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Feels: Today I Saw Hillary Clinton In A Different Light


By Brooke Sjoberg

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We all have our morning rituals. I climb out of bed, get some coffee ready and settle into my chair, iPad in hand, to read The New York Times and the Austin AmericanStatesman.

 

Yesterday morning, I was surprised to find an editorial column in the Times written by Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton. It detailed her plans for our economy, healthcare and decreasing the number of households in our country which fall under the poverty line.

 

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After reading her editorial, I began to rethink the way in which I view Hillary Clinton.

 

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I, like much of the American public, have spent over a year listening to everyone with a voice putting Clinton on blast for her e-mail scandal. That’s what we know her for. But who is she outside of those e-mails? We spent so much time considering the track record of nearly every other candidate, but did we afford Clinton the same attention? I am not entirely sure that we did.

 

Clinton has spent decades working to serve American families, women and the poor. She has, for the most part, acted as a progressive in the way she has voted. All in all, she isn’t very different from President Obama. And compared to Donald Trump, who has a very real, very frightening chance of actually winning this election, she is the most experienced candidate with the best chances of winning against him.

 

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When I finished reading the article, I moved on to some other news stories, and headed off to my 10 a.m. class. But throughout the day, I couldn’t help but continue to ask myself, “Why not her?”