By Emilio Domenech
BU News Service
Manchester, N.H. — Hillary Clinton is not letting Bernie Sanders be the only “progressive” in the race.
“I’m a progressive that will get things done,” Clinton said twice during Friday’s McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Celebration in Manchester, N.H. The former Secretary of State’s speech closed out the night at the Verizon Wireless Arena, where 6,000 people came to hear the Democratic candidates and their supporters.
The McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Celebration is an annual fundraiser for Democrats in New Hampshire. Seated dinner tickets, which were sold out, cost up to $1,000. General admission tickets were between $25 and $50.
Clinton’s remarks on Friday night came after Sanders said at Thursday’s Democratic debate that she couldn’t claim to be both “a moderate and a progressive” at the same time.
Both are battling in the days prior to the New Hampshire primary that will take place Tuesday. According to Real Clear Politics, Clinton is still dominating nationally, while the Vermont senator is expected to win in the Granite state.
Friday was Clinton’s night to shine. Three of the speakers, including Rep. Anne McLane Kuster, New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, have already endorsed her. She had the last words at Friday’s event.
“I will not make promises I cannot keep,” Clinton said.
Sanders, who asked for revolution to change America for the better, summed up most of the ideas he has been defending throughout his campaign, including free college tuition for every student, and criminal-justice and campaign-finance reforms.
“Leadership is about standing up and being counted when the times are rough, even when you are in a minority situation,” said Sanders in a hoarse voice.
New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Raymond Buckley said the thousand of attendees made the event the biggest fundraiser in the state’s history, although Sanders’ side of the room outnumbered the one cheering for Clinton.
On Friday, Clinton may have had the endorsements, but Sanders got the crowd.
Great article. I attended the event last night and was appalled at the one sided feel of the entire night. Bernie is projected to win NH, so why would the NHDP host an event showcasing 3 female endorsers followed by the war mongrel herself. Where were the Bernie endorsers? There are many to choose from. Why was every speaker wearing a Hillary sticker? The Bernie crowd grew angry and hostile as the night wore on, myself included and who could blame us? It was merely an event proving his statements correct: the system is rigged.
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