Clinton makes the case for a caucus victory
LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) Call it the Clinton full-court press. A crowd the Clinton campaign put at 1,200 heard a former first daughter and a former President tell Democrats to caucus for Hillary.
"She's the best change agent I know," Bill Clinton said, as his wife looked on.
On Saturday, Democrats will deliver their verdict at hundreds of caucus locations around Nevada, making a choice between Clinton, and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who has turned a state that was once a Clinton lock into a Nevada nailbiter. Polls show the contest is close.
At Del Sol High School I asked Clinton why. "Look, I think that they always tighten up, that's part of the contest, really," she told me as we talked in the high school choir room. Clinton had just finished a town hall meeting with Del Sol senior, some who support her, others who support Bernie Sanders.
During the meeting with students, she faced questions on immigration, police brutality and equal pay.
I asked her about the economy. Why would she be a better candidate to keep Las Vegas' recovery moving forward than her opponent? "What I would do for Las Vegas and Nevada is to protect you from what happened last time and make sure it never happens again," she told me.
The Sanders campaign has poured money and resources into Nevada. His message is resonating with a range of voters, especially the young. He's targeted the Latino community for special attention, saying he's the candidate of immigration reform.
Clinton takes issue with that, pointing to a 2007 vote Sanders took against an immigration reform bill. Sanders said he did so because he was unhappy with guest worker provisions he said were akin to slavery. The Clinton campaign says Sanders is a late-comer to the immigration issue, something the Sanders campaign disputes.
Clinton told me, as President, she would take immediate action. I asked her how.
"I would introduce comprehensive immigration reform again," she said, saying she'd do it within the first 100 days in office.
In November, Sanders, who had been an independent, switched to the Democratic Party. I asked Clinton whether she considers Sanders a "real Democrat."
"Well, you'll have to ask him. I know he never was until he started running for President," she said. "But I have been," she added.
At tonight's rally, Clinton herself was the "closer." She told the crowd that over her career Republicans have thrown everything they've had at her. "And I'm still standing," she said to cheers.
Now it's up to voters, to deliver their verdict.