Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, made a stop at the Overture Center in Madison yesterday as part of a three-city swing through Wisconsin, looking to reach out to younger voters and to encourage early voting.
Before arriving in Madison, Clinton also spoke at early voting events in La Crosse and Stevens Point. Clinton was joined at the Overture Center by U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, who talked about the importance of voting and urged voters not to become complacent or overconfident as the election comes to a close.
Clinton talked to the crowd about how passionate she felt about this election. “The president shapes the future for children,” she said, “and our values are at stake.”
Clinton said that there is an understandable frustration out there that people are working just as hard and harder and not making the money they made 15 years ago. “We have a moral obligation to feel solidarity to someone like that,” she said. “That’s one of the reasons that my mom has said that her first job will be to continue to invest in creating jobs with rising incomes.”
Fielding a question from the audience on bullying, Clinton said that we have to do a better job teaching our kids how to be better citizens and how to support and respect each other.
“I think it matters who our role models are,” Clinton said. “It does. So I think part of the answer is defeating Donald Trump and making it clear that his divisive, demeaning, and disrespectful rhetoric is not what we want in America.
“I think we also need to be doing more to support schools in anti-bullying curriculum and talking about what is never acceptable to say in person but also what it is never acceptable to say online,” she added, “because what we often hear in schools is that bullying often starts on social media and migrates into classrooms and hallways. We need anti-bullying training and we also need pro-social behavior training. Bullying is not only horrifying for those being bullied, but it’s also terrible for the bullies who think that is how someone is supposed to engage and act and treat someone.”
Clinton said that we have to recognize that our work doesn’t finish on November 8, election day.
“I hope that you will do all that you can from now until election day to talk to your family, your friends, and your parents, and strangers about what’s at stake,” Clinton says. “I hope you also realize that our work doesn’t finish on election day because we have to continue to prove that love trumps hate. We have to continue to create the country that we all feel proud of and where we all feel safe and comfortable and respected … but electing my mom is part of that.”