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Capitol reporter Katie Meyer covers Pennsylvania politics and issues at the Pennsylvania state capitol.

Clinton rallies in PA and like Trump, courts working class

Written by Katie Meyer, Capitol Bureau Chief | Jul 30, 2016 2:09 AM
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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are both spending significant time campaigning in Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jordan Brown/WITF)

(Harrisburg) -- After officially becoming the Democratic nominee for president, Hillary Clinton is campaigning in Pennsylvania--with a visit to Harrisburg.

In front of an audience of thousands, Clinton focused on job growth in her short speech, calling her strategy "the biggest job creation program that we've had in our country since World War II."

In a bid to appeal to working-class Pennsylvanians, she discussed plans to make community colleges and trade schools more affordable, and create jobs in the clean energy and tech industries.

She drew clear lines between her proposals, and Republican Donald Trump's, who's vowing to return coal and steel jobs to Pennsylvania.

"We're going to provide the opportunity, because we know that those are the jobs of today and tomorrow," she said. "Donald Trump is offering the false promise that he can somehow turn the clock back to the jobs of yesterday."

Several Clinton supporters signaled their motivation to vote for her is less about enthusiasm for the Democratic candidate, and more about an aversion to Trump.

Maximus Weikel said he initially supported Bernie Sanders, but is now on the Clinton bandwagon.

"I'm supporting Hillary because there is no other choice," he said. "She's the most qualified out of all the candidates, and being from Pennsylvania, this is an important state for her to win."

Clinton's also stopping in Pittsburgh, and Trump will be in Harrisburg on Monday.

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