November 24th, 2007
08:07 AM ET
7 years ago

Clinton takes on China's toxic toys

Sen. Clinton announced a toy safety agenda Friday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – On one of the biggest shopping days of the year and the historical start of the Christmas shopping season, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, announced a toy safety agenda she would implement if elected to the White House.

“As the holiday shopping season begins, our government should be taking immediate action, decisive steps to ensure that the toys we are importing from China and other countries are safe,” Clinton said in a statement released Friday.

While Clinton noted many recent recalls of toys manufactured in China, the Democratic White House hopeful also placed responsibility on American companies that purchase toys from China and other countries. “They have to do a better job at every stage of the process, from design through production and shipping, to make sure that the toys they are bringing into this country – and profiting from – do not pose risks to children,” Clinton’s statement said.

Clinton’s toy safety agenda includes imposing obligations on American companies that import toys; requiring independent, third-party testing of toys; increasing the number of product inspectors; instituting a complete ban on lead in products intended for children; and increasing enforcement of civil and criminal penalties for violations of consumer product safety laws.

- CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (108 Responses)
  1. RCats

    We need inspectors for food safety too. Food affects all Americans!

    November 23, 2007 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  2. Jim in Orlando, FL

    Wow, sure makes me feel safe ! With all the technology sold to the Chicoms by Bill's administration, and illegal campaign funds from the rest right to Hill ...... what, me worry ?

    November 23, 2007 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  3. El Conejo Miami, FL

    Has desperation set in??? The inevitable doesn't seem so inevitable anymore!

    November 23, 2007 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  4. Sarah

    We would have much more leverage with China if we were not in debt to them for the 6 trillion dollars we borrowed to finance the war that Senator Clinton voted for. The current budget does not begin to address this debt. It will be passed on for generations.

    There is no way that I will ever trust the judgement of Hillary Clinton to lead this country.

    November 23, 2007 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  5. Rebecca, Michigan

    What a great idea!! I am so glad that this is being addressed in the presidential campaign. As a mother of three little children this is a very important topic for me. I hope all the candidates make this same pledge.

    I am a Mitt Romney/John McCain supporter (I haven't decided which yet). I hope they address this issue. (I can't believe I'm about to say this, but...) Thank you Hillary Clinton for making this a priority!! I think it's interesting that the only woman candidate brought this up first as it is a topic that concerns mothers.

    November 23, 2007 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  6. Tired of Corruption LV

    With the money connections between the Clintons and the Chinese, does anyone honestly think Clinton will do anything to hurt that financially profitable relationship.

    More of the same rhetoric since the duo was in Arkansas.

    November 23, 2007 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  7. B T A, D.C.

    Always pointing the finger; how about you prescribe something?

    November 23, 2007 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  8. ronnie - knoxville tn

    she's already acting like my mother-in-law... THAT's a scary thought

    November 23, 2007 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  9. annonymous,ILL,Chicago

    You don't give out trade contract to China then you come saying the toys are toxic. Bill Clinton was a huge trader of u.s and china. Now Hillary is telling us how toxic the toys are?, common, someone gonna take responsibility some day of what they do. Or can we say Chelsea is a grown up to know what we are talking about here...

    November 23, 2007 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  10. Jose

    Why doesn't she try to get legislation passed to do what she wants to do? Why does she have to wait? It would seem this is just grandstanding on her part. OF course I may be wrong, but that's the appearance it gives to me. I would love to see her do more as I'm undecided between her and Richardson.

    November 23, 2007 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  11. James,Nashua,nh

    Shut the hell up! Your husband traded with china, video games, toys and cell phones. You took out jobs to Indian during your husbands administration.
    The other day you are commenting on 'saudi Arabia rape case', just because your chief political adviser is a saudi Arabian born. Are these not what Sen. Obama called Political convinient? I wonder when we gonna have some truth in with our leaders.

    November 23, 2007 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  12. Harry,Iowa

    When that mouth opens, all I expect are lies lies lies. And all what I get are the lies. I am becoming immune with our politicians who are becoming selfish and self centered!

    November 23, 2007 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  13. hey allons,tn

    sen. hillary clinton is the only one that would stand up for americans children big money republicans would not stand up to china the bush family has strong ties to beijing china g.w.bush uncle prescott sheldon bush jr. a businessman and developer with strong ties to beijing he ran the u.s. china chamber of commerce look where are jobs is at no bill clinton didn't get n.a.f.t. ronnie reagan did get N.A.F.T. he was the FOUNDER!

    November 23, 2007 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  14. Juice, Seattle, WA

    This whole Chinese toy debacle is simply a result of the practice by American corporations of outsourcing jobs to foreign soil. They may have saved a few bucks initially but now it's time to pay the piper. So how much money have they saved in the long run at the expense of American workers and consumers? All the finger pointing without admitting any responsibility won't bring about any restitution so American consumers will eventually pick of the tab for corporate greed while CEO's rake in outrageous pay packages. The sad part is that I doubt American corporations will learn anything from all this as they will dodge the blame and the expense. I say keep the jobs here at home where American workers have pride in their jobs and companies have recourse with our own legal system. Chinese toys are just the tip of the iceberg. Beware: It could be any product next.

    November 23, 2007 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  15. Bill W, Coatesville, PA

    Hillary Clinton isn't going to stand up to anything. She took money from Chinese contributors. Google Norman Hsu and read about it. While you're at it, google Stan Lee and Peter Paul, too. This is just public posturing.

    November 23, 2007 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  16. Independent in IA

    And just why weren't these steps taken months ago by either the administration or the congress? Don't you think it's a little late to discover the barn door has a missing latch?

    November 23, 2007 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  17. Ken, San Diego, CA

    Finally, a candidate with an actual PLAN to end this dangerous-toy-import fiasco (I'm so tired of the lip service from other candidates who's simple answer is to ban everything....).

    November 23, 2007 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |

    So why isn't she in the Senate Chambers creating a LAW that would ensure our safety regarding this issue instead of these ghosts that are busy keeping the Senate open preventing the President from doing HIS job

    Or is she too busy campaigning and complaining to do her job?

    Hello? Anyone home? Where are MY tax dollars going?

    Why is it that all we get is tough talk and no action from this legislature? Will someone puh-leeeeeeeez tell me?

    November 23, 2007 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  19. carl stabile ohio

    clinton also said last november that hte demos if ellected would lower the gas prices,considering they are 40% higher this year i would not believe a thing she or cnn says!


    November 23, 2007 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  20. laurinda ny

    Wasn't her husband the one who opened door to Chinese imports even wider? Is she calling him a liar?

    November 23, 2007 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  21. Chris, Pensacola FL

    This poor, poor woman. Was she not around the past few months while this was taking place? Is black friday the most appropriate time to "announce this all important initative?"

    November 23, 2007 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |


    November 23, 2007 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  23. Cody Harding, Kinsley, KS

    First: No, she is not saying to stop traiding with China. She is saying better inspections and safety observances should be implemented to ensure it doesn't happen again.

    'Oh, she's Disagreeing with Bill!' What, now that she has a stance on something, you attack her for not sharing the same ideas as Bill. Weren't you people just attacking her for having the same opinions a week ago? Alright, off your soapbox. You lost your privelege.

    Now, she's not just honing in on China.

    "..imposing obligations on American companies that import toys; requiring independent, third-party testing of toys; increasing the number of product inspectors; instituting a complete ban on lead in products intended for children; and increasing enforcement of civil and criminal penalties for violations of consumer product safety laws."

    So, she's telling both China and America to care about our children's safety.

    As for the Senate passing anything during the Holiday season...maybe the Easter Bunny will be by for Christmas, too.

    I think they should have started getting a few red flags during the Austrailian Recall, not just now. If they acted then, before the Senate went to 'de facto', they might have made the holiday safer for everyone.

    But that's just my opinion. One man, one voice.

    Good night, and Happy Holidays.

    November 23, 2007 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  24. John Halverson DC

    this is way too important to wait until 2009, doesn't she know what lead can do to children? why would anybody say they would wait a full year? and only if she becomes president she is in a position to put forth legislation to do what she is talking about why would she have to be president to do it? arrrrrrgh definately a politician of OLD politics wait wait wait, why shouldn't she hurry and do it NOW!.

    November 23, 2007 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  25. William Tucker Boise, Idaho

    she'll only do it if elected president? what a joke. I will only do things that look good to the public. I am not interested in doing it because it not only benefits the public, but it protects the public. Get off your a@$ and so what you are supposed to do because you were elected to do it not just to get a "better" position!

    November 23, 2007 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
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