GREENSBORO, N.C. – Democratic Presidential Candidate, Hillary Clinton, made a campaign stop in Greensboro Thursday at the old student recreation center at UNC Greensboro. Clinton answered lingering questions about her health scare after becoming sick last weekend and condemned North Carolina lawmakers for recent repercussions stemming from House Bill 2.
Clinton's speech was her first public appearance since she became sick with pneumonia last weekend. Concern spread after a video surfaced on social media of the former Secretary of State being helped into a van after stumbling at a Sept. 11 memorial service. At the beginning of the 25-minute talk, Clinton said she 'tried to power through it,' but doctors advised her to rest for a few days. Clinton said she talked to old friends, spent time with the family dogs and took time to reflect during her downtime.
"I'm not great at taking it easy even under ordinary circumstances," Clinton said. "But with just two months to go until election day, sitting at home was pretty much the last place I wanted to be."
Clinton landed at PTI airport shortly before 3 p.m. and appeared in good spirits walking down the stairs of the plane. She emphasized the importance of the election, less than two months away, and how crucial the final days of the race are. The first Presidential debate will be Sept. 26 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.
"Just 54 days until the most consequential vote of our lifetime," Clinton said before criticizing North Carolina's efforts to impose a voter ID law that federal judges ruled unconstitutional. "Let's make these days count, particularly here because you know what your governor and legislature tried to do, make it harder for young people to vote, harder for people of color, harder for people with disabilities, harder for the elderly."
The day after the ACC removed 10 championship events and three days after the NCAA removed seven championship events from North Carolina over House Bill 2, Clinton spoke to the controversial bill put into effect by Governor Pat McCrory earlier this year.
"I'm running for the LGBT teenager here in North Carolina who sees your governor sign a bill legalizing discrimination and suddenly feels like a second-class citizen," Clinton said. "This is where bigotry leads and we can't afford it," she said after referencing the NCAA and ACC. The Greensboro Coliseum was originally scheduled to host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.
At least one group of protestors were escorted out from the venue. A estimated turnout wasn't made available, but a large gathering outside were denied entry.
Clinton's daughter Chelsea Clinton spoke at a roundtable for Women in Leadership at Wake Forest University Tuesday. Running mate Tim Kaine came to Greensboro last month.
On Sunday, Clinton abruptly left a 9/11 memorial in New York after becoming sick. She told reporters she felt “overheated.” Doctors later released a statement saying she was diagnosed with pneumonia. Since then Clinton had to cancel three campaign stops due to her illness.
Clinton told CNN in an interview on Monday that she’s feeling “much better.” She also said she didn’t disclose the diagnosis earlier because she “didn’t think it was going to be that big of a deal.”
Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan and democratic Senator Gladys Robinson spoke before Clinton arrived.
"I applaud Hillary Clinton for standing with us," said the Mayor regarding HB2.
Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump is closing in Clinton according to a recent CBS/New York Times poll. The poll shows Clinton holding a two-point edge (46-44) among likely voters and a five-point lead (46-41) with registered voters. Trump will visit High Point University Tuesday with a rally at the Millis Athletic Convocation Center.
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