Clinton's Tame Session With the Netroots
CHICAGO -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) fielded a series of questions on topics ranging from domestic wiretapping to education policy from a packed room of bloggers here at the YearlyKos convention.
While Clinton has not enjoyed the friendliest relationship with the blogosphere during her political career -- a tension resulting largely from her 2002 vote for the use of force resolution against Iraq -- the crowd tended toward praise rather than protest when it came to questioning the New York senator.
Clinton used her opening remarks to disarm the crowd, telling them that she was "aware that not everybody says nice things about me" and saying that she is actually a blog reader -- although she urged the crowd "don't tell anyone."
The only moment of tension came from a man from San Francisco who asked Clinton whether she would be in favor or repealing four major pieces of legislation enacted during the Clinton administration -- the Defense of Marriage Act, the Telecommunications Act, NAFTA and the 1996 welfare reform law.
Clinton defended DOMA ("it served a very important purpose") and welfare reform ("the positives far outweigh the negatives"), passed to former Vice President Al Gore on telecommunications ("Al was very involved in designing and pushing that through") and acknowledged that NAFTA wasn't ideal ("it did not realize the benefits it was promised.")
But that was it when it came to any sort of tense back and forth. By and large Clinton drew praise and applause for her votes -- especially the one she cast against the FISA court last evening. Iraq, surprisingly, was not mentioned by any of the questioners.
Clinton also threw the crowd plenty of red meat, describing the Bush administration as engaging in a "dangerous experiment in extremism" and, when asked about Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, she joked: "It would be a breath of fresh air to have an attorney general who believed in the rule of law."
Clinton's "breakout" session with bloggers came just before she participated in a presidential candidates forum alongside Barack Obama, Chris Dodd, Joe Biden and Bill Richardson. The other candidates will host break out sessions following the forum.
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