Clinton talks Biden, Virginia shooting, emails in Iowa stop

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Clinton addresses Biden 2016 buzz, says he ‘should have the space’ to decide.

ANKENY, Iowa — Standing in front of a tractor in the Des Moines Area Community college’s “John Deere Exhibition Hall,” Clinton was a world away from the lavish beach vacation in the Hamptons where the Democratic frontrunner has been recharging since late last week. ANKENY, Iowa (Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Wednesday said she would bolster rural economies by encouraging investment, boosting family farms’ profitability, increasing clean energy production and improving access to education and healthcare.Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday that she felt “great heartache” over the shooting ambush that killed a TV news reporter and cameraman live on air in Virginia, pledging that as president she would fight for more gun-control laws. “We have got to do something about gun violence in America — and I will take it on,” Mrs. There, she has been enjoying the luxe life: celebrity chef Katie Lee, the ex-wife of Billy Joel, earlier this week personally prepared a spread of fresh guacamole, roasted carrots and an assortments of healthy dips and crudite requested specifically by the Clintons. Clinton’s proposal would strengthen the Renewable Fuels Standard and increase the number of companies investing in rural businesses, according to a fact sheet released by the campaign.

Clinton said she has a “great deal of admiration and affection” for Biden and noted they have worked together in the Senate, during the Clinton administration and in President Obama’s first term when Clinton served as secretary of state. “I just want the vice president to decide to do what’s right for him and his family,” Clinton said. “I don’t think it’s useful to be behind the scenes asking this or saying that. The journalists were interviewing a local official at an outdoor shopping mall for a tourism story, when, at about 6:45 a.m., morning show viewers saw her suddenly scream and run, crying “Oh my God,” as she fell. But on Wednesday — as Vice President Joe Biden participated in a conference call with DNC members to discuss the Iran deal and insert himself further into the 2016 conversation — that restorative downtime came to an abrupt end.

Simplified regulations for community banks and boosting farm income through a “strong local and regional food system” are among other proposals. (Source: Bloomberg) Clinton arrived at the school here outside of Des Moines to discuss rural policies that affect Iowa’s agriculture industry — the first of three campaign stops for the day. Joe has had more terrible events than most people can even contemplate, losing his first wife, losing his first daughter, now losing his son,” Clinton said. “But I’m just going to continue with my campaign, I’m going to do what I believe I should be doing and he will have to decide what he should be doing,” she said, adding that she expected it to be a competitive race. President Barack Obama and some members of Congress have tried several times in recent years to tighten gun control laws in response to mass shootings in Connecticut, Colorado, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere.

There are many people who face it and know it but then turn away because it’s hard,” Clinton said. “It’s a very political, difficult issue in America. But I believe we are smart enough, we are compassionate enough, to figure out how to balance the legitimate Second Amendment rights with preventive measures and control measures so that whatever motivated this murderer who eventually took his own life, we will not see more deaths, needless, senseless deaths.” Reporter Alison Parker and photojournalist Adam Ward were gunned down while filming a live segment early Wednesday morning. There is so much evidence that if guns were not so readily available, if we had universal background checks, if we could just put some time out between the person who is upset because he got fired and the domestic abuse or whatever other motivation may be working on someone who does this, maybe we could prevent this kind of carnage.”

But if the Hamptons are where Clinton feels at home among donors and friends, it’s in the details of policy that she feels at home while campaigning. Without tipping his hand as to whether Obama was encouraging Biden to enter, Earnest said the VP was well-positioned to make the decision himself, as a two-time presidential candidate who’s been on the Obama ticket twice. “You could make the case that there’s probably no one in American politics today who has a better understanding of exactly what is required to mount a successful national presidential campaign,” Earnest said.

In Ankeny, a small city outside Des Moines, Clinton unveiled proposals on rural policy, an issue that allowed her to speak directly to Iowa voters and shore up her support in the early caucus state where she came in third in 2008. Clinton’s plan to improve rural communities would involve everything from increasing access to capital via a Farm Credit Administration programme to simplifying regulations on small community banks to making permanent a tax credit for new investments in rural areas, according to her campaign.

She called for half a billion solar panels to be installed across the country within four years and enough energy production from renewables to power every home in America within the next decade. Clinton also said immigration reform would be a component of her effort to boost agriculture production, criticizing recent remarks by Republican presidential candidates on the subject. “From the orchards of California to the processing plants of Iowa to the groves of Florida,” Clinton said, farms cannot find the workers they need. “We’re talking about billions of dollars of income lost because of a farm worker shortage.” Bernie Sanders’ campaign. “It is imperative that we have a comprehensive plan to revitalize rural America.” It was not the sexiest topic, and Clinton’s first stop in Iowa was reminiscent of her early, tentative steps out onto the campaign trail. She was scheduled to return to the Hamptons after attending the DNC meeting in Minneapolis Friday, where she will attend three long-planned fundraisers over the weekend. In Ankeny, Vilsack introduced Clinton as “the best person from my party to win this election,” a hint of what Clinton’s argument might be if Biden gets in the race. “This is a woman who will listen to us, will fight for us, make sure we win this election, and when she does, she will deliver for us,” he said.

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