Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton swung through Tennessee Sunday, seeking to energize voters during campaign stops in Nashville and Memphis ahead of Super Tuesday voting, reports The Tennessean.
Fresh off a commanding victory in South Carolina, Clinton used a speech at Meharry Medical College to tout her plans to continue building on President Barack Obama’s agenda, including finding a way to encourage states such as Tennessee to deepen their participation in the Affordable Care Act.
“We can’t go back,” she said as she reeled off statistics, pointing out that 19 million people have received health insurance as a result of the president’s effort to expand health care coverage nationwide.
Clinton said states, including Tennessee, which did not expand their Medicaid coverage, have seen rural hospitals close at increasing rates.
“I’m really sorry that your state did not extend Medicaid to 200,000 working Tennesseans,” she said. “I’m going to do whatever I can as president to convince governors and state legislatures — it’s a pretty big deal.”
The reference to Tennessee was one of many that Clinton made during her nearly 30-minute speech in front of a lively audience that included Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Nashville.
In Memphis, Clinton attended Sunday church services, telling two predominantly black congregations she would work to “break down every barrier” of discrimination, reform the criminal justice system, expand health care coverage and deliver greater economic opportunities.
And in an apparent shot at potential GOP general election opponent Donald Trump, who has promised to “make America great again,” Clinton said, “America has never stopped being great. Our task is to make America whole.”
Clinton’s appearances at Greater Imani Church Cathedral of Faith in Raleigh and Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church in Midtown came two days before voters in Tennessee and 11 other states go to the polls for Super Tuesday primaries. In those races, she hopes to build on the momentum she received Saturday in the form of a landslide victory over Sen. Bernie Sanders in South Carolina.