I attended Hillary Clinton’s campaign rally in Baltimore today, and it was an interesting experience. The turnout was larger than anticipated but the venue wasn’t that big-my guess is there were 800-1000 people there.
There were two protestors of some kind at the event who the Hillary supporters successfully drowned out. I know they was successful because Hillary and Representative Elijah Cummings (who endorsed her at the event) had no idea why the crowd was chanting so loudly while Rep. Cummings was speaking.
Hillary gave what I presume was her normal stump speech, but with two Baltimore-specific references thrown in. She endorsed building the Red Line in Baltimore (which made me happy to hear), and she referenced the venue as being owned by Under Amour’s CEO who is using the venue to bring innovation back to Baltimore (or something along those lines).
The speech was good, and it was clearly more of a speech aimed at the general election. She took two jabs at Bernie but I wouldn’t call either of them dirty-they were both policy oriented. Hillary was projecting confidence that she will be the nominee, and the odds suggest that will be the case.
Personally, I am still undecided, but I am leaning more towards Hillary today than I was yesterday. My biggest issue in this campaign actually has little to do with 2016. It’s all about 2020. I want the next President to be great at assisting in down-ballot races and getting Democrats elected to state government too, because that is the only way we can fix the districts that have been drawn to so heavily favor Republican representation. Without making the electoral map more fair, it won’t matter what Hillary or Bernie wants to get done. The House Republicans will block anything as long as they are in power, which they will be until 2022 at the earliest.