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Hillary Clinton holds rally in Springfield

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Rep. Richard Neal introduces Clinton at Monday's event (Western Mass News photo) Rep. Richard Neal introduces Clinton at Monday's event (Western Mass News photo)

The 2016 presidential campaign was in high gear today, the day before Super Tuesday.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton brought her campaign message to western Massachusetts.

Clinton's campaign stop in Springfield Monday morning drew hundreds of supporters.

It was a rousing welcome for Clinton as she tries to ride the momentum of a big victory over Bernie Sanders in the South Carolina primary to another big day on Super Tuesday. 

Supporters crowded into the Museum of Springfield History.  They held signs and took cell phone pictures as they eagerly awaited to see and hear their candidate.

After being introduced by Congressman Richard Neal, Clinton addressed the group of supporters for about 30 minutes.

Clinton talked about traditional Democratic issues like jobs, education, equal pay for women, raising the minimum wage, and defending the Affordable Care Act.  She also took a swipe at Republican candidate Donald Trump's claim that he would make America great once again.

"I don't think America has stopped being great.  What we need to do now is make America whole, working together," Clinton said.

The Democratic presidential hopeful went on to criticize the rhetoric that the country is hearing from the Republicans.
"What we can't let happen is the scapegoating, the blaming, the finger-pointing that is going on on the Republican side.  It undermines out fabric as a nation," Clinton added.

Supporters like Congressman Neal said that it's important to move beyond the name calling from Republicans.

"Let's change the tone of the national conversation, how we talk to each other, and her argument that I intend to make America whole again is very aspirational," Neal explained.

Clinton left the stage explaining that that if she wins the Democratic presidential nomination, she will fight for the people and not be afraid to take on the Republican opponent - no matter who that opponent might be.

"One advantage I have is that they've been after me for 25 years and I'm still standing," Clinton said.

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