It’s a fair question: What on earth is Hillary Clinton doing in Nebraska?
Clinton appeared at a high school gymnasium here Monday, drawing thousands of supporters and sharing the stage with billionaire investor Warren Buffett to deliver a speech outlining her economic message and drawing a vivid contrast between her and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
The visit, just three days after the Democratic National Convention and immediately following a bus tour through the competitive and electoral-vote-rich states of Pennsylvania and Ohio, represented a commitment of time and resources to a small state that incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama lost by 21 percentage points and almost 173,000 votes in 2012.
The speech — calling for infrastructure investments, aid to domestic manufacturers, breaks on college tuition and student loans and higher taxes on the wealthy — could have been delivered anywhere.
So why Omaha?Watch the full event above.
An Electoral College quirk, for one, but mainly the presence of Buffett, who continued a sustained attack on Trump’s character and business acumen by leading figures in corporate America that began at last week’s convention.
Buffett, the Omaha native and Berkshire Hathaway holding company CEO who’s routinely identified as the second-richest man in America, introduced Clinton to the
raucous crowd but devoted most of his speech to rebuking Trump, a real estate magnate who has built his campaign on his business expertise.
He took Trump to task specifically for defying decades of tradition by refusing to release past tax returns. Trump has argued it would be improper for him to do so because he’s being audited by the IRS. But Buffett dismissed that by explaining that nothing precludes taxpayers from sharing their returns and noting that he, too, is under audit.
“I would be delighted to meet him anyplace, anytime between now and the election,” Buffett said of Trump. “I’ll bring my tax return, he can bring his tax return … and we’ll let people ask us questions about the items that are on it.”