Anne Holton and Jill Biden campaigned together in Pennsylvania. Speaking at events in Philadelphia and Pheonixville, Holton and Biden focused on the blueprint for America presented by Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine and how it stands in stark contrast from Donald Trump’s vision for America. Biden said that she is tired of Trump’s comments about women saying, “It sickens us. I’m not sure what to say to my daughters and granddaughters who ask, ‘Is this what politics has become?’ It’s hard to explain as a mother and grandmother.”
Holton explained what it has been like working with Clinton the last few months. She explained that she does not only support Clinton because of her party affiliation, but because she is truly knowledgeable about the issues. “I’ve loved getting to be with her on the campaign trail. She’s such a good listener. Yes, she’s a policy wonk. We all know that. She’s a very serious person. I want a serious person in the Oval Office. Her policies come from talking to people. I see the way she talks to the campaign bus driver and the factory line worker, asking about the work-family balance. She connects what she hears from them to inform her policy,” Holton said. Videos from today’s events will be posted when/if available.
Meanwhile, a series of fundraisers were held on behalf of Hillary for America. The first was held in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and featured a conversation with Laura Rosenberger, Foreign Policy Advisor. Actress Selma Hayek Pinault spoke at a fundraising event in Austin, Texas. In Massachusetts, former Congressman Barney Frank and Jimmy Tingle attended fundraising events in Newton and Jamaica Plain.
Senator Bernie Sanders campaigned on behalf of Hillary Clinton and local Democrats today in Reno, Nevada. During his speech, Sanders spoke about the importance of electing Clinton and rejecting the divisive rhetoric of Republican Donald Trump. He also spoke about the importance of voting local Democrats into office, especially the United States House and Senate. Sanders went after Trump on several occasions saying, “If we are going to take our country forward in a way that I think all of us know that we have to go, it is absolutely imperative that Donald Trump does not become president of the United States. I think that it is fair to say that based on character, based on policy there has never been in the modern history of this country or maybe the entire history of this country, a candidate less deserving of being elected than Donald Trump.” A video from the event will be posted when/if available.
In Tempe, Arizona, Chelsea Clinton campaigned on behalf of her mother on the campus of Arizona State University. She outlined Hillary’s experience working with foreign leaders and her history of bipartisanship as a Senator and Secretary of State. Chelsea spoke of the importance of compromise and rejected Trump’s vision of America saying, “There can be no common ground with bigotry. But we have to compromise where we can. I think we need that type of leadership.” She concluded by talking about the importance of voting on November 8th citing the close polls between Hillary and Trump in the typically Republican stronghold of Arizona. Watch a video of Chelsea’s speech below.
Meanwhile, two debate night fundraisers were held on behalf of Hillary for America. The first was in New York City and featured former Mayor David N. Dinkins and Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan. The second event was held in Newton, Massachusetts and was hosted by the Jewish Community for Hillary.
Today, an op-ed by Hillary Clinton was published by Fortune magazine. In the article, Clinton discusses what she learned from being a working mother. She writes about how she had to struggle her career as a lawyer and raising her daughter. She goes to say that while progress has been made, more needs to be done. Clinton then outlines a number of her proposals aimed at helping working and single mothers including raising the minimum wage, ensuring that women receive equal pay, ensuring everyone has access to affordable childcare, and providing paid leave for new parents. Read the full op-ed below or on Fortune.
Hillary Clinton: What I Learned From Being a Mom Who Works September 29, 2016
We’ve made progress, but have a ways to go.
When I was pregnant with my daughter Chelsea, I asked about the maternity leave policy at the law firm where I worked. I was surprised to find out that we didn’t have one. I soon learned why: No woman who worked in our office had ever come back to work full-time after having a baby.
Well, I wanted to come back. I loved what I did. And it was important to me to contribute to my family’s finances, especially now that we were having a baby.
Finally, as my due date approached, I decided to take matters into my own hands. When Chelsea was born, my employer agreed to grant me four months off to be home with her. I’d still earn an income, though it would be smaller; part of my income was determined by the fees I generated for the firm, which would fall to zero while I was on leave. That made sense to me. And it meant a lot that I could have that time with my new daughter, knowing that my job would be waiting for me when I came back.
These kinds of situations are commonplace today, with more women entering the workforce than ever before. Today, nearly half of all full-time employees are women. Through our contributions, talent, insights, and very presence, we’ve changed the workplace forever. There’s no going back to the days when women were fired for getting married or pregnant, or were excluded from entire professions. Thank goodness.
But let’s be real. We still have a long way to go. Our policies just haven’t kept up with the challenges women and families face today.
Too many women still aren’t paid fairly. On average, women earn 20% less than men do for full-time, year-round work. Women of color earn even less. And when a working mom or grandmother earns less than she deserves, she’s not the only one who pays the price. Her children or grandchildren—whoever’s counting on her salary—do, too.
Women also make up the majority of minimum-wage workers, which means they make as little as $14,500 a year for full-time work. That’s below the national poverty line. Many of those women are raising kids on that income. Raising the federal minimum wage would do a lot for those families.
Meanwhile, even though the number of women running companies, labs, universities, and philanthropies is growing, it’s still too small. So is the number of women serving in elected office. That means women aren’t always included in decision-making, and their needs and concerns aren’t always reflected in government policy or workplace norms.
And we’re making it too hard to balance work and family. That’s true for all parents, but especially mothers. Women are breadwinners in more households than ever, yet they still do the lion’s share of childcare.
Many are feeling the squeeze. I’ve had moms break down in tears as they describe the heartbreak of returning to work just a few days after delivering their baby, because they don’t have paid leave at their jobs. Staying with their child for a few months would mean losing too many paychecks, maybe even their job.
In April, I met a mom in Newton, Iowa, who held her four-and-a-half-month-old in her arms. She said to me, “I’m counting on you to know what it’s like to be a working mother. Please help us working mothers and fathers have more time with our babies.”
I’m not going to let her down.
One thing we can do is invest in affordable childcare. Right now, childcare is more expensive than college tuition in many states. Let’s make sure no family has to spend more than 10% of their income on childcare by making historic investments in childcare assistance and providing tax relief to working families.
Let’s finally join every other advanced economy in the world and guarantee paid leave. I’m proposing 12 weeks of paid medical leave to recover from a serious illness, and 12 weeks of paid family leave to care for a new child or a sick relative. After all, moms and dads both deserve to spend time with their babies.
Let’s encourage employers to adopt family-friendly work policies, like flexible and fair scheduling and tele-work, so parents can both work and be there for their families.
Let’s raise the minimum wage. No one who works full-time should be forced to raise their kids in poverty.
And at long last, let’s finally ensure equal pay for women. It’s time for Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act—which I cosponsored when I was in the Senate—to give women the tools they need to fight discrimination in the workforce. We also need to promote pay transparency so that women have the information they need to negotiate fairly for their wages.
These aren’t just women’s issues. They’re economic issues and family issues. And they need to be a top priority for our next president. If we’re going to build a globally competitive workforce, we can’t afford to leave any talent on the sidelines. We can’t keep short-changing working families.
I’ll never forget what it was like to be a mom at work. It wasn’t easy. And I was lucky: I had financial security, a supportive employer, and affordable childcare. Too many families don’t. I’ve met so many parents stuck in impossible situations, at their wits’ ends trying to make it all work. It just shouldn’t be this hard to work and have a family.
As president, it’ll be my mission to bring our economy and workplaces into the 21st century, so all of our contributions are respected—both women’s and men’s—and families can thrive.
Update (9/9/2016): Make that 110 generals. Following the Commander-in-Chief Forum, fifteen retired generals and admirals added their names to a growing list of military personnel supporting Clinton. The additional endorsement are from:
Edwin Leland, Lieutenant General, USA (ret)
Norman Seip, Lieutenant General, USAF (ret)
Peter Cooke, Major General, USAR (ret)
Randy Manner, Major General, USA (ret)
John Phillips, Major General, USAF (ret)
Christopher Cole, Rear Admiral, USN (ret)
Joe Sestak, Rear Admiral, USN (ret)
Roosevelt Barfield, Brigadier General, USA (ret)
LeAnne Burch, Brigadier General, USAR (ret)
Tom King, Brigadier General, USA-NG (ret)
Ronald Rokosz, Brigadier General, USA (ret)
John Schuster, Brigadier General, USAR (ret)
Paul Gregory Smith, Brigadier General, USA-NG (ret)
George Walls, Brigadier General, USMC (ret)
Gretchen Herbert, Rear Admiral, USN (ret)
In addition, two of the retired generals released the following statements:
Major General (ret.) Peter Cooke, USAF – “Anytime anyone states says that generals are rubbish or an individual is not a hero because he or she was captured I find it appalling. I am a citizen soldier with 39 years of military experience. Donald Trump has a lack of knowledge on everything from force structure to NATO to our alliances and partnerships. I’m proud to support Secretary Clinton.”
Major General (ret.) John Phillips, USAF – “Secretary Clinton has demonstrated the ability to conduct foreign affairs and achieve the objectives and goals of the United States. She has an incredible ability to engage with the international community and to build new partnerships and strengthen existing ones with our allies. I want a president with the ability to focus on the issues at hand that are the most important for the American people and that person is Hillary Clinton.”
On Monday, Hillary for America announced that Hillary Clinton has received the endorsement of 95 retired generals and admirals. HFA released the following:
Hillary for America announced that 95 retired Generals and Admirals, including a number of 4-Star Generals, have officially endorsed Hillary Clinton for president and Commander-in-Chief. Clinton is getting the backing of more senior military service members and former officials with command and management experience than any non-incumbent Democrat due to her proven record of diplomacy and steady leadership on the world stage. She will make her case tonight at the Commander-in-Chief Forum presented by NBC and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.
Today, General Lloyd “Fig” Newton, a 4-Star General and America’s first African-American Thunderbird pilot, joined his fellow military service members and released a statement endorsing Hillary Clinton for President:
“I was privileged to serve my country for 34 plus years — my entire adult life — in the United States Air Force. Growing up in South Carolina, respect for individual liberties and the right for every person to vote was taught to me at an early age and it is of the utmost importance to me today. These fundamental rights are why I served and care so deeply about our great nation. Given the challenges we face around the world today, and the rhetoric we are hearing from some at home, I feel I have a moral imperative to come forth and endorse Secretary Hillary Clinton for President. This is not about Democrat or Republican, this is about who is best qualified to lead the country in this complex world we live in. Hillary Clinton is the only candidate that has the experience, temperament, critical thinking and level-headed leadership to keep America safe and our partnerships strong. She has my vote in November.”
Hillary for America released the following list of service members who have officially endorsed:
John Nathman, Admiral, USN (ret)*
John Allen, General, USMC (ret)
Wesley Clark, General, USA (ret)
David Maddox, General, USA (ret)
Lloyd Newton, General, USAF (ret)*
Robert Sennewald, General, USA (ret)
Johnnie Wilson, General, USA (ret)
Edward Baca, Lieutenant General, USA (ret)
Joseph Ballard, Lieutenant General, USA (ret)
Julius Becton, Lieutenant General, USA (ret)
John Castellaw, Lieutenant General, USMC (ret)
Dan Christman, Lieutenant General, USA (ret)
Al Edmonds, Lieutenant General, USAF (ret)
Robert Gard, Lieutenant General, USA (ret)
Walter Gaskin, Lieutenant General, USMC (ret)
Arlen Jameson, Lieutenant General, USAF (ret)
Claudia Kennedy, Lieutenant General, USA (ret)
Don Kerrick, Lieutenant General, USA (ret)
John Morgan, Lieutenant General, USA (ret)
David Proythress, Lieutenant General, USA-NG (ret)
Dale Vesser, Lieutenant General, USA (ret)*
Willie Williams, Lieutenant General, USMC (ret)
Donald Arthur, Vice Admiral, USN (ret)
Sally Brice-O’Hara, Vice Admiral, USCG (ret)
Kevin Green, Vice Admiral, USN (ret)
Bruce Grooms, Vice Admiral, USN (ret)
Anthony Winns, Vice Admiral, USN (ret)
Wallace Arnold, Major General, USA (ret)
Juan Ayala, Major General, USMC (ret)
Donna Barbisch, Major General, USA (ret)
Roger Blunt, Major General, USA (ret)*
Harry Brooks, Major General, USA (ret)
George Buskirk, Major General, USA-NG (ret)
Paul Eaton, Major General, USA (ret)
Mari K. Eder, Major General, USA (ret)
Irving Halter, Major General, USAF (ret)
Marcelite Harris, Major General, USAF (ret)
Jerry Harrison, Major General, USA (ret)
James Klugh, Major General, USA (ret)
Dennis Laich, Major General, USAR (ret)
Fred Leigh, Major General, USA (ret)
Don Loranger, Major General, USAF (ret)
Paul Monroe, Major General, USA-NG (ret)
Melvyn Montaño, Major General, USA-NG (ret)
Robert Nabors, Major General, USA (ret)
Eric Olson, Major General, USA (ret)
Terese “Marne” Peterson, Major General, USAF (ret)*
Following Hillary Clinton’s primary win in New York, the focus has turned to next week’s primaries. Pennsylvania is one of five states holding a primary on Tuesday, and Bill Clinton was campaigning on behalf of his wife in Johnstown. Speaking with supporters at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Bill spoke about his wife’s experience and qualifications as president. He outlined a number of her platform points including her plans to tackle income inequality, regulate Wall Street shadow banking, reduce student debt, and lower the cost of higher education. On the topic of the rising cost of college, he said, “Anybody that goes to a school with reasonable tuition and a decent graduation rate should qualify for help. Everybody that needs free tuition should get it.” A video of his speech will be added when/if available.
Chelsea Clinton was in Connecticut, another state with a primary next Tuesday, where she attended two fundraisers. The first was in Hartford and included a conversation with Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen. The second event was held in West Hartford. Chelsea attended a fundraiser at the home of Shari and Michael Cantor.
Bill and Chelsea were not the only supporters on the campaign trail for Hillary for America. Wendy Sherman, Former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, attended a fundraiser in Newton, Massachusetts. The event was hosted by Eleanor White and Amb. Barry White (Ret.). In Scranton, Pennsylvania, actress Kathy Najimy and HFA Director of Women’s Outreach Mini Timmaraju attended a fundraiser. The final fundraiser was held in Horsham and was hosted by Jeff Albert, David Broida, Ellen Brookstein, Shelly Waldman, Jill Zipin, and JACPAC. The fundraiser was in support of the Jewish Community for Hillary and included an appearance by Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell.
On Thursday, Bill Clinton spoke at the one of the first campaign events for Hillary Clinton in Rhode Island. He spoke at an organizing event on the campus of the Community College of Rhode Island where he was joined by Governor Gina Raimondo. Bill’s speech touched on a wide variety of Hillary’s platform topics including the economy and jobs, health care, the rising costs of higher education, and the importance of the 2016 election. He asked for voters support on April 26 and added, “You’ve been good to me, Rhode Island. You’ve been good to Hillary. You don’t owe us anything. But Hillary feels she does owe you a straightforward account of what the next president can do so we can all rise together.” A video from today’s event will be posted when/if available.
Following the event in Rhode Island, Bill went on to attend two fundraisers. The first was in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts and was hosted by Mark and Audrey Schuster. The second event was held in Newton, Massachusetts and was held at the home of Dr. Kevin and Caron Tabb. Meanwhile, Chelsea Clinton attended a fundraising event in New York City. The event was hosted by Diane von Furstenburg and included Eva Chen, Audrey Gelman, Aurora James, Mia Moretti, Lilliana Vazquez, and Emily Weiss. A second fundraiser was held in New York City and was hosted by Campaign Chair John Podesta.
On Thursday, Hillary Clinton began the day by attended fundraisers in New York City and a fundraiser in White Plains, New York. During the White Plains event, which also featured Congresswoman Nita Lowey, Clinton spoke about her plans to combat climate change, expand clean energy, expand health care, grow the economy, and continue to pressure Iran to ensure it sticks to the nuclear agreement.
Following her fundraisers, Clinton returned to Iowa where we are only three days from the caucus. She hosted two Get Out the Caucus events, one in Newton and second in Keokuk. In Newton, Clinton focused on education. She spoke about expanding early childhood education and making college education more affordable for everyone. She also covered a number of other platform topics including equal pay for women, updating the tax code to ensure the wealthy pay their fair share, and improving the Affordable Care Act. A video from her speech is below.
At the event in Keokuk, Clinton spoke about a number of platform points before opening the floor to questions. In typical town hall fashion, Clinton was asked a number of policy questions, but one man didn’t ask a question. He simply want to tell Clinton that she had convinced him to vote for her. He said, “I was going to vote for Donald Trump. But my daughter brought me here. She was really excited to come here and see you. And after hearing you talk — because all he does is give the exact same speech he gave when he started running for president — you actually have topics, solutions and all that stuff. And now I’m voting for you.” A video from the event in Keokuk will be added when/if available.
On Monday, while Hillary Clinton was in Iowa, a number of high profile Democrats and celebrities attended a number events in support of Hillary for America. Actress Jamie Lee Curtis has been visiting with voters and volunteers in Iowa for the last few days, holding events in Council Bluffs, Ames, and Newton. Curtis has been a long time support of Hillary and talked about her experience and readiness to lead.
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro attended two events yesterday on behalf of Hillary and Hillary for America. The first was a fundraiser hosted by Tony Buxton, Bonnie Porta, and Karen Harris in Portland, Maine. The second event was a gathering at the Puerto Vallarta Mexican Grill in Manchester, New Hampshire. Meanwhile in New Jersey, Senator Cory Booker and Victor Herlinsky hosted a fundraiser in Newark.
Bill and Chelsea were also on the campaign trail yesterday, attending events in California. Bill was scheduled to attend events in Hillsborough and San Francisco. Chelsea attended two fundraisers, with the first being hosted at the Newport Coast home of Michael and Sholeh Chegini. The second fundraiser was held at the Los Angeles office of Frank Gehry.
The Iowa Caucus us under a week away, and events in Iowa are likely to pick up this week. For all the latest, follow our revamped Scheduled Events page and follow Clinton on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
On Sunday, Hillary Rodham Clinton returned to Iowa where she addressed a group of supporters at Uncle Nancy’s Coffee in Newton, Iowa. She said she is prepared to take on Republicans in the general election and addressed a number of platform topics including immigration. This evening, Clinton attended a private event in Cedar Rapids where she addressed comments made this morning on Fox News by former Vice President Dick Cheney. He claimed that Iran did not start developing nuclear weapons until President Barack Obama took office in 2009 (Cheney was corrected by Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace). Clinton disagreed saying, “Iran was on a pretty fast track toward a nuclear weapon when Barack Obama became president.”
Clinton is will deliver a speech in Washington, DC on Wednesday supporting the President’s agreement with Iran. Until then, follow Clinton on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Today, Hillary Rodham Clinton attended two private fundraisers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The first took place in Newton, Massachusetts at the home of Margot and Jonathan Davis. The second fundraiser was held at the home of Mark Weiner in East Greenwich, Rhode Island with former Providence Mayor Joseph Paolino in attendance.