Clinton talks health, HB2 in NC visit

On Thursday Hillary Clinton says she has a clean bill of health and her first stop back on the campaign trail was in Greensboro, North Carolina.

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Hillary Clinton returned to the campaign trail in Greensboro Thursday after health issues forced her to take a few days off.

Clinton revealed she had pneumonia earlier this week. She nearly collapsed after attending a 9/11 Memorial event Sunday. 

"I recently had a cough that turned out to be pneumonia," said Clinton. "I tried to power through it, but even I  had to admit a few days of rest would do me good," she told a crowd of supporters at UNC Greensboro.

Clinton was received by a roaring crowd and chants of "Hillary" when she entered the student recreation center at UNCG. 

"I have to say it is great to be back on the campaign trail," she said to cheers.

Clinton appeared spry and upbeat as she addressed a room full of supporters, many students at the university.

"We usually don't get stuff like this here, so I'm really happy she's here at UNCG," said UNCG student Taiyanah King. "I feel like she's got it, she's got in the bag, she can do anything."

Clinton didn't shy away from talking about her health issues, instead, she used it to shift focus back to her campaign goals.

"When I'm under the weather I can afford to take a few days off, millions of Americans can't-- they either go to work sick or they lose a paycheck," she said.

This is Clinton's first visit to Greensboro during the presidential campaign. However, both she and Donald Trump have become frequent visitors of North Carolina as this become a must-win state. 

Clinton, a big critic of the state's House Bill 2, took a swipe at the controversial law in her speech.

"I'm running for the LGBT teenager here in North Carolina, who sees your Governor sign a bill legalizing discrimination and suddenly feels like a second class citizen," she declared.

"Look what happened with the NCAA and the ACC," she said referring to the leagues decisions to pull championship games from the state. 

"This is where bigotry leads and we can't afford it here and not anywhere in America," Clinton said.

She also took aim at her opponent, Donald Trump.

"I will never be the showman that my opponent is, did you see the show he put on for Dr. Oz today," she joked.  "But I will deliver for you and your family."

The Republican National Committee released a statement in response to Clinton resuming her campaign in NC: 

“Hillary Clinton’s visit to the Gate City comes as her campaign continues to be plagued by revelations into her family’s corrupt foundation, her email scandal and sinking poll numbers. No rally will gloss over the fact that North Carolina voters don’t trust Hillary Clinton and that they are still waiting on answers about her shady dealings.”  - Kara Carter, RNC Spokeswoman

Clinton has a full schedule ahead. She announced plans to travel to Philadelphia,and Florida and says she will return to NC next week. Trump is set to return to North Carolina on Tuesday with a visit to High Point University.

Copyright 2016 WCNC


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