Hillary Clinton returns to South Bend, talks to WNDU

By: Ryan Famuliner Email
By: Ryan Famuliner Email

With less than 48 hours until the polls open, Hillary Clinton made her fifth visit to the area in as many weeks on Sunday.

She gave a short speech, before asking the crowd to try to drum up some extra support.

The speech was meant to “rally the troops,” sending supporters out to canvas neighborhoods over the next two days.

Clinton says her campaign's made a lot of progress in Indiana, but says she's still the “underdog” in Tuesday's primary.

She says it's going to be an important push to the end.

It was a smaller crowd than the senator has seen in her past visits, but the excitement was still there.

“Stay with me, work with me, and let’s make history on Tuesday,” Clinton yelled over the cheering crowd of 200-300 people.

Clinton hit on most of the hot topics in a 20 minute speech, from the war in Iraq, to education, to the struggling economy.

She brazenly stood by her proposal to suspend the gas tax, which has drawn so much criticism in the past week.

“I am unabashed. I am unapologetic. I am going to fight for the middle class, and I am going to take on the oil companies, and everybody else who's had it their way for way too long,” Clinton said.

Clinton defended her plan to suspend the gas tax, which has been so controversial; by saying it would save truckers $2 billion, which would in turn lower prices at the grocery store.

She said it wasn't a "gimmick" as Senator Obama had coined it, but rather a short term solution until they can find a long-term fix.

She had a request for the crowd amidst the excitement of the final days.

“I hope that you will do everything that you can in next 2 days to reach as many voters as possible,” Clinton said.

Rachel Tomas-Morgan and her children enlisted in that push, heading out to canvas as a family, after the speech.

“It really shows that, generationally, we support her and my husband as well; and so it’s not just women for Hillary its children for Hillary,” Tomas-Morgan said.

“It’s very inspirational to see her and then go out canvassing and talking to people and seeing what other people have to say too,” said Tomas-Morgan’s 12-year-old daughter Sarah.

Supporters hope Clinton's appeal can span generations, to pick up some crucial votes come Tuesday.

“It’s wonderful to have her run and I think she’s the smartest person to do it,” said 74-year-old Faye Benjamin, a Hillary supporter.

“I think she is the best person for the job, and we really need somebody like her in the White House,” said Tomas-Morgan’s 7-year-old son Benjamin.

For many in the crowd, it was the second, third or fourth time to see Clinton, and there's been plenty of opportunities lately.

There's no word yet on whether she'll be back again by Tuesday.

Hillary Clinton sat down with WNDU’s Maureen McFadden for a one-on-one interview, which we will feature throughout Newscenter 16 on Monday.


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