@NCCapitol

@NCCapitol

Clinton in Raleigh: 'I don't recognize the America my opponent talks about'

Posted October 23, 2016 12:02 p.m. EDT
Updated October 23, 2016 8:57 p.m. EDT

— Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton made a campaign stop in Raleigh Sunday afternoon.

Clinton visited St. Augustine's University, where she encouraged audiences to vote early while discussing the many plans she would pursue if elected in November. Clinton discussed how, as president, she would help to reform the country's social justice system.

At the Raleigh event, the candidate was joined by a group of women whose children died as a result of police actions or gun violence, including Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin; Lucia McBath, mother of Jordan Davis; Gwenn Carr, mother of Eric Garner; Geneva Reed-Veal, mother of Sandra Bland; and Maria Hamilton, mother of Dontre Hamilton.

"My son can't vote, but we can," said Carr.

"This is a crossroads election that will impact not just our lives but our futures," said Clinton. "If I am fortunate enough to be your president, I will heal the divides in our country."

Clinton remarked that she was "excited" to see so much positive energy in North Carolina and asked the crowd to elect Roy Cooper as the state's governor.

"He has real plans," she said. "He will create good jobs, protect the environment, support workers' rights and public education, advocate for women's health and Planned Parenthood and repeal HB2."

Clinton also asked the crowd to send Deborah Ross to the U.S. Senate. "I need her to help me break through the gridlock and guarantee equal pay for women's work," she said.

Clinton pledged to offer paid family leave, affordable child care and a three-year moratorium on paying student loans for college graduates before talk turned to opponent Donald Trump.

"I stood next to Donald Trump through three debates for four-and-a-half hours. I think that proves I have the stamina to be president," she said.

Later in her discussion, Clinton criticized Trump's behavior in the third and final presidential debate.

"He did something no other candidate has ever done," she said. "He refused to respect the results of this election. That is a threat to democracy.

"I don't recognize the America Trump talks about," Clinton added. "A peaceful transfer of power is what makes America already great."

Clinton's appearance comes as from aides.

Clinton is scheduled to make another North Carolina appearance with first lady Michelle Obama on Thursday afternoon in Winston-Salem.