NEW HAVEN, Conn. — As part of her weekend campaign swing through Connecticut, Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton met with U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro at a small appearance in New Haven.
DeLauro, who represents Stratford and part of Shelton in the 3rd District along with much of coastal central Connecticut, joined Clinton for a conversation on working families on Saturday afternoon speaking at a coffee shop near Yale, where Hillary and Bill Clinton attended law school.
Clinton discussed her commitment to raising incomes as president and her plans to raise the minimum wage, fight for equal pay, and provide paid leave for working families, the campaign said.
At the small gathering, Clinton praised DeLauro.
"You have been such a strong, tenacious fighter for the people you represent and for the values that we both share about the kind of country we want for everyone, to fulfill his or her own potential, to have a chance to get ahead and stay ahead," Clinton said to DeLauro and a group gathered for a small event. "That's what it's all about."
She also said the education system needs to work "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. ...
"We have to continue the work on the Affordable Care Act to make sure that it is really providing high-quality care at an affordable price."
As part of her speech, Clinton called for a nationwide minimum wage of $15 — it is currently $9.60 per hour in Connecticut.
She also advocated for paid family leave.
"I remember very well Rosa's indomitable mothers campaigning with me in 1992," Clinton said. "My mother lived with us for the last 10 years of her life. Creating more support for people, predominantly, but not exclusively women, who do care-giving, is high on my list."
Clinton also recalled her years in New Haven and the lessons she learned.
"I do have a great affection for New Haven, having spent four years here," she said. "Three years at the Law School, one at the Yale Child Studies Center, and working at the Yale-New Haven Hospital. ... I was a law student, making rounds with doctors to deal with something we had just really come to grips with — child abuse."