Hillary Clinton Focuses On Economic Fairness In Raleigh Rally

Sep 27, 2016
Originally published on September 28, 2016 4:22 pm

During Hillary Clinton's campaign stop in Raleigh Tuesday, she focused heavily on her plans to make the American economy fairer for all families.

Clinton spoke for roughly an hour to a crowd of more than 1,400 people in the packed physical education building of Wake Tech in south Raleigh. While she touched on several topics, the topic of a "fairer economy" received the most attention.

She retold a story about how her mother grew up poor and was sometimes offered food by her schoolteacher because she did not bring lunch for herself. She spoke about her father, a small business owner who Clinton said worked hard to earn enough money to allow her family a middle-class life growing up.

Clinton used those stories to springboard into policy high notes about making the economy work for everyone, not just those in the highest tax brackets, an issue to which she also devoted significant time in Monday's presidential debate.

"I want us to have an economy that works for everyone," she said Tuesday.

She quickly listed two points that she would push for immediately: Raising the minimum wage and bringing fair pay to women. "Number one, it's fair," she said. "And if your mother, wife, sister, or daughter is working, don't you want to see her paid for the work she is doing?"

Clinton also rehashed her point about profit sharing, a policy that would see more companies share profits with rank and file employees, instead of just upper management. "It makes no sense to me that sharing of profits would only go to the top executives," she said.

Among those in attendance were three young people who said they were excited to be a part of the election process.

Leilani Carr is only 17 and disappointed that she can't vote this fall. Still, she said she is excited to get into the fray next year.

"I want to support Hillary Clinton," Carr said. "I saw the debate and I want to be part of history. So I guess I just decided to (come to the rally) for fun."

Her friend, 23-year-old Mary Kat Barton, lives in Stokes County, but drove up to Raleigh at 2 a.m. to attend the rally. She works at a pharmacy and said she encourages customers to register to vote.

"Whenever I can, I've been saying, you know, 'Get your flu shot. Also don't forget to vote. Also don't forget to vote for Hillary,” Barton said.

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