LAS VEGAS, NV — Hillary Clinton seized the opportunity of her Nevada caucus win to make a pitch to voters she has struggled to win over, including millennials, minorities and advocates of amnesty for illegal immigrants.
“I am so thrilled and so grateful,” Clinton told the cheering crowd before reciting liberal talking points. She hit racism, income inequality, illegal immigration, poverty, “big banks,” corporations and raising the minimum wage.
Clinton touched on students and small business owners, plus men and women with bills to pay. She spoke of black Americans said to be denied loans disproportionately to white Americans.
She referred to 750,000 people that have made contact with her campaign, then she returned to praising volunteers and supporters.
Clinton appealed to liberal voters, presumptively not satisfied with the hope now President Barack Obama promised when he campaigned, as she told the crowd, “We’re also hungry for real solutions.”
“We all want to get secret unaccountable money out of politics,” Clinton declared, despite the large volume of money being spent in support of her candidacy.
Clinton then spoke to replacing just deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Scalia’s funeral was held midday on Saturday.
“We aren’t a single-issue country,” Clinton continued. “We need more than a plan for the big banks, America needs a raise.” The reference sounded to be a nod to raising the minimum wage.
Balancing work and family, and breaking down barriers in the economy, especially for women, were among her talking points. She hit racism again and again. She referred to problems of debt, discrimination and the debt.
“No one can get this done alone, not even the President of the United States,” Clinton asserted. “We are all in this together. We all have to do our part.”
To corporations, she warned against ripping off taxpayers or exploiting workers.
To the youth that she has struggled to gain support from, Clinton promised that she has a plan to cap interest rates on college loans. “It can’t just be about what we’re going to give to you — it has to be about what we” are going to build with you Clinton said.
Deportation, education, good jobs, grandparent, secure retirement — all buzz words she included as she drew the victory speech to a close. “Please join us,” Clinton urged.
She now moves on to South Carolina to campaign for the next primary.
Sanders called Clinton Saturday afternoon to offer half-hearted congratulations to his Democratic opponent, and at the same time commented to the public that “we have the wind at our back as we head toward Super Tuesday.”
He later gave his own speech in Nevada, which also looked forward to favorable results in future states.
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