Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton campaigned at Wayne State in front of nearly 4,000 people on Oct. 11 to discuss the second presidential debate, the comeback of Detroit and the importance of registering to vote.
“Tomorrow is the last day to register to vote in Michigan,” said Clinton, urging millennials in the room to vote in the election. “That’s how we are going to win with the biggest turnout in a long time.”
Clinton said she believes Detroit is on the comeback and she will be the city’s partner if she becomes president.
“And it’s going to really depend on the young people of this university and this city to build a future that we are not only proud of, but be part of,” she said.
Clinton outlined ideas for debt-free college and refinancing college loans, the economy, the cost of childcare, healthcare and the auto industry.
She said, “Because of the plan that Sen. [Bernie] Sanders and I have worked on, I am going to make public colleges, like Wayne State University, tuition-free for working families.”
She said students can visit hillaryclinton.com/calculator to see how they will be affected by her plan.
Clinton also said investing in American workers is not just the right thing to do, but also the smart thing to do.
She said she wants to connect all families to the Internet, promote small businesses, raise the minimum wage, make top executives share their profits with employees and make America the clean energy superpower of the 21st century.
“I am not raising taxes on middle-class families. Period,” Clinton said.
Clinton discussed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on his performance during their second debate on Oct. 10.
“Did anybody see that debate last night?” Clinton asked. “Well, you never saw anything like that before.”
On her debate performance, Clinton paraphrased First Lady Michelle Obama by saying, “One of us went high and one of us went low.”
She said during the second debate, she spoke about her plans for the country and Trump spent too much time attacking when he should have been apologizing.
“And when he [Trump] was pressed last night about how he behaves, he just doubled-down on his excuse that it was locker-room banter. Well, I’ll tell you what, women and men across America know that that was just a really weak excuse for behaving badly and mistreating people."
Clinton said throughout his campaign, Trump has insulted not just women, but African Americans, Latinos, people with disabilities, Muslims and prisoners of war.
“We now know who Donald Trump is, but the real question is who are we? I would argue that we are not who he is. Here in America, we are taught to and should respect each other, lift each other up, celebrate our diversity. That’s the country I know and love, and that’s what this generation of young people is going to make more stronger, more open, more tolerant.”
Clinton brought up not just how Trump did not pay federal income taxes due to his nearly $1 billion loss in 1995, but how he also bought steel from China to build his skyscrapers and helped Chinese workers instead of American workers.
“I do have some advice for Donald. If he wants to make America great again, start by building American steel for his construction projects.”
When a man interrupted Clinton during her speech, she said, “I hope someone follows that guy out and stages an intervention, he clearly has not been following this election very closely.”
Clinton said to the crowd in the upcoming days until the election, everyone will need to come together and make good things happen in the country.
“The next 30 days will shape the next 30 years, and I hope that young people will represent the biggest voting group in this election … and yes, love trumps hate.”
Oct. 11 is the last day to register to vote. If you need to register to vote or check to see if you are registered, please visit iwillvote.com.