With hopes of winning issue, group trumpets Hillary Clinton's income inequality record
April 17th, 2014
05:00 AM ET
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With hopes of winning issue, group trumpets Hillary Clinton's income inequality record

Washington (CNN) – Correct the Record, the communications and rapid response arm of a pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC, is touting the former secretary of state's record on income inequality at the same time as national Democrats seize on what they see as a winning electoral issue.

In a research report titled "Hillary Clinton: A Lifetime Champion of Income Opportunity," the group is defending Clinton's record by highlighting efforts from her career as secretary of state, senator from New York and first lady. Some of those highlights include "raising the minimum wage," "advocating for out-of-work Americans" and "getting equal pay for equal work."

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"Hillary Clinton has dedicated her life to ensuring that all hardworking Americans have the chance to succeed, no matter their circumstances," Adrienne Elrod, the communication director for Correct the Record told CNN. "Hillary's record reflects her belief that every American should have the right to achieve economic security and income opportunity."

The document also highlights some of Clinton's work from early in her career, like her first job out of law school with the Children's Defense Fund and her work on rural healthcare as the first lady of Arkansas in the 1990s.

The research document is part of an ongoing series where the group plans to tout "the highlights" of Clinton's record, said Elrod. Correct the Record plans to distribute their research to supporters and journalists as a reference for future questions about Clinton's accomplishments.

The defense comes as Republicans are wasting no time in defining Clinton's record. In the last month, the Republican National Committee has said that Clinton's record is "troubled" with "little to show for her four years at the State Department."

Clinton is widely considered the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016. She leads every poll of the Democratic field and most polls have her leading potential Republican White House hopefuls, as well. Clinton has not announced that she will seek the presidency, but as acknowledged that she is thinking about running.

Income inequality has been a hot topic for Democrats over the last few weeks. From the White House to Capitol Hill to the campaign trail, Democrats have used the issue – including a push for equal pay – as a large-scale coordinated attack against Republicans.

Democratic strategists see equal pay as a way to galvanize the base and raise money in a midterm election that will see less turnout and excitement than a presidential election year. By keeping the issue in the news, Democrats hope to benefit in the long-term by showcasing GOP presidential hopefuls who oppose equal pay protections.

Clinton, too, has recently waded into the income inequality and equal pay debate, though Correct the Record said their research documents are not coordinated to her comments on the issue.

Last week, Clinton tweeted "20 years ago, women made 72 cents on the dollar to men. Today it's still just 77 cents. More work to do."

And in recent speaking gigs across the country, Clinton has addressed income inequality. While on a three-state West Coast swing last week, Clinton advocated for private-public partnerships to combat income inequality and grow the "great, broad middle class" that she said makes the United States unique.

"Inequality of the kind that we are now experiencing is bad for individuals, bad for our economy, bad for our democracy," Clinton said at an event in San Francisco. "If people aren't being paid a decent wage with the opportunity for improvement in it, you dampen their ambition, you undermine the trust in our society and you limit their consumption, all of which is bad for us."

CNN National Political Reporter Peter Hamby contributed to this report.

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Name. willard

    Keep out of hillary clinton right cause she lied her story what about. Murder at benghizian
    She like play game with riots other country so why she was leave her job of state secreatry with presdient obama

    April 17, 2014 05:21 am at 5:21 am |
  2. bassman

    Some of us are also interested in the “Heels On, Gloves Off” ShePAC rally in Des Moines on April 27 that Sarah Palin, Joni Ernst, and other conservative women will be attending.

    April 17, 2014 06:08 am at 6:08 am |
  3. Gurgyl

    All say, yes on Hillary16.

    April 17, 2014 06:49 am at 6:49 am |

    Won't matter. Can't wait to see Sheldon Adelson,Rupert Mourdoch,Rove,Grover Norquist and the GOP stuff Jeb Bush down the tea party's throats 2012 Mitt the twit style.

    April 17, 2014 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  5. salty dog

    A hint into real power, why no mention of her work as an attorney for Monsanto, because their influence exceeds partisan boundaries. A very scary agenda, from an extremely powerful? Corporation? I don't care what you call it, they have very deep, very strong roots very high in our government, despite ruling political party.

    April 17, 2014 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  6. Dems in PA

    The problem is:

    Clinton's record of failure as secretary of state; the successful Al-Qaeda attack on Benghazi where there were 4 dead Americas that Hillary Clinton is responsible for.

    Clinton's record of failure on paying employees; it’s on record how the Clintons under paid employees and you can’t lie you way out of it; the truth and facts hurt.

    April 17, 2014 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Republicans have a social agenda that they wish to impose on the country.
    Look at the Ryan Budget. Just listen to them talk.

    April 17, 2014 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  8. brownbuttonglutton

    Class warfare is all the dems have.

    April 17, 2014 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  9. rla

    She is like anyother POL she is sucking the system.. Amass millions off the public till, accomplish nothing after decades near power but be touted as ????? next president??? We elected the last president with this kind of resume I hope we are not so self serving again.... Income inequality- seems like Hillary and Bill are part of the problem not the solution

    April 17, 2014 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    Hillary is a dictator........just like Obama. She will bankrupt America.........(Obama has already done most of the work).........and finish off the job Obama started, of destroying our country.

    April 17, 2014 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  11. Gunderson

    Um, Well,
    We still don't know if Hillary is running or not. If she does we will see if that effort to humanize her was successful or not.

    April 17, 2014 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  12. smith

    Currently, women make 77 cents on the dollar to men. Where do these numbers come from? What is the formula for these statistics? We are seeing this more and more, alot of numbers but no explanation on how the results were obtained.

    April 17, 2014 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  13. Free Man in the Republic of Texas

    Ahhhhhh..... YES

    "Income Inequality"

    Jane Fonda the good Communist makes way more than
    the same UNION MEMBERS that work on the same movie
    set with her.

    MUST cut her pay so that it is EQUAL
    with the lowest paid grip.

    UNION bosses make way more than UNION "workers"
    stay in $700.00 per night hotels at resort locations as
    they decide what DEMOCRAT campaigns to fund with
    dues taken from workers.

    Perhaps their pay should be cut to be EQUAL
    with the lowest paid "worker"

    Changing the subject is nice... but
    Americans are still dead in Benghazi
    The cover up continues
    Mrs. Clinton FAILED in her duty.

    And NO Mrs Clinton we will NOT forget.

    April 17, 2014 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  14. Warren

    Rick McDaniel
    Hillary is a dictator........just like Obama. She will bankrupt America.........(Obama has already done most of the work).........and finish off the job Obama started, of destroying our country.

    somebody is delusional..Our county is far from being bankrupt.

    April 17, 2014 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  15. The REAL Truth...

    @Ricky – LOL. Obama is a dictator?? That statement alone indicates the intelligence levels of those on the right posting the usual amount of parroted fiction. The ONLY accomplishments the do-nothing Party has since 2009, is 55+ ATTEMPTED repeals of ACA, a Federal Govt shutdown and lowering the nations Credit Rating.. and because the POTUS exercises his authority (granted to the office BY Congress) to make some progress, the right is whining about it. You whine about the border being porous (but divert funding), whine about immigration while taking full advantage of the cheap day labor and avoiding paying taxes, whine about Govt intrusion, but take more in Federal funds that your red states contribute, whine about spending while doubling the National Debt, blowing out the national credit card, and have more DEBT, fees added (to avoid the appearance of raising taxes) and HUGE bonds outstanding at the local level too.
    Why is that Ricky?

    April 17, 2014 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  16. rs

    Rick McDaniel
    Hillary is a dictator........just like Obama. She will bankrupt America.........(Obama has already done most of the work).........and finish off the job Obama started, of destroying our country.
    Yeah, yeah, yeah. Please explain then why the debt and deficit are down. Why the government went from being at it's largest 6 years ago to the size it was in 1968. As far as your "dictator" schtick, you really need to touch reality. You're just upset because the best the GOP can run is a washed up preacher who thinks there is more freedom in North Korea (Wingnut!), A guy with an unhealthy fascination with bridges and traffic problems, and a whole host of "B" grade national socialist losers. You and your party are pathetic, anti-American haters.

    April 17, 2014 09:32 am at 9:32 am |