Monday, September 19, 2016

Hillary News & Views 9.19: Terrorism, CBC Dinner, Sanders and Warren, Millenials, Endorsements


Guest post by swiffy

Today we begin with Hillary’s statement after several bombs exploded or were discovered, injuring scores of people in New York City.
Authorities are pursuing the investigation with determination and there was news overnight of people taken in for questioning.
On Saturday, Hillary gave a speech at the 46th annual Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Dinner that was then followed by a rousing speech by President Obama.
Both spoke about their common vision for the country and the importance of this election. Hillary had strong words of praise for President Obama.
All through this campaign I have made the point over and over again, President Obama saved our country from a second Great Depression. He brough Osama Bin Laden to justice, and so much more. I for one don’t think he gets the credit he deserves for doing what he has done on behalf of our country and the world….
When you really think about it, the choice this November is about so much more than Democrats and Republicans. As Michelle Obama said at the Democratic convention, it is about who will have the power to shape our children for the next four years of their lives. It is also about the kind of country we want to be, what we want to leave behind for future generations. I think everyone here has been fighting for this vision over so many years. I want to thank everyone here for supporting me. I’m not taking your vote or anyone’s vote for granted. I am working every single day to earn your support, and I need your help over the next 52 days to bring our campaign across the finish line together.
President Obama’s full speech was released by the White House.
So if I hear anybody saying their vote does not matter, that it doesn’t matter who we elect -- read up on your history.  It matters.  (Applause.)  We’ve got to get people to vote.  (Applause.) 
In fact, if you want to give Michelle and me a good sendoff -- and that was a beautiful video -- but don’t just watch us walk off into the sunset, now.  Get people registered to vote.  (Applause.)  If you care about our legacy, realize everything we stand for is at stake.  All the progress we've made is at stake in this election.  (Applause.)  My name may not be on the ballot, but our progress is on the ballot.  (Applause.)  Tolerance is on the ballot.  Democracy is on the ballot.  (Applause.)  Justice is on the ballot.  Good schools are on the ballot.  (Applause.)  Ending mass incarceration -- that's on the ballot right now!  (Applause.) 
And there is one candidate who will advance those things. And there’s another candidate whose defining principle, the central theme of his candidacy is opposition to all that we've done. 
There’s no such thing as a vote that doesn’t matter.  It all matters.  And after we have achieved historic turnout in 2008 and 2012, especially in the African-American community, I will consider it a personal insult, an insult to my legacy, if this community lets down its guard and fails to activate itself in this election.  (Applause.)  You want to give me a good sendoff? Go vote.  (Applause.)  And I’m going to be working as hard as I can these next seven weeks to make sure folks do.  (Applause.)
Hope is on the ballot.  And fear is on the ballot, too.  Hope is on the ballot, and fear is on the ballot, too.
Earlier on Saturday, Senator Bernie Sanders gave speeches at colleges in Akron and Kent, Ohio, in support of Hillary’s campaign. ABC reported briefly on the events, and you should watch the Akron and Kent videos.
Sanders was to speak on Clinton's "New College Compact" plan, which would allow 150,000 Ohio students to attend a four-year college and pay no tuition, according to a report from the campaign. Among the senator's scheduled speaking points were Clinton's plans to reform the immigration system, raise the minimum wage and protect access to health care. 
Also on Saturday, Elizabeth Warren spoke in Columbus, Ohio. Kossack Sororidad had a great story on this appearance, including this video.
Time reports on what will be a theme for the next several days — millennials are a crucial block that the campaign will reach out to.
Of his fellow students, Eliopoulos explains the hesitation to get excited about the campaign. “They agree with her policies,” he says of his classmates. “They don’t trust her. All of the money that’s been spent over the years against her, it’s easy to see why.” Miller, the College Democrats’ leader, puts the problem more directly. “So many people are turned off by the candidates,” she explains of the challenge.
Clinton’s campaign operation is responding with an aggressive show of force. During the past week, a slew of supporters have been busy pitching millennial voters across the country on Clinton’s candidacy. In just the past two weeks, this push has included speeches by President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton, vice-presidential nominee Tim Kaine and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. “We’ve got to win them,” Kaine told NBC’s Meet the Press in an interview that aired Sunday.
In sheer numbers, millennial voters outnumber baby boomers in the U.S.
Paul Krugman in his Op Ed piece in the New York Times this morning hits this same theme.
But do 29 percent of Americans between 18 and 34 believe these things? I doubt it. Yet that, according to a recent Quinnipiac poll, is the share of millennial voters who say that they would vote for Mr. Johnson if the election took place now….
So I’d like to make a plea to young Americans: your vote matters, so please take it seriously.
Why are minor candidates seemingly drawing so much support this year? Very little of it, I suspect, reflects support for their policy positions. How many people have actually read the Libertarian platform?
… Meanwhile, Mrs. Clinton has staked out the most progressive policy positions ever advocated by a presidential candidate. There’s no reason to believe that these positions are insincere, that she would revert to 1990s policies in office: What some are now calling the “new liberal economics” has sunk deep roots in the Democratic Party, and dominates the ranks of Mrs. Clinton’s advisers.
Yesterday Martha Stewart endorsed Hillary Clinton, as Politico reports.
"This is the most important election of the last hundred years," she told CNNMoney on Sunday. "We have to be very certain that we elect a person who has experience, knowledge, a base of education in the world of world politics, as well as domestic politics, and so obviously I'm voting for Hillary Clinton.
"We just can't have a country run by someone who is totally unprepared for what comes."
Today Hillary will give a speech about the stakes of this election for millennials in Philadelphia. Tonight she will appear on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show on NBC. The New York Times has an advance story about the upcoming speech.
“The millennial generation is a key voting bloc in this election, and it’s clear that the campaign must do more to earn their vote,” Jennifer Palmieri, Mrs. Clinton’s communications director, said in a statement, adding that Mrs. Clinton would be speaking “directly to millennial voters about how they have the most at stake in this election.”
The campaign said it would emphasize policies, like Mrs. Clinton’s plan for debt-free college education, that carried particular resonance with young voters.
The remarks are also part of an effort by Mrs. Clinton’s campaign to present a more affirmative message, focused on her priorities, after a summer in which her speeches were often concentrated squarely on hammering Mr. Trump.
“She will proactively make the case about why her policies will directly impact the millennial generation,” Ms. Palmieri said. “This generation is the most diverse and resilient generation of our lifetime, and they inspire and challenge us to be better. That is why Clinton will not only make the case against Trump, but she wants to earn their vote by making the case on why they should vote for her.”
Tim Kaine and Anne Holton will appear in Aimes, Iowa, and Anne will later join discussion at the University of Northern Iowa on college affordability in Cedar Rapids.
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Have a terrific day, everyone!

(originally posted at Daily Kos)

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