Clinton's supporters in W.Va. concerned about health care, war in Iraq

May 08, 2008|By ERIN JULIUS

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. -- Hillary Clinton drew a long round of applause Wednesday when she told a crowd gathered at Shepherd University that she was worried about gas prices.

"Me, too," said one woman standing only a few yards from Clinton.

Nicole Boggs, 22, said she liked everything Clinton said during the campaign stop, but she wasn't sure whether Clinton would actually deliver on her promises.

So the Shepherd University student had a question for the Democratic presidential candidate as Clinton made her way around the crowd, shaking hands and signing autographs.

"I asked her to look me in the eye and tell me she believed everything she just said," Boggs said after Clinton's appearance.


"She looked me straight in the eye and said she did," Boggs said.

As supporters outside McMurran Hall waved "Hillary Clinton for President" signs and chanted "Hillary" before her appearance, a smaller crowd in the street waved "Obama" signs, referring to Clinton's Democratic rival, Barack Obama.

Gerald McAllister, 19, said he will vote in a presidential primary for the first time Tuesday, and he plans to vote for Clinton. The Shepherd sophomore is studying environmental engineering and said he likes it that Clinton is for the environment.

McAllister said he also support's Clinton's stance in favor of pulling troops out of Iraq. He called the war in Iraq "useless."

McAllister was not alone in his opposition to the war. Clinton's pledge to start pulling out troops within 60 days of being inaugurated president resulted in whistles and cheers from the audience.

Clinton embodies change, which the United States needs right now, he said.

Carolyn Jefferson, 48, said she turned out because she wanted to hear what Clinton had to say. Clinton has a proven track record and more experience than Obama, she said.

"I think she would pay more attention to women's issues," Jefferson said.

Jefferson listed reproductive rights, income disparity and prenatal health care as important issues.

Pat Grinnan, 54, of Martinsburg, W.Va., said Clinton has a plan and a vision. Grinnan attended Wednesday's event to rally around her candidate, in a town she described as an "Obama stronghold."

Grinnan works in the health care field and is concerned about its high cost, she said.

"People will have to choose between health care and food," she said.

At a press conference following her appearance, Clinton said she planned to work hard in West Virginia.

West Virginians "get up every day and do the best they can," and thet deserve a president who does the same, she said.

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