Three Democratic candidates for president appeared Monday in Kansas City, connecting with generally agreeable audiences at the National Council of La Raza. On policy issues, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont covered similar ground with varying degrees of emphasis. Here are a few of their rhetorical flourishes.
▪ “Instead of building more jails and locking up more people, maybe, just maybe we should be investing in jobs and education for our young people.”
▪ “It is not acceptable that youth unemployment in this country has reached tragic proportions.”
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▪ “We should be pursuing policies that unite families not tear them apart.”
▪ “The genius of our country is not so much about where you came from, it’s about where you’re going and where we’re all going together.”
▪ “The enduring symbol of the nation is not the barbed-wire fence, it’s the Statue of Liberty.”
▪ “Everyone who has risked their life to get here — that’s who believes in the American Dream.”
▪ “When families are stronger, America is stronger.”
▪ “We have to build a growth and fairness economy.”
▪ “I’m running for everyone who has ever been knocked down but refused to be knocked out.”
Compiled by Steve Paul, editorial page editor.