With three weeks to go before the South Carolina Democratic primary, Chelsea Clinton came to Spartanburg to stump for her mother.
Clinton was the featured guest at a Women for Hillary event at Converse College Saturday afternoon. Clinton used the opportunity to detail Hillary Clinton's positions on women's and family issues, economic matters and health care.
The 2016 presidential election is the most important of her lifetime, Chelsea Clinton said. She said becoming a mom has made her especially active on her own mother's behalf.
“I didn’t know I could care more intensely about the things I cared about until I became a mom,” said Clinton, who is expecting her second child.
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The next president will likely name at least three justices to the U.S. Supreme Court, Clinton told the crowd. She said the court will have a pivotal role in deciding issues such as campaign finance reform, a woman’s right to choose and the Voting Rights Act.
Clinton said her mother, as president, would expand the foundation President Barack Obama has laid on universal health care. She said her mother has a history of progressive views and actions on health care.
“I remember in ’93 or ’94, when my mom was on the front line, fighting for universal health care,” she said. “It’s so important we take the Affordable Care Act and build on it. We cannot afford to go backwards.”
More governors, like S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley, also need to accept federal funds to expand Medicaid programs, Clinton said.
After her speech, Clinton took part in a question-and-answer session with some of the roughly 150 people in attendance.
She was asked about everything from increasing funding for programs to stop domestic violence to how she and her family deal with some of the distasteful things said about them.
Clinton ended her visit by saying Democrats across the state need to vote not only in the Feb. 27primary, but in the November general election as well.
“We can’t think the work ends on Election Day,” she said. “The work begins on Election Day.”