Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lashed out at the “sorry state of our own politics” during a speech at an upstate New York college on Friday, recalling her husband’s experiences with the last government shutdown while decrying the partisanship that led to the current one.
“It is hard to recall in our own lifetimes a previous time when politicians were willing to risk so much damage to the country to pursue their own agendas,” Clinton said at Hamilton College in rural Oneida County.
Clinton spoke in front of a capacity crowd of about 5,800 at the college, a small, liberal-arts school with an enrollment of about 1,800. Her talk began shortly after 6:30 p.m., with a question-and-answer session scheduled to follow.
After opening with kind words about the school and recognizing specific students for their work, Clinton quickly shifted to the “gridlock” and “brinkmanship” that has led to the shutdown of the federal government, which stretched into its fourth day Friday.
Without casting blame on anyone in particular, Clinton said the shutdown has the potential to hurt the country’s reputation among foreign nations.
“When we fail to make progress on the challenges that face the country, our standing in the world suffers,” Clinton said.