Clin­ton swings through Mary­land on way to New York

The Enquire-Gazette - - Front Page - By ALEXAN­DRA PAMIAS Cap­i­tal News Ser­vice

BAL­TI­MORE — For­mer Sec­re­tary of State Hil­lary Clin­ton is show­ing Mary­land that she will not be ig­nor­ing the state de­spite her heated pri­mary race in New York against Ver­mont Sen. Bernie San­ders.

Clin­ton hit Bal­ti­more Sun­day and also is nail­ing down key sup­port among Mary­land Demo­cratic lead­ers. Most no­tably, she claimed the en­dorse­ment of Rep. Eli­jah Cum­mings (D-Bal­ti­more). It was the last en­dorse­ment she needed to have the back­ing of all of Mary­land’s Demo­cratic con­gres­sional del­e­ga­tion.

Mary­land, with 95 del­e­gates at stake, holds its pres­i­den­tial pri­mary April 26. Con­necti­cut, Delaware, Penn­syl­va­nia and Rhode Is­land are vot­ing the same day.

New York’s pri­mary, where 291 del­e­gates are up for grabs, is one week be­fore that.

A Wash­ing­ton Post-Univer­sity of Mary­land Poll re­leased last week showed Clin­ton lead­ing San­ders 55 per­cent to 40 per­cent among likely Mary­land Demo­cratic vot­ers.

Clin­ton picked up the Cum­mings en­dorse­ment in per­son Sun­day, gath­er­ing with sup­port­ers in­side City Garage in Bal­ti­more, a build­ing trans­formed from an old city bus garage into the home of Un­der Ar­mour’s in­no­va­tion divi­sion, a move by the com­pany to en­cour­age busi­nesses to stay in the city.

The Demo­cratic fron­trun­ner said she would do any­thing in her power to break down eco­nomic bar­ri­ers stand­ing in the way of any Amer­i­can, as well as fo­cus on in­vig­o­rat­ing com­mu­ni­ties that have been ig­nored in the past.

“I be­lieve we need to build on the progress that we have made un­der Pres­i­dent [Barack] Obama,” said Clin­ton. “We need to look for ev­ery way pos­si­ble to cre­ate new jobs. We need to be fo­cus­ing on how we can bring in­vest­ment to places that need it.”

Clin­ton stated that she will lay out a com­pre­hen­sive jobs agenda, and that part of that plan would be to di­rect $20 bil­lion specif­i­cally at help­ing to cre­ate jobs for young peo­ple. She also said that bil­lions of dol­lars would be in­vested in places like West and East Bal­ti­more.

“It is a fact: our econ­omy does bet­ter when we have a Demo­crat in the White House,” Clin­ton told the crowd. “So what I say we need to be do­ing is what works.”

Clin­ton and Cum­mings were joined on­stage by Mary­land’s Demo­cratic se­na­tors, Bar­bara Mikul­ski and Ben Cardin, who had pledged their sup­port to Clin­ton ear­lier in her cam­paign.

“We can take the high road of lib­erty, jus­tice, and op­por­tu­nity — the road taken by Bill Clin­ton, Lyn­don B. John­son, Pres­i­dent Barack Obama and the road that Hil­lary Clin­ton will take,” Cum­mings said in his en­dorse­ment. “Or we can take the low road — the road of divi­sion, of frac­tion, dis­rup­tion, big­otry, the road of Don­ald Trump and Ted Cruz.”

“I came here to­day to ask each of you to join me in tak­ing the high road, to join me in march­ing with this great lady, Hil­lary Clin­ton,” the con­gress­man said.

Clin­ton praised Cum­mings’s in­tegrity and char­ac­ter, re­fer­ring to the 11 hours she spent sit­ting in front of him and the House com­mit­tee in­ves­ti­gat­ing the Benghazi at­tacks. Cum­mings was her clear ally.

“I was so proud to see him lead­ing the Democrats and lis­ten­ing to him make the points that needed to be made,” said Clin­ton. “I wasn’t sur­prised be­cause that’s the kind of con­gress­man he is. And I just have to tell you how lucky you are to have him as one of your lead­ers.”

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