Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton arrives in Albany, Cohoes High gets ready for campaign

Hilary Rodham Clinton
Democratic presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton calls on Congress to end the trade embargo the U.S. has imposed against Cuba since 1962, Friday, July 31, 2015, during a campaign stop at Florida International University in Miami. (AP Photo/Gaston De Cardenas)

COHOES, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is holding a rally at Cohoes High School Monday evening.

Hillary Clinton landed at Albany International Airport Monday afternoon. She has plans to make a couple stops around in Albany, including a rally at Cohoes High School.

People began lining up for the rally around 2 p.m. Monday, though the doors didn’t open until 4:15 p.m. Some said they were on the fence about the former Secretary of State, and they wanted to attend the rally to hear what she would say and if she could swing their vote.

But many people in line were already Clinton supporters. They said they like the values she stands for, her foreign policy experience, and that she has already spent time in the White House as a former First Lady.

“I think she’s in touch with the middle class – what their problems are with the economy – with national security, and around the world with foreign things,” supporter Matthew Benjamin, from Kingston, said. “I think she cares about women, children, elderly. I know a lot of people don’t care about elderly, but I think it’s important.”

It was a process to prepare for the rally. Trucks arrived Monday morning with sound and stage equipment. The Secret Service was there Saturday afternoon scouting out the location.

Emily Bechand, who often sings the National Anthem at volleyball and basketball games, will sing at the rally. She said she got a call from her vice principal Saturday.

“They’re like, ‘Monday night Hillary Clinton is coming here. Would you like to sing the national anthem?’” she said. “I was, like, ‘Sure.’ My stomach dropped. I never got asked to sing for anybody this important before.”

Some students said they were surprised Clinton chose Cohoes.

“Mostly shock and disbelief because Cohoes is a small town in upstate New York, and it’s just, like, no one even hears from Cohoes in coastal district let alone a presidential campaign,” Cohoes senior Jordan West said.

Principal Bryan Wood says teachers are using his opportunity to engage students in conversation in the classroom

“It’s an incredible opportunity for the students to see the political process in action, to see how we elect a president of the United States,” he said.

The rally is scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m.

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