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EAST BRADFORD — The big general election is less than 90 days away, and a couple dozen Chester County residents listened and bounced ideas off Cecile Richards, who came to speak with the gathered group Wednesday afternoon.
Richards made the stop at Windon Hall in West Chester as a personal visit in support of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who has been a friend for years.
“She is someone who can actually get things done,” Richards said of Clinton. “I feel totally confident that we are going to win this election, but we have 90 days of work to do. I do believe how well Hillary does in Pennsylvania is going to spell the difference between a lot of the races down the ballot.”
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The gathered group of mostly women, though some men were also in attendance, had a bit of give-and-take with the president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
It was one of numerous “Women’s Coffee” talks happening in the Philadelphia area.
A lot of the talk focused on how to get people excited to vote, how to bridge the gap between the Clinton and Bernie Sanders supporters and even touched on ideas to get the Millennials to care about the issues and candidates.
“I really do think that this phase of it is now how do we move to getting the voters out?” Richards said. “That is going to be the key to a lot of the undecided voters and Independent voters. … The road to the White House goes right through Pennsylvania. This is a must-win state. I believe the road to winning Pennsylvania is right here.
Richards noted the volatility coming from the Donald Trump campaign, including his most recent remarks about the “Second Amendment people” targeting Clinton.
“Inciting violence of any kind is completely unacceptable for a president of the United States,” she said. “It’s too dangerous to have someone who uses that kind of loose language. … Every day, Donald Trump seems to do something that lights another fire — literally, almost — in his campaign.”
She also made sure to highlight Trump’s agenda, which, she showed, is mostly against women.
“This is a man who is 100 percent unprepared, temperamentally, emotionally and intellectually, (and) unqualified to be president of the United States – there is just no other way to say it,” Richards said. “We know where he is on women’s issues — he wants to end Planned Parenthood, overturn Roe v. Wade, he doesn’t believe in equal pay for women, he believes that pregnancy is an inconvenience for employers.”
Richards wasn’t just focused on the big presidential race, however, as she also pointed out the senatorial race between incumbent U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Democrat Katie McGinty.
“One of the biggest challenges that President Obama has had, and that we have all had in Washington, D.C., is that Congress is just completely at a lockdown,” she said. “There is nothing happening. I can’t wait to let Pat Toomey go into retirement.”
Also happening Wednesday was Hillary for Pennsylvania campaign launching a Pennsylvania Women for Hillary leadership council, which the county’s Lisa Longo and McGinty are members of.
In attendance were some of the prominent women in the area, including West Chester Area School Board member Sue Tiernan and West Chester Mayor Carolyn Comitta, who is running for a seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Comitta, a Democrat, is running against incumbent state Rep. Dan Truitt, R-156, of East Goshen.
“We need strong women and capable women in leadership positions,” Comitta said. “Cecile is here, friend and supporter of Hillary Clinton. As we know, when we put women in leadership positions, when we elect women to office, families, women, children and communities are raised up.”