CINCINNATI – Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton arrived in Cincinnati for a fundraiser and Mayor John Cranley’s home Sunday night.
The fundraiser came at the end of a day that included stops at the New York City gay pride parade and the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Indianapolis.
“What it says is how important Hamilton County is in a national presidential race,” Hamilton County Democratic Party Chair Tim Burke said. “Ohio, everybody says, is the swing state. Hamilton County is the swing county, and that’s what makes it very attractive for the presidential candidates.”
More than 250 guests filled the mayor’s home for the dinner, which raised at least $450,000 for the Clinton campaign and included a taste of the Queen City – Gold Star Chili coneys – on the menu.
Cranley said their preparation for the event included a fresh coat of paint on a fence and new flowers for their garden. The mayor’s son even made a sign welcoming the presidential candidate.
More importantly, the event is an opportunity to bring some of Hamilton County’s needs to Clinton’s attention, according to Cranley.
“I wanted [Clinton] to understand what it’s like to be in Cincinnati, and how the federal government could make a difference by giving more local flexibility to federal dollars,” Cranley said.
Attendees said Clinton spoke for about 30 minutes without using notes. She touched on the economy, foreign policy, the environment and presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.
This was Clinton’s third stop in Ohio this month. She will also be campaigning at the Cincinnati Museum Center with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren Monday morning. Doors for that event open at 8:30 a.m.