As we mentioned yesterday, the Granite State has been a popular stomping ground for presidential hopefuls this week, with several candidates making stops in our area. Today, democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton stopped in Claremont for a town-hall style meeting at River Valley Community College.
It was beyond a full house at River Valley Community College this morning, as school officials were forced to create 2 overflow rooms to accommodate the hundreds lined up to hear the former Secretary of State speak. Clinton was introduced by River Valley Community College President Dr. Alicia Harvey-Smith, and fittingly spent a substantial amount of time discussing higher education and the growing student-debt problem facing the nation.…
Clinton spoke for a little more than a half hour before opening things up for questions, touching on topics ranging from climate chance, gender inequality and early-childhood education. Former Stevens High School principal and current member of the River Valley Community College advisory board Frank Sprague drew a big smile from Clinton when he implied that students denied funding for college typical vote republican, before asking how that trend can be broken to make college more affordable for everyone.
Clinton made no mention of democratic rival and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders during her remarks, but she did touch on last week’s Republican debate and their lack of focus on student debt.
Clinton spoke for a little more than two hours, and took take to greet members of the audience before eventually making her way to a forum on drug abuse down in Keene. I got the chance to speak with a recent high-school graduate after Clinton’s speech to ask her reaction on what she heard.
As always, we will keep you posted on any presidential candidate visits in and around our area.