Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton sought Monday to bolster her standing with millennials, many of whom eye her warily, by promising that “no one will work harder to make your life better.”This was a positive, well-crafted and unusually personal speech. Watch the full video above.
In a speech at Temple University, Clinton acknowledged she still has work to do to earn the support of young voters, even those who are turned off by Donald Trump, a Republican nominee she said “incites hatred and violence like we’ve never seen before.”
“You want something to vote for, not just against,” Clinton said in a 30-minute speech. She touched upon some of her shortcomings in a race in which an unusually high number of millennials are considering voting for third-party candidates.
“Even if you’re totally opposed to Donald Trump, you may still have some questions about me,” Clinton said. “When it comes to public service, the service part has always been easier for me than the public part.”
Clinton said she has difficulty talking about herself and “will never be the showman my opponent is.”
“And you know what?” she said. “That’s okay with me. No one will work harder to make your life better. I’ll never stop, no matter how tough it gets.”
Clinton also ticked off her positions on other issues on which her views align more closely with the majority of young voters than do those of the Republican nominee. Among them: raising the minimum wage, combating climate change, expanding access to affordable health care and ensuring equal pay for women.
“This is going to be close,” Clinton said of the November election. “We need everyone off the sidelines. Not voting is not an option. It plays into Trump’s hands. It really does.”