Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton vowed Friday to “take on problems that keep ordinary people up at night” if she’s elected president.
Speaking to the Democratic National Committee’s summer conference in downtown Minneapolis, Clinton tried to fire up the Democratic insiders by contrasting her positions with those of the 17 candidates who are seeking the Republican nomination.
“We Democrats are not going to sit idly by while Republicans shame and blame women. We’re not going to stay quiet while they demonize immigrants whether they’re Latino, Asian or anything else,” she said. “We’re not going to keep silent when they say climate change isn’t real or same sex couples are threatening our freedom or trickle-down economics works.”
Clinton also said she would work to pass common sense gun restrictions and protect seniors on Social Security. She said she would reduce the burden of college loan debt and take steps to address heroin addiction.
During her speech she did not mention the private email server she used as secretary of state, which has dogged her campaign for months.
She told reporters later that she is trying to do a better job explaining to the public and the media why it should not be a major issue.
As Clinton spoke to the delegates Minnesota Republican leaders were criticizing her at the State Fair.
Minnesota Republican Party Chair Keith Downey said Clinton is losing steam in public opinion polls.
“The Democrats very clearly had coalesced around one candidate, Hillary Clinton,” he said. “All of the major donors, the political infrastructure, was really aligned behind her. The growing field on the Democratic side is not because people are interested in other candidates, it’s really because Hillary Clinton is imploding before the American people.”
Democrats say they’re confident whoever wins their party’s nomination will prevail in Minnesota. The Democratic candidate for president has carried the state in every election since 1972.
Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee also spoke to the DNC meeting on Friday morning.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vermont, and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley were set to speak Friday afternoon.
MPR News reporter Tom Scheck contributed to this report.