Hillary Clinton pledges economic growth, calls Trump 'loose cannon' during Ft. Mitchell rally

FORT MITCHELL, Ky. -- Hillary Clinton pledged to improve the economy if elected president and called likely Republican nominee Donald Trump "a loose cannon" during a campaign stop in Fort Mitchell Sunday.

Clinton was campaigning across Kentucky ahead of Tuesday's Democratic primary. She currently holds a lead of about 300 delegates in the race and is expected by many to win, but Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has continued to win some states and aims to stop her from clinching the nomination.

Clinton said the economy would grow with her as president, citing plans to increase investment in infrastructure, create incentives to add more manufacturing in the U.S., make public college debt-free and assist businesses owned by women and minorities.

"The economy does better when we have a Democrat in the White House," Clinton said.

She also addressed an issue that has drawn criticism earlier in the campaign. While Clinton previously said she would put "coal companies out of business," she said Sunday that she planned to expand on renewable energy and revitalize coal country.

Clinton also said that her husband, President Bill Clinton, would be "in charge" of revitalizing the economy, and blamed the Great Recession on changes made by President George Bush's administration, such as tax cuts for the wealthy and deregulation of industries.

"We saw the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression," Clinton said.

Speaking about foreign policy, Clinton described herself as an experienced diplomat who is willing to spend the time necessary to build relationships, listen to people she disagrees with and find common ground.

"I will seek common ground, but I will also stand my ground," she said.

Clinton added she would better secure Americans against foreign threats than Donald Trump, referencing his statements that he would bar Muslims from the U.S. and build a wall along the border with Mexico.

"What you hear from Donald Trump is not just offensive, it is dangerous," Clinton said.

Additionally, Clinton pledged to put into place early childhood education programs and improve the Affordable Care Act with more emphasis on mental health and addiction.

Clinton said the heroin problem should be addressed by treating, rather than jailing, addicts, and by addressing the "over prescription" of opioids.

 

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