Democratic Presidential candidate and former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton arrived in Philadelphia Wednesday to meet with African American ministers and also to hold a fundraiser. Clinton first paid a visit to Mother Bethel A.M.E. church in Society Hill where she spoke with African American ministers from across the country, including Mother Bethel’s Reverend Mark Kelly Tyler. Clinton discussed criminal justice reform, jobs, equal pay and women’s health. Clinton also told the ministers, “I want to be your partner, not just your president.”
Reverend Tyler gives Clinton his support
Reverend Kelly Tyler said Hillary Clinton can count on his support in her bid to become the next American President. “I’m not saying that I’m voting for her just because she’s a woman but I’m certainly voting for her because she’s qualified, she’s capable, she’s ready to lead and the fact that she’s a woman is a plus,” Reverend Tyler said. “We need to diversify our country.”
Clinton attended a fundraiser in Philadelphia
After meeting with the ministers, Clinton attended a private fundraiser event at the Franklin Square Capital Partners building in South Philadelphia. Hillary Clinton is currently locked in a close contest with Democratic presidential rival, Senator Bernie Sanders ahead of Monday’s Iowa caucuses. The two leading candidates, Clinton and Sanders are hoping to be the nominee that democrats choose in six months at the Wells Fargo Center during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. The former secretary of state is seeking for supports and endorsements, by appealing to individuals, groups and organisations for support.
Philadelphia is preparing for the DNC
According to the NBC, the Mayor, Jim Kenney, said the city is already planning for the event with the Secret Service and the FBI. He also said however it would be a much smaller event than the Papal visit last year. “We’re expecting anywhere from 35,000 to 50,000 attendees, “said Julie Coker-Graham of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB).