Senior political analyst
Something Hillary Clinton said at a children’s hospital in Portland, Oregon, last week caught my eye:
"How can anyone run for Democratic nominee for President and not have a universal health care plan? This is a huge, huge difference and one I feel passionately about.’’
With that, she defined her biggest issue difference with Obama. In fact, one of her only issue differences with Obama (unless you count the gas tax holiday, which is silly).
This could be the line-in-the-sand issue Clinton takes to the convention, demanding a platform plank calling for universal health care as a victory for her campaign.
Reagan did that in 1976, demanding that the Republican Party repudiate the Nixon-Ford policy of détente (it did).
Kennedy did that in 1980, demanding that the Democratic Party endorse a big jobs program (it didn’t).
Ford and Carter both went on to lose.
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