCarthy told reporters after informing House members of his decision.
McCarthy said he will retain his position as majority leader.
The decision came as House Republicans had gathered to vote on the next speaker, members told ABC News.
McCarthy told members he is not the one to unify the party, said Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y.
At a Speaker forum featuring each of the candidates Thursday morning, McCarthy made his case to the conference to replace current House Speaker John Boehner, giving members the impression his decision to drop out came Thursday morning between the two meetings.
Two other House Republicans are running for House Speaker -- Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Daniel Webster, R-Fla. On Wednesday, Webster earned an important endorsement from the House Freedom Caucus, a key conservative group in the House of Representatives.
Earlier on Thursday, Chaffetz said he still considered himself an underdog, but said he didn't believe McCarthy would receive the magic 218 votes he needed to win the wider vote on the House floor on Oct. 29.
“Clearly, I’m an underdog. I get that. I ran because I’m trying to bridge the gulf and divide in the Republican conference and say hey, it’s time for a fresh start,” he told reporters.
Boehner, who last month announced he would step down from the speakership on Oct. 30, postponed the election.
“After Leader McCarthy’s announcement, members of the House Republican Conference will not vote today for a new Speaker. As I have said previously, I will serve as Speaker until the House votes to elect a new Speaker. We will announce the date for this election at a later date, and I’m confident we will elect a new Speaker in the coming weeks," Boehner said in a statement. "Our conference will work together to ensure we have the strongest team possible as we continue to focus on the American people’s priorities.”
Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., whom many urged to run for the speakership, expressed his disappointment in McCarthy's decision and repeated that he will not run for the post.
"Kevin McCarthy is best person to lead the House, and so I’m disappointed in this decision. Now it is important that we, as a Conference, take time to deliberate and seek new candidates for the speakership," Ryan said. "While I am grateful for the encouragement I’ve received, I will not be a candidate. I continue to believe I can best serve the country and this conference as Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.”
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Republicans must select a speaker who is able "simply to unite a divided Republican caucus."
“There is a minority group of conservative politicians that places their own extreme ideology ahead of everything else and certainly ahead of effective governance of the country, but also as of today ahead of the effective governance of the House Republican caucus.” Earnest said. “Somebody within the - among the house republicans will have to step forward and demonstrate an ability to either tame the forces of that, again small but vocal group of extreme ideologues, or buck up the mainstream or at least more mainstream majority within the House Republican conference that will also include a willingness to work in bipartisan fashion."
When he was asked whether there is a Republican the White House would like to see in the speakership, Earnest said, “My guess is an endorsement from me from here would well not be viewed as an endorsement."
ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Hillary Clinton has said repeatedly over the course of her campaign that she’s not running for President Obama’s third term. And as outsider candidate Bernie Sanders surges in the polls, and a possible run by Vice President Joe Biden looms, Clinton appears to be increasingly casting herself as different from the Obama administration.
In the past month alone, the Democratic presidential candidate has split with her former boss five times on key policy issues, including, most recently, her decision to oppose the president's controversial trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which she once championed as secretary of state.
Here are seven ways Clinton has already distanced herself from the White House in the past six months as a candidate:
Clinton thinks that while Obama has “done a lot” on immigration, his deportation laws have been too “harsh and aggressive.”
"The deportation laws were interpreted and enforced very aggressively during the last six and a half years, which I think his administration did in part to try to get Republicans to support comprehensive immigration reform," Clinton said Monday during an interview with Telemundo. "It was part of a strategy. I think that strategy is no longer workable. So, therefore, I think we have to go back to being a much less harsh and aggressive enforcer.”
Clinton’s criticism is in contrast to what she said in a 2014 CNN interview where she defended Obama on this same issue. “We have to understand the difficulty that President Obama finds himself in because there are laws that impose certain obligations on him,” she said.
Obama has been dubbed “Deporter-in-Chief” by some immigration advocates for the record-high number of deportations under his administration.
ON CLIMATE CHANGE
Clinton has also split from Obama with her opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline and Arctic drilling.
"I think it is imperative that we look at the Keystone pipeline as what I believe it I; a distraction from the important work we have to do to combat climate change and, unfortunately, from my perspective, one that interferes with our ability to move forward to deal with all the other issues. Therefore, I oppose it,” Clinton explained last month about the controversial pipeline that would stretch from Canada through Nebraska to the Gulf Coast.
In addition, over the summer, Clinton spoke out against off-shore drilling in the Arctic Ocean one day after the Obama administration gave Shell the go ahead to drill for oil and gas there.
Both Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley had been vocal opponents on the two issues for months.
ON HEALTH CARE
Clinton, who says she wants to “build on” Obama’s Affordable Care Act, recently called for the repeal of the plan’s so-called “Cadillac tax” on high-cost health plans offered by employers.
“I encourage Congress to repeal the so-called Cadillac Tax, which applies to some employer-based health plans, and to fully pay for the cost of repeal,” Clinton said in a statement. “My proposed reforms to our health care system would more than cover the cost of repealing the Cadillac Tax, while also reining in skyrocketing prescription drug costs and out-of-pocket expenses for hard-working families.”
One week earlier, Sanders had also called for repealing the tax, which is known to be largely unpopular with labor unions and big corporations.
ON THE ECONOMY
While Clinton often says Obama “doesn’t get the credit he deserves” for increasing job growth, she also thinks the economy has “stalled.”
“We’re stalled economically and we know that states, families, everybody is under pressure for all kinds of reasons,” Clinton said during a campaign event last month.
She added later: "I think we’re stalled. And I think the Great Recession knocked a lot of people down.”
Asked about Clinton’s belief that the economy has stalled, White House press secretary Josh Earnest pushed back: “It’s not,” he said.
In June, Clinton unveiled her own economic plan, focused on increasing wages for the middle class.
In one of Clinton’s biggest breaks yet with the White House, the Democratic front-runner Wednesday came out against the president’s Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, saying, “what I know about it as of today I am not in favor of what I have learned about it.”
Clinton’s opposition to it puts her on the side of Democratic presidential challenger Sanders, who is firmly against the deal and calls it “disastrous” for consumers and U.S. job creation.
Obama, a fierce supporter of the deal, says the partnership "levels the playing field for our farmers, ranchers and manufacturers.”
Prior to being a presidential candidate, Clinton made comments that seemed to be in support of TPP. In her 2014 memoir, Hard Choices, Clinton called it “a strategic initiative that would strengthen the position of the United States in Asia.”
ON FOREIGN POLICY
Clinton has recently called for a no-fly zone in Syria, something the Obama administration has said it will not pursue.
"I do believe we should be putting together a coalition to support a no-fly zone,” Clinton said at a campaign stop Monday. "It’s complicated, and the Russians would have to be part of it, or it wouldn’t work. But we have to make a strong case for it.”
On this issue, Clinton takes a position that many of her Republican presidential challengers do, including Ben Carson, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio.
Sanders, however, released a statement saying he stands with the president here and opposes the no-fly zone.
When asked about Clinton’s decision to support a no-fly zone, Obama said: “Hillary Clinton is not half-baked in terms of her approach to these problems. She was obviously my secretary of state. But I also think that there's a difference between running for president and being president.”
Clinton hasn’t taken any direct swipes at Obama when it comes to his governing style, but she has made subtle attempts to cast herself as someone who may be a more effective fighter.
(One of the criticisms many Democrats have of the president is that while he champions policies they care about, he hasn’t been able to effectively implement his agenda.)
Clinton wants voters to believe that won’t be her problem, and often highlights her tenacity and experience.
“I know how hard this job is. I have seen it up close and personal,” Clinton said in her official launch speech at Roosevelt Island in New York in June. “Lord knows I have made my share of mistakes. There's no shortage of people pointing them out, and I certainly have not won every battle that I have fought, but leadership means perseverance and hard choices."
“You have to push through the setbacks and the disappointments and keep at it. I think you know by now that I have been called many things by many people. Quitter is not one of them,” she added.
ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Hillary Clinton said this week she sent a copy of her book Hard Choices to many of the Republican presidential candidates -- some of whom have shot back at the Democratic candidate with some sarcasm and snark of their own.
Clinton suggested on Monday that her GOP opponents should form a book club and could read about what she accomplished as secretary of state. Her campaign said she sent all 15 of the Republican candidates a copy of the book, except for former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore (it did not explain why Gilmore was excluded, except to suggest there didn't seem to be a point given his low poll numbers).
Here’s how some of the candidates responded:
The Kentucky senator decided to have a little fun and do a little fundraising with Clinton’s book. Paul signed it and added an inscription that read, “Hillary, Your refusal to provide security for our mission in Benghazi should forever preclude you from higher office!” Paul put the book up for auction on eBay where bids are up to $7,100. The winner will receive a copy of Paul’s latest book, too.
Sergio Gor, a spokesman for Paul, said that the presidential hopeful is “a big fan of fiction.”
“Hard Choices is a great example of revisionist history. We encourage everyone to bid and get their own copy now,” Gor said.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee used the tome's title to hit her on Benghazi.
Ben Carson’s campaign told ABC News it received the book -- and that skimming it turned out to be enlightening, in one way or another.
“We were wondering where all of those unsold books were,” Carson spokesman Doug Watts told ABC News. “But after skimming the book we now understand why it didn’t sell. It should have been in the Fiction section.”
Carly Fiorina's campaign confirmed that the former Hewlett Packard CEO received the book and jabbed at Clinton and the 600-plus pages.
“Sending a book isn't an accomplishment. It's an activity," the Fiorina campaign said in an email to ABC News.
John Kasich’s campaign told ABC News it had received the book from Clinton on Monday. But Rob Nichols, a spokesman for Kasich, the governor of Ohio, told ABC News another envelope bearing the Clinton campaign’s logo arrived at the Ohio governor’s mansion last Wednesday -- and that it was addressed to the previous governor, a Democrat.
In an image of the envelope Nichols provided to ABC News, Ted Strickland’s name and the address of the governor’s mansion were crossed out, and “RTS” -- return to sender -- was scrawled in red ink across the unopened mail.
"We get a lot of junk mail,” Nichols said. "We also got this, so I'm not sure who is in charge of quality control at her end."
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio addressed receiving Clinton’s book at a campaign stop in New Hampshire. Rubio joked, “Did she send me a book?” Rubio, who has written a book of his own, delivered a message to Clinton, author to author: “I’ll send her mine. Fellow author. My paperback came out yesterday so I’ll send her that.”
Ted Cruz, like Sen. Rubio and Sen. Paul, also offered his own book up for Clinton to read. The Texas senator tweeted, “We’ll gladly return the favor and send @HillaryClinton’s campaign #ATimeForTruth because, well...”
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said he would read Clinton’s book, but only if she watched a series of undercover videos allegedly showing employees of Planned Parenthood discussing the distribution and sale of fetal tissue.
The Carson campaign says it has no problems with Murdoch’s original tweet.
“We are certainly pleased to see that an astute political observer such as Mr. Murdoch is taking note of Dr. Carson (and Mrs. Carson), his message and his campaign,” it said.
The widely denounced tweet was the latest in a string of tweets praising the candidate, with Murdoch tweeting last week “everywhere pundits keep underestimating Ben Carson. But public understand humility as admirable, listen to the multi-faceted strong message.”
ABC News(NEW YORK) — Where will the 2016 presidential candidates be Thursday? Read below to find out their schedules: Las Vegas
Sin City is the place to be Thursday as both Donald Trump and Marco Rubio stump in Las Vegas. Trump will hold a rally Thursday afternoon at Treasure Island, and Rubio’s rally is Thursday evening — the first of a three day visit. Iowa
Jeb Bush is in Iowa, where he participated in the Candidate Caucus Forum Series Thursday morning in Des Moines. He will hold a meet and greet in the afternoon in nearby Indianola.
Janet Huckabee is also stumping for her husband in the state, this time in Des Moines. New Hampshire
Chris Christie, Rand Paul and Lindsey Graham are all in New Hampshire Thursday. Christie is holding three town halls, including two in Manchester. Washington, D.C.
Hillary Clinton is in Washington, D.C., where she will speak at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Gala Thursday evening.
Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Carly Fiorina has officially made it onto the short list of candidates being considered by the Koch Brothers’ network of donors -- potentially opening the door to a deep pool of money.
Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, the Koch brothers’ umbrella group, which includes a sprawling network of conservative donors, confirmed to ABC News that Fiorina is one of the five candidates on the donor network’s watch list.
"Governor Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina and Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio are leading a thoughtful and substantive discussion on the issues and we look forward to hearing more about their vision for the country,” Freedom Partners spokesman James Davis told ABC News.
Fiorina's addition to list serves as a signal that her newly attained top-tier status is being taken seriously by conservative donors and will likely mean increased access for Fiorina to Freedom Partners’ deep-pocketed donors.
The Koch brothers first revealed a list of five candidates whom they were considering helping financially back in April, and it has remained unchanged until now. In April, the list included Bush, Cruz, Paul, Rubio and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who effectively removed himself from the list when he dropped out of the race last month.
While Fiorina has now attained a new stature within the Koch brothers’ network, this is not her first foray into their world. The Kochs donated to Fiorina’s unsuccessful senate bid against California Sen. Barbara Boxer in 2010.
And in August, Fiorina was invited to address a Freedom Partners gathering. Bush, Walker, Rubio, and Cruz also addressed the gathering. But there were some notable absences. Paul, who was invited to address the gathering, did not attend. And the party’s frontrunner, Donald Trump, did not receive an invitation. Another surging candidate in the race who has yet to receive a nod from the Koch brothers is retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson.
The Kochs and their network aren’t the only big name, wealthy donors considering opening their pocketbooks for Fiorina.
Texas oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens reportedly hosted a luncheon for her back in September. And venture capitalist and former fellow HP board member Tom Perkins, who voted to fire Fiorina as HP’s CEO but has since said he regrets the decision and has run a full-page ad in the New York Times to say so, is also said to be planning a California fundraiser for the presidential candidate in the coming weeks.
Fiorina’s fundraising figures from the most recent reporting quarter have yet to be announced by her campaign but Fiorina has said that she is satisfied with her fundraising efforts, which have seen a boost along with her polling numbers in recent months.
ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- In yet another move that would distance herself from the Obama administration, Hillary Clinton on Wednesday announced her opposition to the the Trans-Pacific Partnership, saying that “based on what I know so far, I can't support this agreement.”
Clinton came out against the trade agreement Wednesday in a statement, saying that she doesn't believe the U.S. can "afford to keep giving new agreements the benefit of the doubt." The goal of a trade deal, Clinton says, is to "create good American jobs, raise wages, and advance our national security."
She also criticized Republicans for "years of...obstruction at home" that she argues "have weakened U.S. competitiveness and made it harder for Americans who lose jobs and pay because of trade to get back on their feet." That opposition to President Obama's proposals in a number of fields have left America "less competitive than we should be," Clinton said.
The move comes two days after the White House announced it had reached an agreement on the deal, known as TPP. The pact sets trade rules for 40% of the world’s economy and involves 12 countries, including the United States.
Clinton has refrained from taking a stance on TPP as a presidential candidate, saying she wants to see the final provisions before deciding. In recent months, however, Clinton has appeared to distance herself from the pact, which she promoted as secretary of state.
Clinton’s opposition puts her on the side of her Democratic presidential challenger, Bernie Sanders, who is firmly against the deal and calls it “disastrous” for consumers and U.S. job creation.
After Clinton came out against the trade agreement, another one of her Democratic opponents, Martin O’Malley, reacted saying, "Secretary Clinton can justify her own reversal of opinion on this. I didn't have one opinion eight months ago and switch that opinion on the eve of a debate."
President Obama, a fierce supporter of the deal, says the partnership "levels the playing field for our farmers, ranchers, and manufacturers by eliminating more than 18,000 taxes that various countries put on our products.”
Vice President Biden, who could soon decide to challenge Clinton and Sanders in the presidential race, also supports the deal.
In June, Clinton said that pact would need to "protect American workers, raise wages and create new jobs at home" and be in “our national security interest” in order for her to support it.
“If we don't get it,” Clinton said at a campaign event in Des Moines, Iowa, “there should be no deal.”
Wednesday, Clinton made clear that she does not believe those provisions were met.
Prior to being a presidential candidate, Clinton made comments that seemed to be in support of TPP. Speaking in Australia in 2012, Clinton said "TPP sets the gold standard in trade agreements to open free, transparent, fair trade, the kind of environment that has the rule of law and a level playing field. And when negotiated, this agreement will cover 40 percent of the world's total trade and build in strong protections for workers and the environment." And in her 2014 memoir Hard Choices Clinton called it “a strategic initiative that would strengthen the position of the United States in Asia.”
"I still believe in the goal of a strong and fair trade agreement in the Pacific as part of a broader strategy both at home and abroad," Clinton said, "just as I did when I was Secretary of State." She also praised President Obama for "hard work" put in by he and his team and "the strides they have made." Still, Clinton said, "the bar here is very high and, based on what I have seen, I don't believe this agreement has met it."
ABC News(MOUNT VERNON, Iowa) -- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke at a town hall in Iowa on Wednesday, criticizing Republicans and touching on topics including gun control, her own campaign and Kentucky Court Clerk Kim Davis.
"I don't know how many presidential elections have happened since I've been an adult," Clinton said Wednesday, "but this is reaching a new low." Decrying the "insults," "attacks," and "entertainment" involved in the Republican side of the election cycle, Clinton said that the atmosphere of the campaign concerns her.
"Some of what it is is a view of America that is just out of date and out of touch," Clinton explained.
The former secretary of state also derided Republicans calling for arming more people in an effort to combat gun violence. "You have Republicans on the other side saying you need more guns," Clinton said Wednesday. "The idea that you need more guns to stop people who are committing mass shootings is not only illogical, but offensive."
"It's just crazy," Clinton added, "I mean, the whole thing is aimed at protecting gun manufacturers."
She acknowledged the frustration expressed by President Obama over the gun violence in America. Asked how she would keep her emotional energy up, Clinton said "you're the President of the United States and people are being massacred inside your own country."
"You see the hold the NRA has over members of Congress...my view on this is we've got to keep getting up every day and fighting back," she continued. "You can't ever get discourage. There's too much at stake."
On the topic of Davis, who was jailed for five days after refusing to dispense marriage licenses to same-sex couples, Clinton said that she felt Davis' jailing was "the right thing." Davis, Clinton said, "violated the law and therefore she was arrested."
"People are totally entitled to their private personal beliefs," Clinton added, "but when you take an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States, that is your job."
Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) -- Speaker of the House John Boehner on Wednesday expressed some frustration with President Obama over his call for action on gun control following last week's shooting in Oregon.
"In '09 and '10, we had Democrat majorities in the House and Senate, we had a Democratic president and this clearly was not a priority for them," Boehner said at the weekly Republican press conference. "The president can rail all he wants," Boehner added, "let's talk about what we can do to make sure that people with serious mental illnesses don't have access to weapons."
"Let's quit fighting over this," the speaker urged, "and let's start thinking about how...about what is doable, and what would have an impact."