November 21st, 2013
10:00 PM ET
5 years ago

Clinton: Don’t vote for politicians who won’t compromise

(CNN) - Recalling the days of Democratic House Speaker Tip O’Neill and Republican President Ronald Reagan, Hillary Clinton said the nation needs more lawmakers who are willing to compromise.

“I think whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat, it’s important not to vote for people who proudly say they will never compromise,” the former secretary of state and potential 2016 presidential contender told an audience in Philadelphia on Thursday.

“It seems as though our partisan debates have been taken over by a very small minority that doesn't believe in compromise.”

Thursday marked a tense battle in the Senate over filibuster rules; and just months ago the nation experienced a 16-day partial government shutdown.

The former senator from New York told the story of a conversation she had with someone who called himself a “very conservative Republican” and business owner. He told her that watching the contentious debate unfold over the debt ceiling made him believe in compromise and question why lawmakers would risk the stability of the United States’ credit.

“So I said to him,” Clinton told the audience during a Q&A session after her keynote address. "You’re a successful businessman and you are well-known in your community - will you say that publicly?

“I’m not asking you to vote for Democrats. I’m just asking you to vote for the kind of Republicans that we used to have more of in our two-party system who would come together,” Clinton said, pointing to policy compromises made under the leadership of O'Neill and Reagan, as well as House Speaker Tom Foley and House Minority Leader Bob Michel.

“We have to do a better job of making sure we know who we’re voting for; what we expect from them; and for those who are contributing to political campaigns, what kind of people they’re giving their money to,” she added.

What’s at stake, Clinton said, is the United States’ standing in the world.

Thursday’s address at the Greenbuild conference in Pennsylvania is one in a series of high-profile speaking engagements and appearances throughout the country for the former first lady, only further fueling speculation that Clinton, a long-time staple of the Democratic Party, will run for president in 2016.

In hypothetical presidential polling matchups, Clinton bests or statistically ties possible Republican contenders. And though she has not confirmed that she will run, outside groups dedicated to electing Clinton to the Oval Office have already begun to organize and raise funds for a potential campaign.

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Tigas

    After Bill threw Obama under the bus with Obama's "you can keep you policy. Period." promise, Hillary is sweeping in for the kill by attacking Obama's lack of political skill that has resulted in Reid's decision to "go nuclear" and destroy filibusters. Obama's inexperience, incompetents, arrogance, willingness to blame everyone, and inability to forge working relationships has not only alienated himself from potential allies, but also his own party and also also the American people.

    November 21, 2013 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  2. ED1

    And that would be the Democrats they haven't supported a budget from the House since Obama took office Reid would always say the same thing DOA.

    November 21, 2013 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  3. S. B. Stein

    That is the point to having a legislature... We need people who will see the greater picture and understand what needs to get done.

    November 21, 2013 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  4. REGinAZ

    Bush on Leno: GWBush is a spoiled, self-focused little boy, a text book example of a sociopathic personality. Bush, Cheney, Rove and others used their offices and America’s resources for their private agenda to benefit themselves and “the money”, their strong supporters and masters, and it cost the country greatly. Bush even bragged that he would quickly pass his father and Bill Clinton in wealth from after office kickbacks. To this day he is still rationalizing his actions and there are those who actually want to return to “more of the same”, Bush-Cheney style, which can only result in “more of the same”..

    November 21, 2013 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  5. D

    Ok. You now have Clinton on record saying you shouldn't have voted for Obama or Reed.

    November 22, 2013 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  6. Getoverit

    “I think whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat, it’s important not to vote for people who proudly say they will never compromise,”
    LMFFFFFFFFFFFFAO!!!!!!!!!! Talk about distancing yourself from Obama. I'm no Hillary fan, but WELL PLAYED!

    November 22, 2013 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  7. Thomas

    Ted Cruz , Randy Paul , Mike Lee , ?

    November 22, 2013 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  8. REGinAZ

    Bush-Cheney completely used their offices and America’s resources for their private agenda, constantly catering to “the money”, their strong supporters and masters, and it cost us greatly. Now the Republican / Tea Party constantly demonstrates that they put their politics above all else, at any cost to the people, and that they will irresponsibly do anything to have “their way or no way”. The only way for the people to tell them that “enough is enough” and that they won’t be insultingly taken for granted, to continually just be conned, used and abused, is for the voters to firmly and totally reject them. Otherwise, they only offer “more of the same”, Bush-Cheney style, which can only result in “more of the same” or just continuing gridlock with nothing resolved and with more costs as they cater only to “the money”. The Democrats are really not without faults but they are dependent on support from the people and do then necessarily have a conscience for the people; we may see them falter at times but they have to respond as they know their existence depends on serving the people. In the mean time, clearly the Republican / Tea Party will get the message and the strong hold “the money” has on them should be broken.

    November 22, 2013 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  9. Dina

    Than how did we get stuck with Obama. The king of divide and conquer and it's his way or the highway. That's why we have Obamacare and nuclear option – the man doesn't know how to compromise. Oops, I forgot – he knows how to compromise with our enemies.

    November 22, 2013 03:16 am at 3:16 am |
  10. king

    its amazing how these repubs will spend billions of dollars to obstruct the government, then turn just to say that government is not working and blame the president for them not making government work. i wonder the american people are so easily moved by a massive repubs propaganda machine and refuse to see the reality right in front their eyes. i know a bunch of minorities, single women, and young wihite males that makes up the dems party is like David vs golliath compare to the old white males that have been running propaganda schemes for millenniums, but folks its time for you to take responsibility and compare what's happening and the ca strophe the repubs have been preaching for the last 5 years. everything this president does is the end of days in these repubs eyes, but all i see is success after success after success. i cannot remember when this country has been so successful, barring the Clinton years, especially just coming out of a depression. the last depression took this country 20 plus years to come out of, this one took a couple of years. wake up America and smell the coffee, when all things are said and done, this president will be in the elite of presidents, even with the repubs all out war to prevent this from happening.

    November 22, 2013 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  11. Marie MD

    Thank you Hillary. That pretty much ruins any chances, except on gerrymandering districts, for politicians like the Canadian terrorist mike lee and other teaklan members who ran on shutting down the government and they did so without any regard of the millions affected by their "principles".

    November 22, 2013 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  12. betterdays

    Now that Obama can't run again...

    November 22, 2013 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  13. A True Conservative

    Do you mean like our current President? He and his administration also can't tell the truth on ANYTHING! The least transparent and most incompetent administration in the history of this nation. Pathetic!!

    November 22, 2013 07:26 am at 7:26 am |