CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) – The Carlisle headquarters of the Democratic National Committee looks small from the outside; it feels even smaller inside packed with Clinton supporters.
That was the case Wednesday as dozens of Democrats filled the room to hear from Chelsea Clinton, Hillary Clinton’s daughter.
Crowds started lining up two hours before the younger Clinton was scheduled to speak.
“Chelsea is the only Clinton I haven’t met,” Bethany Hamilton said.
Waiting across the street from Donald Trump supporters holding signs and waving flags, Hamilton was among the first in line to hear the Democratic candidate’s message through her daughter’s voice.
“She speaks better to the group of millennials that Hillary’s trying to reach,” Hamilton said.
“We’re really here to show Chelsea — and through Chelsea, Hillary — that we have their back,” said Deb Marteslo, a Mechanicsburg woman organizing with the gun control advocacy group Moms Demand Action.
“And it’s really because of them that I think this is the most important election in my lifetime,” she said.
Clinton kept the speech short as room temperature rose. She told Pennsylvania Women for Hillary supporters (who organized the event) that her mom is still fighting for paid family leave and equal pay for women.
“I couldn’t imagine a better grandmother for my children, so that’s one of the reasons I’m so biased towards her,” she said. “I couldn’t imagine a better role model for me as a working mom.”
Clinton worked her way down lines of supporters, shaking hands and taking selfies, after speaking to the crowd for about 15 minutes.
She stopped to talk with reporters on her way out, saying she admired her mom’s commitment to taking on unpopular fights like gun control.
“Looking to where we really do have consensus, looking to the models that have worked at the local and state level,” she said, “and trying to actually focus on what we have in common.”
Clinton also said her mom needs supporters’ help come election day. Otherwise, she said, the progress President Obama has made might be lost.
Asked about the important of the Keystone State in this election, she said every vote matters; “That being said,” she added, “I think you’re going to see a lot of my family in Pennsylvania over the next 63 days.”