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Hillary Clinton Applauds Veto of Anti-Gay Arizona Bill: VIDEO


Hillary Clinton spoke at the University of Miami last night, captivating an audience of college students and professors alike. The former Secretary of State was quick to remark on Gov. Jan Brewer's decision to veto anti-gay Arizona legislature just hours earlier:

“Thankfully the governor of Arizona has vetoed the discriminatory legislation that was passed, recognizing that inclusive leadership is really what the 21st century is all about,” Clinton said to the 6,000 people who assembled at the south Florida institution.

Clinton then went on to speak about human rights at many different levels, including the rights of LGBT citizens and the disabled population, as well as the right to health care.

CNN reports:

“It is the work of this century to complete the unfinished business of making sure that every girl and boy and every woman and man lives in societies that respect their rights no matter who they are, respects their potential and their talents, gives them the opportunities that every human being deserves, no matter where you were born, no matter the color of your skin, no matter your religion, your ethnicity, or whom you love,” Clinton said to applause.

As much as Clinton’s speech looked back at her history, though, there were also overarching forward-looking themes in her remarks.

“I hope that your generation will be a true participation generation,” she said. “I hope you will find ways to make sure that the barriers that too often divide us are torn down once and for all.”

Clinton's speech marks one of many collegiate appearances in the coming months, events many believe are aimed at attaining a higher profile, and courting the young vote, leading up to a 2016 presidential bid. Of course, saying the former Democratic candidate is ahead in the polls would be an understatement as many eagerly await the official announcement, including, it seems, the student population at University of Miami.

Students responded generally positively to Clinton's remarks. While one student said Clinton didn't answer all the questions, many said they found her "spontaneous," "motherly," "unscripted" and "funny."

"She has a quality no male candidate has," said one female student, "She's more human."

Check out CNN's coverage of the event, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. If Clinton can stay spontaneous, motherly, unscripted and funny, she will win. Everyone asked after Gore's loss in the general election and Hillary's in the primary, where were these humaniods during the campaign? The answer -- in a bubble, and over-managed to within an inch of their lives.

    Posted by: Ken | Feb 27, 2014 12:54:28 PM

  2. No just more Clintons, no more Bushes, no more of these dynasty political's time for these names to retire and let different ideas come forward so sick of these same players popping up every four years trolling for power...

    Posted by: voice | Feb 27, 2014 1:13:33 PM

  3. Hillary has not exactly been at the forefront on anti-gay discrimination.

    Posted by: Jason Macbride | Feb 27, 2014 1:34:40 PM

  4. Hillary as relaxed, funny, down the earth, but also as smart and wise will have an easy win.

    Posted by: Matt27 | Feb 27, 2014 1:43:05 PM

  5. It's a pity that this Madonna of politics wasn't so pro-glbt when her husband signed DOMA into law.

    Posted by: roger | Feb 27, 2014 1:52:34 PM

  6. What exactly has Hillary Clinton done to advance human rights at home or abroad?

    Posted by: Arkansassy | Feb 27, 2014 2:13:53 PM

  7. I see the right wing trolls are out today.

    Posted by: BETTY | Feb 27, 2014 3:55:35 PM

  8. Love my girl! Can't wait till she comes to UCLA!

    Posted by: bernard | Feb 27, 2014 6:54:27 PM

  9. She's got my vote!

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Feb 27, 2014 7:02:47 PM

  10. Not good enough Hillary. I want you to state unequivocally that you support the right to keep and bear arms (no registration and no permit required) in addition to opposing illegal aliens, amnesty, and mass immigration. Say it beoithc!

    Posted by: enchantra | Feb 27, 2014 7:14:58 PM

  11. Enchantra, Hillary is an quality-minded, empowered Democrat woman, all of the things that you hate. Why would she bother saying such nonsense? She's not looking to get the crazy/self-loathing vote.

    Enchantra/Rick: when will you get that your republican peers will never accept you and in fact resent your existence? You're such a pathetic waste of space.

    Posted by: Tyler | Feb 27, 2014 7:43:14 PM

  12. @Enchantra, why would Hillary be interested in spouting right-wing propaganda?

    Posted by: ny2.0 | Feb 27, 2014 9:41:01 PM

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