Bill Clinton focuses on ‘changemaker’ Hillary Clinton’s reform plans in San Diego rally speech

CHULA VISTA (KUSI) — Former President Bill Clinton is on the campaign trail for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, stopping at Bonita Vista High School in Chula Vista to rally support for her presidential run. Clinton spoke to the crowd for approximately 30 minutes, making his case as to why Hillary Clinton is the best candidate for the job. 

"Is the way to the future with walls or bridges? Is the way to the future trying to recover a past we can’t recover, or building a future with an escalator everybody can rise on," Clinton asked. "California over, and over and over again has given the right answer."

Clinton spent the opening portion of his speech discussing the importance of embracing diversity. He later went on to point to immigration reform as a key area of opportunity to help boost the economy, stating increasing the workforce "would be more for the American economy than you can imagine."

"All over the world people have figured out that our borders are looking more like nets than walls. You can’t keep out economic forces, political forces."

"Changemaker" was a term Clinton used to described Hillary throughout his speech. Bill elaborated on several areas that she would look to change, and what kind of ideas she has for them. The focus of the speech was around how reform throughout various means could drive the economy into a better future.

"She’s got the best ideas about how to grow the economy with modern infrastructure and making us a clean energy superpower of the world, bringing back manufacturing that’s modern that we can keep and grow here, starting the banks to make small business loans again. Shes got the best ideas about how to make sure we can all participate in that, starting with an education system that gives every child a good start no matter what ZIP code they live in."

Education reform was a big talking point, laying out the plan Hillary has to help improve public school systems for both students and employees, and how she’d like to help relieve college debt. Clinton explained how Hillary would look to make college loan debt transferable to a home mortgage loan that can be paid over a 20-year stretch. The plan would ensure monthly payments on the loan would never be more than 10 percent of a person’s taxable income, and any remaining debt after 20 years would be waived. Another detail he noted was the option to enroll into public service programs to help repay debt. This type of reform, he concluded, would also help small business owners starting up out of college begin operating without suffocating debt. 

"We have to deal with a section which is being fueled by the anger of people who feel left out and left behind. Millennials who think they’ll never pay their debt," Clinton said.

"This would liberate the energies of millions and millions and young people and help us to all rise together," Clinton said. "These are the kinds of things we have to do for everybody."

Workforce improvements and equality were points Clinton repeatedly recalled as he talked through various platform points.

"We need a national program for equal pay, paid leave and affordable child care. Then you get more women into the workforce without asking their children to sacrifice."

"We also need to recognize — and I think you’ve been debating this here in California — there are too many people in jail for non-violent offenses, wasting their youth when they could be back on the street working and contributing to us."

Eliminating discrimination was a key Clinton pointed to as a way to help the workforce, segueing from discussing the importance of assisting those with criminal backgrounds to get back on their feet in a non-discriminatory work environment, to helping those with disabilities who are discriminated against despite being productive employees. 

"We have two threats that could keep us from realizing the potential I see on the faces in this room," Clinton said as he moved into the final stretch of his speech. "One is political gridlock in Washington, the other is trouble abroad that could drag us down."

"There’s only one person with a record of getting things done as First Lady, as a Senator, as Secretary of State with Republicans in Congress. And only one person who has a remote chance to both keep us safe in a dangerous world and make good things happen and give us the space we need to grow and lead the world out of this mess we’re in, and all these crazy conflicts that are interfering with you living your future. So, that’s why she oughta’ be President."

"And now we need to bring everybody together and go out there with the wind on our backs and with confidence in the future of this country. If we have the right leader, the best changemaker I have ever known, you can make it happen in California on June the 7th," Clinton concluded before taking off his coat and walking off stage to a roaring crowd packed into the high school gymnasium. 

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