by Marielle Hankerson
On July 25 at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, former Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton received 2,382 delegates, the number of delegates needed to be the Democratic Party’s nominee for president.
Clinton has made history with her nomination by becoming the first woman in the United States to be the presidential nominee of a major political party. Prior to being the Secretary of State during the first Obama administration, Clinton was a U.S. Senator of New York and the First Lady.
Campers who were interviewed were not excited about Clinton’s nomination, but they repeatedly said anything is better than Donald Trump as president. They asserted that she is not the worst candidate that they have to choose from but they would have supported Bernie Sanders if he was the front runner.
One upper girls camper expressed her disdain for a possible Trump presidency and said, “As long as it’s not Trump or Ted Cruz. As long as it’s not anyone in that [the Republican] party.”
Another upper camper is more nonchalant about Clinton’s presidential nomination and said, “I think she’s gotten this far we might as well nominate her.”
Although both campers somewhat support Clinton they also have their concerns with her presidency. People are not all supportive of what she has supported in the past and what she supports now. The upper girls camper said, “I’m not super excited about her war stances.” Clinton supported the invasion of Iraq but has recently said that she doesn’t agree with that vote anymore.
Both campers seem to think that even if they disagree with some of Clinton’s views she will still be better than Trump as president. The upper girls camper said, “She would not accomplish what Donald Trump is trying to do,” following that with, “She would not set the world on fire. She would not have ISIS at our door.”
Although a Clinton presidency seems like the best idea for many people in America, others are afraid of what Clinton will do based on her past records.
Many people feel that Clinton’s email scandal makes her unfit as president. The uppers girls camper said, “The emails are not a big deal.”
The question surrounding this particular scandal is whether or not Clinton broke any laws when handling classified information on her own server.
The email controversy began when Clinton first became Secretary of State in 2009. She wanted to use her personal Blackberry for all of her work emails in addition to personal emails. Superiors of her were worried about the security of her personal phone and they repeatedly advised against using her personal phone.
Clinton was investigated by the committees in the state department and the FBI. Neither investigations have resulted in criminal charges against Clinton, unlike what many Republicans have called for.
Clinton has given less attention to the email scandal in her recent campaigning and more to what she’ll try to achieve as president. Two main focuses for Clinton’s first 100 days are immigration reform and investment in the infrastructure.
It has been said that her infrastructure plans are the largest scale since Eisenhower’s highway infrastructure spending. The plan would cost around an estimated $245 to $300 billion. The plan would include improvements on existing infrastructure like roads and public transit.
The second main focus of Clinton’s first 100 days includes immigration reform. Clinton said she will try to create an easier path to citizenship for immigrants and she will work harder to keep families together in relation to deporting undocumented immigrants. According to her website hillaryclinton.com, Clinton’s plan will “treat every person with dignity, fix the family visa backlog, uphold the rule of law, protect our borders and national security, and bring millions of hardworking people into the formal economy.”
In addition to Clinton’s personal plan, the Democratic party platform describes a higher minimum wage, fighting against inequality, and protecting voters’ rights. Immigration and infrastructure reform are also included in the platform aligned with Clinton’s plans.
The party platform also includes key points from Sanders’ former campaign such as guaranteed universal healthcare and more spending on infrastructure.
Clinton will continue the focus her campaign on trying to gain the support of Sanders’ supporters and focus on what she would accomplish if she became president. She is also focusing more on unifying the Democratic party, and with the help of other Democratic leaders working hard to make sure that Trump is not elected.
Clinton’s main goal now is to gain the backing from former Sanders’ supporters in order to beat Trump. An upper girls’ camper who isn’t the biggest Clinton supporter said, “She would maintain the same state we are in and work more on civil rights.”