PHILADELPHIA - State Assemb. Michaelle Solages (D-Elmont) spoke with Newsday Monday morning in Philadelphia hours before the official start of the 2016 Democratic National Convention. She is a delegate for presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
QUESTION: Who, aside from Clinton, are you most excited to hear speak at the convention and why?
ANSWER: I’m very excited to hear two speakers, Michelle Obama and Elizabeth Warren. First because I met Michelle Obama back in 2008, and she was just such a nice, genuine person, and I really am excited to hear someone that just represents all the values that I represent. And I’m also very excited to hear Elizabeth Warren, because she is one of the top legislators that are talking about income inequality, and discussing how we can make sure that everyone has an opportunity here in America.
Q: Why is Clinton the best candidate to run this country?
A: Well, today we’re about to make history. First of all, we’re going to have a woman as our official presidential nominee, who has the major potential to become president, and to me that’s history alone, and that’s something that will inspire so many young women to get involved in politics, and get involved in government, because there’s not enough women in politics and government. She is also the best candidate because she has the experience needed to run the United States. She was a great senator for New York. She really represented the values of a common New Yorker.
Q: What do you think the 2016 campaign says about America, including what you might have seen from Cleveland last week?
A: There are issues in America. There is a great income inequality. People need jobs, people need affordable housing, and so there are real issues that we have to tackle, and the election is a reflection of that. People are divided. There’s a lot of rhetoric going on, but we need to make sure that we’re focused on the issues, and focused on uniting our great country. We’re better as one, and we can’t be divided, and we can’t push people aside for the greater good. We have to make sure everyone is included.