Hillary Clinton Shadows Nurse In Nevada As Part Of SEIU Program
Presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) on Monday for more than two hours shadowed a nurse in the medical/surgery ward of St. Rose Dominican Hospital in Henderson, Nev., as part of the "Walk a Day in My Shoes" program sponsored by the Service Employees International Union, USA Today reports.
Clintonshadowed Michelle Estrada, who has served as a nurse for more than 26years, through an abridged daily routine, in which Estrada drew bloodfrom patients, flushed their IV lines and monitored their blood sugarlevels. Nurses often have five or six patients per shift, but Estradaon Monday had only four patients to accommodate the newspaperreporters, television crew and Secret Service agents that followedClinton.
SEIU has announced that presidential candidates mustparticipate in the program to be considered for an endorsement from theunion. SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger said that the program seeksto "challenge the candidates to spend real time working in our members'shoes so it wasn't just a photo op or just speaking to a rally."
In addition to Clinton, presidential candidates Sens. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.), New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) and former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) have participated in the program. Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee(R) have agreed to do so in the future. SEIU members will meet nextmonth to discuss the endorsement of a presidential candidate, althoughthey might not reach a decision until a later date (Page, USA Today, 8/14).
In related news, Clinton on Monday released her first televisionadvertisement, which criticizes President Bush for his lack ofattention to health care and other domestic issues, USA Todayreports. The 60-second ad, which will begin to air in Iowa on Tuesday,features Clinton in a field with a farmer; in conversations with women,children and seniors; and during a speech at a campaign event.
Inthe ad, Clinton states, "If you're a family that is struggling and youdon't have health care, you are invisible to this president. ...Americans from all walks of life across our country may be invisible tothis president, but they're not invisible to me, and they won't beinvisible to the next president" (USA Today, 8/14).
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