“Pennsylvania doesn’t need a president who looks down on them. They need a president who stands up for them, who fights for them, who works hard for your futures, your jobs, your families.”
That was the message Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton made at a rally this afternoon on the campus of Drexel University.
The issue: comments Democratic rival Sen. Barack Obama made earlier in the week at a closed-press event in San Francisco.
Obama was quoted as saying, “You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them… And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”
Clinton responded to the Drexel audience by saying that the people from Pennsylvania she’s met are not bitter, but hard-working and resilient.
With 11 days remaining until the primary elections in Pennsylvania, Clinton vowed to supporters that she would not quit.
Among other things, Clinton covered the economy, job market, energy and education.
Speaking to a room that was mostly packed with college-aged supporters, Clinton discussed her plans to lower college costs and interest rates and to make education more available to everyone.
“Young people – I want them to feel their president cares about their future. This isn’t about the next election, it’s about the next generation,” Clinton said.
Pennsylvania is the sixth-largest state in terms of delegates, with 12.4 million people and 178 delegates, and has proven to be a key battleground state in the past.
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