Clinton Pledges Support to Unions and Israel During Philadelphia Campaign Stop

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton pledged unwavering support to unions Wednesday in Philadelphia, saying a “strong and vibrant labor movement” is essential to her vision of America.

Citing her grandfather, who worked in the Scranton lace mills for 50 years, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton pledged unwavering support to unions Wednesday in Philadelphia, saying a “strong and vibrant labor movement” is essential to her vision of America.

Speaking at the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO convention in anticipation of the upcoming April 26 primary, Clinton drew several rousing ovations during her near 30-minute address.


“When unions are strong, families are strong and America is strong,” she said.  “That’s exactly the message to take to the country. When unions are strong, wages go up. We, together, have to stand up to those forces trying to weaken the labor movement and tell them ‘Not on our watch.’

“My promise to you if I’m fortunate enough to be elected president, organized labor will always have a champion in the White House and a seat at the table.”

Following her address, when asked if she had a message for the Jewish community, Clinton told the Jewish Exponent she remains committed to the state of Israel.

“Obviously, I’m a strong supporter committed to the state of Israel,” she said.  “You can see that if you read my speech at AIPAC.”

Clinton intends to spend much of the next two weeks traveling throughout the state leading up to the primary. She’ll return here July 25 to 28 for the Democratic National Convention.

Contact: jmarks@jewishexponent.com; 215-832-0729

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