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Hillary to Speak at Teachers Union Convention Amid Rumors of 2020 Presidential Run

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First reported by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, failed 2016 presidential candidate Hillary R. Clinton is slated to speak at the annual union conference in Pittsburgh this weekend.

“Thousands of educators from across the country will be joined by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren this weekend as they converge on Pittsburgh for the biennial convention of the American Federation of Teachers,” the paper wrote.
Clinton will  speak on Friday, while Sanders and Warren will speak Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
The AFT, which represents 1.7 million teachers, endorsed Clinton in 2016.
There has been a great deal of whispering about whether Clinton will run for president for the third time in 2020. Both Clintons were spotted on a commercial flight over the weekend.

The New York Post speculated:

“Hillary Clinton is up to something.

Five times in the last month alone, she sent emails touting her super PAC’s role in combating President Trump. Most seized on headline events, such as the family separation issue at the southern border.

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Under the message line, “horrific,” she wrote June 18: “This is a moral and humanitarian crisis. Everyone of us who has ever held a child in their arms, and every human being with a sense of compassion and decency should be outraged.” She said she warned about Trump’s immigration policies during the 2016 campaign.

Three days later, she was back again, saying that her group, Onward Together, raised $1 million and would split it among organizations working to change border policy, including the American Civil Liberties Union and a gaggle of immigrant, refugee, Latino and women’s groups.”

New York Post Passage Ends. 

The AFT convention is being held just two weeks after a huge blow to teachers unions nationwide. The Supreme Court held that public sector unions could no longer compel members to join and pay dues. The ruling is a huge blow to Democrats, as unions, which are often giant campaign contributors, will lose funding without compelled dues.
The event could be an opportunity for Clinton to pitch ideas for restoring lost power to the unions, thereby helping the Democrat party.
“We are at this solemn and scary inflection point in our country where there are really troubling trends and amazing activism at the same time,” AFT President Randi Weingarten said. “It is really surreal.”

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