By Ana Cedeno
Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton made an appearance at Broward College Tuesday to deliver a speech geared towards young voters.
The event was held at Broward College’s Omni Auditorium and was open to the public.
Supporters of Clinton started waited in line as early as 11:00 am and filled the auditorium to full capacity.
Clinton was preceded on the stage by U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, and U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch. They warmed up the crowd for Clinton and encouraged those attending to make their vote count.
“Trump’s disgusting and distasteful attacks on the women who accused him of sexual assault and Hillary Clinton in this campaign are a nightmare introduction to gender studies” Deutch said. “Men like Donald trump will try to silence the vote and contribution of strong women and they will always fail.”
Hastings for his part called out both Donald Trump and Marco Rubio, earning cheers from the crow.
“When you see Donald Trump, ask him where his plan for criminal reform [is]…is where is he on climate change…for that matter where’s Marco Rubio on climate change! How can you live in a Miami and not understand that we have a situation?,” Hastings said.
Schultz in the meantime encouraged all “nasty women” to go out and vote against Trump.
Clinton was introduced by Patrick Murphy, who is Marco Rubio’s opponent in the Senate race.
Both Hastings and Schultz spoke to the crowd about Clinton and why she was the better-and only- choice while calling out Trump’s and Rubio’s behavior.
Before introducing Clinton, Murphy gave his own speech.
“When Donald trump goes low Marco Rubio’s right there with him,” Murphy said. “Marco Rubio claims he can stand up to Donald Trump if elected, he can’t even do that right now as a candidate.”
During her speech Clinton commended Murphy saying that unlike Rubio, “Patrick Murphy has never been afraid to stand up to Donald Trump.”
Clinton spoke about her policies regarding immigration, increasing the minimum wage, and education.
She gained clamored applause when she promised a plan to make school more affordable for students who came from low-income families, and debt free to those who didn’t.
She also spoke about the changes both she and Murphy had in store should they win the election.
“We need to fix our criminal justice system,” Clinton said. “Florida needs a senator who will fight for comprehensive immigration reform that will keep families together against a deportation force, it’s so unimaginable for police force to go house to house-school to school, rounding up eleven million people. It is not gonna happen in America. You also deserve a senator who already believes climate change is real. I always wondered why don’t you talk to scientist. Start here at Broward College.”
During her speech, the crowd starting singing happy birthday to Clinton, to which the candidate replied “the last debate was like an early gift.”
While on the subject of the debate, Clinton also went into Trump’s continuously alarming behavior, stating the man was a danger to America itself.
“In that last debate he said something I found horrifying. No presidential candidate has ever said this. He refused to say that he would respect the outcome of this election,” Clinton said. “This is serious- in America we don’t say we’re gonna keep you in suspense about whether we will respect the outcome of an election. We have free and fair elections and the peaceful transfer of power. That is the one thing that makes America great.”
Clinton proceeded to say “Donald Trump is attacking everything that has set our country apart for 240 years…After spending his entire campaign attacking one group of American after another…his final target is democracy itself”
Her speech was finished with an excitement and appreciation over the fact that of the 200 million Americans are now registered, 15 million were young people.
Clinton called this a historical high and said “You only see numbers like this when you see people standing up for what they really believed in…coming together to stop hate and division.”
According to Broward College student Edd-Lentz Philistin, the event had a great reception “It is important for us college students to involve ourselves politically so we can have a solid idea of whom we’re voting for and for what reason.” said Philistin who works for student Government at BC “I definitely think the students benefited from the event. For some students, this may shaped their choice for White House.”
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