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Clinton calls for new 'bottom up' economy

Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks with a group of

Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks with a group of small business owners at Capital City Fruit in Norwalk, Iowa, on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Michael B. Thomas

NORWALK, IOWA - Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday used her second day on the presidential campaign to say she  has a vision for a new "bottom-up" economy and that she has the political experience to achieve it.

The day after Clinton told students and teachers that companies need to be more flexible to help working families, she praised some businesses in Iowa as the backbone of the new economy for the country. The Democratic candidate spoke Wednesday with entrepreneurs and company owners who provide full paid family leave and seek out immigrants and refugees for jobs.

She cited automobile pioneer Henry Ford, who outraged his competitors by offering a much higher wage to workers — so employees could afford to buy cars and trucks.

"He said, 'Who's going to buy my cars?' That's how it's supposed to work," Clinton said. "We have got to get the economy growing from the bottom up. We need more people with money in their pockets."

One woman business operator said she felt she had no voice in government.

"I hope to be that voice and a champion for you and others like you," Clinton said. 

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