MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - Calling current attitudes towards families, "outdated," Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, unveiled her agenda to “get real,” with the challenges of working families.
“It’s about time we stopped just talking about family values, and started pursuing polices that truly value families,” Clinton stated.
Before a crowd at the Young Women’s Christian Association, the presidential hopeful shared her own struggles with work-life balance as a young lawyer.
“Chelsea was sick, and my baby sitter wasn’t there and then she called and she was sick too and it was just that gut wrenching feeling, and I was lucky enough to have a friend who could come over and watch Chelsea while I ran to court and then ran back home,” Clinton said.
“If you have fewer resources, greater challenges and an unsympathetic employer, then the struggle to balance family and work can simply be overwhelming,” Clinton added.
Clinton's plan will cost $1.75 billion and seeks to expand paid leave, offer incentives for companies that support workplace flexibility, increases affordable child care and ban pregnancy discrimination in the workplace.
“Now I assume I will have 100 percent support from the Republicans who care deeply about supporting pregnant women and their families and I look forward to having that when I'm President,” Clinton said with sarcasm.
A spokesman for the Republican National Committee immediately criticized Clinton’s plan.
“Hillary Clinton’s agenda for working families is pretty clear: higher taxes to pay for outrageous spending proposals totaling more than $750 billion,” said RNC spokesman Danny Diaz. “Senator Clinton’s plans to grow government and weaken our national defense will not resonate with American families at any rung in the economic ladder.”
- CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla