Hillary Clinton Hits Trump Hard In St. Petersburg

 Clinton was a hit on a rainy day in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG – As Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was laying out his new economic plan to an audience in Detroit, his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton was busy in St. Petersburg. The former Secretary of State was busy taking about the Trump plan while giving her loud and supportive audience a preview of her own economic plan.

She and her fans braved a rainy, messy day in downtown St. Petersburg, but the candidate and her supported seemed upbeat. There was a definite feeling of warmth in the room, despite the weather conditions outside.

With just 92 days before voter’s head to cast their ballots, Clinton is leading Trump in the polls by as high as ten points and as low as 4 points. In Florida she has between a 2 and six-point lead depending on the poll you read.

Secretary Clinton spoke in full voice about the creation of jobs and new small businesses Monday before a crowd of more than 2,000 people in St. Petersburg’s historic Coliseum. The beautiful ballroom gave her a perfect backdrop to contrast her plans to those of Trump who spoke only about an hour before Secretary Clinton took the stage.

She was excited about talking about her plan to make the biggest investment in good-paying jobs since World War II, which coincides with her “100-Day Jobs Plan” that includes investing in American manufacturing, cutting taxes and reducing red tape to help fuel small business growth.

“You can tell I’m pretty excited about what we can do to start new businesses and create more jobs,” Clinton said, her voice booming as the crowds cheered loudly. “I think America’s best years are ahead of us. I have no doubt about that.”

As one might expect Secretary Clinton took some well-placed shots at Trump. She hit him with what might just become a tag line of her campaign.

“Don’t let a friend vote Trump,” she said as the crowd erupted in laughter and cheers. “So here’s the deal. He can’t escape the math… now you know math can be kind of inconvenient if it doesn’t add up the way you want it to and economists, left, right, in the middle all say the same thing: that Trump’s policies would throw us into a recession, the last thing we need. He would undermine the growth that we’ve had since the Great Recession.”

She was quick to attack the speech Trump gave in Detroit yesterday, one that she said was written by his advisors. “They tried to make his old, tired ideas sound new but here’s what we all know, because we heard it again: His tax plans will give super big tax breaks to large corporations and the really wealthy, just like him and the guys who wrote the speech, right?” Clinton said.

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Casting herself as the presidential candidate in favor of small businesses, Clinton pointed out that the future of small business was with the creative young people in the United States. But what is causing them from making that investment in business is their high priced student loans.

As a way of helping Clinton promised lower interest rates for anyone with student loans so that they could pay them off after 10 years. “But if you want to start a business, we’re going to put a moratorium on your student loan payment so you can actually borrow the money to get the business started.”

Today, Clinton is in South Florida, but it was yesterday’s speech in St. Petersburg where voters got a preview of her Thursday address in Detroit when she lays out in detail her economic plans to help the country.


Jim Williams is the Washington Bureau Chief, Digital Director as well as the Director of Special Projects for Genesis Communications. He is starting his third year as part of the team. This is Williams 40th year in the media business, and in that time he has served in a number of capacities. He is a seven time Emmy Award winning television producer, director, writer and executive. He has developed four regional sports networks, directed over 2,000 live sporting events including basketball, football, baseball hockey, soccer and even polo to name a few sports. Major events include three Olympic Games, two World Cups, two World Series, six NBA Playoffs, four Stanley Cup Playoffs, four NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournaments (March Madness), two Super Bowl and over a dozen college bowl games. On the entertainment side Williams was involved s and directed over 500 concerts for Showtime, Pay Per View and MTV Networks.