Clinton rouses activists, Chafee not so much at DNC event

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Clinton called for action on women’s rights, racial equality, climate change and gun control, touching each subject with passion and without specifics.

It was, at a minimum, a contrast of speaking styles as Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Lincoln Chafee addressed members of the Democratic National Committee today at the Hilton Hotel in Minneapolis.

It was also a vivid display of the power Clinton holds among the 300 activists and about 100 members of the public who cheered and chanted at the very mention of her name during the pro forma program description.

Clinton called for action on women’s rights, racial equality, climate change and gun control, touching each subject with passion and without specifics. The crowd ate it up, interrupting her speech so often that Clinton almost doubled the 15-minute time limit that DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz promised would be strictly enforced.

Clinton’s themes were broad, inspirational, and deferential to one Democratic president in particular. 

“In America, if you work hard and do your part you should be able to get ahead and stay ahead.  That’s the bargain that makes this country great,” she said.  “When my husband [Bill Clinton] put people first he made that bargain mean something.  For the first time in decades we all grew together.”

She skewered the field of Republican presidential candidates with humor.

“They say I play the gender card,” she said. “Well, if calling for equal pay and equal health care is playing the gender card deal me in.”

She promised “to elect Democrats up and down the ticket,” acknowledging later in a news conference that she is playing the numbers game to secure the nomination.

MinnPost photo by Brian Halliday
Lincoln Chafee preceded Clinton with remarks that were more a recapitulation of his résumé than a campaign speech.

Lincoln Chafee, the former Rhode Island governor, former mayor, former U.S. senator, and former Republican, preceded Clinton with remarks that were more a recapitulation of his résumé than a campaign speech. And while he was applauded politely, there were a smattering of boos when he told the group, “In all these years of service I’ve had no scandals.”

In his comments at a news conference, Chafee said he meant no reference to Clinton and the controversy surrounding her use of private email account while she was secretary of state.

But he did take a swipe at that record. “We differ on the approach to the world,” he said. “A little belligerent, a little too close to that unilateral approach to the globe that causes so much trouble, that I personally disagree with vehemently.” 

Clinton did not acknowledge Chafee or any of the other candidates, even when asked specifically about Vice President Joe Biden, who is said to be considering a run.

She left the Hilton Hotel immediately after talking to the new media, headed for a fundraiser. Her closest rival at the moment, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley will address the DNC this afternoon.

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Comments (10)

  1. Submitted by joe smith on 08/28/2015 - 07:20 pm.

    Did she address the Email scandal? How is she planning on getting more better paying jobs that actually make sense? Manufacturing jobs, small businesses springing up, logging, mining, oil, gas jobs, getting corporations flocking to the USA not fleeing towards other countries. 15$ an hour to flip burgers as a starting job is beyond ridiculous, that will not work or make a difference.

    • Submitted by jason myron on 08/28/2015 - 09:18 pm.

      Only righties

      care about the faux email “scandal.” It’s already been tossed in the circular file with all the rest of the pap that the GOP has tossed at her for the last twenty years.

      • Submitted by joe smith on 08/29/2015 - 06:29 am.

        Jason, the FBI only investigates crimes, not faux crimes but real ones. They are investigating Hillary.

        • Submitted by jason myron on 08/30/2015 - 02:52 pm.

          Sorry, Joe…

          but the DOJ disagrees with your assessment of the “issue.”

          “The statements — prompted by inaccurate media reports that the Justice Department was weighing a “criminal” investigation related to the Clinton e-mails — marked the latest turn in an increasingly acrimonious partisan battle over Clinton’s tenure at the State Department.”

          • Submitted by joe smith on 08/30/2015 - 04:34 pm.

            Jason, it is very simple to understand, the FBI only investigates crimes. They are investigating Hillary now, they will decide if charges will be filed. To say all of it is “made up”is either partisan wishing or putting your head in the sand. The FBI doesn’t go off half baked or look into rumors.

            • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 08/31/2015 - 09:30 am.


              “The FBI doesn’t go off half baked or look into rumors.” You don’t suppose they would look into rumors, and then decide later no crime was committed? Perhaps “look[ing] into rumors” that turn out to be nothing is a part of effective law enforcement.

              • Submitted by joe smith on 08/31/2015 - 01:32 pm.

                RB, look at the conviction rate of the FBI per investigation. They are not the 1st to respond to a crime, they are called in after enough evidence has been gathered to determine if an FBI investigation is warranted. Other folks run down rumors, the FBI runs down crooks.

                • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 08/31/2015 - 02:20 pm.

                  Tell Us, Please . . .

                  Who was investigating the Clinton campaign before the FBI stepped in? The Forest Service?

                  “Running down rumors” is part of determining if a criminal investigation is warranted, or if an investigation, once begun, should be ended because there is not sufficient evidence to support a conviction.

  2. Submitted by Claudia Pringles on 08/28/2015 - 08:05 pm.

    Bernie Sanders knocks it out of the park

    What a absolutely biased article. Everyone is talking about Bernie Sanders speech and it isn’t even mentioned in this article. You don’t have to settle for Hillary Clinton folks, no matter how badly you want a woman to win.

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