This really was a great speech, and it's nice to see Clinton get her groove back. As I was watching, I thought, now, that's the same HRC who won so big here in PA:
Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN)Hillary Clinton fired up the most faithful Granite State Democrats on Saturday, outlining her vision for the future and the rationale behind her run in a well received speech at the New Hampshire Democratic Party's convention here.
"If you want a president who will tell you everything that is wrong with America and who is to blame for it, you've got plenty of other choices. And my goodness, didn't we hear enough of that the other night at the Republican debate," Clinton said to a cheering crowd. "But if you want a president who will listen to you, work her heart out to make your life better, and together to build a stronger, fairer, better country, then you are looking at her."
The event is the largest Democratic state party convention in New Hampshire's history, with roughly 4,000 people coming out to watch Clinton, independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, among others, speak.
Clinton's team of supporters and aides arrived outside the arena at 4:00 a.m., lining up along the street with signs as a show of force to the passing cars and other Democratic candidates.
That presence extended inside the arena, too, where many of the seats were filled with Clinton supporters. During her remarks, too, a few Sanders supporters clapped and cheered when she spoke about drug treatment, campaign finance reform and social security.
"Everyone needs a champion and I am just getting warmed up," Clinton said. "I believe in America, but I believe in America, we should have each other's backs. We should lift each other up, not tear each other down."
Clinton's remarks were chock full of red meat, lines aimed at connecting with the reliably Democratic primary voters.
The former secretary of state described CNN's GOP debate this week as "15 candidates, five hours, not a single fighter for the middle class."
What gets me excited about HRC's campaign is her plan to help rebuild the party and take back the state houses. The collapse of the Democratic party across the country is behind so many of our problems, and I really want that rebuilding to be a priority.
By the way, at the same event: For several minutes, attendees refused to let Debbie Wasserman Schultz speak, chanting "We want debates!"