UPDATE: 2:41 p.m. EST -- Hillary Clinton spoke Tuesday afternoon to a packed house at a town hall meeting in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, finishing her next-to-last public campaign event of 2015. Later in the day she was scheduled to deliver another address in the Granite State before taking a few days off from the campaign trail.
During her Portsmouth event, she emphasized her plan to focus efforts on Alzheimer’s research -- a proposal she unveiled last week -- and took several questions from the crowd that largely focused on other issues she frequently discusses, such as gun control, college debt and improving the economy.
“The decision that New Hampshire makes is so important and I’ve had a great time traveling across the state, meeting by now thousands and thousands of people,” she said in her opening remarks. “I know that we are going to make the right decision not because my name will be on the ballot but because all of us know what the stakes are and how high they happen to be.”
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The crowd was agreeable to Clinton, who fielded several questions from children concerned about guns in their schools, college debt, mental illnesses in their family and wage disparity between men and women. Clinton said that she enjoys taking questions from kids because, for her, the campaign is really about their future.
Following her planned break after Tuesday night's town hall, Clinton is scheduled to return to New Hampshire Jan. 3 for three more town halls in the state. The New Hampshire primary is scheduled for Feb. 9.
Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton will hold her second-to-last public campaign event of the year Tuesday in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where she is expected to detail her economic plans. Keeping with her campaign’s general message, she was expected to tell voters at the town hall that the economy needs to work for all Americans and not just the top earners.
The event was scheduled for 1 p.m. EST, and she was also scheduled to hold a later event at a high school cafeteria in Berlin, New Hampshire, at 6:15 p.m. EST. You can watch her Portsmouth town hall event online by clicking here.
“Clinton will lay out her plans to get the economy working for everyone — not just those at the top,” a press release announcing the events said. “And she will discuss her record of getting results for working families as first lady, senator and secretary of state.”
Clinton speaks about economic issues on the campaign trail frequently and has made helping middle class Americans stay afloat in an economic environment that favors rich Americans a central talking point. Her economic policy proposals in this election have included providing tax relief, cutting interest rates for student loans, boosting investment in public infrastructure and ensuring equal pay for equal work between men and women.
“The deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top,” Clinton has said repeatedly on the campaign trail, a not-so-veiled reference to statistics that indicate that the wealthiest Americans own as much or nearly as much as the bottom 90 percent of Americans combined. The sentiment is popular among Democrats, including Clinton’s rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has put a near absolute focus on economic and inequality issues during his campaign.
While New Hampshire has been a friendly state for Clinton in the past — she cinched a surprising comeback in 2008 after getting trounced in the Iowa caucuses a week earlier — she finds herself trailing Sanders there. The senator is up 5.8 points in averages of polls compiled by Real Clear Politics, 49.3 to 43.5. The New Hampshire primary is scheduled for Feb. 9, just eight days after the Iowa caucuses, on Feb. 1.