Warren summarizes plans at USCA town hall

Warren summarizes plans at USCA town hall

Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren visited the University of South Carolina Aiken this past Saturday to discuss her plans in a town hall meeting for the 2020 election. 

Warren detailed major restructuring of the economy and battling corruption within Washington—stating that she “has a plan” for all facets of her campaign. 

Warren’s town hall proved to be too large for the USCA B&E Gymnasium, as hundreds of visitors lined up across campus to hear her speak. Prior to her entrance in the gymnasium, Warren spoke with those left waiting outside.

Elizabeth Warren was preceded by South Carolina and Georgia representatives as well as members of her own campaign. 

State Senator Herald Jones, D-SC spoke accolades of Warren, saying that “She came from a real, American background...She knows we have the resources to take care of Americans.”

Following Sen. Jones came Keirra Jefferson, a Junior at USCA’s mother campus USC Columbia. Jefferson is an intern for “SC for Warren” and stated that her interest in joining the team began with “...Senator Warren’s plan to combat the maternal mortality rate in the black community. According to the CDC black women are three to four times more likely to die from pregnancy or child-related causes than white women. Yet, Senator Warren was the first public official I saw have a genuine concern for these disparities.” 

Jefferson closed this remark with “Senator Warren has a plan for that.”

Warren spent a portion of the town hall talking about her background. Warren grew up in a middle-class family, one that dealt with the threat of foreclosure, war and health issues as foundational experiences. She attributed her upbringing to the “bootstraps rule.” 

She noted that her experience growing up was not unique, but an upbringing that millions of American families could relate to: “No matter how hard it looks, no matter how scared they are, they reach down deep and find what they have to find, they pull it up, they take care of the people they love because that’s what Americans do.”

Of the major points in her rally, Warren discussed deeply the difference between minimum wage jobs in her youth versus minimum wage jobs now. Warren states that the difference between the wages is “who the government works for” and the questions the government asked. 

Her plan to combat this issue, along with many others, she says, “is the biggest anti-corruption plan since Watergate.”

Warren’s plans geared towards attacking corruption in Washington, a major restructuring of the economy, and preserving America’s democracy. 

She said that all of her plans are connected to one thing: who is afforded opportunities.

Warren’s plans involve the adequate education for all children, low unemployment rates and opportunity for small business owners.

The end of the town hall meeting allowed for three questions that addressed climate change, reintegration of previously incarcerated and special education opportunities. Warren also allotted a portion of the Q&A time to discuss healthcare. 

“Here’s what we know as Americans: we’re all gonna pitch in today so that if it happens to your family, or to your family, or to your family,” she emphasized with points directly to audience members, “we’re all gonna be there for each other.” She punctuated this remark with “Healthcare is a basic human right,” followed by impassioned applause. 

“Honestly, she’s the only one [candidate] that I’m super behind right now,” said Chris Juhn, an audience member at the rally. “I just think her plan is the most comprehensive.”

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