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Our View: Hillary Clinton for U.S. president Democratic nomination

Hillary Clinton regained control of the race for the Democratic nomination for U.S. president after the South Carolina and Super Tuesday primaries.

The fact that Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont made this such a tight contest to begin with says as much about Clinton as it does about Sanders.

Frankly, the former first lady has lost the trust of many Democratic voters despite the fact Clinton arguably has the most experience of any of the candidates running for president, Democrat or Republican. She was an active participant during her husband’s, former President Bill Clinton’s, eight years in the White House. She served as a U.S. senator from New York from 2001 to 2009, when she was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as U.S. secretary of state, a position she held until 2013.

That’s not a bad résumé.

But Clinton’s baggage holds her back.

The State Department continues to investigate Clinton’s use of a private, unsecure email server to conduct official business while she was secretary of state, many of the emails containing classified information.

Then there’s the matter of the Clinton Foundation. While Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, her husband was seeking millions of dollars in donations from foreign interests that had business before the State Department. Conflict of interest?

Clinton’s role in the delayed American response to the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya, leading to the deaths of four Americans, including the ambassador to Libya, has come under heavy scrutiny.

And Clinton’s transparency has come into question over her refusal to release transcripts or recordings of her controversial, paid speeches to big banks. In the meantime, Wall Street is pouring big money into her campaign.

Sanders, Clinton’s opponent, is a self-proclaimed democratic socialist. His radical economic agenda is dangerous.

Sanders wants to raise taxes, particularly on the wealthy. He wants government to pay for just about everything and take care of everyone. How? By taking from the rich.

Sanders doesn’t think the Affordable Care Act goes far enough. He prefers a single-payer system using Medicare.

Sanders wants the federal government – taxpayers – to pay for two years of “free” college tuition for every graduating high school senior in the country.

Did we mention Sanders’ economic agenda is dangerous?

This is more an endorsement against Sanders than it is for Clinton, but for the Democratic nomination for U.S. president, we recommend Clinton.

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