COLLEGE PARK – Hillary Clinton and several other political figures came together to give the students at University of Maryland and the citizens of the city a final nudge to get out and vote for Democratic candidate Lt. Governor Anthony Brown as the next governor of Maryland. “This election is a critical election. You know […]
COLLEGE PARK – Hillary Clinton and several other political figures came together to give the students at University of Maryland and the citizens of the city a final nudge to get out and vote for Democratic candidate Lt. Governor Anthony Brown as the next governor of Maryland.
“This election is a critical election. You know that and I know that,” Congressman Steny Hoyer said to the audience. “It’s about whether we’re going to have a governor that says you’re on your own or a governor that is on your side. That’s where Anthony Brown and Ken Ulman are: On your side.”
Brown told the crowd he’s running for governor because he believes brighter days are ahead for Maryland.
“But, Ken and I, we can’t do it alone. We need each and every one of you,” Brown said. “We need your compassion, your talent and your love for Maryland. As a man who has been in many campaigns, I know we need a few good soldiers. We need a few good men and a few good women. We’ve got a good one here today.”
The crowd erupted when Clinton stepped behind the podium. Clinton thanked the citizens for showing up and said she felt honored before them.
“I want to thank Maryland. It’s great to see the energy in here,” Clinton said. “I’m happy to have the opportunity to come on behalf of my friend and the next governor of Maryland: Anthony Brown.”
Brown introduced Clinton as the grandmother of Charlotte, Chelsea Clinton’s daughter. Clinton said she felt honored to be introduced that way because she knows Brown will help build a better future for Charlotte.
“He knows what it takes to serve the public,” Clinton said. “At the end of it, this race comes down to a simple question. Who’s on your side? Who is going to fight for you every day?”
Clinton said Brown would fight for issues like marriage equality, equal pay, immigration reform, lowering the cost of higher education and creating an easier life for those in the middle class.
Several members of the audience interrupted Clinton during her speech with concerns about immigration reform. Security removed the protestors and the sound of the crowd drowned out their cries as she resumed.
Clinton said immigration reform is a big issue and she is currently working to resolve it. She said immigration policies need to be reformed in order to move forward.
“When you have been doing this as long as Senator Cardin or Senator Mikulski and I have, you know it is important to keep moving forward,” Clinton said.
Clinton said as the election is coming to a close, Republican candidates are running their election based on fear.
“Fear is the last idea for those who run out of ideas and run out of hope,” Clinton said. “Fear is not going to help us come together and solve our problems. It only leads to more fear. Anthony Brown doesn’t scare easily.
Clinton said it’s time for citizens to dig deep and make the effort to vote.
“As you go out and talk to people, urge them to vote,” Clinton said to the crowd. “I want you to tell them they are checking the box next to Anthony Brown, but they are really voting for themselves.”
Clinton said Brown knows what is at stake with this election and will continue to fight for the people of Maryland to make the state progressive.
“There are many states doing everything they can imagine to make it harder for people to vote,” Clinton said. “Young people, people of color, elderly people. Voting rights are under assault.”
Congressman Chris Van Hollen said Republicans do not want young people to vote because when young people vote only good things happen.
“The political pundits say college students and graduate students are not going to vote. What I want to know is this. Are you all going to prove the pundits wrong?” Van Hollen said. “In 2010 only 24 percent of young people voted. That gave us the tea party Republican Congress. So you see a pattern here.”
“Please don’t miss this opportunity,” Clinton said when closing her remarks. “When you leave here, go straight to the early vote center. Fill out a ballot. Vote for Brown and Ulman.”