Clinton Shifts Focus To General Election In NY Primary Victory Speech

April 19, 2016 10:54 pm

Following a victory in her adopted home state Tuesday, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said she looked forward to uniting the Democratic party in the general election.

Eliciting cheers and chants from the New York City crowd, Clinton addressed supporters and indicated she felt the race for the nomination was nearly over.

“You know, we started this race not far from here on Roosevelt Island,” Clinton said. “Pledging to build on the progressive tradition that’s done so much for America, from Franklin Roosevelt to Barack Obama. And tonight, a little less than a year later, the race for the nomination is in the home stretch and victory is in sight.”

Clinton touched on some key issues during her speech, including the Flint water crisis, gun control, and equal pay. She also mentioned uniting with Sanders’ supporters, her only reference to her opponent during the speech, and took aim at Republicans Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

“Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are pushing a vision for America that’s divisive and frankly dangerous,” she said. “We have a very different vision. It’s about lifting each other up, not tearing each other down. Instead of building walls, we are going to break down barriers.”

The former secretary of state ended her speech with an anecdote about the daughter of the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School, who was attending the rally.

“The motto of this state is excelsior, ever upward, so let’s go out and win this election, and all rise together,” she said.

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