Clinton follows debate with economic talk in Raleigh

Posted September 27, 2016

— A day after trading jabs with Republican rival Donald Trump during their first head-to-head debate, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was in Raleigh Tuesday to speak on the economy.

But Clinton got in a few more barbs at Trump's expense during her 35-minute appearance at Wake Technical Community College, mocking his stance that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by China and blasting his pride at avoiding paying income tax and his glee at bargains he picked up after the housing market collapsed at the start of the recession almost a decade ago.

"What kind of person would want to root for 9 million families losing their homes? One who should never be president is that answer to that question," she said.

Clinton hit on familiar talking points of backing a plan so people could attend public colleges debt-free or refinance existing student loans at lower interest rates, raising the minimum wage, making child care more affordable and encouraging companies to share their profits with workers. She noted that billionaire businessman and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who was a guest of hers at Monday night's debate, made 300 of his employees instant millionaires when he shared the profits made from the sale of one of his companies.

"I want us to have an economy that works for everyone – to grow the economy, to create more jobs – but I also want a fairer economy," she said.

She said she plans to "go where the money is, and the money is at the top" to finance her economic plan, noting corporations and the wealthiest individuals need to pay their fair share to ensure America works.

"Our job is to give the maximum opportunities to the maximum number of Americans," she said. "Let's be a government for the struggling, the striving and the successful."

Polls taken just after the debate show younger voters thought Clinton was the winner, and many said it made them more likely to vote for her.

"I think her maintaining a calm exterior in the face of being interrupted 70 times – 70! Like how unpresidential is that?" said Duke University student Mellie Bonanno

Other young voters were unimpressed. Wake Tech student Josiah Vanderkin and Campbell University student Ben McNair said they don't like either candidate, and McNair is planning to leave the presidential race blank on his ballot.

"I'll probably vote in the local elections, but the general election – either way it goes, I don't think it'll be good," McNair said.

Clinton also criticized Gov. Pat McCrory and Republican legislative leaders for their support of House Bill 2, which prohibits anti-discrimination protections for gay and transgender people in North Carolina, and their defense of the state's voter ID law, which a court found unconstitutional.

"House Bill 2 has hurt this state, but more than that, it's hurt people," she said. "It has sent a message to so many people that, well, you're not really wanted. You're not really part of us. I think the American dream is big enough for everyone."

She encouraged people to register to vote and exercise their right by Nov. 8 to demonstrate the importance of democracy.


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  • Roy Delbert Sep 29, 9:25 p.m.
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    Hillary clams she will have all people going to collage it will be free. Explain how that will be, more taxes on working people? I have had enough government programs for people who are too sorry to work. What about a program for the working people for a change.

  • Dan Wilder Sep 28, 8:17 a.m.
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    Hillary Clinton HAHAHAHA...Liar , Liar pantsuit on fire...HEHEHEHE.

  • Kenneth Jones Sep 28, 5:00 a.m.
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    Didn't she say just a couple of weeks ago she was going to stop bashing Trump and focus on what she could do as President? And is Lester Holt traveling with her to help with the fact checking?

  • Charles Phillips Sep 28, 12:48 a.m.
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    Squeeky clean...haha when is your next comedy show?

  • Pete Muller Sep 27, 10:26 p.m.
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    Since we are at the topic of lies, what is it with the birther claiming he didn't sniff repeatedly during the debate? Everybody heard and saw it. Is Trump in fact a cocaine user?

  • Pete Muller Sep 27, 10:04 p.m.
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    I don't know Mr. Ost. Benghazi is not a scandal, even Colin Powell states that. The Clinton foundation is squeaky clean, in contrast to the Trump foundation that paid part of Trump's legal fees to defend a few of the 3500 suits against him. And you have no idea what is in those emails. I realize you want it to be juicy but I am afraid we will never find out. Those emails are the only point of attack Trump has. The rest has been repeatably proven to be false allegations and a lot of vague suspicions. Again, Clinton has been heavily scrutinized and many trees were cut to draft reports saying nothing has been found that warrants an indictment.

  • Buster Brown Sep 27, 10:00 p.m.
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    Please Sir--enlighten us all on just what subject you are babbling??? The subject of just who is, or is not lying, has nothing to do with how laws are passed.. Want to talk about how breast feeding is having a negative impact on our society???

  • Fred Ost Sep 27, 9:34 p.m.
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    Mueller and the rest of the Clinton supporters...get a grip! You are supporting a criminal of the worst sort. If you think Trump should release his tax records, you should convince Clinton to release the 30k of treasonous emails where she is hiding corruption, blackmail, theft, influence peddling, Bengazi , the epically corrupt Clinton Foundation, and God knows what else. The stuff in those emails will make Trumps taxes of no comsequence.

  • Steven Brown Sep 27, 9:30 p.m.
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    Being that there was nothing to hide, why wouldn't he have released the birth certificate? There's nothing in a birth certificate that could be used against him yet leaving question of his birthplace gave much to gain. As I said before, it was only to instill racism for political gain and it definitely worked.

    I never said trump isn't hiding anything in his taxes, in fact I'm certain he is and that he should release them. Maybe he could claim they were deleted from his computer then you should be ok with it. But portraying him negatively because he paid zero taxes occasionally using the laws in place is wrong. What about all the other businesses that also pay nothing in taxes?

    BTW, democrats single handily put forth ACA to THEIR liking leaving the "other" class of people to deal with its consequences, I.E. , the first two posters in this discussion... Maybe you should go back to middle school, you seem a few grades under me...

  • Pete Muller Sep 27, 9:02 p.m.
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    Mr. Brown. You seem to have no idea how laws are getting passed. If you think that you have an independent class of politicians cooking out a system after their liking and then another independent class of businesses who have to deal with the consequences, it is time for you to graduate from middle school. Businesses, including the birther's businesses have a huge impact on what laws are getting put forward, especially in regard to tax laws. Trump is part of this problem. And since when do presidential candidates present their birth certificates? On the other hand, as you know and seem to ignore, they do present their tax returns. Unless, they have a lot to hide.