Economy To Be On Top Priority: Clinton
PHILADELPHIA: Economy and job creation would be top priority for her administration if voted to power in the November general elections, Hillary Clinton has said on eve of start of Democratic National Convention here.
"I want an economy that creates more jobs... And that's a lot of jobs. I want an economy that gets back to raising incomes for everybody. Most Americans haven't had a raise," Clinton told '60 Minutes' of CBS in an interview along with her vice presidential running mate Tim Kaine.
"I want an economy that's going to help lift millions of people out of poverty, because given the Great Recession, we have fallen back in the wrong direction," she said, adding that for this she would rely on her husband and former president Bill Clinton and outgoing president Barack Obama.
Clinton said she has a positive agenda.
"We have our agenda. We have a very positive agenda. You'll hear a lot about it in Philadelphia this week," said Clinton, who would become the first woman of a major political party to be a presidential nominee.
"People make fun of me sometimes, because I do have plans. I think I have this old fashioned idea that when you are asking people to vote for you, it is kind of like a big job interview, and you ought to tell people what you think you can do for them," she said.
"I think we can create more economic opportunity, I think we can improve education, make college affordable, deal with the myriad of issues that we confront," she asserted.
Responding to a question on ISIS, Clinton called for more intelligence sharing between US allies.
"When it comes to terrorist killings, ISIS inspired or other radical jihadist inspired, we need an intelligence surge. We have got to be much more connected from the local, to the state to the national level with international sources of information," Clinton said.
Joining the interview, Kaine called for strengthening of relationship with allies.
"We got to have a stronger world through stronger alliances. So when Donald Trump says, maybe we need to kind of pull our head back in our shell, and we don't need to have the alliances. Why do we need them? Why do we need to rely on them? He's actually potentially cutting off exactly the kind of intelligence sharing that's going to be necessary to stop these kind of random attacks," Kaine said.
"So these alliances matter. They weren't about yesterday. They matter probably more today and tomorrow than they mattered yesterday," Kaine added.