Hillary Clinton said to end her presidential campaign now would be as if “Rocky Balboa had gotten halfway up those art museum steps and said, ‘Well, I guess that’s about far enough.'” She went on to say, “[w]hen it comes to finishing a fight, Rocky and I have a lot in common. I never quit. I never give up.”
If you think Clinton likening herself to Rocky Balboa is a tad cheesy and a flat out mistake, seeing as Rocky lost his first fight to Apollo Creed (an African American), then we have something in common. Nevertheless, it confirms she will not withdraw from the presidential race.
Clinton made important points at the AFL-CIO rally and revealed a significant new plan. The Rebuild America plan will be monumental in invigorating our economy and creating 3,000,000 new jobs over a period of a decade. Not to mention, it will:
- Create a $10 billion Emergency Repair Fund to identify and repair critical infrastructure problems in bridges, tunnels and roads.
- Create a National Infrastructure Bank using bonding authority to make long-term investments in every dimension of public infrastructure – from seaports to highway systems to canals and levees.
- Modernize transportation systems in cities and protect the environment by investing in public transit and inter-city rail.
- Connect America with a national broadband infrastructure.
In Pennsylvania labor unions are a force to be reckoned with and coming from New York, Clinton is no stranger to labor woes. In support of labor Clinton has:
- Fought for and passed an extension of unemployment insurance in the wake of September 11.
- Is fighting on behalf of the brave workers who came to Ground Zero after September 11 and then got sick because the air wasn’t safe to breathe.
- Fought for the collective bargaining rights of DHS employees, DOD employees, TSA screeners, and public servants like our firefighters and police officers.
- Supported the Helmets to Hardhats program, to help veterans get good jobs after their service.
I’ll be honest, the first thing I did when I moved into the city 9 years ago was run the Rocky steps, so I appreciate her attempt, however misguided! And I’m proud that Clinton refuses to throw in the towel.