Hillary Clinton talks to Ruth Mandel, director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University, about politics, American democracy, her career, and the role of women in the political movement at the Rutgers Athletic Center Staff Video / Bob Karp
After her conversation about politics, American democracy, her career and the role of women in the political movement at Rutgers Athletic Center, Hillary Clinton has become a fan at Rutgers University. (Photo: Bob Karp / Staff Photographer)
PISCATAWAY – Hillary Rodham Clinton had a clear message to voters during a lecture she delivered to Rutgers on Thursday: voting in the midterm elections and more women for political participation ,
Clinton, former Democratic presidential candidate, praised the women's movements in March and March for our national movements, as well as the growing number of women who apply for office as a positive sign that voters are committed and committed
"The biggest challenge we face is maintaining momentum and sustaining the energy I've seen in our country," Clinton told Ruth Mandel, director of Rutgers Eagleton Institute of Politics. Mandel held the one-and-a-half-hour chat with the former US Secretary of State, an event that drew 5,100 people to the Louis Brown Rutgers Athletic Center.
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"This is so important – to bring people with you and share that energy and build those coalitions, but everything will be destroyed if you do not go to the polls," Clinton said. "I hope that in this election, this interim election, enough people will say … & # 39; OK, I know what I'll do and what I'll do, go and vote."
Her visit to the New Brunswick campus comes as the left-leaning, grassroots progressive grassroots movement in New Jersey is cheered to turn down historically red congressional districts in the upcoming center election.
Organizations, such as NJ11 for Change and NJ7 Forward, have become vociferous anti-Trump movements with strong support in these districts. Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen, who represented the 11th district for 12 terms, decided not to re-elect at the beginning of this year.
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Hillary Clinton speaks with Ruth Mandel, director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University, and talks about politics, American democracy, her career, and the Role of Women in the Political Movement at the Rutgers Athletic Center Coworker Video / Bob Karp
In her speech, Clinton emphasized this growing movement and emphasized the importance of voting.
"It's not easy because most people do not vote and most people do not show up most people do not see it as the mighty tool that it is," said the former US Senator.
She also talked about the women's movement and its role in "breaking the glass ceiling" for women in politics. She talked about the difficulties of being criticized by the media and being described as "shrill" or teased for preparing for a presidential debate.
Following her loss in the 2016 presidential campaign, she said she has watched women in Congress treated unfairly compared to their male counterparts. She told of the time when Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Was silent when she defied the nomination of Attorney General Jeff Sessions to his current role.
"Look, we have to exclaim this behavior," Clinton said. "And we should be aware that we still do not have enough women in politics and we still do not have enough women in the election office, but it is time for women to be like men themselves."  Since President Donald Trump took office, there has been an increase in women who aspire to political office as part of the women's movement. Last year, a record-breaking 78 women sought legislative office in the state.
Last year, Clinton launched Onward Together, a political action organization that raises funds for progressive political groups. The organization, she said, also supports women who apply for public office.
"The number of women running in these midterm and special elections we have seen in recent months is very encouraging to me," she said. We need to keep this pipeline full It is not one and not It will get more and more women running, continue to persuade young women to join in. "
Clinton also had a message to the Republicans" to take back their party and put their country back into the equation ". She said she hopes the two major parties can look back on a time when they "argued about politics and tried to find the best way."
This was Clinton's first public event this year. Last year, she visited Montclair for a book-signing and Democratic Rep. Gov Phil Murphy
Hillary Clinton speaks with director Ruth Mandel of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University, on politics, American democracy, her career, and the role of women in the political movement at the Rutgers Athletic Center Staff Video / Bob Karp
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