Hillary Clinton–Cleveland, Ohio: Analysis

Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio invited former Senator Hillary Clinton to speak on behalf of her presidential campaign on March 8, one week before Ohio’s primary..  The Democratic presidential candidate  spoke to campaign supporters for 20 minutes.

Clinton spent the first seven minutes of the speech thanking her supporters, riling up the crowd, name-dropping local politicians, and promising to knock down barriers once elected. Much of the speech consists of her talking about America’s potential should she be elected as president.

Like many Democratic orators before, the majority of it revolved around making America a better place for marginalized people groups and proposing equality for all.

She also decisively pitted the Democrats against the GOP: “Every time you think it can’t get any uglier, they find a way.”

Focusing on the other party is a particularly effective tactic in a persuasive speech such as this. The most notable zinger of the speech is when she proclaims the presidential race “shouldn’t be about delivering insults, it should be about delivering results for the American people.”

Because 20 minutes is fairly short, she could not expound upon the entirety of her platform. She tailored her speech to Ohio natives, choosing to go in depth about the auto industry and investing in small businesses and not outsourcing old jobs.

She voted for the funds that saved the auto industry when it was on the brink.

She’s referring to voting for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, which assisted financial institutions with $700 billion and in turn bailed out the auto industry.

More than 14 percent of children in Cleveland have been exposed to lead in paint, soil, and water.

It is true that Cleveland children have been exposed to lead, according to data compiled by the Ohio Department of Health in 2014. It shows that 17.25 percent of children under six years of age have more than five micrograms per deciliter of blood, but it does not say where the lead comes from.

Nabisco laid off 600 workers in Chicago, moving a production line out of the country.

In July 2015, In These Times reported that Irene Rosenfeld–head of the Illinois food conglomerate Mondolez International Inc. with which Nabisco is associated–announced the company would outsource 600 jobs to Salinas, Mexico rather than invest $130 million to modernize the existing Chicago plant. The pink slips have been handed out in waves beginning in January 2016.

Nabisco has long received tax breaks from the state of Illinois.

This has more to do with Nabisco’s parent company, Mondelez International Inc. The company maintains a different manufacturing facility in Naperville and is licensed as a limited liability company called Mondelez Global. This common corporate move allowed the company to participate in the flawed EDGE (Economic Development for a Growing Economy) program, a strategy launched in 1999 by Illinois Governor George Ryan to create more jobs by awarding companies with millions of dollars.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Mondelez Global agreed to create 25 new jobs with EDGE’s $35 million investment, making the company eligible for tax breaks. Turns out it didn’t actually create the new jobs and failed to achieve the hiring goals.


Eaton corporation is shutting down a factory in Berea, eliminating more than 100 jobs, moving that work out of the country.

As stated by Crain’s Cleveland Business, the Eaton Corporation is, indeed, closing a hydraulics plant in Berea, Ohio, which will result in 102  job losses. The assembly work will move to the company’s plant in Reynosa, Mexico.

More than 900,000 that have contributed, most less than $100

Only 19 percent of her total fundraising is from individual donors, according to Politifact.

For more detailed numbers regarding  Hillary Clinton’s donation numbers, visit OpenSecrets.org.

In general, presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton made accurate truth claims in the midst of vague optimistic rhetoric.


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