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Hillary Rodham Clinton wants to be the next President of the United States and she wants Black voters to know that if they support her, she will return that support when she’s in the nation’s highest office. To that end, she talks to the Tom Joyner Morning Show for an unprecedented conversation with news correspondents Jacque Reid and Roland Martin along with Don Lemon.

On HBCUs:

“I was on the campus of Philander Smith College in Little Rock and I was talking to the new president there because I know, as you all do, how important HBCUs are in our higher education system. They have closed the opportunity gap and have been in the frontline of producing leaders. In my New College Compact, we’re going to support, encourage and reward HBCU’s that help our student succeed so that students can’t complete college without cost being a barrier or debt holding them back. I believe that for my We’re going to have new federal funds to investing in the public HBCU’s  provide support and that the Pell Grant can be used for living expenses, and for the private HBCU’s, we’re going to have a dedicated $25 billion dollar fund to provide support to them. I, like you, admire and respect the role that HBCU’s play. I have a lot of friends and former and present colleagues that are products of HBCU’s, and we’re going to help kids get into school and stay in school and cut interest rates on the loans that students take out.”

On helping provide capital to small Black businesses:

“I’ve said all over the country that I want to be the small business President and I particularly want to be the small business president for women and minority-owned businesses. For a variety of reasons, a lot of it related to the financial crisis, we have not been able to keep up with the pent-up demand. Particularly for African-American women, that’s true. I know from traveling around the country, they can’t get access to capital, they can’t get access to the the mentoring and support they need to go to the next stage. So here’s what I want to do. I want to make the Small Business Association once again a really aggressive and vigorous agency, reaching out to people not just waiting for someone come to them. I want to do more networking so literally we have a network of people  available 24-7 to counsel and support and then send on their way people with good ideas. I had and African-American woman say to me once that more good ideas die on in the parking lots of banks than anywhere in America. What we’ve got to do is reverse that. There’s a lot of programs already in place but they’re not being given the emphasis, the funding, and the support that they need. Most new jobs in America are started by small businesses.”

On rumors that Hillary Clinton started the ‘birther’ movement and once had a confrontation with Senator-elect Obama about it. (that alleges that President Obama is not a ‘natural-born American’.)

That is so ludicrous. It’s totally untrue and the President and I have never had any kind of confrontation like that. This is such a bad example of what’s wrong with instantaneous reactions and Americans getting all worked up and people feeding prejudice and paranoia like Donald Trump. Obviously, we have to stand against it. I have been blamed for nearly everything but that was a new one.

On saving Planned Parenthood:

“Planned Parenthood has been taking care of women for years. What I really resent is that when these people go after Planned Parenthood they are saying in essence they want to deprive women cancer screenings, HIV testing…it is a mean-spirited partisan attack that has been there for women. The Republicans want to basically destroy the entire program that Planned Parenthood stands for.

Clinton shares two initiatives of particular concern to the African-American community – her plan for continued support of HBCU’s via The New College Compact and the rising costs of prescription drugs, which impact a disproportionate amount of African-Americans. Listen above and check out more details of her proposed initiatives on the next page.”

 

 

EXCLUSIVE: Hillary Clinton Talks HBCUS, Capital For Black Women Business Owners & More  was originally published on blackamericaweb.com

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