Hillary Clinton holds Columbus campaign rally

(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

COLUMBUS, OH (WCMH) – Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton spoke to a crowd of thousands Monday night at The Ohio State University, just ahead of the deadline to register to vote.

A spokesperson for Clinton’s campaign told NBC4 the Secret Service said there were 18,500 people in the crowd to hear Clinton speak at the South Oval.

Ben Acker, a freshman from New York State, said he was undecided on who he would vote for in his first election.

“It really just comes down to what my personal ideals align with, cause in the beginning I feel that I didn’t really align with either, and as their plans and policies are becoming more and more defined and more outlined, it’s just a matter of who I feel more strongly towards,” Acker said.

Debra O’Molesky of Columbus brought her nine-year-old daughter to the rally. Asked about the negativity in this election, she said it was concerning.

“We need to sort of aspire to be better and be inclusive,” O’Molesky said. “We need to support people who are different from us and learn from them.”

Clinton touched on topics from women’s rights to the economy.

“Nobody who is working hard to get ahead should be asked to pay more in taxes when we have so many people who have done so well and are not paying their fair share,” Clinton said.

Clinton focused on contrast in her speech, contrasting her own plans and policies to those of Donald Trump, and noting what she had done in her career as opposed to what Trump had done.

“On the day that I was in the Situation Room, watching the raid that brought Osama Bin Laden to justice, [Trump] was hosting Celebrity Apprentice,” Clinton said.

Kerry Patesel of Westerville said this was the first political rally he had ever attended. He and his wife both said they planned to vote for Clinton.

“I have a handicapped son who’s wheelchair-bound, and as soon as Trump did this thing, he lost me,” Patesel said, gesturing as Trump did to imitate a disabled reporter.

Clinton wrapped up her rally by reminding the crowd to register to vote and saying, “Love trumps hate. Thank you, Ohio State!”

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