Hillary Clinton travels to the Buckeye state

Hillary Clinton visits Buckeye State
Supporters show up ahead of Hillary Clinton's appearance. (Source: WOIO)
Supporters show up ahead of Hillary Clinton's appearance. (Source: WOIO)

Hillary Clinton visited Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Thursday for a grassroots organizing meeting. The Democratic front-runner for President says this is not a campaign rally, but a meeting to build support and offer training for campaign volunteers.

During the event, Clinton and volunteers asked supporters to fill out a "Commit to Vote" card, pledging to vote for Clinton in the Ohio primary next year.

"I don't care if you're a democrat, republican, independent, green, you name it. Everybody should be encouraged to vote, otherwise our democracy doesn't work the way it should," Clinton said.

Ohio is often the gateway to the White House. Clinton wanted to make it clear this is her run for the presidency.

"I'm not running for my husband's third term and I'm not running for President Obama's third term. I'm running for my first term," said Clinton.

Clinton gave her faithful what they call "red meat."

She talked about jobs, reducing student debt, the middle class and not being part of a reality show.

Most who attended the event liked what they heard.

"It's incredible to actually hear her views and I'm very impressed as part of the university community to hear her talk about the student loan crisis," said Jean Robinson, a former reporter. "I thought she was incredible and I am so glad that she addressed the whole issue of gun control, especially after that horrific story yesterday."

But not everyone supports the former First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State.

"It was interesting, but it was a little bit one-sided. She should have been having more concerns to the other side than just sort of bashing it," said one attendee.

Clinton also attended a private fundraiser after the event.

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