MINNEAPOLIS — Hillary Clinton teed off Monday on Republican Donald Trump’s new running mate, calling Indiana Gov. Mike Pence “one of the most extreme vice-presidential picks in a generation.”
Speaking to a gathering of teachers, Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, said Pence was “one of the most hostile politicians in America when it comes to public education.”
“As governor of Indiana, he cut millions from higher education while he was giving huge tax cuts to corporations,” Clinton told a national conference of the American Federation of Teachers. “He turned away millions of federal dollars that could have expanded access to preschool for low-income children and slashed funding for schools that served Indiana’s most vulnerable students.”
Clinton’s broadside came as the Republicans convened in Cleveland for the start of a four-day convention that will make official Trump’s nomination as president and Pence as his running mate. Clinton is maintaining an active public schedule during the early part of the GOP convention week.
During her address to the teachers organization — which endorsed Clinton early in the Democratic nominating contest against Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont — she said that parents have expressed concerns about a “Trump effect” that could lead to more bullying among children.
“What do your children think when he calls women pigs or mocks a reporter with a disability?’ Clinton asked, echoing arguments that her campaign has advanced in a television ad airing in battleground states.