KSFY tops its TV competitors in summarizing the policy positions Chelsea Clinton discussed while campaigning for her mom at Augustana last night. The policy rundown of what Chelsea says President Hillary Clinton will work on:
- Raise the minimum wage.
- Develop clean energy.
- Make college more affordable—”Everyone who has federal debt, that should be reet at the lowest prevailing interest rate because the federal government should not be in the business of making a profit off of students.”
- Help homeless veterans.
- Spend more on drug treatment centers as part of a holistic approach to addiction.
- Ensure coverage for contraception and fund Planned Parenthood.
KELO-TV mentions the contraception question, but only talks about how excited the student was to ask the question and get an answer instead of actually reporting the answer. KDLT misses that boat, too. Sioux Falls freelancer Lacey Louwagie offers the most detail on the exchange between Chelsea Clinton and Augie senior Sophia Silverman:
South Dakota is home to just one Planned Parenthood clinic, which charges for contraception and other services, according to the student.
“I’m pro-choice,” the student said, “like everybody else should be—”
An audible gasp arose from the audience, along with some nervous laughter [Lacey Louwagie, “Chelsea Clinton Gets Conversational in S.D.,” Courthouse News Service, 2016.10.05].
Why the gasp, audience? South Dakota Right to Life gets to clutter our highways with billboards telling us we should adopt their political agenda to make blanket decisions for all women; why is it so surprising that a young woman should suggest that we all should respect her autonomy and dignity?
The student, flustered, started to squeak, “I’m sorry—”
“No, don’t apologize for your opinion,” Chelsea said firmly. “That’s something that women, particularly women and young girls, do too often” [Louwagie, 2016.10.05].
Hear, hear, Chelsea.
Chelsea said this was the first time she had been asked about contraception this election cycle.
She pushed for federal funding of Planned Parenthood and the expansion of Medicaid, which could cover contraception for people on limited incomes. She added that many of the 9 percent who remain uninsured in the country live in states that have not accepted federal funding for Medicaid expansion.
“I’m not naming any names,” she said, referencing South Dakota’s refusal to take the additional funds [Louwagie, 2016.10.05].
Zing! Policy chops and situational awareness—Chelsea ties an unexpected question to a larger issue of how South Dakota restricts access to health care… and how it would be in our best interest to vote for progressive leaders like Hillary Clinton rather than our usual choices.
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) October 6, 2016