Hillary Clinton made her first public appearance in Dallas on Tuesday afternoon and worked to fire up her supporters.
The crowd of 1,900 was a fraction of the size of Bernie Sanders’ 8,000 at his rally in Dallas in July and the 15,000 who attended Donald Trump’s rally at the American Airlines Center in September, but the crowd was passionate.
The line to get in to see Clinton wrapped around the gymnasium at Mountain View Community College. Attendees then waited for hours for the presidential contender to arrive.
Clinton arrived about an hour late after weather delayed her plane from New York.
Before the rally, she attended a private fundraiser where donors were asked to give $2,700 donations, the legal limit.
On Tuesday, she received big applause when she vowed to raise minimum wage without raising taxes.
Clinton’s visit comes one day after Gov. Greg Abbott said Texas would refuse accepting Syrian refugees after one of the terrorists in the Paris attacks got into that country by posing as a Syrian refugee.
In September, Clinton had said the U.S. should increase the number of refugees it accepts from 10,000 to 65,000.
Clinton said Tuesday that the U.S. cannot shut the doors to Syrian refugees without undermining who the United States is as a country.
Clinton did not stop to answer reporter's questions.
After her North Texas stop, she was scheduled to go to Austin for another private fundraiser.
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