Clinton outlines goals, jabs at Trump during Raleigh campaign rally

Posted June 22, 2016

— Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton rallied her supporters Wednesday afternoon with a wide-ranging speech at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds Expo Center.

Clinton's mid-week stop marks her second time in Raleigh since March and comes one day after her stop in Columbus, Ohio, where she delivered a lengthy speech blasting Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump, calling him "reckless and careless."

On Wednesday, Clinton spoke for about 50 minutes to a crowd of about 1,000 people. She outlined five specific goals to realize her vision:

  • Pass the biggest investment in good-paying jobs since World War II in her first 100 days
  • Make debt-free college education available to all Americans
  • Let workers share in the profits they help create
  • Ensure Wall Street and the wealthiest Americans pay their fair share of taxes
  • Put families first and match policies to how they actually live and work in the 21st century

She did not launch into Trump right off the bat, but instead talked in detail about policy.

Clinton discussed the wage gap among Americans, calling it "excessive and unsustainable." She also called for "rewriting the rules" to make sure companies share profits with their employees.

In front of a cheering crowd, she vowed not to raise taxes on the middle class and said she would work to expand Social Security.

Clinton spent time discussing affordable child care and pre-school for people in every community.

"Education is still the pathway for greater opportunities for many Americans," she said.

Former Gov. Jim Hunt and Durham public school teacher Alicia Wilkerson introduced Clinton. Hunt, 79, was elected to four terms as governor, 1977-1985 and 1993-2001.

Wilkerson’s children benefited from the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, according to the Clinton campaign. SCHIP offers health coverage to uninsured children whose families earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but too little to afford private coverage.

Toward the end of her speech, Clinton took aim at Trump, saying, "he has no real strategy for creating jobs - just a string of empty promises."

She also said the Republican presidential hopeful has attacked her personally and has attacked the Clinton Foundation, which serves the world's poor.

"Donald Trump uses poor people to design his line of suits and ties," she said. "Here in North Carolina, you know as well as anyone that our economy is already too unpredictable for working families. We can't let Donald Trump bankrupt America the way he bankrupted his casinos."

Clinton also said "the self-proclaimed King of Debt" has no credible plan for making college more affordable or rebuilding the country's infrastructure, "apart from his wall."

This year, North Carolina is a coveted "purple state," which could go either way in the upcoming presidential election.

North Carolina will get serious attention and ad dollars once again, and unaffiliated voters will likely make the difference.

The trend began in 2008 when President Barack Obama won North Carolina by the closest margin, and in 2012, when he lost the state in the tightest contest nationwide.

Wednesday night, North Carolina Republicans countered Clinton's economic plans, saying that the state has become the fastest growing economy in the nation under Republican leadership.

"Hillary Clinton's economic agenda will only serve as a four year extension of President Obama's unsustainable tax and spend policies," said NCGOP Chairman Robin Hayes.


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  • Demute Sainte Jun 23, 2016
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    PAUL HAYEZE.... sorry your wrong. I have no doubt some posters have multiple accounts... but not me. I am the one and only Demute.

    Now if other posters happen to disagree with me... they are not me... but if they agree with me.... they are me.


    But do you dispute my assessment of Clintons speech? I mean... she basically said she would raise taxes, spend on shovel ready jobs, hand out lots of free stuff, redistribute someone elses money... the basic Democratic party platform.

  • Joseph Shepard Jun 22, 2016
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    Clinton, as with Obama, is a congential liar.
    They have lied so much for so long they no longer realize they are lying. For Clinton, it began when she was fired from the Watergate investigation of Nixon. She was fired for lying and unethical behavior...and she hasn't stopped...If you are dumb enough to want her for president, then peace be upon you...intelligence has long since left your body..

  • Byrd Ferguson Jun 22, 2016
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    Best post I've seen all day. Are lying, criminal Hillary and egomaniac Trump the best two candidates we can come up with? Maybe we need to lose the two-party system. They should both be kicked to the curb.

  • Jeffrey Derry Jun 22, 2016
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    no excitement here...and when is she going to do a press conference??? On Wednesday, Clinton spoke for about 50 minutes to a crowd of about 1,000 people

  • Cameron Horn Jun 22, 2016
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    arrogant ignorant liar

  • Jeffrey Derry Jun 22, 2016
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    you never, repeat never, lie about the cause of someone's death...this women lied to the family of a Benghazi victim blaming a You Tube video knowing darn well that it was a terrorist attack. she is dishonest and not trustworthy...horrible candidate

  • Demute Sainte Jun 22, 2016
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    Dont forget Bill and Hillary going on national TV expressing their belief marriage is between a man and woman only. And Bill signed DADT into law.

    Such acts would normally result in their immediate firing from any CEO position, and mandatory sensitivity training.... but there would be no forgiveness. But these are the Clintons.

  • Craig Elliott Jun 22, 2016
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    "Pass the biggest investment in good-paying jobs since World War II in her first 100 days" What does this mean? Pro-business tax structuring? Protectionism?

    "Make debt-free college education available to all Americans"

    Taxpayer-funded higher education or government regulation and oversight of the education industry? Free stuff.

    "Let workers share in the profits they help create"

    Mandatory profit sharing? CEO pay caps? Redistribution of stock dividends?

    "Ensure Wall Street and the wealthiest Americans pay their fair share of taxes"

    What exactly is a fair share? Most American taxpayers are somewhere around 40% already, all told.

    "Put families first and match policies to how they actually live and work in the 21st century"

    ...or "more free stuff".

  • Michael Warren Jun 22, 2016
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    It's a sad day in our great country when you got a blowhard on one side who has no regards for people and a liar and someone of poor ethical judgement on the other side trying to be the President of our great country. You don't have to agree with a particular candidate to respect them. I don't see how anyone with half a brain can respect either one of these 2 candidates for anything. I would rather vote parole for Charles Manson or one of his minions than these 2 as President. A bad as Manson is, he hs more credibility than Trump or Clinton

  • Jim Smith Jun 22, 2016
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    How can anyone think Hillary is for LGBT rights?
    Countries the Clinton Foundation has accepted donations:

    Saudi Arabia: ($10 million-$25 million) Islamic law in Saudi Arabia enforces penalties for homosexual sex, ranging from public flogging to death. For a non-Muslim who commits sodomy with a Muslim, the penalty is death by stoning.
    United Arab Emirates: ($1 million-$5 million) Emirati law states: "All sexual acts outside of heterosexual marriage are banned in the United Arab Emirates."