PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Hillary Clinton and her running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine, got down to the business of winning Pennsylvania this weekend.
On their way through the Keystone state and into Ohio the duo stopped in Pittsburgh. The rally officially began at 5 p.m. at the Convention Center with 5,000 people in attendance and more than 1,000 in overflow outside.
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As early as 3 p.m., supporters were lined up around the block, eager to get inside. People were vocal about their hope that Clinton will win in November.
“She’s a really good role model,” said one supporter named Olivia. “She’s one of my heroes because she’s really smart and she’s done a lot to help the world and I really think she will make a good president.”
“Just get us emotionally up for the election, I think a lot is going to come down to turn out so if she can bring a little inspiration and get us excited.. I mean battle lines are drawn people who are going to vote for Trump are gonna vote for Trump so the only way we can beat them is by showing up in big numbers,” said Hal Madrano.
Several people spoke before Clinton took the stage, including businessman Mark Cuban who asked, “is there any bigger jagoff than Donald Trump?”
Congressman Mike Doyle and Braddock mayor John Fetterman also spoke before the crowd welcomed Clinton and Kaine to the stage.
She wasted no time making a major promise to the audience.
“We’re going to, in the first 100 days, break through the gridlock in Washington and have the biggest infrastructure and jobs program that we’ve had since World War II,” she said.
Clinton made a point to contrast her plan to grow the economy with what she called “Trump’s long record of outsourcing products.”
“Donald Trump, you hear him, he talks a big game about putting America first. Well, with all due respect, please explain to me what part of America first leads Trump to make Trump dress shirts in Bangladesh, not Ashland, Pennsylvania. Or to make Trump furniture in Turkey, not Freeburg, Pennsylvania. Or Trump picture frames in India, not Bristol, Pennsylvania.”
Before the rally, about two dozen Donald Trump supporters were shouting and holding signs, protesting Clinton’s involvement in the recent email scandal during her time as Secretary of State.
A man, later identified as Joshua Sturman, reportedly approached the protesters and tried to burn an American flag. When the protesters tried to stop him, he tackled one of them and was arrested.
He will be charged with recklessly endangering another person, risking a catastrophe and disorderly conduct.