EAST GREENWICH, R.I. (WPRI) — Hillary Clinton stopped in Rhode Island Wednesday night for an event to raise money for her presidential campaign.
The fundraiser was hosted in East Greenwich by longtime Clinton insider and former Rhode Island Democratic Party Chairman Mark Weiner and former Providence Mayor Joseph Paolino.
Clinton’s presidential bid brought in about $300,000 during the brief stop in the Ocean State.
General Treasurer Seth Magaziner is a longtime supporter of the Clintons. He told Eyewitness News he liked what Hillary had to say during her 25 minute speech to the crowd of supporters.
“Infrastructure investment was a big theme, training the workforce. She talked about equal pay for equal work. There was a lot of good substance there,” Magaziner said.
Clinton has a solid track record in Rhode Island. In 2008, she defeated then-presidential candidate Barack Obama by 18 percentage points.
“I think Rhode Island likes Hillary Clinton because Hillary Clinton stands up for the middle class, stands up for women, stands up for minorities. Stands up for anybody who needs someone to stand up for them,” said Clinton supporter James Palmer.
Three other people have formally announced they’re running against Clinton for the Democratic nomination – Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, and of course – former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee.
Rhode Island Sec. of State Nellie Gorbea endorsed Clinton ahead of the event and released the following statement:
Elections are central to democracy and voting must be fair, fast and accurate. I admire Secretary Clinton for making elections a cornerstone of her campaign. It is clear that our elections must adapt to the needs of today’s voters and take advantage of modern technology. As working mothers, Secretary Clinton and I understand that no one should have to choose between voting and family or job responsibilities. I applaud Secretary Hillary Clinton’s proposals for universal and automatic voter registration, as well as early voting. Secretary Clinton has the leadership and vision that is needed to move our country forward and I am excited to endorse her for President of the United States.”