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Coakley answers Samantha’s question
Dec 3rd, 2009 by Sam

Bill Densmore, is a career journalist, publisher, entrepreneur and director of the the Media Giraffe Project, New England News Forum, and a collaborator on Journalism That Matters.   He collected 18 questions from MA citizens which were hand-delivered to Coakley’s political director and press spokesperson at a North Adams rally on Nov. 23 at the Cup & Saucer cafe.

The questions and her answers can be found here

Below is Samantha’s question and Coakley’s response:

14. WORLD COMPETITION — What does America need to do to ready ourselves for increasing economic competition from China, India and Brazil; what, specifically, is the responsibility of the senator from Massachusetts, and what, specifically is beyond the scope of those senatorial responsibilities. Give examples of each.

COAKLEY ANSWERS:

As we enter the 21st century, it is essential that we both build on our existing strengths and adapt our economy to the many challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, such as the emerging green economy. As Senator, my primary responsibility will be to ensure that Massachusetts can fully capitalize on these opportunities, notably by securing the Commonwealth federal funding that fosters green technologies, life sciences research and advanced technology manufacturing centers. I will also work with other Senators, Congressmen and the White House to develop national solutions that reduce our trade imbalance, provide incentives to business to pursue new energy technologies and provide affordable health coverage that will keep our workforce healthy and our industries globally competitive.

Bill Clinton: Be the party of ‘how’
Dec 3rd, 2009 by Sam

Former President Bill Clinton spoke at the annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner in New Hampshire last night….  He touched on many things – his history in New Hampshire, his current initiatives in Africa, and supporting President Obama.

Some key points:

  • He admires Obama for not succumbing to the pressure to make a decision quickly in Afghanistan,
  • Healthcare reform must pass – it’s not perfect but just these changes will accomplish much, and it can be fine-tuned going forward,
  • Cited the scientific evidence supporting human-caused climate change and the intellectual dishonesty of the deniers,
  • He supports Obama’s decision to send 30,000 more soldiers to Afghanistan; saying he had decided he would support whatever decision he came up with because of his careful, deliberative approach to making the decision.

Most importantly, Clinton said the Democrats have to be more than what.  They have to be the party of ‘how.’   Not only articulating the vision  and their underpinning values, but also showing clearly how they are going to accomplish it.

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