Clin­ton is ‘ready to come out of the woods’

New Straits Times - - World -

SCRAN­TON (Penn­syl­va­nia): Hil­lary Clin­ton said she was “ready to come out of the woods” dur­ing a St Pa­trick’s Day speech on Fri­day night in Penn­syl­va­nia in front of an over­flow crowd — an in­di­ca­tion that she plans to shed the low pro­file she has kept since the elec­tion.

Clin­ton, the pres­i­den­tial can­di­date and a for­mer sec­re­tary of state, made the com­ments at the end of a nearly 20-minute talk that she gave at a yearly St Pa­trick’s Day cel­e­bra­tion held by a women’s group here in the northeast cor­ner of a bat­tle­ground state that made for one of her most sur­pris­ing elec­toral losses in Novem­ber.

Clin­ton, whose grand­fa­ther and fa­ther grew up here, spoke about her fam­ily’s con­nec­tions to the area. But, at the end of the speech, given in the ball­room of a lo­cal ho­tel, her words turned, if only glanc­ingly, to cur­rent af­fairs.

“I’m like a lot of my friends right now. I have a hard time watch­ing the news, I’ll con­fess,” she said, ac­cord­ing to a video of the event.

“I am ready to come out of the woods and help shine a light on what is hap­pen­ing around kitchen ta­bles, at din­ners like this.”

Clin­ton spoke to a crowd of nearly 700 peo­ple, ac­cord­ing to Mary Clare Kings­ley, a pres­i­dent of the So­ci­ety of Ir­ish Women, which held the event. About 500 peo­ple were in the ball­room and about 175 watched the speech via video in an over­flow room.

She said it was the largest at­ten­dance for the event, sur­pass­ing the to­tal when the group hosted Barack Obama dur­ing the pres­i­den­tial cam­paign of 2008.

The group hoped for years to land Clin­ton and sent her an in­vi­ta­tion let­ter in De­cem­ber.

“We fig­ured if any­one could mo­ti­vate women, who bet­ter to have than her,” Kings­ley said.

Tak­ing the stage be­fore din­ner was served, Clin­ton spoke at length about her grand­fa­ther, who came to Scran­ton with his par­ents when he was 3, the sixth of an even­tual 11 chil­dren from a fam­ily that left the coal mines in Eng­land “search­ing for a bet­ter life and more op­por­tu­nity”.

She em­pha­sised their con­nec­tion to in­dus­trial pros­per­ity in

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