Clinton: 'I'm Not Only Against Bad Things...I Want to Start Some Good Things'

By Susan Jones | February 22, 2016 | 7:55am EST
Democrat Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally at Texas Southern University Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

( - The United States is not a single-issue country, Hillary Clinton told CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday. She said she wants to "knock down all the barriers that are holding people back."

"Of course, a lot of it is economic, and it needs to be addressed. That's why I'm not only against bad things, and I want to stop them. I want to start some good things, more good-paying jobs with rising incomes again; once and for all making sure women get equal pay for the work we do; doing more to help small business; going after clean, renewable energy, especially in a state like Nevada, where it should be the solar capital of the West."

Clinton, fresh off her primary victory in Nevada, talked about all the concerns that voters have shared with her on the campaign trail:

"So, we had a lot of opportunity to talk about bigotry and discrimination, student debt, the deck being stacked against people, the whole range of concerns that were brought directly to me. And, of course, being -- being there, we heard a lot about people feeling that the great recession in Nevada just knocked them down. It was one of the worst-affected states in our whole country, and what more could we do to keep the economy growing and creating more good jobs.

"Heard a lot about the fears that hardworking immigrants have over deportation, raids and roundups, which I oppose. And we heard a lot from the African-American community in particular about how they still felt that systemic racism was an issue in their lives.

"So, there are a lot of concerns, from health care to education, all of which were raised with me. So, when I say, look, we're not a single-issue country, I say that from a lot of experience, because are these other issues that we're talking about -- economic inequality, political finance issues, what to do to make sure Wall Street never wrecks Main Street again -- are they important? Absolutely.

"That's why I have taken positions on them. I have spoken out against them. I was actually doing that before the great recession. But we're going to talk about the issues that are on the minds of Americans. And that's a broad number, because we have to address all of them."

Clinton said she will do her best to answer voters' questions, including "an underlying question that maybe is really in the back of people's minds. And that is, you know, is she in it for us or is she in it for herself?

"I think that's, you know, a question that people are trying to sort through. And I'm going to demonstrate that I have always been the same person, fighting for the same values, fighting to make a real difference in people's lives long before I was ever in elected office, even before my husband was in the presidency."

Clinton said her message to the Americam people is "that we can do better together, we can build those ladders of opportunity again, we can have broad-based prosperity, rising incomes, knock down the barriers that hold people back, I think that's a winning message, because I think that's what the American people are looking for."

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