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Clinton speaks on equality, opportunity and civil rights at Orangeburg Co. appearance

Published: Jun. 17, 2015 at 8:40 PM EDT|Updated: May. 12, 2016 at 1:21 PM EDT
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SANTEE, SC (WIS) - Hillary Clinton made her second trip to the Palmetto State within a month Wednesday.

Clinton took the stage in Santee and within an hour she laid out four planks of her 2016 platform:

"The first is to make the economy work for every day Americans," she said. "The second is to strengthen America's families. The third is to harness all of America's power and the fourth is to reform our government and revitalize our democracy."

She spoke on equality, opportunity, and civil rights -- telling a predominantly African American crowd that she has something in common with them:

"Most of the people in this room, including me, were not included in the Constitution in the beginning, am I right?" she asked. The crowd responded with cheers.

She took a question on foreign policy, which critics of her campaign point out isn't mentioned often by the former Secretary of State.

"I will not hesitate to do what's necessary to protect our values, our interests and our security," she said.

She even reached across the aisle, praising Republican Governor Nikki Haley for signing a bill requiring police officers to wear body cameras.

"It is a good first step," she said.

But she took questions only from a select group at the front of the crowd, half of which were elected officials.

Army veteran David Boatwright, who sat in the back, didn't get to ask his question about federal programs to honor foreign soldiers. He said he approached Clinton after the rally, but said he didn't get an answer.

"She acknowledged it, but I wanted to ask her if she'd allow them to put funds in the VA for it," he said.

Boatwright was frustrated he didn't get to ask his question- but was also quick to say Hillary is his top choice in the field.

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