Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton held two “organizing events” in Newton and Cedar Rapids Sunday.
“Hi everybody,” Clinton said early Sunday afternoon to a crowd in Newton. “My voice is a little raspy, but don’t let it bother you. It still works. I’ve been talking a lot in the last few days.”
Clinton, along with competitors Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders, appeared privately this weekend before members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. During her public event in Newton, Clinton revealed she had been asked about wage theft during that private meeting.
“It’s a real serious problem,” Clinton said. “…Employers don’t pay you what they say they will pay you and one of the big reasons is that employers like to employ undocumented people because they can’t cmplain and then that takes jobs away or doesn’t permit other people to compete for the same jobs. We have comprehensive immigration reform where that can’t happen anymore, then everybody has a chance to compete and be paid fairly and not be exploited in the workplace and that’s important for our economy and for our jobs.”
Clinton spoke to over 100 people gathered inside a coffee shop in Newton and another 200 stood outside in an alley in the afternoon heat, listening over loud speakers. Clinton took seven questions from the crowd inside the coffee shop and the first was about ending tax breaks to corporations that ship jobs overseas.
“I know what we have to do,” Clinton said. “I hope we get more Democrats elected to actually help me do it.”
Clinton later spoke at the Cedar Rapids home of State Senator Liz Mathis. Clinton and O’Malley are in the state again today, attending Labor Day picnics in eastern Iowa. Sanders campaigned in Iowa Friday and Saturday. Sanders was also the guest on this weekend’s edition of “Iowa Press” on Iowa Public Television.
There are no Republican presidential candidates in Iowa this weekend.