Speaking from another campaign stop in Hampton, New Hampshire, on May 22, Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton attacked conservatives for not supporting a trade program that assists economies and citizens in coastal states.
The Export-Import Bank, a federally run government program, provides financing for U.S. exports, which are primarily carried out on the East Coast in states such as Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
While most Republicans have no problem with the program, Tea Party Republicans and right-leaning libertarians have called out the program, saying it is a waste of money and does not help state economies with funding and jobs.
“It is wrong that Republicans in Congress are trying to cut off this vital lifeline for American small businesses,” Clinton said. “Republican candidates for president who really should know better are jumping on this bandwagon, and it seems as though they would rather threaten the livelihood of those 143,000 jobs than stand up to the Tea Party and talk radio.”
MSNBC reported that the man who runs the Export-Import bank, Fred Hochberg, is a friend of the Clinton family and has donated to Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, former President Bill Clinton’s two campaigns in 1992 and 1996, and the Clinton Family Foundation, which has been embroiled in controversy over funding for the last several weeks.
Unlike her current campaign, Clinton’s previous stance on trade was not in favor of small businesses. During her tenure as the head of the U.S. State Department, she blocked a trade bill that would increase importing and exporting to and from the United States, and halt currency manipulation in foreign nations, according to Time.
“We don’t yet know all the details,” Clinton responded to reporters. “I have some real concerns.”
The former U.S. Senator of New York was also questioned about her personal email scandal, coinciding with the State Department releasing 296 of Clinton's emails during her speech in New Hampshire.
“All of the information in the e-mails has [been] handled appropriately,” she commented. “I want people to be able to see all of them.”
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