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Congresswoman Plaskett Stumps For Hillary Clinton For President In North Carolina


STUMPING FOR CLINTON: V.I. Delegate Stacey Plaskett

CHRISTIANSTED – Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett joined First Lady Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton at a major campaign rally for the Clinton/Kaine Campaign in North Carolina on Thursday.

Plaskett who, endorsed Clinton as the Democratic presidential nominee in April, joined First Lady Michelle Obama and several other member of Congress on the campaign stop to encourage voters to turnout for the upcoming General Election in the pivotal swing state.

“I’m grateful to campaign as a surrogate for Secretary Clinton in this election,” Plaskett said. “These rallies are more than just campaign events, but opportunities to draw the parallels between the issues confronting the Virgin Islands and communities around the nation. This election is a battle for the soul of our nation and will play a pivotal role in setting a new direction for our country.”

The New York City-born delegate said that she traveled the 336 miles south from Washington, D.C. to Winston-Salem to support Americans’ best option for President in 2016.

“Today I was in North Carolina at student rallies and the early voting rally at Wake Forrest hosted by our First Lady Michelle Obama. I explained the importance of voting and how Virgin Islanders have been working for the opportunity to be able to vote for President. I also spoke to the fact that the denial of four million Americans through the insular territories, the opportunity to choose their president in November is unacceptable and needs to be changed. I encouraged students to let their voices be heard and to get out and voter,” Plaskett added.

Plaskett said that Virgin Islanders deserve the right to be able to vote for President and Hillary Clinton thought enough about the territory to send her husband Bill Clinton to a campaign event in St. Croix in May where he elaborated on the candidate’s intentions about territorial rights.

“Secretary Clinton is the only candidate committed to fighting to included us fully in the Affordable Healthcare Act and the only candidate committed to greater educational and economic opportunities for Virgin Islanders,” Plaskett said. “She is the also the only candidate who has expressed interest in Virgin Islanders’ right to vote for who we believe our President should be.”

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John McCarthy

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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