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Clinton: Dems Can Win With Bold Ideas  05/24 06:18

   HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) -- Democrats can win elections and stand up to 
Washington Republicans by sticking to their core principles when it comes to 
education, health care, equality and the environment, Hillary Clinton told a 
friendly crowd at the New York state Democratic convention on Wednesday.

   The remarks from the 2016 Democratic nominee for president came as Democrats 
look to make big gains across the country in the fall elections.

   Clinton said Democrats in New York and across the nation are showing how to 
advance progressive priorities while also confronting Republican President 
Donald Trump, who defeated Clinton to win the White House. She dismissed 
criticism that her party has no "bold ideas."

   "I don't know about you, but I think it's a bold idea that everyone in this 
country should have a decent standard of living," she said.

   While some liberal Democrats question Clinton's progressive credentials, the 
former U.S. senator and secretary of state received a warm welcome in her home 
state, with cheers and applause greeting her as she took the stage.

   Clinton praised Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whose bid for a third term she 
has endorsed, and did not mention his from-the-left challenger, "Sex and the 
City" star and liberal activist Cynthia Nixon.

   Cuomo easily won his party's nomination Wednesday, claiming more than 95 
percent of the votes cast by delegates. Nixon received only a smattering of 
votes --- and a few boos --- in the nomination process. It wasn't a surprise: 
Cuomo is the de facto leader of the party and the convention is run by his 
allies.

   "We really do have the anti-Washington agenda," Cuomo told reporters 
following his nomination. "This was really an overwhelming show of support, 
frankly more than I expected."

   Nixon was not invited to speak at the convention but attended anyway. Asked 
about Clinton's support for Cuomo, she said voters won't make their decisions 
based on endorsements. Nixon can still appear on the September Democratic 
primary ticket by collecting voter signatures; she will already appear on the 
November ballot as the nominee of the left-leaning Working Families Party.

   "Andrew Cuomo can get all the endorsements he wants," she said. "I think at 
the end of the day, voters vote on peoples' records, not on surrogates."

   Nixon has faulted Cuomo for not doing enough to address education 
inequalities, corruption or the lack of funding for New York City's subways. 
Cuomo points to his successful push for gun control laws, same-sex marriage and 
a $15 minimum wage.

   The party nominated New York City Public Advocate Letitia James for attorney 
general. James, who had key endorsements from Cuomo and Democratic Assembly 
Speaker Carl Heastie of the Bronx, beat Buffalo attorney Leecia Eve and Zephyr 
Teachout, a law professor and liberal activist.

   Former Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to address the convention on 
Thursday.

   Republicans are holding their convention in Manhattan, where they nominated 
Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro as their candidate for governor on 
Wednesday. New York City attorneys Manny Alicandro and Keith Wofford are 
seeking the Republican nomination for attorney general.

   Trump was scheduled to be on Long Island Wednesday to speak to local law 
enforcement officials about gang violence.


(KA)

 
 
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