During rally at World Cafe Live, Gov. Jack Markell called Clinton "the most qualified candidate to run for president in my lifetime."
Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton urged Delaware voters to support her run for the Democratic National Committee’s candidacy a day ahead of the state’s Primary on Tuesday, April 26.
Running on a platform that she said her Republican opponents unilaterally disagree with, Clinton addressed a capacity crowd at the World Live Café in Wilmington, where she spoke on a variety of points including responsible gun control, affordable education and healthcare, and her experience with foreign policy.
At the outset of her roughly 30-minute speech, Clinton said that not only would she eschew a tax increase on middle class families, she would support a tax increase on “the wealthy” to pay their share of supporting the country.
Clinton also vowed to ensure that women had the right to make their own health decisions, and to stop the partisan rhetoric currently centered around the Planned Parenthood organization.
Speaking on the subject of universal healthcare for all Americans, Clinton reminded the public of “Hillarycare,” a proposed health care reform package introduced during her husband and former president Bill Clinton’s administration in 1993 (the Health Security Act).
“Before it was called ‘Obamacare,’ it was called ‘Hillarycare’ – does anyone remember that?” Clinton said.
Regarding her Republican opponents, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump, Clinton said their approach to foreign policy is both “offensive” and “dangerous,” with suggestions like forced deportation, increased border security, and patrolling “Muslim neighborhoods” as actions mentioned in their previous speeches.
“When (Trump) says stop all Muslims from coming into the United States, he makes the job harder to defeat ISIS,” Clinton said. “In order to defeat ISIS, we need a broad coalition that includes Muslim majority nations.”
Regarding keeping Americans safe, Clinton said she had the knowledge and experience to negotiate a “complicated and dangerous world,” based largely around her experience as Secretary of State under the Obama administration from 2009 to 2013.
Clinton did not mention her current opponent for the DNC nomination, Bernie Sanders, who continues to trail Clinton in the most recent polls.
LEGISLATORS, CITIZENS LEND SUPPORT
Gov. Jack Markell said that giving Clinton his support is the easiest decision he’s ever had to make in his 36 years as a voter.
“She is the most qualified candidate to run for president in my lifetime,” Markell said. “She will hit the ground running as Commander in Chief.”
Markell added that Clinton understands the creation of an affordable wage for working class families is the “defining issue of our day.”
“She has a plan to do exactly that, not only by investing in growth, but by assuring that the bounties of that growth are shared by all,” he said.
U.S. Sen. Chris Coons said that Clinton has a strong record, of which Democrats should be proud.
“She is a tough, seasoned, experienced leader,” Coons said.
Middletown resident Curtis Rogers said that he supports Clinton for a number of reasons, particularly her interest in fixing what he called a “broken” criminal justice system.
“I think she’s going to be a great leader,” Rogers said. “She’s bringing people together, not dividing people, and that’s what we need in America.”
Dr. Lynette Edwards, a Hockessin resident, educator and public advocate, said that Clinton’s detractors who call her record inconsistent are false, as she has always stood for women’s rights, education, and universal health care.
“It’s 2016 and what’s her message today? Human rights, jobs, healthcare, access to better education,” she said.
Both Trump and Sanders held appearances in Delaware ahead of Clinton over the past several days.
Four other states have primaries scheduled for April 26: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.