October 10th, 2007
01:33 PM ET
14 years ago

Clinton's innovation nation

MERRIMACK, New Hampshire (CNN) - ­At a leading technology company outside of
Manchester, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, called for America to restore its position as an innovation leader or risk losing its place in the global economy.

"Americans have been inspired by ideas, and our prosperity has been empowered by them," Clinton said. "But in the last six and a half years we are slowly giving up our advantage. We have seen our investment in research and development stay static. China has doubled the share of its national wealth invested in research and development even as the size of its economy has doubled as well."

Appearing before a group of employees at GT Solar, Clinton outlined her innovation agenda which includes a commitment to broadband expansion, investment in alternative forms of energy and increases in funding for research and development.

On Thursday, Clinton takes her presidential campaign to Plymouth State University where she will discuss her plan to make college more affordable.

- CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla

Filed under: Extra • Hillary Clinton • New Hampshire
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. pl. at the UN for a while.

    This WOMAN has a pulse on absolutely every issue!

    October 10, 2007 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. Mark, Rio de Janeiro

    The best way to foster innovation is to reduce taxes and regulation. The government in itself can do nothing to contribute directly to innovation as it invents nothing and produces nothing – it only consumes.

    October 10, 2007 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. Chris, Middletown, CT

    But....she fails to tell them that once they are successful, they will be penalized by Democrats and want to toss 50% of their money into entitlement programs...and if anyone tries to get you to pay the exact same tax rate as everyone else....they will get their liberal friends and say they are "giving tax breaks to their wealthy friends"...and the moron patrol will believe everything they hear....and won't research a thing....how proud they must be...

    October 10, 2007 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  4. KEITH JAMES LOUTTIT, not in Clinton, NY

    Gee, it seems as though she's finally reading last decade's news! Way to go Hillary!!! Keep on playing catch up!

    October 10, 2007 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  5. William, Manchester NH

    Unfortunately, that pulse is the sound of tax dollars coming out of our wallets.

    October 10, 2007 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |

    Clinton is not the only candidate that has ideas on issues but she is the candidate that the MSM is pushing so we won't here from the othere unless we do OUR HOMEWORK. Unlike the homework that was nto done on the run up to the Iraq war. The Congress was lazy....

    October 10, 2007 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  7. Alex, Houston, TX

    Innovation require substantial increase in the budget allocations for academic research and education. Let academics discover while the industry perfect these discoveries and bring these to real-world applications.

    October 10, 2007 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. Mike, NYC, NY

    I'm going to have to respond to Mark in Rio de Janeiro. The governmment of the US had been directly involved with the Manhattan Project and the Apollo Program. A percentage of taxes do go toward NASA and other government sanctioned scientific teams. I think government is a good thing to help science. I think Hilary's got a good stance on this issue but I have to be honest when I say I don't have any idea as to where the other candidates stand.

    October 10, 2007 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  9. anon, new york, NY

    Hillary sees a social problem and tries to provide a solution. On the other hand, John Edwards uses his OLD 2004 campaign platform to his 2008 camapign. He lost then, and will lose again this time.

    October 10, 2007 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  10. John Luma, Moorpark, CA

    Yes, Hillary and most of the rest talk about the need for innovation, but they can never seem to show exactly how their innovative ideas would work.

    Hillary proposed the $5K bonds for all citizens at birth - an innovative idea, but totally unworkable when you consider this idea is founded on citizenship, which is rendered meaningless now by the millions of illegals who sneak here, declare all objection to them is racist, and demand immediate citizenship. So if Hillary wants to innovate, she'll have to first close our borders tight and take on the Latino entitlement activists, which of course she is too morally weak to do.

    The politicians do need to innovate, explain their breakthrough ideas IN DETAIL - the pluses, the possible minuses - and then they'd be doing their jobs. But they won't. So they should stop talking about "innovation."

    Their job is to advance the cause of our democracy, advance the opportunities of our citizens, but they don't really know how. It's too bad for all of us, because many other well-qualified non-politicians do know how to do these things, but don't have the egos or the drive to run for office.

    The only solution is for people to do it in the private sector, in small groups, and work hard to make their innovations catch fire in the media and the marketplace.

    October 10, 2007 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  11. Sue

    Hillary knows all the issues,and she is good at explaining them too.im telling ya we gotta get her in there,lord she remembers,she cares, and no you get your tax breaks just like when was bill in there.when she voted for war it was a lie, noone had that paper in front of your eyes,she voted for it,believing what bush had told them about wmd.and antrax in our waters,i remember his speech to the American people.and no the other canidates have not mention one issue for theAmerican people as a Nation...there bashing her and nothing else from there mouth's
    this is what Obama isalm is doing

    This should be the Headline for the Day:

    “When it came time to vote in the Senate – when it came time to either VOTE or fundraise – where was Obama’s Concern for the Iran Vote?

    Especially, when he sponsored a similar binding Resolution in April 07′?
    and senior senator durbin voted for the rev gauards he voted yes just like hillary they need congrssional approval before starting a war with iran.

    October 10, 2007 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |