Addressing supporters in Cleveland after her win was declared in Mississippi, Hillary Clinton delivered a speech Tuesday geared at next week’s primary in Ohio, while finding some time to take implicit shots at GOP frontrunner Donald Trump.
“Running for president shouldn’t be about delivering insults, it should be about delivering result for the American people,” Clinton said.
Clinton’s speech was ignored by cable news networks, which were covering an insult-laden Trump victory press conference instead. It also came before the results in Michigan’s Democratic primary — where her rival Bernie Sanders was making a strong early showing — had been declared.
Nonetheless, Clinton had her eyes towards her and Sanders’ next big showdown next Tuesday, where Ohio’s bounty of delegates could get Clinton closer to closing out Sanders once and for all.
“Don’t let anybody tell you we can’t make it in America anymore. We can, we are and we will,” Clinton said. “But in order to do that, we can’t be talking about building walls or turning the clock back. We have to build on what made American great in the first place.”
She outlined her proposals to boost manufacturing in the country.
“Let’s start creating more good jobs that can’t be outsourced,” Clinton said. She also took a tough line on corporations that have moved operations out of the United States.
“There should be no doubt, if you cheat your employees, exploit your customers, pollute the environment or rip off the taxpayers, we will hold you accountable,” she said. “But when businesses do the right thing, we will stand with them.”
Clinton devoted a portion of the speech to reference Tamir Rice, the 13-year-old African American boy who was shot and killed by a police officer while holding a toy gun. She also highlighted the problem of lead contamination in Cleveland, an issue her campaign spotlighted in Flint, Michigan, and Jackson, Mississippi.
“The truth is, more than half a century after Rosa Parks sat and Martin Luther King marched and John Lewis bled, we know race still plays a significant role in determining who gets ahead in America and who gets left behind,” she said.
She concluded the speech on a positive note, promising to work for Americans who are struggling.
“America is great. We don’t have to make it great,” Clinton said. “We have to make it whole. We’ve got to get back to where we’re supporting each other.”