Hillary Clinton speaks with Ruth Mandel, Director, Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University, talking about politics, American democracy, her career and women’s role in the political movement at the Rutgers Athletic Center Staff Video/Bob Karp
PISCATAWAY — Hillary Rodham Clinton had a clear message for voters during a talk she gave at Rutgers on Thursday: vote in the midterm elections and encourage more women to get politically involved.
Clinton, the former Democratic presidential candidate, praised the Women’s March and March for Our Lives national movements, as well as the surge in the number of women running for office, as positive signs that voters are engaged and taking a stand for what matters to them.
“The biggest challenge we face is keeping up our momentum and sustaining the energy that I’ve now seen across our country,” Clinton said to Ruth Mandel, the director of Rutgers Eagleton Institute of Politics. Mandel led the hour-and-a-half-long conversation with the former U.S. secretary of state, an event that drew 5,100 people to the Louis Brown Rutgers Athletic Center.
The university paid Clinton $25,000 for her appearance from an endowment fund, which is not funded by tuition or public funds, a university spokesperson said.
“That’s so important – to bring people with you and to share that energy and build those coalitions. But it will all come to naught if you don’t show up to vote,” Clinton said. “I’m hoping that in this election, this midterm election, enough people will say … ‘OK, I know what I’m going to do and what I’m going to do is go and vote.’ ”
Her visit to the New Brunswick campus comes as the left-leaning, progressive grassroots movement in New Jersey is fired up to flip historically red congressional districts in the upcoming midterm elections.
Organizations, such as NJ 11th for Change and NJ 7 Forward, have become loud anti-Trump movements with strong support in those districts. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, who has…