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Voter registration rally brings Michigan and New Jersey senators

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Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 1:27 pm

Michigan Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, visited Wayne State’s campus to encourage students to register to vote before the registration deadline and volunteer for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Oct. 11.

During the rally, Peters encouraged students to vote for Clinton because of her stance on student debt.

“This is about the future of our country. This is going to have long-term applications, particularly for students,” Peters said. “People are taking on loans that they are going to have to deal with for many years, so we need to be moving forward to help students because everybody no matter who you are, no matter where you live, no matter where you come from, should have access to education and not have to be buried in a mountain of student debt.”

Stabenow, who was elected alongside Hillary Clinton to the Senate in 2000, said, “It was wonderful to come in with her. She was so easy to work with and so prepared and smart, and it was great for us in Michigan because she totally understood and cares about manufacturing jobs and was with us on the auto rescue --we didn't have to tell her where the Great Lakes were.”

“From the cost of college, to climate change to healthcare, she is just right on the money," she said. "And she is really focused on women and creating equal opportunity for women,” she said.

Booker said he visited WSU for the Clinton campaign because he has family heritage in Detroit. Booker’s mother was born here and his grandfather migrated up from Louisiana to work at Ford Motor Company.

Booker said, “Millennials will swing this election through their participation or through their lack of participation. Their lack of participation will swing this election as power --and that’s what frustrates me.”

“People who have the most on the line from the cost of college all the way to long term climate change, which is going to get worse the less we do."

"Millennials have it all at stake. And by the way, millennial voices, Republican or Democrat, are the most progressive voices. They believe in climate change, they believe in marriage equality, they are more inclusive and less judgmental. I don’t care what side of the aisle you are on, millennials are the voices of the future. In my opinion, I think they should be the voices of the present.”

For more information, go to https://www.hillaryclinton.com/states/michigan/.

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