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ANA is Proud to Endorse Hillary Clinton for President

The American Nurses Association is proud to announce its endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president of the United States in the 2016 election.

After an unprecedented amount of votes cast by ANA members in this campaign, Secretary Clinton won the majority by a wide margin because of her proven record on supporting health care providers and their families.

“Hillary Clinton has been a nurse champion and health care advocate throughout her career and believes empowering nurses is good for patients and good for the country,” said ANA’s President Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN. “We need a president that will make it a priority to transform the U.S. health care system into one that is high quality, affordable and accessible.”

“I am honored to have earned the endorsement of the American Nurses Association, which represents the interests of America's 3.4 million registered nurses,” Secretary Clinton said on the announcement.

“Across the country, nurses provide vital medical care to countless Americans every year. They care for our families and friends, they comfort us in times of uncertainty and grief, and they maintain continuously high standards of medical practice. You won't find a harder-working, more dedicated, and more trusted group of professionals anywhere.”

“As President, I will always stand with America’s nurses in the fight to finally achieve universal, affordable health care and fight against any efforts to roll back the protections and coverage of the Affordable Care Act. I will always stand with American workers to protect their rights and safety on the job. And I will fight to ensure that patients get the very best care, including by addressing the looming nursing shortage, investing substantially in tackling America’s substance use disorder crisis, and finally taking mental health as seriously as we do physical health.”

The American Nurses Association has endorsed a candidate in each presidential election since 1984. For the 2016 election, ANA again followed the 1985 House of Delegates (HOD) resolution directing the Association to engage presidential contenders of all parties in endorsement considerations.

Final Voting Results (Top 5)

  • Hillary Clinton 46%
  • Bernie Sanders 20%
  • Marco Rubio 8%
  • Donald Trump 6%
  • Ben Carson 5%

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Democratic Democratic

As part of the ANA Presidential Endorsement Process, each candidate was invited to respond to our candidate questionnaire. Only those candidates who responded have their answers linked from the icon below:

Hillary Clinton

Former Secretary of State

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Hillary Clinton has held many positions in her political career, most recently serving as Secretary of State from 2009 until 2013. She became the first female US Senator from the state of New York when she won her election in 2000 and reelection in 2006. She was an active First Lady while her husband President Bill Clinton held office from 1993 to 2000. This is Secretary Clinton’s second presidential campaign, having run for the Democratic nomination in 2008.

“We now have 90 percent of Americans covered, and we have the chance to get the cost down, which will be my primary focus. I want to get out-of-pocket costs down, and I want to cap prescription drug costs. I don't want to start over. I don't want to plunge our country into another contentious debate.”

“Hillary Clinton talks health care, caucuses in North Liberty” Iowa City Press-Citizen, January 2016

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Martin O’Malley

Former Governor of Maryland

Martin O’Malley was elected Governor of Maryland in 2006, and reelected in 2010. Prior to becoming governor, he served two terms as mayor of Baltimore, beginning in 1999. He had previously served on the Baltimore City Council, and worked as the Assistant State's Attorney for the city. Governor O’Malley worked for several political campaigns, including Barbara Mikulski’s campaign for the US Senate in 1986.

“In my own state we moved all 46 of our acute care hospitals out of fee-for-service and started paying them global payment for all of their Medicare and Medicaid patients… Our system's called an all-payer system. We have a rate-setting commission… And that's what we need to do as a country to bring down the high cost of health care.”

NBC/YouTube Democratic Presidential Debate, January 2016

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Bernie Sanders

Senator from Vermont

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Bernie Sanders is serving his second term in the US Senate from Vermont, having been first elected to the position in 2006. Prior to joining the Senate, he was Vermont’s sole congressman in the US House of Representatives for 16 years, making him the longest serving independent member of Congress in American history. He also served as mayor of the city of Burlington from 1981 to 1989.

“What a Medicare for all program does is finally provide in this country health care for every man, woman and child as a right. Now the truth is that Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Harry Truman, you know what they believed in? They believed that health care should be available to all of our people. I’m on the committee that wrote the Affordable Care Act… But right now what we have to deal with is the fact that 29 million people still have no health insurance.”

NBC/YouTube Democratic Presidential Debate, January 2016

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Republican Republican

As part of the ANA Presidential Endorsement Process, each candidate was invited to respond to our candidate questionnaire. Only those candidates who responded have their answers linked from the icon below:

Jeb Bush

Former Governor of Florida

John Ellis Bush, better known as Jeb, served as the Governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007. He is the first Republican governor in the state’s history to be elected to two terms. A businessman by background, he also served as Florida's Secretary of Commerce. Governor Bush is the son of former President George H. W. Bush, and a brother of former President George W. Bush.

“If we’re going to fix health care in this country, we need to wrest control away from Washington and give it back to the states, citizens and their care providers. Entrepreneurs should be liberated to innovate in ways that lower costs and improve access to care — just like American ingenuity does in other sectors of the economy.”

“Another View - Jeb Bush: Incentives, not mandates, will bring down health care costs” New Hampshire Union Leader, October 2015

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Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore

Ben Carson

Retired Neurosurgeon

Ben Carson is famous in his medical career for successfully separating conjoined twins at the head. He served as the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Maryland from 1984 until his retirement in 2013. Dr. Carson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2008 for his professional and charitable work.

“The reason that I've come up with the health savings account system, utilizing the same monies that we use to pay for health now, (it) provides a very different paradigm...You're going to have much more transparency, much more responsibility. That's going to bring the whole system into a more free economic model.“

“10 questions for Ben Carson” CNBC, May 2015

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Chris Christie

Governor of New Jersey

Chris Christie was first elected governor of New Jersey in 2009, and was elected to a second term in 2013. Prior to becoming governor, he was appointed to serve as the United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, a position he held from 2002 to 2008. Although Governor Christie was seen as a potential candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential race, this is his first campaign for the presidency.

“Nurses are an integral part of our healthcare system in this country. They play a number of roles in the healing process for their patients and are often under appreciated for their hard work. Obamacare has diminished our country’s healthcare system and that is why I believe it has been a total failure. As president, I would repeal Obamacare and send it back to the states for them to make their own decisions on healthcare.”

Christie Campaign Statement to ANA, January 2016

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Ted Cruz

US Senator from Texas

Ted Cruz is currently serving his first term as the junior US Senator from Texas, elected in 2012. He is the first Hispanic American to hold the position from the state. Prior to joining the Senate, he was appointed as the Solicitor General for the State of Texas, serving in the role from 2003 to 2008. Senator Cruz also previously held positions with the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice.

“I remain fully committed to repealing every single word of Obamacare. Mark my words, following the election in 2016, the referendum that we will have in 2017... It’s incumbent on the federal government to fix the wreckage they caused to fix the wreckage that the Supreme Court has now embraced lawlessly.”

“Ted Cruz Vows To Repeal Obamacare In 2017 [VIDEO]” The Daily Caller, June 2015

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Carly Fiorina

Former CEO of HP

Carly Fiorina served as CEO of Hewlett-Packard beginning in 1999, becoming the first woman to lead a Fortune 20 company. She launched her career with AT&T in 1980, and rose in the ranks to become Head of North American Field Operations before taking a position with Lucent Technologies. After leaving HP in 2005, Mrs. Fiorina was selected to chair the External Advisory Board for the Central Intelligence Agency. She also ran for the US Senate in California in 2010.

“Look, I'm a cancer survivor, OK? I understand that you cannot have someone who's battled cancer just become known as a pre-existing condition. I understand that you cannot allow families to go bankrupt if they truly need help. But, I also understand that ObamaCare isn't helping anyone.”

Fox Business/WSJ Republican Debate, November 2015

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Mike Huckabee

Former Governor of Arkansas

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Mike Huckabee was elected Governor of Arkansas from 1996 until 2007, making his tenure as governor one of the longest in Arkansas’ history. Prior to becoming governor, he served as Lieutenant Governor of the state from 1993 until 1996. This is Governor Huckabee’s second campaign to be the Republican nominee for President, having run previously in 2008.

“You want to fix Medicare? Focus on the diseases that are costing us the trillions of dollars. Alzheimer’s, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Eradicate those and you fix Medicare and you’ve fixed America, its economy and you’ve made people’s lives a heck of a lot better.”

CNBC Republican Debate, October 2015

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John Kasich

Governor of Ohio

John Kasich is currently serving his second term as Governor of Ohio, first elected in 2010 and reelected in 2014. Prior to becoming governor, he served in the US House of Representatives as the Congressman for Ohio’s 12th district beginning in 1983 until 2001. He started his political career in 1978 by becoming the youngest state senator in Ohio’s history. Governor Kasich previously ran for the presidency in 2000.

“I want to tell you, in my state, we took Medicaid, the hardest program to control, and we took it from a 10% growth rate to 2.5% without taking one person off the rolls or cutting one single benefit… We can take many of those same procedures, we can apply it to Medicare. We can make a stronger program.”

Fox Business/WSJ Republican Debate, November 2015

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Rand Paul

US Senator from Kentucky

Rand Paul is currently serving his first term as the junior US Senator from Kentucky, elected in 2010. He is an ophthalmologist by training, and has engaged in political activism since his time as an undergraduate at Baylor University. He is the son of former US Representative and Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, and has helped support his father’s many political campaigns for office.

“As a doctor, I have had firsthand experience with the vast problems facing health care in the United States. Like other areas of the economy where the federal government wields its heavy hand, health care is over-regulated and in need of serious market reforms... More freedom to choose and innovate will make sure our health care system remains the best in the world.”

“Putting Patients First” Senator Paul’s Senate.gov website

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Marco Rubio

US Senator from Florida

Marco Rubio is currently serving his first term as the junior US Senator from Florida, elected in 2010. Prior to the Senate, he was elected to the Florida House of Representatives from 2000 until 2008, where he served as Majority Whip, Majority Leader and Speaker of the House. Senator Rubio is an attorney by profession, and began his political career as City Commissioner for West Miami in 1998.

“ObamaCare is fatally flawed not just because it is poorly constructed, but because it relies on the outdated philosophy that the federal government can solve our problems through more spending, more taxes, more regulations, and more bureaucrats. The American people have been forced to be the test subjects of President Obama’s one-size-fits-all, big-government experiment, and have paid dearly for it.”

“My Plan to Fix Health Care” Politico, August 2015

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Rick Santorum

Former US Senator from Pennsylvania

Rick Santorum served two terms as a US Senator from Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2007. Prior to being elected Senator, he was the US Representative for Pennsylvania’s 18th district from 1991 to 1995. This is Senator Santorum’s second run for president, having campaigned for the Republican nomination in 2012.

“The reason I went out there and ran for president four years ago was because of this bill [Affordable Care Act] and because — at the time, it was a bill. And I strongly believe that this is a death knell to freedom in America... The government becomes almost too powerful to control because they control your very life.”

“Rick Santorum on 'Your World': ObamaCare is not working” Fox News, June 2015

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Donald Trump

Chairman and President, The Trump Organization

Donald Trump launched his business career through his family’s real estate company, and has since become a major global real estate investor and developer. He has cultivated a strong media presence through his books on business as well as his television series “The Apprentice”. Mr. Trump’s net worth is $4.5 billion as of January 2016, according to Forbes.

“What I’d like to see is a private system without the artificial lines around every state. I have a big company with thousands and thousands of employees. And if I’m negotiating in New York or in New Jersey or in California, I have like one bidder. Nobody can bid. You know why? Because the insurance companies are making a fortune because they have control of the politicians...”

Fox News Republican Presidential Primary Debate, August 2015

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