Tomorrow’s TV One’s “News One Now” Devoted to Coverage of Hillary Clinton’s South Carolina Town Hall Meeting



Former Sec. of State Addresses Issues Important to the African American Community
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Nov. 8, 2015
TV One’s News One Now, the first morning news program in history to focus on news and analysis of politics, entertainment, sports, and culture from an explicitly African American perspective, is devoting its entire Monday, Nov. 9 (7-8 a.m. ET) broadcast to covering Presidential Democratic Candidate Hillary Clinton’s Orangeburg, South Carolina Town Hall Meeting, which took place Saturday, Nov. 7, at Claflin University’s Ministers’ Hall.

The broadcast will showcase the town hall, which was hosted by the South Carolina Legislative Black Caucus, and moderated by News One Now’s host and managing editor Roland S. Martin. During the event, Martin and members of the community questioned Clinton on a variety of issues, policies and plans, including Black unemployment, HBCUs, criminal justice reform, poverty, veterans, the Black Lives Matter Movement, and more.

A snapshot of some of the key moments from yesterday’s South Carolina Town Hall:


When asking Clinton about credit reform and Congresswoman Maxine Waters’ (D-CA) Fair Credit Improvement Act, Martin shared a personal example of how he didn’t get a job early in his career due to a poor credit report. This led to a discussion regarding the increasing number of people being denied jobs because of credit reports and whether or not Clinton supports Waters’ legislation, which will repair and wipe out credit scores as a job requirement.

Although Clinton noted she isn’t familiar with the specifics of the bill, she said she would take a look immediately and stated there are two problems. The first, fixing when credit reports are wrong, and the second, getting rid of the primary reasons for credit problems, such as student debt and credit cards to pay the bills.

“There are a lot of reasons why I don’t think you should have credit reports following you around like some anchor that you have to carry with you,” said Clinton. “So, yeah, I want people to be responsible. I want them to pay their debts. But I also want to make sure you got a second chance and it shouldn’t be that you are denied a job that has nothing to do with, as I understand working for the Birmingham newspaper would have, with your credit score or your credit situation.”



A particularly poignant moment included Martin asking all the Black women in attendance to stand up before asking Clinton if she would appoint a Black woman to the Supreme Court. Her response was, “Do we have some candidates here? I’ll certainly consider people who have the energy and the intellect and the experience to be on the Supreme Court, and probably on the younger side, because I want them to be there a long time.” To which Martin responded, “We got a whole list. It would be good to see a sista on the Supreme Court!”



In light of the recent VA Hospital scandal, Martin inquired if Clinton would make the appointment of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs as important as other Presidential Cabinet positions, as well as ensuring the Department of Veteran Affairs is the best federal agency.

She declared, “The answer is yes. What I said a few weeks ago is that there are certainly systemic problems with the VA and they need to be fixed and nobody should tolerate them. It’s an outrage. If anybody has been either mistreated or left untreated by the VA. But I also feel that the VA has done good things. And the Republicans are always trying to privatize everything. Privatize education. Privatize social security. Privatize Medicare. And yes, privatize the VA, so I’m gonna fix it and I will appoint somebody with proven management experience who will weed out those who should not be there in the first place and programs that are not working. Take what is good about the VA and make sure it is available to all of our veterans. That is my goal.”



A key moment during the town hall was when the Democratic presidential candidate provided her position on marijuana legalization for the first time when a Claflin University student asked about her plans to tackle marijuana prohibition on the federal level since states have been legalizing it for both medical and recreational usage. Clinton, who attributed Roosevelt as saying “states are the laboratories of democracy,” commented that she wants to see how the state plans work before a national plan is implemented by the federal government. She also stated that she would move marijuana’s classification from a Schedule 1 drug to a Schedule 2 to allow researchers, universities and the National Institutes of Health to research the best way to use it, including dosage and interactions with other medications.


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A notable and light-hearted moment during the town hall was when Martin asked Clinton if she knew how to do the “wobble,” a popular hip-hop dance move.

Viewers can tune into News One Now on Monday, Nov. 9 (7-8 a.m. ET) to see these moments and more, and are encouraged to visit  and #NewsOneNow to continue the conversation and share their thoughts. In addition to Monday broadcast,  and  will also feature photos, clips and community interviews from the event. A photo gallery is available:


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