Monday, June 08, 2015

OPINION - Shields and Brooks 6/5/2015

"Shields and Brooks discuss Clinton on voting rights, Republicans on Islamic State" PBS NewsHour 6/5/2015


SUMMARY:  Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including the 2016 candidacies of former Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), Sen. Lincoln Chafee (D), former Gov. Rick Perry (R) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R), why Hillary Clinton is talking about voting rights, whether Republicans have a better Islamic State strategy, and Joe Biden’s personal loss.

JUDY WOODRUFF (NewsHour):  I want to get to the Republicans, but what about this voting rights that Hillary is talking about?

MARK SHIELDS, syndicated columnist:  I think David is right.  It works politically.

But I think she’s right on the issue, Judy.  I mean, we talk about American exceptionalism.  Our founding fathers limited the right to vote to white male property owners.  Over the next 176 years, it was expanded to include free black slaves, male, and then eventually to women, and then eventually to African-Americans, and 18-year-olds, and we have expanded democracy.

And one of the great frauds that Republicans have perpetrated over the past generation has been this idea of voter fraud, that people are showing up, 31 cases in 14 years, Judy, of people stealing identity or voting improperly.

So, I think she’s absolutely right.  It is our responsibility to make voting available to as many people as possible who want to vote.

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