Baisden: “If you want to make progress, vote for Clinton”
Mayor Wayne Messum, mayor of Miramar and Michael Baisden. (Photo by Gregory Reed)
By William Richardson Jr.
With less than 3 weeks until Election Day, author and motivational speaker Michael Baisden is using his platform in order to encourage South Florida residents to get out and vote on Nov. 8th.
Baisden is currently campaigning on behalf of former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, and Baisden is hoping that with his help, he can help Sec. Clinton come one step closer to being the next President of the United States.
He expressed his reasoning for wanting residents in Florida to vote in a state that has historically helped swing previous elections from one party to the other.
“If we win Florida as Democrats, there’s almost no path for Donald Trump to win the presidency, in terms of the Electoral College. I’m here to make sure we do the best we can to get out the vote and make that happen,” Baisden said.
Baisden is also encouraging undecided voters to not only focus on the person running, but also on the issues.
“The policies are what the issues are about; it’s not just about the person,” Baisden said. “If you look at the conflicting differences between Sec. Clinton’s policies and Donald Trump’s policies, I think it’s pretty clear that there’s some noticeable and obvious and dramatic choices that need to be made here.”
“Secretary Clinton, for reasons of policy and for reasons of her attitude towards issues like gay rights, equal pay for women, voter suppression and minimum wage, has shown that she is the best person for the job. She has a record of that which goes back nearly 30 years,” Baisden said.
Baisden also talks about Trump’s stances on the Supreme Court case Roe V. Wade (the 1973 case that determined a woman’s right to have an abortion is a fundamental right under the Constitution), along with topics such as equal pay for women, his misogynistic and racist behaviors, his attitudes towards minorities and his “lack of relationships with African Americans and all communities” as examples as to why he is not fit to hold the office of president.
But above all, Baisden wanted to emphasize that Sec. Clinton has always had the interest of African Americans, and all Americans, in mind for anything she’s ever done.
“I don’t think there’s any question as to whether or not she has a relationship with our community and wants to help our communities. There’s no question as to who is going to be the most effective change agent for African Americans, because it’s going to be Hillary Clinton.”