ABC News’ Eloise Harper reports: Despite the handful of Ron Paul supporters waving their candidates’ sign outside and the Code Pink protesters draping an anti-war sign inside, Senator Clinton and the Goo Goo Dolls hit the stage at the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Tickets were $20 dollars and up for the 3,000 person crowd.
Terry McAuliffe, Clinton’s campaign chair, introduced the Senator by appealing to the crowd, and pleading for their help to elect Clinton to the White House. He suggested an unusual tactic to encourage support among people walking down the street: “You stop them on the streets, if they don’t stop, you tackle them, you tell them they’ve got to support Hillary Clinton.”
McAuliffe, who was the MC for the evening, was joined by three singing groups from Senator Clinton’s alma mater. The Wellesley College Blue Notes sang "Suddenly I See" by KT Tunstall, a hit favorite on Clinton campaign trail and is guaranteed listening at any given stop.
The Goo Goo Dolls ("The greatest band to ever hit the stage" as Terry McAuliffe described them) quickly followed performing "Better Days" and a few of their well-known songs. The audience comprised of many college students cheered, clapped and held up their cell phones – while the Top 40 Band played. Clinton said she was particularly excited about the Goo Goo Dolls, “you know I wanted them especially to be here because better days are coming in America!”
Clinton said to the crowd, while standing on the stage of the Boston Symphony Hall “I never could have dreamed that someone of my singing ability could be standing here before you.” When Speaking about Iraq, Clinton spurred Code Pink protesters inside to scream out, while they draped a pink sign over the balcony that read: HILLARY TROOPS OUT NOW (with the year 2013 crossed out.) They were quickly silenced by some shushing audience members.
Senator Clinton also had a message for the republicans at this Boston fundraiser. Referring to the president’s recent veto of the SCHIP program Clinton said “the republicans and their right wing allies have really taken the cake this time.” Clinton spoke of Graeme Frost, the 12-year-old child who as Clinton described was in a car accident and was saved by the SCHIP program she helped start in 1997. “Graeme and his parents” Clinton explained “came and said let me show you a real world reason why it’s so regrettable that President Bush has vetoed children’s healthcare, and boy the whole republican right wing attack machine went into overdrive.” Clinton continued “You know I don’t mind them picking on me…they’ve done it for years…you know I think I have proven I can take care of myself.” Clinton concluded, “President Bush and the republicans should lay off Graeme Frost and all of the other children that are getting health care."