“Every Day I Learn Something New”
Campaigning for president has been exhilarating. I’ve gotten to meet people of all ages from every background here in South Carolina and across America. And I’ve had the pleasure of campaigning with my husband, my mother, my daughter and some of my best friends from every period of my life — all the way back to middle school. I’ve enjoyed state fairs, fish fries, and traveling from the Lowcountry to the Upstate. Every day, I learn something new. Every day, I’m inspired by the people I meet and the stories I hear. And over the next month, I’m going to be out there working hard for every single vote. If the people of South Carolina give me the privilege of serving as president of the United States, I will work my heart out every single day to deliver the change they want and this country needs.
“I Am My Sister’s Keeper”
A few months back, the Service Employees International Union asked each of the presidential candidates to spend a day in the shoes of one of their members. So I spent the day with Pauline Beck, a 61-year-old African-American homecare worker. This is a woman who wakes up every morning and goes to work to take care of an 87-year-old amputee. She makes his bed and helps him get into his wheelchair. She makes his breakfast and scrubs the floors and cleans the rooms. And she does it all while taking care of a grandnephew and two foster children who don’t have a family of their own.
It was one of the best experiences I’ve had on this campaign because it reminded me that the only good reason to run for president is to help folks like Mrs. Beck — folks who work hard every day, do the right thing, and dream big dreams for their children. All Mrs. Beck — and most Americans — want is to make sure they’re getting paid a decent wage, that they’re not going bankrupt when they get sick, that they can afford to send their children to college, that they can retire with dignity, and that they get a day off once in a while to enjoy their family and the fruits of their labor.
Listening to Mrs. Beck talk about the hardships of her life without a trace of self-pity, glad she could be of some service to somebody, I thought about how for all the noise and pettiness coming out of Washington, what holds this country together is the fundamental belief that we all have a stake in each other — that I am my brother’s keeper; I am my sister’s keeper. And that’s the idea I’m running for president to reclaim in this country.