Hillary Clinton makes stop in Baton Rouge to rally votes

Hillary Clinton's rally at Louisiana Leadership Center in Baton Rouge. (Source: WAFB)
Hillary Clinton's rally at Louisiana Leadership Center in Baton Rouge. (Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stopped in Baton Rouge Monday for a grassroots organizing meeting. She addressed a crowd with standing room only at the Louisiana Leadership Center.

The Louisiana Leadership band welcomed the crowd of hundreds.

Congressman Cedric Richmond, D-LA, started off the day followed by Senator Karen Carter Peterson, D-New Orleans. Clinton took the stage for less than an hour.

"I admire so much the resilience of the people of this state. You've worked so hard to rebuild first after Katrina, then after the financial crisis," said Clinton.

However, her speech quickly turned political, taking jabs at Republican senators, Governor Bobby Jindal and even past presidents.

"Why is it that Democratic presidents always have to come in and clean up the messes. I mean the Republicans leave these messes behind and then in comes my husband or in comes President Obama, and they have to work to clean it up," said Clinton.

But Rep. Paul Hollis, R-Covington, quickly dismissed that.

"It's absolutely the opposite I think. What we see is Republicans go in there," said Hollis. "They make dramatic changes that improve the economic environment for people in small businesses. Then you get Democrats that go in there, and all they want to do is create more rules and regulations that are unnecessary."

Clinton told the crowd why she was the best candidate and the only one willing to fight for the middle class.

"If you want a president who will listen to you and work her heart out to make your life better to build a better, stronger, fair country, you're looking at her," said Clinton.

"What you just heard is a continuum of what we have seen so far: seven years of failed policies, of failed presidencies," said Hollis. "I think the American people don't trust Hillary Clinton and everything you saw in there is the same old thing."

Clinton went to Little Rock, Arkansas after her stop in Baton Rouge. She will be back in Iowa on Tuesday to continue campaigning.

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