A crowd of 6,100 is expected for Hillary Clinton’s speech at the University of Miami.
About 3,200 tickets went to the students, which works out to more than one in five UM students.
Some were lining up at 5 p.m. at the BankUnited Center, where the doors didn’t open until 6:30. Clinton won’t start talking until after 8:30 p.m.
Students were excited.
“I want to see what she’s about,” said Nora Garcon, 19, of Delray Beach. “I don’t want to vote based on popularity. I want to make an informed decision.”
Brandon Levokove, 18, of Long Beach, N.Y., said he’d “for sure 100 percent” vote for Clinton in 2016.
Even though he wasn’t alive when Bill Clinton was first elected president, Levokove said “the world seemed like a good place to be in the ‘90s.
“I love Bill. If she’s in the office, Bill will have some kind of voice. It would be good to see them both back,” he said.
Solange Sierra, 27, of Miami, said she’d like to hear Clinton address major controversies and news events: Obamacare and the situation in Venezuela.
“I really want to see her run for president,” Sierra said. “I believe she would change everything. She’d be a great leader.”
Kaitlyn Simmons, 21, of St. Mary’s, Ga., said she’s “always been supportive of Hillary Clinton.”
And, she said, there’s another reason she’s attending: “my mom would definitely disown me if I didn’t take this opportunity.”
The university isn’t disclosing anything about Clinton’s fee. “We’re not commenting on that. What we’re saying is that the University of Miami invited her,” said Elizabeth Amore, the executive director of media relations. “It’s another great opportunity for students.”
There’s a huge media presence. About 100 reporters, photographers, videographers and others from the media were credentials. There are 14 video cameras in the BankUnited Center ready to record what she says.
— Broward Politics (@browardpolitics) February 27, 2014
Original post | 11:15 a.m.
One of South Florida’s most popular political figures – at least among Democrats – will be in South Florida on Wednesday.
But unless you have a Hurricanes connection, you won’t get a chance to see Hillary Clinton.
The former secretary of state, former U.S. senator and former first lady is appearing at the University of Miami at an event open to students, faculty, staff and invited guests.
The hourlong appearance may give them some insight into her thinking — or at least what she’s willing to talk about — as she decides whether to run for president in 2016.
(Key UM tie: The university president, Donna E. Shalala, was health and human services secretary for eight years under President Bill Clinton.)
Before Clinton heads to the UM campus in Coral Gables, she’ll deliver the keynote address to a healthcare industry convention (put on by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) in Orlando.
Florida, which awards 29 of the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency, is the biggest swing state in the country.
Her Florida appearances come as a New York Times/CBS News Poll released Wednesday found 82 percent of Democrats want her to run for president in 2016. Just 13 percent of Democrats said they didn’t want her to run.
The most recent Florida poll, released last month by Quinnipiac University, showed Clinton, 66, has support among almost all voting blocs in Florida, regardless of age, income or race. Six in 10 Florida voters think she'd make a good president and seven in 10 believe she has strong leadership qualities.
The Republican National Committee used the healthcare appearance to send out an email Wednesday attempting to link her to the still-unpopular Obamacare program.
And in an interview Tuesday on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer,” U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said Clinton would be a formidable candidate if she runs – but could be defeated.
“I think Hillary Clinton is going to struggle to win on multiple fronts. First, she's going to be asked to account for her time as secretary of state. And I don't think it's the sterling success people think it is….
“The Democratic Party, including Secretary Clinton, all the policies they continue to spew out are old school, big-government policies that have never worked, work less now than ever before, and do nothing to position us for success….
“She's formidable because she's experienced as a campaigner and in office. She'll raise a lot of money. She may not even have a challenge in her primary.
“But at the end of the day, I think she's going to have a lot to answer for. And I -- I think the American people are willing -- ready to turn the page and move forward to doing the things we need to do in this new century to have another American century.”
The nationwide New York Times/CBS News Poll found 41 percent of Republicans said they hope former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush runs – with 27 percent saying they hope he doesn’t – and 32 percent want Rubio to run, with 15 percent saying they don’t want Rubio to run.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun