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Clinton advocates for inclusivity at campaign stop in Greensboro

HRC_UNCG_cutlerHillary Clinton made the University of North Carolina at Greensboro a campaign stop Thursday at the old Student Recreational Center.Doors opened at 1:45, and the rally began at 3:45 p.m.”There’s nothing we can’t do when we come together as a nation,” said Clinton.The rally was filled with students, while many others had to stay outside because of limited space.Student held signs with Clinton’s slogan “Stronger Together”, along with Clinton/Kaine, Love Trumps Hate, Clinton Country, and Deal Me In.Some sang along with the playlist of female singers such as Katy Perry’s Roar and Demi Lovato’s Confident. There was a clear theme of female empowerment.Clinton, who was diagnosed with pneumonia last week, made UNCG one of her first major public appearances since returning to the campaign trail.”It turns out, having a few days’ rest was a gift,” Clinton said.Clinton talked about the need for Affordable Child Care and the need for financial security.”Affordable Child Care in many states costs the same as college tuition,” said Clinton.She said that the government needs to have the people’s back and that the American people feel like they are on their own.The Democratic presidential candidate told the students that she did not believe in half-baked plans, referencing her Republican opponent.She asked the crowd if they were going to elect “a loose cannon” and said that the people could not tolerate bigotry.”She is the most qualified candidate. We don’t want people to vote for her just because she is a woman, we want people to vote because of what she brings to the table,” said Greensboro’s Mayor Nancy Vaughan, who was also in the national spotlight this week following the NCAA and the ACC pulling sporting events from North Carolina due to HB2.Mayor Vaughan said that Clinton’s economic plan would help North Carolina create 300,000 more jobs.The mayor also took the opportunity on stage to denounce HB2, saying that it was the antithesis of building an economy and needed to be repealed as soon as possible.The mayor believes that Clinton’s supporters will prevail if people go to the polls.”Hillary has a good education plan. She’s very inclusive and not disrespectful,” said Emily Lackey, 19.Lackey, a freshman at UNCG, said Clinton got her vote because of her work with education. She hopes to become a teacher.Some protesters stood outside the old gym with signs critical of the rally.”Every time I hear her speak, she’s always lying,” said Andrea Morales, “She’s been lying about the emails, about Benghazi, and is not a trustworthy candidate.”Morales, 18, is a freshman majoring in Chemistry and considers herself a Libertarian.However, she stated that she believes it is best to vote for Trump because he is the lesser of two evils.”I love the fact that there have been females in the spotlight,” said Taylor Lee, 22 a student double majoring in French and Nursing.Clinton talked about how women should be free to make their own decisions and that America was big enough for everyone to share.The candidate said that the election was not merely about the Democrats versus the Republicans but instead about what will shape our children and the future of America.She included the importance of climate change and the need to give children a safer world with more allies, less enemies, and less nuclear weapons.”This is for the children and families, that is why I’m in this race,” said Clinton.Eric Galindo, 22 a UNCG student majoring in Finance and International Business, was unable to get into the rally.”I’m unaffiliated, but I wanted to hear her take, see what she’s bringing to the table,” said Galindo.The senior said that the race was less about issues and more about ‘he said/she said’ with Trump saying something offensive and Clinton reacting to it.He hoped to hear more about immigration reform and gender equality.Galindo said he was disappointed that there was not a larger venue to fit the crowd.“This university is very multi-cultural, big in LGBTQ, and there’s a lot of history here,” said Filsan Olhaye, 20, a Marketing major, “It’s amazing for UNCG for her to come.”Clinton told the students that they did not have a minute to lose and that she wanted everyone to be a part of the American Dream.”It’s the final stretch, 54 more days,” said Clinton, “and nobody can accuse me of quitting.”