I read a blog post on The Huffington Post this week titled "The Case for a Populist Challenger in the Democratic Primaries." While the piece well delineated the differences between Republicans and Democrats, it also falsely suggested a divide within the Democratic Party itself -- specifically between Hillary Clinton and "populist" Democrats. In reality, there is no such divide.
To be a populist means to represent the interests of ordinary Americans -- exactly what Hillary Clinton has been doing her entire life. Ordinary Americans are those who weren't born into wealth or haven't stumbled upon good luck but work hard and are doing the best they can.
As Hillary Clinton likes to say, "talent is universal; opportunity is not." She has devoted her life to expanding opportunity for all Americans. Let me give you 10 reasons Hillary Clinton is the candidate for populist Democrats and all Americans:
- Hillary Clinton wants to grow the economy from the bottom up, not from the top down. At a speech at the New America Foundation Summit, Hillary said, "Now the empirical evidence tells us that our society is healthiest and our economy grows fastest when people in the middle are working and thriving, and when people at the bottom believe that they can make their way into that broad-based middle."
Leveling the playing field so that everyone can have a fair shot: That's what Hillary Clinton calls "the basic bargain of America: No matter who you are or where you come from, if you work hard and play by the rules, you should have the opportunity to build a good life."
Hillary Clinton is proud of her middle-class roots and wants every American to have the opportunities she has had. She believes it is the basic bargain of America. I know that as our next president, Hillary Clinton will do all she can to make sure America lives up to its end of the bargain.
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