Clinton Gets ‘Worked Up’ in Ohio

By Dotcomabc

Feb 23, 2008 9:33am

ABC’s Eloise Harper reports: Sen. Hillary Clinton took another moment last night in Toledo, OH to thank and recognize the local police officer who lost his life earlier in the day while riding in her motorcade. She thanked the law enforcement officials that work for Americans and included other laborers in this country, including “nurses that work the night shift.”

Clinton, trying to appeal to the crowd, said “I grew up in the Midwest and I have all of those Midwestern values that we share about what it is life is all about. We don’t expect anybody to give us anything; we expect to work for it –- we always have. We take individual responsibility and we are self–reliant.”

Hitting on NAFTA and trade, Clinton energetically spoke to the crowd, trying to make her case. “Sometimes people say to me ‘You get worked up’,” Clinton said. “…You know that’s right, I do … I think the American middle class and working people are worth getting worked up about!”

Clinton started asking “why?” in Ohio late Friday night. “Why, why aren’t there the kind of jobs that will give us a good solid middle class lifestyle?” Clinton continued, “Why can somebody work full-time and not have a wage that lifts that person and his or her family out of poverty?”

“Some people think either those questions don’t have answers or that the answers are basically ‘well, you know that’s the way it used to be but that’s not the way it is anymore’ — I reject that, I reject that with all my heart, that is not an answer that is acceptable for me or my country.”

Slamming her opponent, Clinton said that “on issue after issue I don’t come to you with words I come with actions — I come with a proven record of accomplishments for you.”

Clinton has said before that she’s “your girl” to take on the Republican attack machine. But, in Toledo she had a new twist, saying, “If you are looking for someone who will work to figure out a way how we keep building and making products that give people good wages and give us an industrial base which is important for our national security as well as our economy, then I’m your girl.”

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