UPDATE @ 9:37 p.m.
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has taken the stage at the Democratic National Convention after being bumped from Wednesday’s lineup.
“Hillary Clinton knows that a job is not just a paycheck. It’s about building a better life for your family. She’s a progressive who gets things done. She has a real plan to give American workers the chance to share in the profits they create,” Brown said.
“Donald Trump believes wages are too high, and those are his words,” Brown said. “The only thing I’ve seen Donald Trump do when it comes to U.S. trade policy is run his mouth and line his pockets. While Trump outsources jobs, Hillary Clinton has a real plan to bring jobs back to America.”
Sen. Sherrod Brown told WHIO radio Thursday morning that President Obama “did everything he needed to do” in his address Wednesday night, offering a bridge to disappointed supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ primary campaign.
“The Bernie supporters, I know a lot of them,” Brown said. “I knew a lot of them in Ohio. I met a number of those delegates elsewhere. Of course, they’re always disappointed. That always happens here. But they generally like – most of them – like Hillary.
“But more than that, they see the difference between her and Donald Trump, and they can’t imagine someone with kind of the mean-spiritedness of Donald Trump – yesterday, Trump said he wanted to reach out to the Russians to get involved in his campaign. I mean, those kinds of things just make people’s blood curl a little bit, or skin crawl. Nobody has ever done that.
“To call on a foreign country, especially one that’s not really our friend, to be involved in our politics — then I see all kinds of military people, at Wright-Patt, whether they’re Republicans or Democrats, say, ‘We can’t have this.’”
Brown added, “When you make the contrast between the candidates, it’s pretty clear.”
Brown was scheduled to speak Wednesday evening; now, he is set to speak tonight before Clinton’s acceptance of the nomination.
He said the Clinton campaign wanted to have speakers focus more on foreign affairs in the wake of Trump’s statements Wednesday.
“I will speak fairly late in the evening,” Brown said. He will focus on economic issues.
“We’ve seen for far too many years, the plants closing down in Springfield or Tipp City, and moving to China or Mexico, and they get tax advantages and trade advantages to do that.
“Hillary Clinton and I and others just absolutely pledge to shut that down,” Brown said.
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