Hillary Clinton touts power of communities in speech to Mexican-American group
November 9th, 2013
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Hillary Clinton touts power of communities in speech to Mexican-American group

(CNN) - Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spent part of her Saturday reaching out to the Latino community, delivering a speech in Los Angeles to a major gathering of Mexican-Americans.

The former first lady and U.S. senator was the keynote speaker at the second annual Mexican American Leadership Initiative Awards Brunch, where she received an award for her work creating partnerships between the United States and Mexico.

Clinton used the speech to highlight her connections with the powerful and growing voter demographic, connections the 2008 presidential contender traced back through her work as secretary of state and her experience as first lady all the way to volunteer work in high school.

The experiences, Clinton said, introduced her to ethnic cuisine and the power of community. But “the friendships are what really stood the test of time,” she said.

While making a series of high-profile speeches in recent weeks, Clinton has said she won’t start considering a 2016 presidential run until next year. But that did not stop her from making a clear political appeal Saturday on support of an ever-diversifying America.

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“We are so lucky as a nation that we have the talents of people from everywhere. Our diversity is one of our great strengths,” Clinton said.

“Part of the obvious argument of immigration reform is, we are a nation of immigrants, and we ought to be celebrating that rather than fearing it.”

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Clinton identified some of the minority communities in the United States that have helped connect and strengthen international partnerships, speaking of Irish-American efforts at finding peace in Northern Ireland, Indian-American connections to the subcontinent and the constant support of American Jews for Israel.

But those communities can be leveraged more, Clinton said.

“One of our great assets that we were undervaluing” in the United States, Clinton said, is the multitude of ethnic communities living in the country.

Clinton also called for greater trade and energy partnerships with Mexico and into Central and South America.

“I personally believe we need more connectivity in North America. We need more connectivity throughout our hemisphere,” she said.

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Rent sealer


    Please cast illegal votes for me. Vote early and often.

    November 9, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain: The GOP owes our nation $24 billion

    *preemptive FACTS about Hilary Clinton's testimony on Benghazi (something you'll never see on Fox or hear on a RWNJ's show*

    "Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they’d go kill some Americans? What difference, at this point, does it make?

    "It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, Senator. Now, honestly, I will do my best to answer your questions about this. But the fact is that people were trying in real time to get the best information….But, you know, to be clear, it is, from my perspective, less important today looking backwards as to why these militants decided they did it than to find them and bring them to justice, and then maybe we’ll figure out what was going on in the meantime."

    November 9, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain: The GOP owes our nation $24 billion

    Benghazi and lying about it: Where's the RWNJ outrage over these FACTS:

    CNN's story: "'We were wrong': CBS's Lara Logan apologizes for Benghazi report"

    CBS reporter Logan on her "source" (some excerpts; you won't see this on Fox or hear on a RWNJ radio show):

    "What we know now is, he told the FBI a different story to what he told us," Logan said. "That was the moment for us when we realized that we no longer had confidence in our source and we were wrong to put him on air, and we apologize to our viewers."

    "Since the revelations about problems with the story, Logan said CBS has tried to contact Davies but has not heard from him."

    "The New York Times, citing two senior government officials, reported Thursday that the contractor told the FBI he did not go the Benghazi compound on the night of the attack."

    So the only question is: When will Rep. Issa call for Congressional hearings into why CBS let itself get duped by a liar and spread misinformation about a tragic attack in Benghazi?


    November 9, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  4. Tigas

    The Democrat strategy: lost the trust of legal US citizens, pander to illegal immigrants and dangle the amnesty carrot in front of then for votes.

    November 9, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    Thirteen embassies attacked under the war criminal #43 and 50 deaths.
    Where was car thief Issa? right, nowhere.

    November 9, 2013 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  6. Randy, San Francisco

    It is obvious from the nasty comments that Hillary Clinton has Tea Partiers and extremist conservatives running scare. Hillary will smash the glass ceiling in 2016.

    November 9, 2013 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  7. Gurgyl


    November 9, 2013 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain: The GOP owes our nation $24 billion

    To Tigas and Rent sealer: Illegal immigrants can't register to vote and given the penalty for voter fraud is up to one year in jail and a $5,000 fine, why would any illegal immigrant risk that (let alone being deported) just to cast one vote?

    Think it through, folks ....

    November 9, 2013 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  9. Data Driven

    @Rent sealer,


    Please cast illegal votes for me. Vote early and often."

    Translation to your translation: "I'm a bigot." Guess what, genius? It's the LEGAL Latinos - all 53 million of them, except the kids - who will do the voting. And yeah, they'll mostly vote for Democrats, probably because of the other party's bigotry and stuff like that.

    Too bad for your team!

    November 10, 2013 04:25 am at 4:25 am |
  10. Data Driven


    "The Democrat strategy: lost the trust of legal US citizens"

    Ah, the lonely life of the Keyboard Warrior. Only the Keyboard Warrior has the courage to tell the truth that all Latinos are illegal aliens. Of course, the Keyboard Warrior would be quiet as a church mouse if he was in a room with Latinos, but hey, that's very very necessary: homes gotta be undercover!

    November 10, 2013 04:44 am at 4:44 am |
  11. don in albuquerque

    @Rent sealer-How are things in KKK land today?

    November 10, 2013 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  12. Name carl

    Go Hillary 2016..

    November 10, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  13. Evergreen

    The GOP don't get that illegal immigrates can't vote but their US born Voting-age chldren can...and they read and hear your comments

    November 10, 2013 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |