White House Watch: Clinton Releases Video To Mark Geneva Gay Rights Speech

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In another signal of unwavering support for LGBT Americans, Hillary Clinton released a campaign video on Sunday highlighting her advocacy efforts.

“Being LGBT does not make you less human and that is why gay rights are human rights and human rights are gay rights,” Clinton says in the video, which shows same-sex couples kissing in romantic scenes.

Clinton’s campaign released the video on the four-year anniversary of the former Secretary of State’s high-profile speech before the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. In that speech, Clinton positioned the U.S. as a global leader for LGBT rights, stating “people around the world are working hard to support you and to bring an end to the injustices and dangers you face.”

In the race for the White House, Clinton holds a commanding lead nationally over her nearest Democratic challenger, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. In a calculation by Real Clear Politics, Clinton leads Sanders 56 percent to 31 percent nationally, although Sanders has a slight edge in New Hampshire (46 to 44 percent), the site of the nation’s first primary election.

New Hampshire also hosts the next Democratic debate on Dec. 19 with Clinton, Sanders and Ex-Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley scheduled to participate. The Saturday evening exercise airs at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.

Meanwhile, the Republicans continue to be quite the spectacle with billionaire businessman Donald J. Trump driving an ever so caustic narrative.

On Monday, in response to recent acts of terrorism in Paris and California, Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.”

“We have no choice,” Trump told a crowd in South Carolina which erupted in cheers.

GOP rivals Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and John Kasich swiftly condemned Trump’s remarks. Bush went as far as calling Trump “unhinged.”

Elsewhere in the Republican ranks, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson attempted to revive his faltering poll numbers by condemning active duty service members of the U.S. military who identify as LGBT.

“Deal with the transgender thing somewhere else,” Carson told a veterans group in Iowa on Saturday, adding he preferred the former policy of “don’t ask, don’t tell” which ended in 2011.

In a CNN poll of likely Iowa Republican Caucus attendees, Trump leads with 33 percent support followed by Texas Senator Ted Cruz with 20 percent and Carson at 16.

Here is the campaign video, and the original speech below it.


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