Clinton Talks Education, Medicaid Expansion And Terrorism in Tulsa Speech

Dec 14, 2015

She was around two hours late, but when Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took the stage at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame in Tulsa on Friday, she came out swinging on education reform.

"I have this kind of novel idea that when I am going to be working on elementary and secondary education, I'm actually going to be talking to and listening to teachers and educators."

An overflow crowd greeted the former Secretary of State, who stayed fairly close to her stump speech. However, she did call out Governor Mary Fallin for not accepting Medicaid expansion.

"I sure wish we could get your governor and others to extend Medicaid so more people in Oklahoma can have the health care they need."

Clinton said her opponents "talk a lot" about defeating terrorists but that when it comes to defeating the Islamic State group, she's the lone candidate with a specific plan.

Clinton said she's "been in the situation room" of the White House and knows what it will take to keep America safe and reiterated she would not send American ground troops to the region if elected president. She said it's "not smart" and is what terrorists would want to happen.

Clinton spoke for nearly 40 minutes, calling for an increase in the minimum wage and equal pay for equal work.

Oklahoma is among several "Super Tuesday" states holding contests in March.