Clin­ton: Turn fe­male eco­nomic is­sues into move­ment

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

WASH­ING­TON (AP) — For­mer Sec­re­tary of State Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton said Thurs­day that vot­ers need to turn pay in­equity and women’s eco­nomic se­cu­rity into a po­lit­i­cal move­ment in the November elec­tions and be­yond, point­ing to an is­sue that could an­i­mate a fu­ture pres­i­den­tial cam­paign.

Clin­ton, the Demo­cratic for­mer se­na­tor and first lady who is con­sid­er­ing an­other pres­i­den­tial bid, said pol­icy is­sues like rais­ing the min­i­mum wage, equal pay for women and pro­vid­ing fam­i­lies with ac­cess to qual­ity, af­ford­able child care need to be prom­i­nent in the up­com­ing elec­tions.

“When we can turn an is­sue into a po­lit­i­cal move­ment that de­mands peo­ple be re­spon­sive dur­ing the elec­tion sea­son, it car­ries over,” Clin­ton said. “These is­sues have to be in the life blood of this elec­tion and in any elec­tion.”

Clin­ton spoke at a fo­rum spon­sored by the Cen­ter for Amer­i­can Progress, which was formed more than a decade ago by veter­ans of her hus­band’s ad­min­is­tra­tion, where she was joined by House Demo­cratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of Cal­i­for­nia, Sens. Kirsten Gil­li­brand of New York and Patty Mur­ray of Wash­ing­ton and oth­ers. The panel was mod­er­ated by Neera Tan­den, the cen­ter’s pres­i­dent and Clin­ton’s for­mer pol­icy ad­viser.

Democrats are try­ing to per­suade women to vote in the fall midterm elec­tions as they work to keep their Se­nate ma­jor­ity.

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