Hillary Rodham Clinton says upward mobility feels out of reach for many Americans

Ken Thomas / The Associated Press
May 16, 2014 11:17 AM

From left, Former U.S. President Bill Clinton sits with his wife former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former New York Governor George Pataki and former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani during the dedication ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York, Thursday, May 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike Segar, Pool)

WASHINGTON - Hillary Rodham Clinton says the dream of upward mobility feels further and further out of reach for many Americans struggling in the economy.

The potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate offered her most extensive remarks on promoting economic growth since leaving the State Department's top job. She pointed to the need to promote policies to help struggling workers and young Americans find jobs and get training.

Clinton tells the New America Foundation that instead of getting ahead, many Americans are finding it "harder than ever to get their footing."

She says the economy is growing under President Barack Obama but the nation needs "big ideas" and to work together to find ways "to make pragmatic decisions."

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