WISCONSINREPORT.COM (02/20/08) - Hello, Youngstown, how are you tonight, Hillary Clinton asked a crowd of people in Ohio last night shortly after the cable news channels had all declared her opponent Barack Obama the presidential primary winner in Wisconsin shortly after the polling places closed. Clinton was already moving on in her campaign for the Democratic nomination to be on the November ballots, hoping to change the trend going toward Obama. Obama won 58 percent of the Wisconsin votes, compared to Hillary Clinton's 41 percent. Obama has now won the last ten primaries.
The Hillary Clinton campaign has been saying she will have a better result in the next states to hold primaries: Texas and Ohio. However, even though Hillary Clinton has been showing favorably in polls in Texas and Ohio, Barack Obama is looking better and better in those polls as they move toward the primary dates scheduled.
Ohio is one of the top priorities on the Clinton campaign list. So, Hillary was in that state with a campaign switch even before the votes were counted last night.
Hillary told Youngstown Ohio potential primary voters, "I want to talk to you about the choice you have in this election and why that choice matters. It is about picking a president who relies not just on words, but on work, on hard work to get America back to work. That's our goal," she said in the beginning of her Ohio speech.
Here are more of her words in Youngstown:
"You know, when I think about what we're really comparing in this election, you know, we can't just have speeches, we've got to have solutions and we need those solutions for America. We have got to get America back in the solutions business. Because, while words matter, the best words in the world aren't enough unless you match them with action," Hillary Clinton said.
"But, this election is not about me or my opponent, it is about you. It's about your lives and your dreams and your future. I can't do this without all of you here in Youngstown and across Ohio. It is going to take an effort from all of us," New York U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton said.
"This is the choice we face-- one of us is ready to be commander in chief in a dangerous world," Hillary said.
"Every day, around the world, situations arise that present new threats and new opportunities. Situations like the change of leadership in Cuba today. I have served on the Armed Services Committee. I have been to more than 80 countries, worked with world leaders, stood up to the Chinese government to declare women's rights are human rights," the former United States First Lady pointed out.
"And I am ready to end this war in Iraq, end this era of cowboy diplomacy. I will restore our leadership and moral authority in the world without delays, without on the job training from day one," the woman that the Associated Press has referred to as "fading" said.
"One of us has a plan to provide health care for every single American, no one left out," she said. "I believe health care is a right, not a privilege and I will not rest until every American is covered. That is my solemn promise to you," Hillary Clinton told the Youngstown audience.
"One of us has a plan to actually address the growing foreclosure crisis which is so terrible here in Ohio. I've called for a freeze on subprime foreclosures and interest rates to ensure that millions of families across the country won't be receiving that grim letter from the bank. I've proposed $30 billion in assistance to help families avoid foreclosures and to help communities rebound from this housing crisis because no one should foreclose on the American dream and we're going to stop it," Hillary Clton asserted.
"One of us has a plan to revitalize our economy right now by creating millions of new clean energy jobs. And we can do that right here in Youngstown. We can put people to work. And I will also rein in the corporate special interests by eliminating more than $50 billion of George Bush's special breaks for the oil companies, the drug companies and Wall Street."
"We're going to give the middle class a break instead. We'll put that money right back in your pockets once we get it back. The corporate special interests have had seven years of a president who stands up for them. I think it's time we had a president who stands up for you and I will be that president," Hillary added.
"Finally, one of us has faced serious Republican opposition in the past and one of us is ready to do it again," she said.
"The contrasts between me and our likely opponent on the republican side could not be starker. Senator McCain is willing to continue the war in Iraq for 100 years he said. I will start bringing troops home within 60 days. He admits he doesn't understand the economy. Well, I have a plan to turn our economy around and create five million new jobs and we can. We can do that working together. Senator McCain really wants eight years more of the same. Well, I'm going to deliver 21st century solutions that will move our country forward again. We'll focus on the problems right here in Ohio and begin to solve them," Hillary Cltinon said.
"Both Senator Obama and I would make history but only one of us is ready on day one to be commander in chief, ready to manage our economy and ready to defeat the Republicans," Hillary Cltion said.
After talking about U.S. Senator John McCain, the probable Republican presidential candidate, and some of his perceived shortcomings, as well as the things President George W. Bush has done that need to be reversed, she concuded her comments.
"With your help, we will shatter the highest and hardest glass ceiling because that's what we do in America. We break barriers, we open doors. We make sure every voice is heard. It will take leadership and hard work but we've never been short on either so I hope you will join with me. Together we will seize this moment, lift this nation and, once again, lead this world to peace and prosperity," she told the crowd at Youngstown, Ohio on the eve of her loss in Wisconsin.