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Hillary Clinton visited Kissimmee earlier this evening and presented this year’s presidential election as a stark difference in ideology and temperament between herself and Donald Trump.
“I think as people really consider their choice in the next three months, I think it’s pretty clear which of us is actually going to help grow the economy, create more opportunity, get incomes rising, and who is not,” Clinton told the crowd of around 3,000 people at the Exhibition building at Osceola Heritage Park.
The rally was her first real campaign event in Central Florida since the March primary, following a visit to Orlando in July to meet privately with family and friends of Pulse nightclub shooting victims.
“I want them to know that we will be with you,” she said. “We will be with you as you rebuild your lives, as you rebuild hope for the future. Because we can’t ever let that kind of hatred and violence break the spirit and break the soul of any place in America.”
Clinton touted the promise of clean energy as both creating jobs and protecting the country from environmental disaster. She also spoke to the areas Puerto Rican population: “Let’s remember a couple of things: Puerto Ricans are American citizens,” she said. “We have to make sure Puerto Ricans are not left out and left behind. They are part of our family.”
Clinton also called for free nationwide internet, free community college, more high school technical education, as well as more apprenticeships and training programs.
Under her economic plan, she said, would create 650,000 jobs in Florida in her first four years in office. She compared that to Donald Trump’s plan, citing experts who said it would cost Florida 200,000 jobs:
“We want everybody to understand, we have an agenda that we’re going to get working on the very first day that includes new jobs and infrastructure, comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship. We are going to keep our country safe, and yes, we are going to go after the gun lobby and pass some common sense gun-safety measures.”
Clinton was introduced by U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, who played up the difference between Clinton and Trump.
‘Do you want someone who flies off the handle at the slightest provocation?” Nelson said of Trump. “Do you really want someone whose modus operandi is to insult everyone else, demean other people and talk down to them?”
Earlier in the day Clinton made an appearance in St. Petersburg and is scheduled to visit Miami on Tuesday.
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