By Ramona du Houx - October 25th, 2014
“It’s time to give your governor a veto,” said Clinton after highlighting the fact that Gov. LePage vetoed accepting federal healthcare coverage for Maine- not once- but five times.
Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State, and former U.S. Senator from New York, rallied roughly 1,400 people on behalf of U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud at Scarborough High School on October 24, 2014.
“I wanted to come lend my support to his campaign because I believe he would be the kind of governor the people of Maine deserve,” said Clinton.
She talked about Michaud’s record of passionate persistent work on the behalf of the people of Maine. She reminded people that Michaud had the courage to run for office and pass laws in the Maine State House that stopped his employer, the Great Northern Mill, from dumping pollutants into his community’s river. Michaud got into politics because he was passionate about stopping the mill’s toxic practice. He continued to work for the mill while being a Representative in Augusta.
“It matters what have you already done,” said Clinton highlighting her work with Michaud on trade issues and how he played a key role in passing the recent VA reform bill. She also mentioned Mike’s work bringing needed funds to rural areas of the state with the Northern Boarder Commission for economic development he created in Congress.
She asked numerous questions where clearly Michuad was the only answer.
“Who’s on your side? Who’s going to work hard for you?? …. to work together to help create good high paying jobs? Who will make sure Maine’s economy works for everyone not just a few privileged few? Who will go to Augusta to make it absolutely clear that the governor is a servant of the people?”Clinton made it clear that Michaud is the best candidate to spur economic change in Maine, grow incomes and bring healthcare coverage to all. While, as President of Maine State Senate she said Michaud’s record shows that he worked with 17 Republican and 17 Democrats to pass budgets, lower taxes for small businesses and raise the minimum wage.
“You don’t need a lot of yelling, you don’t need to insult people,” she said refereeing to LePage. “You need to bring them together and listen to each other. That’s Mike’s way.”
As cheers filled the high school it was easy to see Clinton succeeded in energizing the audience.
Michaud is running against Republican Gov. Paul LePage and independent Eliot Cutler. Polls show LePage and Michaud in a tight race and Cutler trailing.
Michaud also spoke at the event and highlighted job growth, access to health care and equal pay for equal work. He says Maine is “at a crossroads” and defeating LePage would be a good start toward improving the state’s economy.
“Gov. LePage will never, ever be able to fix these problems because he’s too divisive, and he is too wedded to his ideology, and he’s too unwilling to listen to anyone who has the audacity to disagree with him,” Michaud said.
Clinton warned people not to throw away their vote for Elliot Cutler who is trailing in the polls and mostly taking votes away from Michaud. Cutler is widely viewed as a spoiler in the race.
“In these last days, talk to your friends who may not like the current incumbent and aren’t quite sure whether they’re going to get out and vote, or are kind of intrigued by a third party,” said Clinton. “This is no time to be throwing a vote away.”The rally also included speeches from 1st Congressional District Rep. Chellie Pingree, 2nd Congressional District candidate Emily Cain and U.S. Senate candidate Shenna Bellows.
“You deserve a governor who knows what it’s like to punch a time clock, and will fight for everyone to have the same shot at the American Dream that he’s been able to have,” she said.