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Head for the Hill: Brooklyn turns out for Clinton’s town hall

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Rallying the crowd: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to a packed crowd at Medgar Evers College in Crown Heights on April 5.
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The youth vote: A young Hillary supporter sports campaign duds.
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Sign of the times: Audience members waved placards as Clinton gave her speech.
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Ladies first: New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray and former First Lady of the U.S. Hillary Clinton embrace.
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Dressed to impress: Supporters turned out in Hillary T-shirts, buttons, bracelets, and more.
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Getting to the point: Clinton on stage with Rep. Yvette Clarke.
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Political stars and stripes: Audience members at the “Women for Hillary” town hall.

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton addressed more than 300 boisterous Brooklynites at a “Women For Hillary Town Hall” at Medgar Evers College in Crown Heights on April 5.

Clinton shared the stage at the historically black college with several prominent local women of color, positioning herself as an ally to women and minorities — groups her primary opponent Sen. Bernie Sanders has ignored, critics have charged. But when it came to talking points, the former Secretary of State largely looked past the primary and directed criticism at potential Republican opponents.

“I am thrilled to have a chance to be here in Brooklyn, and here at Medgar Evers College — and the values of New York are the values of America,” Clinton said, rebutting Republican Ted Cruz’s suggestion that New Yorkers are morally inferior.

Rep. Yvette Clark (D–Flatbush), Public Advocate Letitia James, and First Lady of New York Chirlane McCray — all of whom are black — flanked the former secretary of state as she hammered Republicans for marginalizing women and minorities. Clinton called for workplaces to report employees’ wages as a means of high-lighting the gender pay gap, raising the federal minimum wage — which advocates say would help close that gap — and bolstering minority- and women-owned small businesses — all positions her Republican opponents refuse to take, she said.

“Now everything I just said, the Republicans disagree with,” Clinton said. “My goal is to knock down every barrier preventing every American from fulfilling his or her potential — especially women.”

But she managed one swipe at Sanders — who is gaining on her in polls — for his call to make college free.

“I have a plan for more young people to go to college … but not ‘free’ college,” Clinton said.

Clinton will debate Sanders in the Brooklyn Navy Yard on April 14 — five days ahead of the New York primary.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 3:43 pm, April 6, 2016
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Reasonable discourse

Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Did she put on a fake Brooklyn accent?

did she trot out her "ahhh ain't nowayys tiaaard." dialect?

Here's hoping Chelsea doesn't change her mind about the second kid if HRC loses at the convention and abort the thing.
April 6, 2016, 5:23 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
It would have nice if I could have been there.
April 6, 2016, 5:33 pm
Johnson from Crown Heights says:
Rufus, What makes you think more vitriol is needed in the world?
April 6, 2016, 5:50 pm
Mike from Kensington says:
Meanwhile Bernie had 18,000 people show up for his rally in the Bronx. And he's opening a new campaign office in flatbush. Feel the Bern!!!
April 7, 2016, 10:33 am
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Johnson - because wading thru the depths of power hungry Clinton's soul would barely get your feet wet.
April 7, 2016, 12:12 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Even though she lost the last primary in Wisconsin, she is still standing strong for NY even though her lead has shrunk a little and will most likely win here after the primary on 4/21.
April 7, 2016, 3:56 pm
Mom from Clinton Hill says:
I miss the old Tish.
April 7, 2016, 9:56 pm
Matt from Greenpoint says:
Clinton's wife is the most disingenuous politician I have seen since since Ronald Reagan, and similar policies as well.
April 9, 2016, 7:03 pm
Matt from Greenpoint says:
300 people, LOL.
Was it $10,000 a piece to get in or what?

If Bernie somehow wins NY, it is over for Billary.
Loretta Lynch would likely be relieved.
And hopefully later be relieved of AG duties.
April 9, 2016, 7:16 pm

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