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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Hillary Clinton campaign continues to rally base with Michelle Obama visit in Pittsburgh

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2016 at 10:19 PM

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks before a throng of supporters at the University of Pittsburgh - PHOTO BY RENEE ROSENSTEEL
  • Photo by Renee Rosensteel
  • First Lady Michelle Obama speaks before a throng of supporters at the University of Pittsburgh
For months, since the culmination of the presidential primary election, polls have indicated Americans aren't too thrilled about their choices for president: Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump.

In the Republican primary, the American people cast votes for twelve different candidates. And while Trump came out the winner, there are many Republicans so against him, they're switching parties.

Many Democrats were pulling for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, a candidate they say would've shaken up Washington with his liberal ideas. Now many say they'll throw their vote to a third-party candidate or simply won't vote at all. 

 "A lot of my peers feel like Hillary is the lesser of two evils," says Ebe Ewere, a college student who attended a Clinton rally today. "We have to get them to see the long-term effects of voting and the long-term effects of not voting."

In light of the country's collective state of ennui, Clinton and Trump's campaigns are now tasked with getting their bases excited about the November election to ensure more people make it to the polls to cast votes in their favor. And at an event at the University of Pittsburgh today, First Lady Michelle Obama focused on doing just that.

"When people say they're not excited about this election, I have to disagree," Obama said. "There has never been a candidate more qualified to be president than Hillary Clinton." 

As she has done often throughout this election cycle, Obama criticized Trump without actually mentioning him by name. But her speech was filled with highlights from this week's presidential debate, including Trump's comments about having a good temperament 

"When making life or death decisions, you can't just pop off," Obama said. "Being president isn't anything like reality TV. It's not an apprenticeship."

But Obama's speech wasn't all clever comments about Trump's reality television show, The Apprentice. Obama also cited statistics from her husband's first election, that demonstrate the power of each individual voter. According to Obama, the number of votes her husband won Pennsylvania by, can be divided to equal 17 votes per precinct.

And that's why Clinton supporters are working hard to register voters. 

"I'm going door to door. We've been registering people and I'm going out this Saturday too," says Donna Nelson of Penn Hills. "When we saw people who weren't registered we said to them, 'do you see what's going on with Trump? Do you want this?' Donald Trump is racist. He is a disgrace and he is ignorant."

"We've been getting out registering people. The next step is calling Democrats to make sure they come out," says Sharon Ricketts of Monroeville. "Whatever we need to do, we need to do it."

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Braddock Mayor John Fetterman and climate group host "Taco Truck on Every Corner" event in Pittsburgh

Posted By on Thu, Sep 8, 2016 at 4:40 PM

Tacos being handed out  at "Taco Truck on Every Corner" event in Oakland - CP PHOTO BY RYAN DETO
  • CP Photo by Ryan Deto
  • Tacos being handed out at "Taco Truck on Every Corner" event in Oakland
Last week, a surrogate for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump warned that without Trump's strict immigration policies, the U.S. would experience "a taco truck on every corner." The quote was then widely mocked on social media, with many people saying that an abundance of taco trucks would be a great thing.

And on Sept 8, Pittsburgh added two taco trucks to the corner of Forbes Avenue and Halket Street in Oakland in further defiance. The event was hosted by environmental PAC NextGen Climate PA and Braddock Mayor John Fetterman, and was set up to encourage voter registration and inform potential voters on climate-change issues.

"We think of what the future can hold," said NextGen PA spokesperson Aleigha Cavalier. "A future where there is a taco truck on every corner and a future that is conscious of climate change."

The popular Mexican fare was served by Jackie Page Tastes and Vagabond Taco Truck, and dozens of students and construction workers chowed down on the offerings. Passersby were given a free taco if they signed up to commit to vote on climate-change action, and also were encouraged, but not forced, to register to vote. 

Fetterman enjoyed a taco as well and spoke to many in attendance. The Pittsburgh Taco Truck served tacos at his campaign-launch event for U.S. Senate last fall and today he said that tacos are a great unifier. (Ironically, the day before the now-infamous taco-truck quote, the Trump campaign unveiled a new "Make Mexico Great Again Also" campaign hat.)

"I don't know anybody in their right mind who doesn't love tacos. Everybody loves tacos," said Fetterman at the event. "Donald Trump is the best surrogate a Democrat ever had. [The comment] really was a gift for Democrats."

Fetterman, who has been campaigning for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and former opponent and U.S. Senate candidate Katie McGinty, emphasized that outlandish comments like the "taco truck" one show him that the decision this November should be for the Dems.

"There really isn't a choice, if one of the choices is Donald Trump," said Fetterman.

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