Supporters, protesters greet Clinton in visit to Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH)– She was the first female senator in the state of New York, the first First Lady to be elected to office and she is determined to break through the ultimate glass ceiling by becoming the first female President of the United States.

Thursday in Columbus, Hillary Clinton was promoting issues like equal pay and reproductive rights.

“I will defend a woman’s right to choose…and I will defend Planned Parenthood,” said Clinton.

She claimed to be the best candidate to work across the aisle to cut through Washington gridlock, but she also purposefully highlighted hot button issues that make her the target of conervative detractors.

Clinton did not take reporter questions or talk about Benghazi or the scandal surrounding the private email server she used while Secretary of State.

Clinton’s appearance in Columbus attracted several small groups of protesters.

There were a handful of signs about Clinton’s recent email scandal. Clinton this week apologized for using a private email server while Secretary of State.

There was also a contingent of Bernie Sanders supporters calling on the Democratic National Committee to allow for additional primary debates.  The DNC has planned for six sanctioned debates and promised to punish any candidates who participate in unsanctioned events. “We would like the DNC to allow debates so democracy can flourish in America,” said Tara Reprogle.

protestersSanders has been drawing large crowds in campaign appearances across the country.  His supporters have expressed concern that the DNC is paving the way for a Clinton coronation by limiting the debate opportunities of her challengers.

Republicans have scheduled 12 debates for its primary candidates.

Clinton supporters attending today’s event had mixed opinions about Sanders. “No, I wouldn’t support him because I don’t believe he could really be elected,” said Ena Wilson from Cincinnati. “I want to see American politics come back to the center.”

Joan Allen of Columbus said she is firmly committed to Hillary Clinton. “I love Bernie and I actually like Martin O’Malley but if it isn’t time for Hillary now, what do we expect of a woman to get to be president,” Allan asked. “She is the most qualified candidate.”

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