Katie McGinty addressed the crowd at the Democratic National Convention just before Thursday’s prime-time programming began.
McGinty started her speech with her personal history as the granddaughter of Irish immigrants and the daughter of parents who did not go to college. She said her upbringing helped teach her that “success is not a product of pedigree.”
Today, it’s tough to get ahead with hard work alone, the Democratic nominee for Senate told the crowd. McGinty argued that “middle class families aren’t making a dime in real terms more than they were two decades ago.”
In November, voters have a choice on how they want to respond to current situation in America, McGinty said, contrasting herself with GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump and incumbent Sen. Pat Toomey, who offer “more scapegoating and fear-mongering.”
Trump and Toomey want to sell the country to Wall Street and are in favor of trickle-down economics, Gov. Tom Wolf’s former chief of staff said.
Instead, McGinty said she (and presumably Hillary Clinton) offers a different direction, a path that focuses on, “work[ing] together, expand opportunities, [and] respect every single person in this country.”
She closed her speech by saying that Democrats will work for “good schools and affordable college, and job training that enables our families and our neighbors to make and build the economy of tomorrow.”
Her speech came hours after a Suffolk University poll showed McGinty leading Toomey by 7 percentage points.