Clinton sells economic plan to Latinos
KANSAS CITY -- Hours after unveiling her detailed to economic agenda in New York Monday morning, Hillary Clinton was in Kansas City making the case that it would give a particular boost to Latinos, a group of voters key to her election effort.
At the National Council of La Raza conference here, Clinton emphasized how the widening income gap between the rich and poor she is targeting with her proposal for restructuring the economy is hurting the Latinos.
“How can it be that, on average, Latinas still make 56 cents on the dollar compared to white men?” she said. She referred to the immigrant farm workers toiling in Southern California and the dishwashers working their hands raw in the kitchens of Las Vegas hotels.
And Clinton tied her economic agenda to the issue that plays prominently for many Latino voters: immigration reform. She called it the “one issue that cuts across everything I have said” about the economy, arguing that creating a pathway to citizenship would increase economic output by hundreds of billions of dollars.
“The positive effects will ripple out across the economy benefiting everyone,” Clinton said. “This is an economic imperative. It is also a family imperative, and a moral imperative. It is an American imperative.”
-- Evan Halper