Hillary Clinton at Palm Beach State: Every vote counts

On her 69th birthday, in what might be the most important state on Election Day — what else is new? — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton told an overflowing crowd Wednesday at Palm Beach State College to vote, and make sure their friends vote, and, if possible, vote early.

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton held an early voting rally at Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth Wednesday, October 26, 2016. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton held an early voting rally at Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth Wednesday, October 26, 2016. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

“We need to work for the next 13 days, and here in Florida, voting could not be easier,” she told a crowd in a gymnasium at the college west of Lake Worth.

Clinton staffers, quoting the local fire marshal, said the gym was at its capacity of 2,100 and overflows watched a video feed from an auxiliary room.

Clinton even directed those in the crowd who haven’t done so yet to head right from the rally to the Palm Beach County Lantana Road branch library, just three miles away. It’s one of 15 sites where early voting started Monday and runs through Nov. 6, just two days before Clinton faces off with GOP nominee, and part-time Palm Beacher, Donald Trump.

In a reference to the tumultuous 2000 presidential recount, she said, “We can’t take our foot off the gas. Every vote counts. Just ask my friend Al Gore.”

Clinton noted that already more than 200 million people nationwide, more than 50 million of those young people, have registered to vote, and 10 million nationwide already have cast ballots, “2 million of them right here in Florida.”

Clinton again attacked Trump’s refusal to say he’d respect the vote, saying, “nobody who’s ever run for president has ever said that.” She said that, as Secretary of State, she visited countries that really do rig their elections.

Clinton didn’t refer to this week’s news that premiums for the Affordable Care Act were shooting up. But State Rep. Blaise Ingoglia, chair of the Republican Party of Florida, said in a statement issued Tuesday, “On the heels of Obamacare premiums increasing at an average of 25 percent, Secretary Clinton’s visit to the Sunshine State will be a stark reminder of how big government policies like Obamacare will continue stifling our economy, restricting small business expansion and killing jobs.”

Clinton did give a shout-out to Republicans and independents who might be at her rally, saying, “It’s not just what we’re against. It’s what we’re for.”

Clinton put in a plug for U.S. Rep. and U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Murphy, who she said, unlike incumbent Marco Rubio, “has not been afraid to stand up to Donald Trump.” And she talked up Randy Perkins, who’s running for Murphy’s former seat, although she did call him “Randy Parker.”

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