Clinton Looks Toward General Election

Date: March 24, 2016

The delegate stalemate on “Western Tuesday” moves Clinton closer to the nomination.

Not long after coming on stage to Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song” at her campaign event on March 22, Hillary Clinton made it clear who her true opponent in the ring is: Donald Trump.

In the “Western Tuesday” primaries and caucuses, Clinton claimed victory in Arizona’s primary while Sanders routed her in the Utah and Idaho caucuses. Despite Bernie Sanders’ wins, though, Clinton focused her comments on the real estate mogul. 

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Much of Clinton’s speech focused on the terrorist attacks in Brussels, and she drew a sharp contrast between her plan and those of her Republican rivals.

“This is a contest between fundamentally different views of our country, our values and our future,” Clinton said. “What Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and others are suggesting is not only wrong, it’s dangerous.”

Clinton and Sanders both won more than 50 delegates from their respective victories. That leaves Clinton with a dominating delegate count of 1,690 to Sanders’ 946, a figure that includes superdelegates. She needs nearly 700 additional delegates to clinch the nomination. 

Strong early voting numbers propelled Clinton to victory in Arizona while Sanders continued to ride his wave of support from young voters in his caucus victories. 

Small Biz Sound Bites 

The Democratic candidates also addressed small business in their speeches, with Sanders addressing income inequality and corruption in corporate America.

“This campaign is about ending a situation in which millions of our people are working longer hours for lower wages,” Sanders said. “This campaign is about creating an economy that works for all of us, not just the 1 percent.” 

Clinton touted her support for unions in her speech, reiterated her plan to create jobs by investing in infrastructure and renewable energy and vowed to raise the federal minimum wage. 

Sanders is looking for a campaign boost on March 26 when Alaska, Hawaii and Washington hold their caucuses, all contests where Sanders is expected to do well. 

Below is more of what the small business community has been saying on Twitter about the two Democratic candidates.

*Note: This news coverage does not equate to an endorsement of any candidate by NFIB

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore

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