CINCINNATI (CN) — Hillary Clinton focused on the economy at a Monday rally in Ohio with Sen. Elizabeth Warren that drew a crowd of more than 2,000.
The event marked the first time Warren has joined Clinton on the campaign trail, and the Massachusetts senator did her best to rile up the audience before introducing the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate.
“Hillary Clinton is the granddaughter of a factory worker who is going to make it all the way to the White House,” Warren said. “But most of all, she has a good heart, and that’s what America needs.”
Warren wasted no time in taking shots at Donald Trump, and called him a “small, insecure moneygrubber.”
“Trump says he will make America great again, but for who?” the progressive spitfire said to thunderous applause. “For families who didn’t fly to Scotland to play golf? He will crush you into the dirt to get whatever he wants.”
Clinton echoed Warren’s sentiments in her opening remarks.
“I do just love to see how [Elizabeth Warren] gets under Trump’s skin,” she said, adding that “Trump is temperamentally unfit and totally unqualified to be president of the United States.”
Trump did not wait long to take the bait, issuing a statement this afternoon that says “Warren has become a turncoat for the causes she supposedly supports.”
“Warren’s campaigning for Clinton stands in stark contrast to the liberal ideals she once practiced,” Trump said. “This sad attempt at pandering to the Sanders wing is another example of a typical political calculation by D.C. insiders.”
Coming off the Republican primary season, Trump has launched a tortured effort to draw far-left supporters of the Vermont senator who see Clinton as too establishment. Warren’s alliance with the former secretary of state poses a considerable obstacle to this tactic.
At the rally in Ohio today, Clinton laid out an economic plan that includes making debt-free college available to all Americans and a 100-day jobs plan.
“The federal government should not be making money off sending our young people to college,” Clinton said.
“We cannot allow this student debt crisis to continue.”
A press release from Clinton’s campaign detailed the debt-relief plan, which includes allowing an “estimated 1.2 million Ohio borrowers to obtain student loan relief by refinancing their loans, with the average national borrower saving about $2,000.”
Clinton heralded her jobs plan as the biggest since World War II. “We must have an economy that works for everyone again, not just those at the top,” she said.
The press release mentions tax-code reform, a $275 billion infrastructure investment and a goal of “half a billion solar panels” by the end of her first term as specific instigators of economic growth.
Wealth inequality was a focal point of the speech, and Clinton’s plan also includes measures to ensure that “corporations, super-rich and Wall Street pay their fair share.”
The plan proposes closing tax loopholes for corporations and wealthy individuals “to make sure that no millionaire pays a lower tax rate than a middle-class family.”
“I want to even the odds for those with the odds stacked against them; this is not a time for half measures,” Clinton said.
Unions were also a talking point at the event.
“Unions built America’s middle class and unions will rebuild the middle class,” Sen. Warren said.
Hillary Clinton vilified Right to Work, calling it “wrong for workers and wrong for America.”
Sen. Warren and Clinton also drove home the importance of unifying the Democratic party, with “Stronger Together” banners scattered throughout the venue.
Warren reminded the audience that Donald Trump hopes to capitalize on a divided Democratic party, and that voters must unite behind Clinton, a candidate who “gets up every single day and fights for us, fights for children, fights for women, and fights for families.”
Supporters and volunteers turned out in droves and arrived hours before the doors of Union Terminal opened.
Dozens of people were turned away after the maximum capacity of the space was reached, but at least 100 stayed to listen to Clinton from outside the building.
Trump supporters and Hillary Clinton detractors were scattered outside the event; some signs read “Hillary for Jail 2106” and “Hilliar.”
Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley — who hosted Clinton for a fundraiser at his home on Sunday night — spoke briefly before the event.
(AP Photos/Andrew Harnik)
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