Clinton Kicks off Stretch Run of Presidential Drive with Speech at Cleveland Labor Day Celebration

CLEVELAND (PAI)—Reaffirming her support for workers, especially union workers, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton kicked off the home stretch of her White House drive with a Sept. 5 speech to a Labor Day celebration in Cleveland.

Flanked by three top union leaders on the festival stage – AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, AFT President Randi Weingarten and AFSCME President Lee Saunders – the former Secretary of State reiterated her campaign themes of helping workers and the middle class, and supporting the right to organize.

The rally and parade showcased her appeal to both unionists and minorities. The Labor Day festival was assembled by African-American Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, and held in Luke Easter Park, named for the late black Cleveland Indians baseball star.

“When millions of jobs were on the line in the auto industry, President Obama made the right decision to save the auto industry,” Clinton reminded the union and blue-collar workers in the crowd and in the state. She added Trump didn’t care about the industry.

“He said we could have just let it go. Never mind the 850,000 people in Ohio and millions more across the country whose jobs and paychecks were tied to the auto industry,” she commented.

Clinton’s foe, Republican nominee and anti-worker business mogul Donald Trump, campaigned in Cleveland the same day. The campaigns’ planes were parked simultaneously at Hopkins International Airport and their campaign caravans came within blocks of each other.

Clinton’s appearance in Cleveland, along with Trump’s, recognized Ohio’s renewed status as a key swing state for the fall election. The most recent polls in the Buckeye State split. One gives her a 4-percentage point lead. The other has Trump with a 3-point edge.

Source: PAI