CLEVELAND, Ohio (WKBN) – The terror attack in Orlando dominated Hillary Clinton’s speech during her visit to Northeast Ohio on Monday.
In her first speech since becoming the Democratic party’s presumptive nominee, Clinton used a manufacturing plant on Cleveland’s east side to kick-start her fall campaign.
“You know, originally, I had intended to come to Cleveland under very different circumstances,” she said.
The former Secretary of State smiled as a small group of protesters were shouted down by the crowd of about 500, and told her audience that Sunday’s massacre in an Orlando nightclub should bring all Americans together.
“The murder of innocent people breaks our hearts, tears at our sense of security and makes us furious.”
Instead of pushing the need for more small business growth, Clinton devoted her 40-minute speech to stopping the spread of ISIS and making it more difficult to obtain assault weapons.
“We have to make it harder for people who should not have these weapons of war, and that may not stop every shooting or every terrorist attack, but it will stop some and it will save lives.”
Clinton maintained a calm, but determined and forecful, tone throughout her speech, bringing the partisan crowd to its feet a number of times.
“An attack on any American is an attack on all Americans,” she said.
She closed much as she began, urging the country to unite just as it did after 9-11.
“That is what we are called to do, friends, and I am so confident and optimistic that is exactly what we will do.”
Although a planned fundraiser Monday night in Cincinnati has been cancelled because of the massacre, Clinton is expected to speak Tuesday in Pittsburgh.