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Hillary: Dems Must Get Out and Vote in Midterms

Hillary: Dems Must Get Out and Vote in Midterms
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By    |   Tuesday, 21 October 2014 05:03 PM

Hillary Clinton, in a passionately political speech, accused Republicans of national "amnesia" about failed GOP policies, and urged Democrats to vote in the upcoming midterm elections because "it all comes down to who shows up."

In a speech to a sold-out women's luncheon in San Francisco that raised $1.4 million for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Monday, House Democratic leader and former Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who hosted the event, joked she was ready to give up her own title as the highest-ranking woman in U.S. politics to elect a female Democrat as president "and soon."

"If Hillary Clinton, mother and grandmother, decides to run for president, she will win, and like I have said before she will be one of the best-prepared leaders to preside in the Oval Office," Pelosi said in her introduction to Clinton's speech. "That she happens to be a woman is a bonus and a wonderful, wonderful thing."

For her own part, Clinton showed she had evolved from "mostly apolitical figure to fierce partisan," The Washington Post reported.

"This is our chance   our chance to elect Democrats who are fighting to jump-start the middle class," she said, the Post reports. "Our chance to elect Democrats who are working for better jobs, better wages, for an economy that works for everybody. We’re in the homestretch, and it all comes down to who shows up."

The Post noted that Clinton, "warming to the theme," reminded the audience of the state the nation's economy was in when President Barack Obama took office and Pelosi presided over the House, charging the GOP of trying to rewrite history by blaming Democrats for the slow recovery.

"It's truly regrettable that despite all the great work Nancy did and President Obama, given what was inherited when the president came into office, that we are having to work so hard to elect and re-elect Democrats," she said. "It's as though the other side wants to pass an air of amnesia over America."

"You know, we weren’t really on the brink of the worst economic catastrophe since the Great Depression; we weren’t really fighting two wars; we weren’t really worrying about what was happening if the economy fell so far and people’s livelihoods and their homes and their healthcare and everything else they were depending on was swept away."

"That didn’t happen, seems to the other side," Clinton said.

"We’re here to remind them and all of us, it did happen."

She also warned the crowd not to sit-out the November elections.

"You never know what can happen in an election," she said. "You can’t take anything for granted. You just have to get out there and work. I don’t think any of us want to wake up the day after the election and wish we had done more."

Tickets for the luncheon ranged in price from $500 per person to $32,400 per couple and included a performance by singer-songwriter Carole King, who led the audience in singing her 1967 song," (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman."

Clinton was scheduled to appear Monday night at a $32,400-per-person fundraiser in Los Angeles benefiting the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, an event hosted by entertainment industry moguls including Dreamworks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, who backed Obama in the 2008 president election, and director Steven Spielberg, who endorsed Clinton six years ago.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Hillary Clinton, in a passionately political speech, accused Republicans of national "amnesia" about failed GOP policies, and urged Democrats to vote in the upcoming midterm elections because it all comes down to who shows up.
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