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. Ken, NY

    It is Hillary Clinton who is running for President not Bill Clinton. Anyone who think other wise should have their logic check. Did anyone blame Bush senior for the failure of his son ? If the Republican or any one else have a plan,let us have a honest discussion about it. Personal attack is always a sign of weaknesws. Throwing mud on
    one's opponent simply show one has no real principles and productive idea. please think with logic.

    November 23, 2007 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  2. Len, Fallbrook, CA

    I see she has graduated from the Slick Willy School of Finger Wagging.

    "I don't trust the Chinese with my toys."

    Please put the envelope with the money over there.........

    November 23, 2007 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  3. Lee, NYC

    Hillary Clinton is a corporate promotor, she will not do anything about cheap Chinese goods coming into this country. The money she has received from the biggest corporations in this country will assure she doesn't
    help she's too beholding to them. HC, is trying to look like the candidate of the people, she is not, she is the candidate, who wants to promote herself to the highest office in the land, being first lady, was not enough, besides Bill wants back in the White House, Hillary won't be able to do a thing without him. What a phony.

    November 23, 2007 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  4. Rex, Toledo, Ohio

    I have a simple solution. Block all toy imports from China starting today. There.........job done.....

    November 23, 2007 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  5. Bryan, CA

    Come on Hill, do you think we are that stupid? Lies.

    November 23, 2007 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  6. Carol Lipski SC

    Our multi-national corporations are sending the jobs there so the CEO's can make massive bonuses and get millions in stock options and could care less about the health of the children.
    The importers should not be immune to the problem and they should have to verify the toys they sell are safe regardless where they are made.

    November 23, 2007 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  7. Lance in Monrovia

    What a hypocrite. She was intimately involved in shaping NAFTA with Bill, the trade policy that opened our borders wide and allowed a host of cheap foriegn products in that are now poisoning our kids. I'm outraged by this statement. She should own up to it but instead she doesn't mention her past involvement, just like Iraq and illegals and everything else.

    She was on the board of directors of Wall Mart, who funded Bill's first campaigns. They benefited in the extreme from NAFTA and cheap foreign toys. Her support on this issue is no doubt linked to the corporate wishes of Wall Mart and others.

    Now she's gonna bash it? She has no moral ground to stand on.

    I support Barack Obama because at least he's consistant and at most he's visionary about where this country should be headed. He has been right before and he's right now.

    Barack Obama 08.

    November 23, 2007 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  8. Justin, Kansas City Mo

    Well I can't imagine what people will find wrong with this common sense proposal but, this is the internet after all, so I'm sure they'll find something.

    November 23, 2007 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  9. Harvey, Tampa, FL

    "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"

    BINGO! That's hitting the nail square on the head.

    November 23, 2007 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  10. Harvey, Tampa, FL

    It's amazing how Hillary has a "fix" for everything, isn't it?

    November 23, 2007 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  11. Rick, North Carolina

    Do not trust the goverment or banks, they will both let you down.
    Hillary is a US Senator now, if she wanted to do something she could today.
    The only way to stop this is to stop buying the cheap toys, let them set on the shelves and gather dust at wal-mart.
    The american consumer is still in charge, not the goverment.
    Bill Clinton signed the NAFTA bill, most people know someone that lost a job with benefits because of that.

    November 23, 2007 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  12. Mati, Seattle, WA

    There is a difference between trade and bad trade. Don't blame Bill Clinton for opening doors that were supposed to be open. You cannot have global markets if there is no trade. As Hillary said, controlling it, this is the key.

    And all this non-sense again about her vote for the war in Irak.. what was at that time the approval rate for war of Americans? Everybody was hysterical after 9/11 so don't all play the wise now because results are not so good (same as Obama who was anyway on the margin.. and when he was entitled to vote on other matters, he missed the vote.. so convenient).

    Hillary would have good judgment if she had access to the right information.

    Hillary 08!

    November 23, 2007 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  13. MK, Los Angeles, California

    If Senator Clinton was as concerned as she says she is why did she not introduce legislation when all the lead recalls of toys made in China started hitting the news this past summer? Why does not introduce her agenda now in Congress? Why is she announcing this initiative now that just happens to coincide with the kick off of the Christmas shopping season? Think. She doesn't care one way or the other about toy safety. What she cares about is appearing to be concerned and playing off the fears of many parents like myself who are doing their Christmas shopping now. The calculating nature of this whole "agenda" sickens me.

    November 23, 2007 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  14. Michael Davis

    Well, first off, her husband opened this pandora's box with NAFTA and the trade deal to China during Clinton selling our debt to China to begin with. Does anyone not realize how Clinton made the deficit disappear? Yep, he sold it to China and relaxed the trade laws with them.

    Now, Senator Clinton has said she will vote yes for the Peru Free Trade Agreement to bring in yet more slave-labor goods similar to those from China!

    And let us not forget, the largest Importer of Chinese goods is Wal-Mart. Did everyone forget Hillary was a board member for Wal-Mart for a number of years??

    Yeah, she will fix the problem by creating even more problems and more government spending to treat the symptoms, and will completely forget about fixing the root cause of this mess.

    November 24, 2007 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  15. WSchneider

    The U.S consumer (not just corporations) sold themselves to China a long time ago. We the People made that decision. It was not Bush, nor Clinton, nor Regan, or even Nixon. WE did that. WE need to get involved and make better decisions.

    November 24, 2007 02:50 am at 2:50 am |
  16. Chad H DC

    wasn't it 14 years ago she started to "help" us with health care? boy if I wait for her she'll be 74 and all my kids will have brain damage from the lead. Thanks but no thanks, I think I just won't buy anything that says made in CHINA. also FYI Hillary you don't have to be President to do something. It would be great if there was a pro-active senator around that could do something about it, I guess we'll have to wait until washington gets that enima that it needs.

    November 24, 2007 04:46 am at 4:46 am |
  17. William Holmes DC

    so SHE is going to hold someone accountable? is that before or after she gets a campaign check? we all saw what she did to peter paul. If it is before she will let them skate if it is after she will cut them down with a vengence.

    November 24, 2007 04:48 am at 4:48 am |
  18. Shannon NY

    could someone also hold her responsible for anything. How about campaign finances to start then how about we start with a couple scandals, this could be hard to choose, way to many to choose from!

    November 24, 2007 04:50 am at 4:50 am |
  19. Stacey Johnson Seattle Washington

    what the heck, wasn't this news about 2 weeks ago? if she hadn't been deciding how to answer the license issue maybe she could have kept up. I guess it could also possibly be that it takes her 2 weeks to decide on whether or not to take something on. Could we please get someone that can move quicker then that?

    November 24, 2007 04:52 am at 4:52 am |
  20. Xao china

    I am not even from your country but what a wunderful women that hillary clintax is. To take on her biggest suppoters the chinese. We think of her and Bill all the time. thanks again for all the intel!

    November 24, 2007 04:55 am at 4:55 am |
  21. Janssen Vanderbilt Chicago, Illinois

    why is this important and tainted food isn't? did it poll better?

    November 24, 2007 04:59 am at 4:59 am |
  22. mark wilkes barre pa

    Ronald Reagon had the vision of foriegn trsde,, Goerge Bush sr mulled it around try'ed to fast tract it when it was to his liking but couldn't get it done in one term of office, then Mr Bill Clinton got elected waved his magical golden wand over it and WALLA the birth of NAFTA. MY point being we all share in this disaster. WE ALL got what we deserve in this one. we had three very diferent presidents put ther hands on this one and we as americans were either dooped or to blind or to lazy to stop it. myself included.

    November 24, 2007 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  23. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Yet when she was president 8 years ago and handing off production to China – why were there no controls put in place then?? (wait...she was never the president....and "first lady" doesn't count as political experience unless you live in NY) back to your reading...

    November 24, 2007 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  24. Lyn,St. Louis, Mo.

    I am just suprised that there are some people that see thru her and the hypocrite she is.
    She said "with one you get two", so she should get the blame for the millions of good paying jobs that have left our middle class people , now she wants our vote.
    NO WAY!

    November 24, 2007 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  25. Frank Russo, Lake Shore Maryland

    6 trillion to finance the war? We were in debt up to our eyeballs 20 years ago.

    Problems with toys from China? Don't buy them, plain and simple. More legislation? Do we really need or want more legislation? Isn't it the glowing wisdom of our so-called 'legislation' that got the country into this mess in the first place (read: fed-debt, dying dollar, weak position militarily)???

    November 24, 2007 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
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