During a campaign stop in South Jersey on Wednesday, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton came out swinging against the Republican’s apparent nominee, Donald Trump.
At a rally at Camden County College in Blackwood, New Jersey, Clinton ignored the existence of her Democratic opponent, Bernie Sanders. Instead, she attacked Trump’s “reckless and dangerous agenda” and vowed to take the high road in the general election.
“He can say whatever he wants to say about me personally,” she said. “I will stand up and fight for and speak out for every American that he attacks – any insults.”
After rattling off the list of progressive policies she would promote — such as raising the national minimum wage, equal pay for women and dealing with climate change — Clinton also slammed Trump’s tax plan as being “written by a billionaire for billionaires.”
While Trump’s proposal involves cutting tax rates at all income levels, it would bring down the top tax bracket from 39.6 percent to 25 percent, benefiting wealthier Americans. An analysis from the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center found it would result in a loss of trillions in revenue.
Recently, after receiving criticism from both sides of the aisle, Trump has said he’s open to tweaking that plan.
Echoing Sanders, Clinton said she wants to tax the rich “because they have benefitted the most from the economy in the last 15 years and it’s time they paid their fair share for America’s prosperity and our success.”
Her plan would add a four percent surcharge on people making over $5 million a year.
Clinton’s harsh words come as a new Quinnipiac University poll shows her and Trump in a dead heat in three swing states, including Pennsylvania. The same poll shows Sanders beating Trump in the Keystone State by 6 points, so it was likely no coincidence Clinton was campaigning in South Jersey where she could get coverage in the Philadelphia media market where she could reach Pennsylvania voters.
It seems she was also paying homage to South Jersey power broker George Norcross, who was seen in the hallway outside at Camden County College rally.
Following that event, Clinton visited with doctors and nurses at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper Hospital where Norcross sits on the Board of Visitors and she emerged from a doorway he had poked his head into some minutes before. His daughter, Lexie Norcross, executive director of the online news source PhillyVoice, stood in the back of the room while Clinton spoke.
Norcross and his brother, Congressman Donald Norcross, are two of New Jersey’s five uncommitted superdelegates. His spokesman, Dan Fee would not comment on whether Norcross was planning to choose a candidate before the state’s June 7 primary. Both brothers had committed to President Obama by this time in 2008.