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questions someone needs to ask hillary clinton

part of the problem with following politics of any kind is having to watch hours of television interviews, desperately waiting to see one or two particular questions asked and just never having it happen.

all candidates seem to get away with softball questions, or avoiding something that should be obvious. there are candidates who get a free ride from certain networks, but there are some who manage to slide by just because people seem to miss the important things in their policies or history. 

i feel like hillary clinton is both lucky and unlucky in this regard, because too many reporters are obsessed with what are really sideshow issues. is there really any point to asking a candidate why they are trustworthy when voters don't think she is? instead, it would make sense to ask her tough questions but ones where her answers would give meaningful insight into her character and her motivations. 

so here are a few questions that i think i'd like to hear the former first lady, senator and secretary of state answer:

1. you have been a strong supporter of the affordable care act, which has resulted in millions of americans getting coverage when they could not afford it before. given that america lags behind other countries in public health access, do you support a gradual transition to single payer healthcare, or do you think that the public/ private hybrid will be sufficient to meet america's needs?

2. you were a major proponent of intervening in libya and creating the conditions for regime change. in the time since the death of colonel ghadaffi, libya has become another highly unstable nation vulnerable to terrorist groups. why did you support a policy of intervention when such policies have proven so problematic in other countries? 

3. as president, would you refer a question to the supreme court to have them overturn the citizens united ruling?

4. you are routinely linked to your husband's policies from his time as president by people who assume that you agreed with all of them. which, if any decisions would you have made differently?

5. while I generally agree with senator sanders that "nobody cares about your damn emails", there are some concerns beyond their content. what precautions did you take to ensure that these messages would be made available to the government [and ultimately to the american people] for scrutiny and archiving? 

those are just a few questions that i think could start a much more meaningful conversation about her candidacy, even if it is little late getting started. 

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