Clinton: Dems Can Win With Bold Ideas 05/24 06:18
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) -- Democrats can win elections and stand up to
Washington Republicans by sticking to their core principles when it comes to
education, health care, equality and the environment, Hillary Clinton told a
friendly crowd at the New York state Democratic convention on Wednesday.
The remarks from the 2016 Democratic nominee for president came as Democrats
look to make big gains across the country in the fall elections.
Clinton said Democrats in New York and across the nation are showing how to
advance progressive priorities while also confronting Republican President
Donald Trump, who defeated Clinton to win the White House. She dismissed
criticism that her party has no "bold ideas."
"I don't know about you, but I think it's a bold idea that everyone in this
country should have a decent standard of living," she said.
While some liberal Democrats question Clinton's progressive credentials, the
former U.S. senator and secretary of state received a warm welcome in her home
state, with cheers and applause greeting her as she took the stage.
Clinton praised Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whose bid for a third term she
has endorsed, and did not mention his from-the-left challenger, "Sex and the
City" star and liberal activist Cynthia Nixon.
Cuomo easily won his party's nomination Wednesday, claiming more than 95
percent of the votes cast by delegates. Nixon received only a smattering of
votes --- and a few boos --- in the nomination process. It wasn't a surprise:
Cuomo is the de facto leader of the party and the convention is run by his
"We really do have the anti-Washington agenda," Cuomo told reporters
following his nomination. "This was really an overwhelming show of support,
frankly more than I expected."
Nixon was not invited to speak at the convention but attended anyway. Asked
about Clinton's support for Cuomo, she said voters won't make their decisions
based on endorsements. Nixon can still appear on the September Democratic
primary ticket by collecting voter signatures; she will already appear on the
November ballot as the nominee of the left-leaning Working Families Party.
"Andrew Cuomo can get all the endorsements he wants," she said. "I think at
the end of the day, voters vote on peoples' records, not on surrogates."
Nixon has faulted Cuomo for not doing enough to address education
inequalities, corruption or the lack of funding for New York City's subways.
Cuomo points to his successful push for gun control laws, same-sex marriage and
a $15 minimum wage.
The party nominated New York City Public Advocate Letitia James for attorney
general. James, who had key endorsements from Cuomo and Democratic Assembly
Speaker Carl Heastie of the Bronx, beat Buffalo attorney Leecia Eve and Zephyr
Teachout, a law professor and liberal activist.
Former Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to address the convention on
Republicans are holding their convention in Manhattan, where they nominated
Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro as their candidate for governor on
Wednesday. New York City attorneys Manny Alicandro and Keith Wofford are
seeking the Republican nomination for attorney general.
Trump was scheduled to be on Long Island Wednesday to speak to local law
enforcement officials about gang violence.