The 2,000 strong room of people gave standing ovations, let out deafening cheers, and broke out into cries of “Hillary, Hillary, Hillary,” as the former first lady ripped into the Republican party, laid out her policies and sought to allay fears of scandal.
In a witty approach to the controversy surrounding the use of her private email server whilst she was secretary of state – and her subsequently deleting several thousand of the emails before they could be made public – Mrs Clinton told the audience that she recently began a Snap chat account: “I love it,” she quipped. “Those messages disappear by themselves.”
She delivered a mocking warning to voters not to be fooled believing that the other Republican contenders were any more moderate or reasonable than the firebrand celebrity frontrunner Donald Trump.
“Don’t let the circus distract you, if you look at their policies, most of the other candidates are just Trump without the pizzazz or the hair,” she said. “Yes, Mr Trump says outrageous and hateful things about immigrants but how many of the other candidates disagree with him?”
It was a relaxed performance from the former Secretary of State Photo: Bloomberg
As the crowd roared at her jokes, any hint of the stiffness that is often so present in Mrs Clinton’s public demeanour melted away.
Instead she delivered the sort of rip-roaring speech that is needed, if she is to allay her slow slide in the polls, and will have her campaign aides sleeping more soundly in their beds.
Relaxed and energetic, the Democratic frontrunner turned to her policy prescriptions, focusing on the topic that is fast becoming the theme of this election campaign: recapturing the American Dream by rebalancing the inequality of wealth.
“Every step of the way, I’ve tried to even the odds for people who have the odds stacked against them,” she said, reminding her audience that though she is now a multi-million dollar name, she came from humble beginnings.
“I learned that from my mother,” she said. “Abandoned and mistreated by her own family, she was out on her own by 14, working as a housemaid.”
She addressed the costs of university education, in an apparent attempt to knock the wind out of the campaign of Bernie Sanders, her socialist Democratic rival who has been gaining on her – and in some places overtaking her – in the polls.
The Democratic frontrunner promises to the millions of young people suffering from crippling student debt to refinance at a lower rates to “make sure the cost isn’t a barrier and wont hold anyone back”.
It was a lesson in how delivery can supersede content. In fact her policy is drastically less dramatic than that of Senator Sanders, who wants to end tuition feels for public universities across America.
But she delivered them with such gusto that the crowd barely seemed to notice.
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