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Clinton Says No to Licenses for Illegals (well for today, anyway)...

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  1. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    Old Hotness: Supporting Licenses for Illegals. New Hotness: Opposing Licenses for Illegals. Next Hotness: Supporting Licenses for Illegals.


    Clinton Says No to Licenses for Illegals
    Nov 15, 2:20 AM (ET)

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday came out against granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants, after weeks of pressure in the presidential race to take a position on a now-failed ID plan from her home state governor.

    Clinton has faced criticism from candidates in both parties for her noncommittal answers on New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer's attempt to allow illegal immigrants in his state to receive driver's licenses. Spitzer abandoned the effort Wednesday.

    "I support Governor Spitzer's decision today to withdraw his proposal," Clinton said in a statement. "As president, I will not support driver's licenses for undocumented people and will press for comprehensive immigration reform that deals with all of the issues around illegal immigration including border security and fixing our broken system."

    Clinton stumbled when asked about the issue during a Democratic debate two weeks ago, and her new position comes the day before another debate where opponents are expected to raise the issue again.

    Rival campaigns made clear they were not letting go of the issue.

    "When it takes two weeks and six different positions to answer one question on immigration, it's easier to understand why the Clinton campaign would rather plant their questions than answer them," said Barack Obama spokesman Bill Burton, referring to the Clinton campaign's admission that aides had staged a question for her at an Iowa event.

    Colleen Flanagan, a spokesman for Chris Dodd, called Clinton's position "flip-flopping cubed. She was for it before she was against it, before she was for it, before she was against it."

    Spitzer met with New York lawmakers in Washington on Wednesday, and conceded that there was too much public opposition to his plan. Clinton did not attend the meeting.

    "It does not take a stethoscope to hear the pulse of New Yorkers on this topic," he said.

    The Democratic governor introduced the plan two months ago with the goal of increased security, safer roads and an opportunity to bring immigrants "out of the shadows." Opponents charged the scheme would make it easier for would-be terrorists to get identification, and make the country less safe.

    The decision is another example of the roadblocks high-profile immigration reforms have faced this year. Less than five months ago, Congress failed to pass legislation that would legalize as many as 12 million unlawful immigrants and fortify the border with Mexico.

    "The federal government has lost control of its borders... and now has no solution to deal with it," Spitzer said.

    Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff called Spitzer's reversal on the license issue "a good development" and said immigration is a federal issue for which his department has to "ramp up enforcement."

    "What I want to make sure is that states aren't working at cross purposes with us and enabling the kind of conduct we're enforcing against," Chertoff told The Associated Press by telephone from London.
  2. iceberg

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    meanwhile behind the scenes:

    Hillary: Are the polls back yet?
    Advisor: On which of your many topics?
    Advisor: What part of Immigration, your majesty?
    Hillary (stomping off to the other room) IMCOMPETENTS!!!!!
    Advisor to walkie talkie: (she's coming your way, it's about some form of immigration)
    Advisor2 replying: Gotcha. Either fences or drivers license is our bet on this one
    Hillary (Storming into room): ARE THE POLL RESULTS IN YET????
    Advisor2: Yes my lady....the country is still split on the wall with a slight edge leaning towards building it but a growing number of people wanting technology used instead.
    Hillary: DAMN IT TO HELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (storms back into the previous room)
    Advisor2 back into walkie talkie) it's not the wall, go for drivers license)
    Advisor: (replying) gotcha - thanks for the warning
    Hillary: You'd better have those damn results if you value your career!!!!
    Advisor: Yes man. The country is firmly against giving drivers licenses to illigal immigrants with 72% thinking doing so would be the height of stupidity and 38% thinking that would be something even Bush wouldn't do.
    Hillary: FINALLY! Where the hell is my question writer??? I've got a city hall meeting in 2 days and we need this question in there! SPEECH WRITER!!! WHERE THE $(*)#*(&%$&*(@ ARE YOU????

    Hillary storms off into another room.

    Advisor2 (coming into the room): The next 4 years will really suck if we have to do this on a regular basis.
    Advisor: I know what you mean. It will make me miss having to schedule dates for Bill.

  3. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    :laugh2: :laugh2:
  4. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    Funny stuff except for the fact that there is likely a lot of truth to it...
  5. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    She thought they were asking about people from outer space and of course they should not be allowed driver's licenses. :laugh2:

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