Two weeks ago Hillary Clinton was in Cleveland. Last week she was in Columbus. On Monday she was in Cincinnati, where Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, a favorite of the Bernie or Bust crowd, tag teamed with the Democratic presumptive nominee to tattoo Donald Trump without mercy.
Sen. Warren’s name has been mentioned as a possible VP pick for Clinton, so it was significant that the Bay State senator helped Mrs. Clinton lay out the economic choice voters face in November between Democrats and Republicans, especially if Donald Trump is the GOP presidential pick. Appearing again in Ohio, a key battleground state, Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren spotlighted Trump’s erratic statements and self-centered vision on the economy, they said adds up to someone temperamentally unfit to be responsible for the livelihoods of millions of Americans.
Sen. Warren said she was in Ohio today because “I’m with her,” pointing to Clinton. “I’ll work my heart out to make Hillary Clinton the next president of the united states,” Warren said to a fired up and ready to go audience. “I’m ready, are you ready for this?” Warren spoke about middle class America and how unions, which helped build it, will do so again by protecting and expanding Social Security, contributing to public schools that can build opportunity for all kids. The daughter of a maintenance man, Mrs. Warren said she’s made it all the way to the Senate, but she’s worried opportunity for others is slipping away.
“Washington only works for those at the top,” she said, mentioning tax breaks for CEO bonuses but no raises in the minimum wage. “You want to see goofy, look at him in his goofy hat with Make America Great Again [Trump’s slogan] stamped on it. “He will crush you into the dirt to get whatever he wants,” she said to roaring applause, adding her take on Donald Trump: “He’s a small insecure money grubber who fights for no one but himself.” Warren defended Mrs. Clinton, who she said has “never backed down” even though she’s been attacked for 25 years.
Hillary had plenty of plaudits for Elizabeth, calling her a leader in the “fight to liberate millions of Americans from the burden of student debt.” She and I agree, Mrs. Clinton said about the federal government not making money off of sending young people to college to get an education.
Many want Clinton to pick Warren, but Senate makeup is key and if Warren were to leave, Massachusetts’s Republican governor would replace her with a Republican that could keep the upper chamber out of the hands of Democrats. “I do just love to see how she gets under Donald Trump’s thin skin,” Clinton said, saying Sen. Warren makes it clear that Donald Trump is not in it for the American people – “he’s in it only for himself…She exposes him for what he is: temperamentally unfit and totally unqualified to be president of the United States.”
Hillary Clinton made a pledge to not raise taxes on the middle class, but she said corporations and the wealthy will pay more.
Mrs. Clinton used one of her favorite punch lines to great applause. “I know when I talk about these things, Donald Trump says I’m playing the ‘woman card.’ Well, I’ll tell you what, if fighting for families is playing the ‘woman card,’ deal me in.”
“So here’s what it boils down to,” Warren told a packed house in Cincinnati at Union Station. “Hillary has brains. She has guts. She has thick skin and steady hands. But most of all, she has a good heart. And that’s what America needs. And that’s why I’m with her. Are you with her? Are you with her?