Readying her likely 2016 campaign’s emphasis on an appeal to women, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used a rally for Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) in Charlotte Saturday afternoon to practice her feminist hyperbole.
Clinton, as expected, trotted out the same tired rhetoric that feminists have been spouting for years, charging:
The fact that women in North Carolina still get paid less than men for the same work costs those women and their families thousands of dollars every year. Imagine what a working mom could do with the money she is owed, the better home she could rent or even buy. This is not just a women’s issue, this is a family issue, a fairness issue.
Clinton called hiking the minimum wage a “pro-family” issue, then segued into defending abortion. She snapped:
Women’s rights are the canary in the mine. If you don’t protect women’s rights here at home and around the world, everybody’s rights are lost. You have to ask yourself, do you want a senator who will always defend a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions and won’t ever shame or judge a woman for decisions that are complex and deeply personal, or do you want a senator who will push so-called ‘personhood’ laws that would outlaw common forms of birth control and ban abortions even in cases of rape or incest?
Hagan’s race with North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) is still too close to call.
The crowd serenaded Clinton by singing “Happy Birthday” to acknowledge Clinton’s 67th birthday on Sunday, with some supporters chanting, “Run, Hillary,” during the speech.
Hagan decided to play it cute, noting that the Clintons’ new granddaughter was named Charlotte, intoning, “What a name that was picked for the Clinton grand baby. Charlotte. Don’t you think they might have Carolina on their minds?”
There was one uncomfortable moment for Clinton when two Latino protesters appeared, one who was escorted out by the police, and said that Clinton should “stop the deportations,” adding that Hagan voted against the DREAM Act and “wants my mom deported.”
Clinton finally deigned to say immigration was an “important issue.”
The event attracted roughly 1,000 supporters at the Charlotte Convention Center.