On Saturday, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton formally accepted the endorsement of Charleston Mayor Joe Riley and the International Longshoremen’s Association union at the International Longshoreman Hall.
Riley began endorsing Clinton for the Democratic nomination when his first choice candidate, Joe Biden, announced he was not running in 2016. However, Riley noted his long time admiration of Clinton since they had met years ago working on a campaign to end teen pregnancy. “She is a fighter and does not give up,” Riley declared after commending her foreign policy, health care plan and passion for helping others.
With great appreciation, Clinton thanked Riley for his endorsement. She applauded him as “one of the greatest mayors in the country” and commended Riley for the massive changes he has made for Charleston and the country.
In just shy of an hour, Clinton expressed her stances and concerns regarding the economy, wage gaps, education and gun safety. Clinton acknowledged President Obama’s progress made in the recovery of the economy and noted “we are standing, but not yet running.” The presidential hopeful addressed her desire to build off what Obama has created, but made it clear she is not running for his third term.
Clinton made her support of unions undisputable. “We need to stand up,” Clinton said. “Workers deserve the right for someone to be looking out for your best interest.” Clinton referred to the minimum wage as a “poverty wage.” She transitioned into gender inequality, stating two-thirds of the minimum wage workers are, in fact, female. The Democrat said her Republican candidates often tell her the stances she holds on gender inequality is playing the gender card. In response, Clinton declared that if desiring equality is playing the gender card, “then deal me in.”
Clinton quickly wrapped up her plans for quality and affordable education, women’s right and “common sense gun safety.” Clinton concluded by calling for support to help her continue fighting for the country.