Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton held a rally on UNC Greensboro campus, discussing campaign goals like national security, equal gender pay, affordable health care, and the importance of voting.
The rally was held in UNCG’s old rec center, and was Clinton’s first since her collapse at the New York City 9/11 ceremony.
Clinton spoke on health care, saying that health care needs to be affordable, using low-income families as examples of those it would benefit.
“[Low-wage Americans] either go to work sick or lose a paycheck,” Clinton said. “Lots of Americans still don’t even have insurance, or they do but it is too expensive for them to actually use… I have met so many people living on a razor’s edge, when illness away from losing their job, one paycheck away from losing their home. That goes against everything we stand for as Americans.”
Clinton spoke against NC’s bathroom law HB2, denouncing it as discriminatory and pointing to recent fiscal losses and business pullouts as evidence of its consequences.
“I’m running for the LGBT teenager here in North Carolina who sees your governor signed a bill legalizing discrimination, and suddenly feels like a second-class citizens,” Clinton stated. “If anyone wonders what the cost of discrimination are come ask the people and businesses of North Carolina. Look at what is happening with the NCAA and ACC. This is where bigotry leads, and we can’t afford it, and we can’t afford here or anywhere else in America.”
Clinton stated her support of the raising of minimum wage, stating its insufficiency for basic living.
“We don’t need a president who says the minimum wage is too high,” Clinton said. “We need a president who knows that Americans deserve a raise.”
Clinton also stated her intents for a good world legacy, including areas like national security, climate change action, and greater world unity.
“I want to give our kids a safer world,” Clinton stated. “To me, that means a world with strong allies, more friends, fewer enemies and fewer nuclear weapons. It also means leading the fight against climate change so we can leave our kids a healthy planet.”
Clinton was also critical of her opponent, Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, and his recent comments.
“My opponent in this race disagrees with me on every one of these fronts,” Clinton said. “Just a few days ago, he said that if another country’s troops taunted ours… he would respond by, blowing them out of the water.”
Clinton also emphasized the importance of voting, placing a particular emphasis on her millennial audience.
“You know what your governor and legislature tried to do, make it harder for young people to vote, harder for people of color, harder for people with disabilities, harder for the elderly,” Clinton said. “There can’t be any more motivation than that to make sure every young person, every person of color, every person with a disability, goes out and votes.”
Clinton concluded by opining the importance of the 2016 election, and telling the audience to go vote before or on Election Day.
“The real choice is not between Democrat or Republican, it is about who will have the power to shape our children for the next four years of their lives,” Clinton said. “It is also about the kind of country we want to be, and what we want to leave behind for future generations.”
Early voting will open on October 10 in the old Guilford Courthouse’s Blue Room.