US presidential Election: Clinton promises attention to jobs and minimum wage

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 08:32 GMT, Apr 24, 2016 |

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Saturday (April 23) promised she would push for more jobs and a national minimum wage at a campaign stop in New Haven, Connecticut, ahead of next week’s primary in that state and four others.

“We need more good jobs with rising incomes, and we need to make sure that our education system works for every child no matter what zip code that child lives in. We’ve got to make college affordable. We’ve got to make everything possible we can to help people who have student debt pay it down like you can refinance a mortgage or car payment,” Clinton told a small group assembled at a restaurant.

Many of the participants at the event were health care workers – one of whom wore a “Caregivers Fight for $15” minimum wage T-shirt.

“So I think it is way past time that we have a raise in a nationwide minimum wage and where it can be raised higher, like we’ve just seen in New York and California and what the ‘Fight for 15’ stands for. We must do that and support communities that are willing to really try to put a better higher floor under low wage workers,” Clinton said.