As Republicans and their renegades fracture over their presumptive presidential nominee, Donald Trump, securing the party’s nomination in Cleveland next week, Hillary Clinton was all smiles last week when President Obama signed on to her campaign.
Her smiles were as big Tuesday when her chief Democratic challenger this year, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, vowed his allegiance to help elect her the next, and the first woman, president at a joint rally in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Hillary Clinton, who national polls show leading Trump by about five percentage points, and Senator Bernie Sanders came together today, embracing each other on more than one occasion, in the Granite State, where they showed their commitment to building a stronger America economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top.
After Mrs. Clinton listened to Sen. Sanders deliver a speech full of familiar topics, including reigning in Wall Street, boosting the federal minimum wage and advocating for a public option as the next step for the Affordable Care Act, she said what everyone knows is the unstoppable recipe for success against Republicans this year.
“And now, with your help, we are joining forces to defeat Donald Trump, win in November, and yes, together build a future we can all believe in.”
In her first 100 days as President, the former first lady and secretary of state, said she’ll make the biggest investment in new, good-paying jobs since World War II. She congratulated on Sen. Sanders for being right about the $7.25 an hour federal wage as a starvation wage. “So sorry Donald, if you’re watching, we’re not cutting the minimum wage – we’re raising the minimum wage,” she said to hoots and hollers of support.
Her job plan will include making America the clean energy superpower of the 21st century and combating climate change so future generations won’t have a polluted world to live in and pay for. Defend American jobs and American workers by saying ‘no’ to assaults on the right to organize and bargain collectively is another clear priority for her, along with saying ‘no’ to attacks on working families and ‘no’ to bad trade deals and unfair trade practices, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Clinton hit hard on one of Sen. Sanders’ most popular policy positions, making college debt-free. Students are carrying one of the highest debt loads in the country, she said, noting that people can’t start a business or move out of their parents’ home or even get married because of all the student debt holding them back.
“So with your help, we’re going to make it so future students won’t have to borrow a dime to attend public colleges or universities,” she said, wooing Sen. Sanders’ Bernie or Bust supporters. “Thanks to the new proposal Senator Sanders and I worked on together, for families making less than $125,000 a year, we will eliminate tuition at those schools altogether. And we will do more to help students cover all the costs of getting an education – including books, supplies, and living expenses.”
Rewriting the rules, and cracking down on companies that ship jobs and profits overseas is another battleground front for her. “Let’s reward the companies that share profits with their employees instead,” she said.
Hillary Clinton was criticized by many, including Sen. Sanders for being too close to Wall Street. She said much to convince his supporters she’s heard their message and will make it a plank in her platform. “we’re going to make sure Wall Street, corporations, and the super-rich pay their fair share of taxes,” she said, adding that when people say the game is rigged, the best evidence is our tax code. “It is riddled with scams, loopholes, and special breaks…It is wrong that some millionaires do pay a lower tax rate than their secretaries, and we’re going to stop it.”
Republicans will howl with criticism about what she said next since it’s the polar opposite of what they want to do. “Let’s expand Social Security to match today’s realities, not cut or privatize it. Let’s join the rest of the developed world and offer paid family leave. And finally, let’s guarantee equal pay for women once and for all.”
She promised to make campaign finance reform a top priority along with make it easier to vote. “hat means we need to restore the Voting Rights Act and then keep going. All Americans should be automatically registered to vote on their 18th birthday. Every state should have at least 20 days of in-person voting. And no one in America should ever have to wait more than 30 minutes to cast their ballot,” she said.
Sen. Sanders was clear about his endorsement of Hillary Clinton today. “This campaign is about the needs of the American people and addressing – and addressing the very serious crises that we face. And there is no doubt in my mind that, as we head into November, Hillary Clinton is far and away the best candidate to do that. It is very easy to forget – and Republicans want us to forget – where we were seven and a half years ago when President Obama came into office. As a result of the greed, recklessness and illegal behavior on Wall Street, our economy was in the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.”
Sen Sanders acknowledged that Secretary Clinton has won the Democratic nominating process. “And I congratulate her for that. She will be the Democratic nominee for president and I intend to do everything I can to make certain she will be the next president of the United States.”
Hillary Clinton needs to just duplicate President Obama’s winning record from four years ago, when many thought he would lose to Mitt Romney. When Election Day concluded, Romney lost by almost four percentage points to the president. With Obama encouraging his coalition of African-Americans, minorities and Hispanics to join Team Clinton and Sen. Sanders’ encouraging his vast army of millennials looking for a better and fairer life for themselves to also get on-board the Clinton Express, it will be virtually impossible for Donald Trump to defeat such a formidable confluence of voters who don’t want to be fleeced or forgotten by Republicans who would undue all advances from the past eight years.