SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History was transformed into a Hillary Clinton rally venue Monday morning, just ahead of Super Tuesday.
Taking the stage in front of a cheering crowd at around 9:45, Clinton was introduced by Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and was accompanied by Congressman Richard Neal. The former Secretary of State said that she was honored to be introduced by Sarno, as she said Springfield is a city “on the way back up.” In her appeal to western Massachusetts voters, she also referenced the Colonial Theater in Pittsfield, which was restored while she was the First Lady.
She also reiterated a theme of her victory speech in South Carolina over the weekend, saying that she doesn’t think America ever stopped being great; a shot at Republican front-runner Donald Trump, whose campaign theme has been “Make America Great Again.”
For much of the speech, Clinton touched on major campaign issues such as tax policy, drawing contrast with Republicans who she said were selling “snake oil” with promises of tax cuts. She said that she would expand on the Affordable Care Act to get more people covered. On women’s health, she said that she would continue to support abortion rights, as well as Planned Parenthood, which many Republicans want to defund.
22News asked supporters what set Clinton apart from her Democratic competition.
“Experience. She’s been there. She’s done that. She helps make our country work. She helped make our country work. She worked with Obama even though she ran against him,” Carol-Ann Dearnaley of Millers Falls said. “She’s for the American people, the middle class,” said Wesley Olin of East Longmeadow.
“I will turn my attention to whomever the Republicans decide to nominate and I’ll tell you this, one advantage I have is they’ve been after me for 25 years and I’m still standing,” said Clinton.
Clinton headed to her next campaign stop in Boston Monday afternoon.
Bernie Sanders will also be campaigning in Massachusetts to make a final appeal to voters before Super Tuesday. He’s scheduled to hold a public event in Milton Monday afternoon. Sanders also made a stop in western Massachusetts last week, holding a rally at the Mullins Center at UMass Amherst.