NEW YORK (CBS DC/AP) — It’s a busy day in the Democratic campaign for presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton as she speaks in New York City on Saturday.
As Clinton took the stage, chants could be heard from the large crowd gathered to see and hear the first major speech of her 2016 bid for President of the United States.
Those chants continued to be heard throughout her speech.
Much of Clinton’s speech focused on America’s middle-class, with highlights on job displacement, wage inequality, the GOP’s lack of help. However, economics, education and human rights also came to the front in, what Clinton believes, is a necessary reform to help this country thrive.
“I’m not running for some Americans, but for all Americans,” she stated to the cheers of many before moving on to say she will “make the economy work for you.”
Clinton also took her crowd through the journey that brought her to the podium she stood on. She told the public that her mother was a housemaid before speaking on her numerous credentials that qualify her for the job of President.
The major speech laid out a number of promises Clinton plans to act on including, making the economy work for “everyday Americans” as well as making “the middle-class mean something again.”
In general, Clinton’s focus remained on the rights of those often discriminated against, including the middle-class. She took ample time in her speech to speak on the rights of the LGBT community, immigration laws as well as ending discrimination and inequality amongst women and, specifically, women of color.
America is in a perfect place to thrive as Clinton sees it. Towards the end of her speech, she spoke on the need for peace and stability in the United States in order for the country to remain a leader in the world.
“We have to be smart as well as strong,” she stated.
While Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered her widely anticipated speech in New York, campaign rival Martin O’Malley practied some retail politics in New Hampshire.
The former Maryland governor hung out at a Democratic Party tent at an annual festival in downtown Portsmouth. It’s the first of several stops he plans to make in the early voting state on Saturday.
Among the questions from voters was one on trade.
O’Malley responed, “I think we should stop doing see bad trade deals, and we have to do more to reign in recklessness on Wall Street.”
O’Malley is an opponent of giving President Barack Obama “fast track” trade authorization, which would allow Congress to accept or reject a trade deal but not amend it. The legislation stalled in Congress on Friday and was opposed by organized labor, liberals and others. Clinton has yet to taken a firm position on the deal.
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