Hillary Clinton’s first answer at the presidential debate was a clear blow to Trump’s tax plan
Hillary Clinton is the first woman in history to be one of the presidential candidates on the general election debate stage. That’s no small deal (even if we’re not that excited it’s her specifically), and the Democratic nominee sure took her historic role seriously, beginning with Clinton’s opening statement at the first debate. Clinton’s 2016 campaign has tackled a wide range of identity issues, but more recently over the past few months, took populist cues from former rival Bernie Sanders’ campaign, which stood out in her answer to Lester Holt’s first question. Her opening statement emphasized investment in the future, equal pay, and profit sharing.
Unlike Trump, who essentially admitted he would be winging the debates so he doesn’t appear “phony,” Clinton reportedly prepared for the debate by extensively studying briefings. She surrounded herself with a team of strategists who included Ron Klain, former chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden, and Karen Dunn, a long-time adviser and former White House aide, according to The Wall Street Journal. Her campaign manager, Robby Mooks, claimed Clinton additionally prepared to fact-check Trump, who has been known to pull statements, often racist in nature, out of his ass without any data to back himself up.
Clinton also opted to take a few days off the campaign trail ahead of the debate. All of that preparation certainly shows in her strong opening statement.
Here’s Clinton’s answer to her first question from Lester Holt, “Why are you a better choice than your opponent to create the kind of jobs that will put more money into the pockets of American workers?”:
“The central question in this election is really what kind of country we want to be and what kind of future we’ll build together. Today is my granddaughter’s second birthday, so I think about this a lot. First, we have to build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top. That means we need new jobs, good jobs with rising incomes. I want us to invest in you. I want us to invest in your future.
That means jobs in infrastructure, in advanced manufacturing, innovation and technology, clean, renewable energy, and small business, because most of the new jobs will come from small business. We also have to make the economy fairer. That starts with raising the national minimum wage and also guarantee, finally, equal pay for women’s work.
I also want to see more companies do profit sharing. If you help create the profits, you should be able to share in them, not just the executives at the top.
And I want us to do more to support people who are struggling to balance family and work… So let’s have paid family leave, earned sick days. Let’s be sure we have affordable child care and debt-free college. How are we going to do it? We’re going to do it by having the wealthy pay their fair share and close the corporate loopholes.”
It only got more intense from there.