Hillary Clinton campaigns in Raleigh

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Hillary Clinton campaigns in Raleigh
Hillary Clinton

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- Hillary Clinton came to North Carolina Wednesday in her bid to capture the White House and become the nation's first female president.

The presumptive Democratic nominee for president held a rally at an exposition center at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.


Hillary Clinton campaigns in Raleigh

Speaking to enthusiastic supporters, Clinton focused on her plan to continue the economic recovery. She said she doesn't want to see Washington return to the failed policies of Republican administrations, and said Donald Trump does not have a plan that will work.

She acknowledged that while the economy is coming back, not everyone has reaped the benefits.

"We need a president who knows what we're up against, has no illusions about it, and can get it done," she said.

She said her plan includes making college debt-free for all, getting companies to share profits with their employees and ship less jobs overseas, and making sure corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes.

"Markets work best when all the stakeholders share in the benefits," she said.

Any by all stakeholders, Clinton spoke about North Carolina's controversial HB2 law and said LGBT people can't be shut out of opportunities.

Clinton said in her first 100 days in office she'd reach out to Congress to break the gridlock.

"It takes experience working with both parties to get results," she said.

Clinton also focused on education, saying Republicans in North Carolina have done lasting harm to the public school system.

"North Carolina was a leading state when it came to education. Now, thanks to your governor and legislature the average teacher salary can barely support a family," she said.

Governor Pat McCrory's campaign manager fired back at Clinton after her Raleigh stop.

"North Carolina has experienced one of the fastest growing economies in the country, $4.4 billion in tax relief, more than $1 billion in budget surpluses and the largest teacher pay raises in the country under Governor McCrory's leadership," said Russell Peck.

The former secretary of state and first lady last visited North Carolina the day before the state's March 15 presidential primary.