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Former US secretary of state backs Mike Michaud for governor

Hillary Clinton and Mike Michaud raise their hands to the crowd after her entrance and fans and supporters take photos with their cell phones
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Hillary Clinton and Mike Michaud raise their hands to the crowd after her entrance and fans and supporters take photos with their cell phones

Posted on October 27, 2014 in News
By Emma James

Hillary Clinton tells the crowd at Scarborough High School that Paul LePage, Maine’s current governor has been holding that state back and that Michaud is the leader the state needs and deserves;
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Hillary Clinton tells the crowd at Scarborough High School that Paul LePage, Maine’s current governor has been holding that state back and that Michaud is the leader the state needs and deserves;
Gubernatorial candidate Michael Michaud greets a sea of supporters at a rally at Scarborough High School last Friday.
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Gubernatorial candidate Michael Michaud greets a sea of supporters at a rally at Scarborough High School last Friday.
Shenna Bellows, a Democrat running against incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District, joined Michaud in welcoming Clinton to Maine and getting the crowd riled up as the date of election day grows near.
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Shenna Bellows, a Democrat running against incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District, joined Michaud in welcoming Clinton to Maine and getting the crowd riled up as the date of election day grows near.

Hillary Clinton likes Mike.

Last Friday, supporters of Mike Michaud for governor gathered at Scarborough High School to rally alongside former United States Secretary of State, U.S. Senator and First Lady of the United States, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The lineup of speakers for the event also included other democrats on this years ballot. All had a common vision for the state of Maine: a restoration of prosperity, equal rights and a government where republicans and democrats are able to work together for the common good.

“Hillary is an inspiration to me as a leader, as a mother, as a grandmother and as the women who has put millions of cracks in the glass ceiling facing women all over,” said Emily Cain, state senator.

She added that Mainers deserve representatives in Washington D.C. that are willing to work just as hard as the middle class does to get things done.

“The election comes down to a simple question: Who’s on your side? Who’s going to work hard for you? Who has the value …. to make sure Maine’s economy works for everyone, not just a privileged few?” asked Clinton. “Who will go to Augusta and make it absolutely clear that the governor is the servant of the people?”

According to Clinton, there’s only one answer: Mike Michaud.

“It’s a divided congress who too often are standing on opposite sides of the room,” said Cain. “Two parties who won’t come to the same table. I know the problems facing our country and our state are too big to resolve in just one party platform. That’s what I’ve always known.”

Karen Mills, who served as the 23rd administrator of the small business administration under President Barack Obama added, “Mike can work across the aisle. That’s because he believes in community. In communities you bring people together to get things done.”

She went on to explain that Michaud knows that Maine deserves the best ideas and the best thinkers for our state.

“Mike Michaud is a leader,” said Mills. “Make no mistake about that. Sometimes he doesn’t say too much, but you don’t have to talk loudly to be a strong leader.”

When Michaud took the stage, he recognized the new supporters and continued supporters in the crowd.

“I see college students, young children, professors and teachers, doctors and veterans,” said Michaud. “I just want you to know that I am standing with you. I’ll continue to fight.”

Fight, according to Michaud, to build a better future for the people of Maine.

“I see neighbors here from all walks of life,” said Michaud. “People who, like me, are driven by hope and for a better tomorrow.”

Michaud explained that, right now, Maine is at a crossroads.

“Too many people are out of work or working too hard for too little. Too many students are saddled with debt. Too many schools are underfunded and even understaffed,” said Michaud. “Too many children have too little to eat. Governor LePage will never, ever be able to fix these problems because he’s too divisive and too weathered to his ideologies to listen to anyone who has the audacity to disagree with him.”

He added that Maine is full of opportunities, but one man, Governor Paul LePage, is holding the state back.

“You deserve a governor who knows what it’s like to punch a time clock and will fight for everyone to have the same shot at the American dream that he has had,” said Clinton. “I think Maine needs a fresh start.”

Clinton recognized the family values that “Mainers” have in them. According to her, though she and Michaud grew up in different parts of the country, their families taught them the same lesson: the only direction to move is forward.

“Never quit, never lose faith,” said Clinton. “When you get knocked down, get right back up. We were taught that there is work and dignity in every human being. Everyone deserves a chance, a second chance and even a third chance at a better life for themselves and their families.”

According to Clinton, Michaud knows this “in his bones.”

“Being a Mainer isn’t a label,” said Clinton. “It’s a way of life.”

Clinton acknowledged that Maine was hit hard by the Great Recession, and attributed the slowed economic recovery to a lack of leadership in the governor’s office.

“You haven’t seen leadership,” said Clinton. “You’ve seen gridlock. You’ve seen what happens when politicians operate in what I call an ‘evidence free zone.’”

According to Clinton, Mainers just have to make sure Michaud gets the most amount of votes by spreading the word.

“If you like Mike like I like Mike, make sure everybody knows why and do everything you can to get them to vote,” said Clinton. “Tell them there isn’t any doubt in your mind about who is on your side.”

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