DENVER (CBS4) – Hillary Rodham Clinton was in Colorado on Tuesday and CBS4 Political Specialist Shaun Boyd got an exclusive one-on-one interview with the Democratic presidential candidate to talk about the more controversial issues that didn’t come up on her speeches.
Clinton’s first stop was at the Boulder Theater Tuesday morning. She then visited students at Denver’s Manual High School in the afternoon.
Boyd was able to interview Clinton for about eight minutes and used the time to bring up issues that are particularly important to Colorado such as bringing Guantanamo Bay detainees to Colorado. Clinton didn’t rule out bypassing Congress to close the prison on Cuba.
“I have as secretary of state supported the closing of Guantanamo and did everything I could do to move prisoners there back to countries that would take them. But I’m not going to prejudge whatever the president proposes because I think we have to weigh all of the pros and cons, and I want to wait to see what the plan is,” Clinton said.
Boyd asked Clinton about health care, including over-the-counter birth control and a measure that will be on the ballot in Colorado in 2016 creating a single payer health care system paid for with taxes.
“I know another state has tried that, Vermont tried it, it didn’t succeed the way they hoped it would. But because I think every state has the right to try different approaches to meeting the needs of people, I am not going to take a position, I think that’s up to the people of Colorado,” Clinton said. “But I am going to do everything I can to make sure that the Affordable Care Act is defended and that it continues to work better.”
On the topic of over-the- counter birth control, Clinton said she supports it.
“I think that over-the-counter birth control is a real possibility that will make drugs more available and more cheaply. I think pharmacists can play a role in that, but I also think that over-the-counter is entirely appropriate,” she said.
Over-the-counter birth control was controversial subject last year in the Senate race when Cory Gardner supported it and Mark Udall and Planned Parenthood opposed it.
Boyd also brought up the topic of gun control. Clinton didn’t rule out executive action but says she prefers to do gun control legislatively.