At a campaign stop at Kirkwood Community College in Monticello, Iowa, on Tuesday (April 14) 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke to college students and city residents about the income tax rates in America.
“There is something wrong when hedge fund managers pay lower tax rates than nurses or the truckers that I saw on I-80 as I was driving here over the last two days,” Clinton told the small gathering at the college.
The former U.S. Secretary of State also noted that executives of large corporations are making “300 times” more money than a blue-collar worker, The Huffington Post reported.
“People are struggling. I want to stand up and fight for people so they can not just get by, but they can get ahead and stay ahead,” Clinton told her listeners.
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She also discussed the rising issue of student loan debt, an issue that some analysts say may cause the next economic crisis.
“I looked at the figures, and the average Iowa graduate from a four-year college comes out with nearly $30,000 in debt, and I think that’s the ninth highest debt load in the country, and people are struggling,” Clinton continued.
Clinton’s 2016 campaign is already noticeably different from her failed bid for president in 2008. During her first run for the White House, Clinton spoke to much larger crowds and campaigned in states with more population and electoral votes. Now, Clinton’s campaign has apparently decided that speaking in a more intimate and less populated atmosphere would suit the former First Lady best.
Iowa is well known for being the first state to carry any influence in who will be chosen to run for the presidency for the general election. Republicans that have announced their candidacies – Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio – will likely make many stops in the swing state during the primary season.
Clinton is expected to travel more through Iowa on Wednesday (April 15), discussing plans with small business owners.
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