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Clinton Pledges to Support Troops, Veterans In Speech to VFW

Attendees at the VFW convention take pictures of Hillary Clinton, whose image was displayed on a large video screen as she spoke.
Jay Price
American Homefront
Attendees at the VFW convention take pictures of Hillary Clinton, whose image was displayed on a large video screen as she spoke.

Though she never mentioned him by name, Hillary Clinton repeatedly attacked Donald Trump's positions during her speech to the VFW. Trump will speak to the group Tuesday.

Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton spoke to several thousand veterans gathered at the annual Veterans of Foreign Wars Convention in Charlotte Monday morning.

She spoke about her admiration for veterans and touched on issues of national security, America's role in the world, and her plan to combat domestic and international terrorism. Clinton also said that as president, she would not privatize VA healthcare - a topic of concern for many veterans. It was her third rally in state in just over a month.

"I believe the United States of America is an exceptional nation with capabilities that no other country comes close to matching, and we have the world's greatest military. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise," said Clinton to a cheering crowd.  

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In the 30-minute speech, Clinton said she believes in working with military leaders to make strategic foreign policy decisions.

"I believe in standing with our allies because they are part of what makes us exceptional. No other country in the world has relationships like we do. Generations of American troops fought, and yes, died, to secure those bonds, because they knew we were safer with more friends and partners and fewer adversaries and enemies," she said.

While she never mentioned her Republican opponent by name, Clinton referred to Donald Trump in not-so-subtle ways.

"If you want somebody who will scapegoat other people, peddle fear, and smear, I am not your candidate," she said. "I'm interested in bringing everybody together, rolling up our sleeves, getting to work and solving all our problems."

After speaking to the VFW, Clinton visited a campaign organizing event in Charlotte.

Trump and running mate Mike Pence are expected to appear in Winston-Salem Monday evening. Party officials say Gov. Pat McCrory and U.S. Sen. Richard Burr will also be on hand for that event.

Trump is also scheduled to address the VFW convention on Tuesday in Charlotte.

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