Hillary Clinton faces a tall order with millennial age voters like those she visited at Miami-Dade College. They are skeptical of the establishment and sick of politics as usual. Clinton hopes her climate change message might get through to them, and she delivered it with a former Vice President, Al Gore, at her side.
"Climate change is real," Clinton told her audience. She then argued she is best equipped to handle the challenge, one that her opponent, Donald Trump, dismisses. Clinton said, "We cannot risk putting a climate denier in the White House."
She went on to pledge a stepped up focus on renewable energy. Clinton promised, "As president I want us to have 500 million more solar panels installed across America by the end of my first term."
And helping her make the case was Gore, an early author on climate change worries. He argued, "We cannot continue putting 110 million tons of global warming pollution into the atmosphere every day as if it is an open sewer."
Gore, who lost the historic, contested nailbiter for Florida in 2000 had another message for the young audience. He said, "Your vote really really, really counts."
One millennial mom in attendance may have summed up the mood best. Tired of constant mudslinging she said with a tone of relief, "It (the rally) wasn't about Donald Trump here. It was about climate change about people, about creating jobs, and she spoke to us as Americans."