— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) April 12, 2016
For fairness. I think Hillary did a pretty good job during her interview — of course, I would — which demonstrates that her campaign remains on target in learning from past mistakes. Here’s a link to the transcript:
… Daily News: Okay. Well, let’s move it out to the macro picture then. Assess the state of the American economy and in particular as it relates to the American worker.
Clinton: I’d say the following: First, we have weathered the Great Recession better than most countries. It was devastating. We had a total loss of 9 million jobs. Five million homes were lost and $13 trillion in family wealth was wiped out. That was a body blow from which many Americans have not yet recovered, and I don’t believe that the economy as a whole has fully recovered.
We have seen some good signs, we’ve increased the rate of job creation. We haven’t yet gotten back to labor participation rates as they were before the Great Recession, but there are some positive signs. I would characterize our challenges as follows. First of all, I think the federal government has an opportunity and, indeed, an obligation to play a more active role in supporting job creation: infrastructure jobs, advanced manufacturing jobs, clean renewable energy jobs. We also have to figure out what is holding down small business formation. There’s credit problems, there are licensing, regulation problems, but we have fallen down the global standing in creating small businesses. So we’ve got to unleash that again and unleash the entrepreneurial spirit.
I think if we take the plans I’ve outlined, and I’ve been as specific as I can be and much more than anybody else has been in this campaign, you can see the kind of blueprint that I would work to implement as President to try to get more good jobs with rising incomes, to target places that need extra help, places in upstate New York, places in Appalachia, Native American reservations, places that are truly being left out unless we change our approach. And I think we can get results.
Daily News: When you announced, or when you gave your economic policy speech, you referred back to President Clinton’s record and the creation of 23 million jobs. And you did say that President Obama had rescued the economy from the abyss at that point. What you did not do is celebrate the record of job creation, and you didn’t go any further than saying that he had rescued the economy and rescued the auto industry. And I’m wondering why.
Clinton: Well, I have in other speeches. I can’t recall the exact wording of that one you’re referring to, but in many different settings, I have said, you know, we’ve recovered jobs and we still have a ways to go. We’ve had good monthly job numbers from the Department of Labor. Now I think it’s 70, 71 straight months, so we’ve got a good record.
Daily News: Seventy-three.
Clinton: Seventy-three. We’ve got a good record and now we have to build on it. So I often say he did dig us out of the ditch that he inherited. He got us standing again. We’re walking but we need to be running. And that’s where I think my plans, my understanding of what has worked and what can work again will be put to good use if I’m President…
There’s much more in the whole interview, but yeah she’s very up front about running for what the haters call “Obama’s third term.” And she’s also strongly defending the economic performance of Democratic administrations in general as opposed to that of Republicans.
Further, she provides a lot of detail hitting all my fellow front-pager Kay’s favorite “fairness” points: companies forcing communities to ‘race for the bottom’, tax inversions, explicitly supporting both the NY version of Fight for Fifteen and the ACA, equal pay for women as “a family issue,” surcharges on incomes over a million. She even steals my favorite Senator Warren’s line about how “the system is rigged, and that’s got to change.” There’s a lot of wonk-talk, numbers, nibbling around the edges of problems too big to change by fiat… and also some well-chosen anecdotes about things that need changing, why improvements need to be made in specific places.
I’m sure every detail will be picked over during the next week. And not to excite the Hamilton fans too much, but Clinton had already spoken in favor of keeping NYC’s own Founding Father on the ten (and putting a woman on the twenty).