Hillary Clinton talks equality, national safety during campaign at Cohoes HS

COHOES, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton made a stop at Cohoes High School Monday evening as part of her campaign trail toward potentially winning the democratic nomination for president.

A large crowd gathered in the gymnasium of Cohoes High School on Monday. Supporters as well as those who are undecided in the upcoming election came to hear the former U.S. Secretary of State speak about the changes and policies she would implement if elected president of the United States.

Clinton made her way to the stage with Rep. Paul Tonko and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand by her side. Both spoke Clinton’s praises before the presidential hopeful took the microphone.

As a former senator from New York, Clinton began her speech discussing issues that have plagued Upstate New York, including failing infrastructure and unclean drinking water.

She also vowed to keep manufacturing jobs in America.

“I will be the president that brings manufacturing jobs back to Upstate New York and the country,” she said.

The issues resonated with Albany native Gretchen Brown. She left the rally more sure in her decision to vote for Clinton.

“She connects with New York, and I appreciate that,” she said.

But her speech also included other key issues such as equality, education, and national safety. Some of the loudest cheers of the night came when Clinton discussed the cost of a college education in the U.S. If elected president, Clinton said she would make college affordable again by calling for debt free tuition.

“We are going to make it easier to pay down and end your student debt,” she said. “We are going to make it clear that you can refinance your student debt.”

In addition, Clinton said repayment of students loans would end after 20 years.

Clinton also spent time discussing her fight for equal rights, including equal pay for women, which she said was about “growth and fairness.”

But her fight for equality also included marriage equality, defending voting rights, and comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship.

Overall, Clinton said “more love and kindness” was needed in the U.S. She said the country came together after the September 11 terror attacks by having everyone take part in national defense through the use of the “see something say something” program.

She renounced the proposed policies of Republican candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz that spoke negatively of Muslims and calls for banning Muslims from the country.

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She said their statements were “dangerous” and “wrong,” and the U.S. should be focused on building trust amongst its citizens and the global community. While she said feeling fear was a natural emotion, it shouldn’t be the driving force behind actions.

Rather, she said a president should focus on what to do next  and quoted former president Franklin D. Roosevelt: “All we have to fear is fear itself.”

Clinton ended her speech with what she said she would accomplish during her presidency. She said she wanted to build a country and world that would be safe and provided equal opportunities for future generations to come.

Clinton left the stage to a roar of applause and left supporters wondering if they just witnessed the next U.S. president speak in the small city of Cohoes. Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse said Monday’s event was a once in a lifetime experience.

“You gotta love being part of the presidential process,” he said.

Monday was Clinton’s second time paying a visit to Cohoes. Ten years ago as a senator, she visited a pharmacy owned by Assemblyman John McDonald. That connection is why she chose Cohoes for her rally.

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