Clinton: ‘We are careening from crisis to crisis’
October 24th, 2013
09:09 PM ET
7 years ago

Clinton: ‘We are careening from crisis to crisis’

Washington (CNN) – Speaking to a friendly audience Thursday, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton continued to argue that progressive ideas and policies are under threat by political gridlock in Washington.

“We are careening from crisis to crisis - instead of having a plan, bringing people to that plan, focusing on common sense solutions and being relentless in driving toward them,” she said in her brief remarks at a 10th anniversary event for the Center for American Progress.

Clinton recalled the formation of the progressive think tank a decade ago.

“At the end of the Clinton administration, I knew if we didn't have an infrastructure in place to continue to build on what had been accomplished and to hold the line on any efforts at retrenchment, we would not be doing our job,” she said.

She praised the founders of the group for pushing the progressive agenda, which Clinton described as one “based on data and evidence, not ideology.”

“It’s a fight for policies that will actually achieve results and better peoples’ lives,” she continued.

However, she added, “it’s always a little surprising that we have to keep fighting so hard on behalf of them, to make the case over and over and over again.”

While the potential presidential contender focused mostly focused her remarks on celebrating the group’s anniversary, she also repeated lines about the government shutdown that she’s used the past few days on the speaking circuit.

She blasted Washington lawmakers - though without naming a political party - for making arguments in an “evidence-free zone” based on ideology rather than facts, and choosing “scorched earth over common ground.”

Clinton’s schedule in the past week has taken her to Falls Church, Virginia, where she re-emerged on the political stage to campaign for friend and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe. On Wednesday, she spoke at the University of Buffalo, and she ventures back to New York on Friday to speak at Colgate University.

Rounding out her nine-minute speech on Thursday, Clinton repeated multiple times she was “grateful” for the work CAP has done.

And as she was walking off stage to thunderous cheers and applause, she joked to Neera Tanden, president of the organization.

“When does the cake come out?” Clinton could be heard saying off-mic. “I was going to jump out of the cake.”

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soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    Obama is crisis central........and if the fools of America elect her, so will Hillary be, crisis central.

    October 24, 2013 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  2. Milton Cooper

    Hitlery is the crisis. She thinks she's the USA's queen.

    October 24, 2013 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  3. Howard Campbell

    Come on,was that really what she said? Ever heard of double speak? What better example of it than that?

    October 24, 2013 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  4. the hippies were right

    I love it when the dummies on the right say Clinton isn't qualified to be POTUS. So...... Bush was? Palin was? Romney was? Cruz is?

    October 24, 2013 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  5. nintex

    Progressive thought and ideas are the only thing that will save us from the poisonous, negative garbage we keep hearing from the right. The tea party types operate on fear, on "us vs. them", on the theory that there's not enough to go around, on the theory that anyone who is or thinks the least bit differently from them is evil, and so on. Progressive thoughts and ideas are the antidote to this poisonous way of thinking. How much further ahead the country would be if we all let each other be themselves, if we shared our resources for the good of all (oh, oh, "socialism"!), and if we looked out for each other instead of trying to find differences. Oh, well, one can dream.

    October 24, 2013 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  6. YUCK

    Peace,love,unity and respect..

    October 24, 2013 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  7. Bea

    Love her, can't wait to call her Madam President.

    October 24, 2013 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  8. Ricardo

    She wants to further enrich peoples lives. Pad the pockets of the EPA businesses like maybe get her pal Al Gore another jet. Maybe release some more white collar criminals and put them in governmental jobs Stuff like that.

    October 24, 2013 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  9. What's in that tea anyway?

    Crisis to crisis is the GOP/Tea Clowns modis operandi.....They only create the crisis and then make it worse as they look to get themselves on TV....the doofus battalion.

    October 24, 2013 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  10. Logic_Is_Not_Common_Sense

    "Clinton: ‘We are careening from crisis to crisis’" wow really. You're smart. You should run for president

    October 24, 2013 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  11. Michael

    The next President of the United States of America.

    October 24, 2013 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  12. Kathy

    Before you throw your hat and $$$, in the ring, what about Libya ?

    October 25, 2013 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  13. Name carl

    Go Hillary President Clinton 2016.

    October 25, 2013 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  14. Thomas

    “We are careening from crisis to crisis .

    The said part about it is we are starting to enjoy crisis , we forgot what stability is !

    We ether deal with the reality of life and the solutions needed for a quality of life for all. Or we join the Michele Bachmann TeaParty band wagon that the end of days is near, and as proof the former Republican presidential candidate claimed President Barack Obama is in actuality the admiral of the Death Star .

    Ted Cruz / Sarah Palin
    Luke Skywalker / Princess Leia 2016

    October 25, 2013 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  15. Thomas

    This is good news !
    Fed up and ready to get off the sidelines, veteran Iowa Republicans are working to wrest control of the state GOP from the evangelicals, tea partyers and libertarians they blame for alienating longtime party loyalists.

    Led by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad,

    It's about time Republicans take there party back !

    October 25, 2013 02:37 am at 2:37 am |
  16. R-oh

    Hillary your progressive ideas are as old as the roman empire. When people realize they can vote themselves a living, they bring down the whole system. The american empire is falling and the left is cheering. The only way to fix this is through cuts. Taxing more only gives more to the crooks in washington lining their pockets. Yes the're crooks in the private sector too, but they are much easier to weed out. As in not buying their product or starting a competing company. Big greedy corperations go hand in hand with big government.

    October 25, 2013 03:45 am at 3:45 am |
  17. A Kickin' Donkey

    The solution is a friendlier Congress. The key to a Clinton win [after 8 years of any Democrat] will be a rip roaring successful last 2-years for Mr. Obama. Imagine immigration reform and a true MIDDLE CLASS . . . working man's / woman's TAX CUT that comes at the hads of a Democratic Congress & President. Both Barack and Bill & Hillary need to pull out all the stops in 2014 to turn the House Blue. A winning Hillary in 2016 will bring Democrats along for the ride and with the clensing effect of 2014 she'd be well positioned to have a civil & cooperative Congress.

    October 25, 2013 05:18 am at 5:18 am |
  18. commonsense

    If you think any of these eggheads have a shred of common sense your probably no better off than them. Greed is their only motivation.

    October 25, 2013 05:24 am at 5:24 am |
  19. Rogerd

    The crisis to crisis scenario is the result of a "Go along to Get along", no negotiate mentality of one party. Each time the Democrats feel they know what's right for the middle/working class, the middle/working class become a casualty of their "unintended consequences". A little dissention among themselves and some compromise to common ground would help to lesson the negative impact on the middle/working class. Independents and moderate Democrats need to see their unwillingness to solve problems and begin to move to the right.

    October 25, 2013 05:50 am at 5:50 am |
  20. Steve Kaplan

    Cost for my prostate cancer in January 2008; $240,000! Cost of my open heart surgery in November 2008; $250,000. If I didn't have insurance I would be writing this from heaven.
    Steven Kaplan
    United Cancer Foundation

    October 25, 2013 06:01 am at 6:01 am |
  21. nuclear mike

    "Benghazi! Benghazi! You let them die!"

    October 25, 2013 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  22. A True Conservative

    You have no plan because none of the leaders of the progressive movement have any real world managment experience. You are all from the community organizations, the academic world or law....none of these are the real world....not even law, as much as you want to think that it is.....

    October 25, 2013 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  23. Harold Richards

    Did Hillary just throw Obama under a WMATA bus?

    October 25, 2013 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  24. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Looks like we will have another dem president for 8 more years after 2016, thanks GOP teatrash!!!!!

    October 25, 2013 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  25. Gurgyl

    -–but these relentless of unneeded, unwanted crisis is from GOP and their idiotic brainless behavior to take away the ACA Law, which these idiots game is lost. I mean totally lost.

    October 25, 2013 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
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