Clinton makes nod to Iowa’s wind energy turbines during Omaha stop

Source: By Scott Stewart, Council Bluffs Nonpareil • Posted: Wednesday, August 3, 2016

OMAHA – Hillary Clinton gave Iowans a shout-out for their embrace of wind energy during a campaign stop Monday afternoon at Omaha North Magnet Center.

Clinton credited Iowa’s nation-leading production of wind energy for both creating jobs and promoting a sustainable source of electricity for its residents.

“Your neighbor Iowa is already getting a third of its energy from clean energy, primarily wind energy,” Clinton said. “They are taking abandoned factories and actually assembling the wind turbines – putting people to work in Iowa.”

Much of Clinton’s campaign stop Monday, coming on the heels of her historic acceptance of the Democratic Party’s nomination at the Democratic National Convention last week, focused on attacks on her opponent, Republican Donald Trump, and outlining policies she would like to implement if elected as the nation’s first woman president.

For rural residents of the Midwest, Clinton highlighted a call for expanding broadband internet into every home in America. She said 5 million children in the U.S. don’t have access to the internet at home, placing them at a disadvantage in the 21st century.

Her call for internet expansion came as part of a broader pledge to focus on infrastructure improvements as a top priority if elected. She said she wants to put America back to work on roads, bridges and other projects – many of which are needed as infrastructure approaches the point of failure in communities across the country.

Clinton said she wants to bring back manufacturing jobs, saying her time as secretary of state showed her that consumers across the world want to buy American goods. She called out Trump for using foreign companies to manufacture goods for some of his businesses.

Education is another priority Clinton mentioned, saying she wants the middle class to attend college for free and everyone to be able to obtain a higher education without going into debt. She drew large applause from the crowd calling for student loan relief.

Small businesses also would be a focus for a Clinton administration, with the candidate discussing her father’s roots as a small business owner.

“Too many dreams still die in the parking lots of banks in America,” she said.

Clinton was joined by Omaha billionaire Warren Buffett as well as Ben Nelson, a former Nebraska governor and senator. Nelson served as a freshman senator with Clinton, and he acted as a character witness to the crowd before she arrived.

Nelson acts as a character witness for Clinton, citing time together in Senate. Says she’ll promote jobs as well as ag and manufacturing.

“She’ll fight for a 21st century economy,” Nelson said.

Buffett served to highlight Clinton’s support from the business community, according to a release from her campaign prior to Monday’s event. He repeatedly took jabs at Trump, a fellow businessman, and discussed the need for additional taxes on wealthy individuals like himself.