HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton rallied supporters in Hillsborough County Friday. She hosted a campaign event at the Florida State Fairgrounds.
During the rally, Clinton called the Republican National Convention “perversely flatteringly,” saying the speakers spent more time talking about her than the problems facing the country.
“I never thought I’d say these words but Ted Cruz was right,” Clinton said during the rally. “In this election, do the right thing and vote your conscience.”
Cruz refused to endorse Trump during his remarks at the convention Wednesday, prompting boos and jeers from the Republican crowd.
Clinton said Trump’s own convention address offered a “dark and divisive” vision of the future. Her GOP opponent, she says, offered “fear and anger and resentment” but few solutions to the problems he highlighted in his Thursday evening speech.
“He doesn’t speak for anyone who thinks our country should be standing together,” Clinton said.
Clinton ended the rally saying, “Love trumps hate.”
Young voters support Clinton in Hillsborough
News Channel 8 talked with young voters who turned out to support Clinton. Mike Tittro of St. Petersburg explained why he’s voting for the former secretary of state and senator come November. “Class and experience,” Tittro said.
Tittro is 21 years old, making this the first presidential election he’ll be eligible to cast a ballot in.
“No candidate is perfect, but she’s not running on a rhetoric of fear,” he said.
Titro was one of thousands of millennials who rallied with Clinton Friday.
Taylor Triplett, who is under 21, agrees with Titro. ‘Hillary Clinton has a lot more experience in politics and Trump doesn’t,” Triplett said.
Prominent Florida Democrats also joined Clinton in Hillsborough County. U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, former governor and current Congressional candidate Charlie Crist and Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn were on hand.
There had been speculation that Clinton would announce her VP pick during the rally, however, that didn’t happen. The announcement came via social media later Friday.
The former secretary of state named Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, also his state’s former governor, as her vice presidential running mate.