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Clinton Talks Education, Jobs During Winston-Salem Event

Posted April 18, 2008

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— Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton set the tone for her campaign event in Winston-Salem by announcing that she and poet Maya Angelou would be having a "conversation."

"If you came for a political speech, I hope you aren’t disappointed," Clinton said.

The event was relaxed; the two sat in front of the audience at Wait Chapel on the campus of Wake Forest University. Angelou tossed Clinton questions on topics, including racism and education.

Clinton also touted her comprehensive plan to create 5 million clean renewable energy jobs in the next 10 years. The jobs would be funded by taking subsidies from oil companies, she said.

Clinton praised the state's education system, specifically its strides for early childhood education. She discussed the need for making college education, including community colleges, more affordable.

"Community colleges should be viewed as the 13th and 14th years of public education," Clinton said.

Clinton also mentioned rising gas prices, saying that as president she would launch an investigation to figure out if any price gouging is going on.
North Carolina's May 6 primary will apportion 115 delegates between the candidates.

Angelou was vocal about her support of Clinton.

“I said 20 years ago, 'I this woman ever runs for anything, I’ll put my hand behind her back,'” Angelou said Friday.

Clinton described Angelou as one of her "heroes." Angelou read a poem at Bill Clinton's first inauguration in 1993.

Angelou recalled watching Clinton through her husband's presidency.

“I watched her show what it was like to be a woman in stress, in difficulty. I watched her as she was on the front pages of every journal. And I watched her stand," Angelou said.

Supporters began lining up just before noon on the campus of Wake Forest for the event, which seemed to be aimed at young voters.

“A lot of decisions are based on us,” said student Morgan Harrington.

Clinton said the battle between herself and U.S. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois has broken down “one of those invisible barriers.”

Clinton’s visit came one day after Obama rallied thousands of his supports in the Triangle.

The state's May 6 primary will apportion 115 delegates between the candidates.

Despite some reports that have Clinton trailing Obama in the state, supporters on Friday said she should not quit the race.

“It’s still too close to call,” said local resident Ann Hester.

Angelou agreed.

“I know that Sen. Clinton is a long-distance runner and however the odds may go and the polls may show, from day to night to tomorrow morning, I know she is in it for the long run," Angelou said. "I am with her for the long run."

Angelou ended the visit with some words of encouragement for her friend.

“If you help her rise, we will all rise together,” she said.

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  • Just Ice Apr 18, 2008

    Deacon: You're right. We can't afford Clinton or Obama. And now we know how they both feel about US.

  • Just Ice Apr 18, 2008

    The Huffington Post: "In January 1995, as the Clintons were licking their wounds from the 1994 congressional elections, a debate emerged at a retreat at Camp David. Should the administration make overtures to working class white southerners who had all but forsaken the Democratic Party? The then-first lady took a less than inclusive approach.”

    “‘Screw 'em,’ she told her husband. ‘You don't owe them a thing, Bill. They're doing nothing for you; you don't have to do anything for them.’ The statement -- which author Benjamin Barber witnessed and wrote about in his book, ‘The Truth of Power: Intellectual Affairs in the Clinton White House’ -- was prompted by another speaker raising the difficulties of reaching ‘Reagan Democrats.’”

    That statement says it all.

  • Deacons Apr 18, 2008

    Hillary, you and your tax hikes are not welcome here. Go away take Obama with you.

  • whatelseisnew Apr 18, 2008

    bullet656 - For people that are currently collecting and especially those that have been collecting for a number of years, Social Security has been a fabulous deal. For myself, if I live long enough I have a shot at getting back more than I put in. For future generations, it is not good. Social Security could have continued to be financially sound. However, the Federal Government (this spans Dems and Reps) chose to spend all that was coming in and put IOUs in the trust fund instead of the dollars that all of us are putting in. That is why I call it a ponzi scheme. Had past and present congresses and presidents kep t their sticky fingers out of the till, there would be ample money available now and for future generations. Sadly it has all been spent and it continues to be spent. The money we pay today goes to current recipients. The money that is left gets spent on other things. That has been going on for a long long time.

  • whatelseisnew Apr 18, 2008

    Let's try to be at least somewhat accurate about the debt. When President Clinton came into office, a National Debt existed. When he left office, a larger National Debt existed. I do have to give him, the Democrat controlled congress/Republican controlled congress their due. They did add to the debt. However, President Bush and the Republican Congress took it too a new level of lunacy. The current debt at 9+ trillion is far higher than when President Clinton left office. For folks that mostly vote for Democrats you really should send President Bush a small thank you note. He helped get a bunch of Republicans tossed in 2006 for doing this. My personal preference for handling debt is "SPEND LESS". However, it is so out of control I don't think it is possible to get thinks back into line without massive tax increases, and I really really really dislike the thought of doing that.

  • bullet656 Apr 18, 2008

    whatelseisnew-why is social security so bad? The rich get it as well as the poor.

  • butterpie Apr 18, 2008

    Hillary has my vote - she has the best grasp on how to lead the country out of this murky murk to which we have sunk. A major plus, though not a deciding factor, is the fact that she is the most coherent. How nice to listen to someone who can speak in concise, intelligent sentences.

  • whatelseisnew Apr 18, 2008

    Wow, someone actually thinks President Clinton paid off the debt. Probably the same people that think Social Security is terrific.

  • whatelseisnew Apr 18, 2008

    Libandproud

    I will just gladly take back the money that they took from me. Don't want one penny additional. As I said, the greatest ponzi scheme ever created.

  • Libandproud Apr 18, 2008

    " Social Security one of the greatest ponzi schemes ever created."

    I assume no one in your family has ever received proceeds from this scheme, and I also assume you'll return the checks when they arrive after your retirement?

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