Speaking on behalf of her mother at the College of Charleston Friday morning, Chelsea Clinton introduced herself both as a daughter of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and as a mother herself.
“This is the first presidential election I will vote in as a mom,” said Clinton, who has one daughter and is expecting a second child in the summer. “Because I am a parent, I just feel a greater sense of urgency.”
Clinton has played an active role in her family’s Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative over the years. With just a day to go before South Carolina’s Democratic primary, she touted her mother’s track records on foreign policy, gay rights and expanding access to health care.
“Before it was called Obamacare, it was called Hillarycare,” Clinton said, referring to the then-First Lady’s 1993 push to mandate health insurance enrollment.
Clinton did not go on the attack against her mother’s opponent in the primary race, Vermont socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has consistently trailed in polls of South Carolina voters despite performing well in other early-primary states. Instead, she got her jabs in against the Republican contenders, decrying “the almost-normalization of hate speech” against Muslims, immigrants and women in recent GOP debates.
When asked about admitting refugees from Syria and other war-torn countries into the United States, Clinton said that her mother “believes that our asylum procedures really work,” referring to the federal government’s screening process that can take up to two years to complete. She said that states like South Carolina, where high-ranking officials have said they will turn away any Syrian refugees for fear of ISIS infiltration, should recognize that refugee resettlement is a responsibility of the federal government.
“She would hope that states and communities would let the federal government do its job and work in partnerships to make sure that any refugees that do come have real opportunities to resettle and build a new life,” Clinton said.
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