Hillary Clinton: ‘I Am Proud of the United States of America’

By Lee Speigel

Feb 20, 2008 9:56pm

ABC News’ Christine Byun reports: While her opponent’s camp attempts to clarify recent remarks, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton emphasized that she was “proud of the United States of America.

“This country has given me so many opportunities, so many blessings, I am proud of the United States of America, and what we stand for, and what we have achieved in history,” the New York senator and former first lady said while campaigning in Hidalgo, Texas.

Clinton’s declaration comes after Michelle Obama, the wife of Democratic candidate, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., stirred up controversy over comments she made that some suggest as unpatriotic.

Clinton encouraged the crowd to participate in early voting, prior to Texas’ March 4th primary. She tried appealing to the crowd, touting her ties to the state and to Hispanic community leaders.

She talked about fixing the “broken immigration system” and helping Mexico’s economy. The boisterous crowd often responded to her with loud choruses of cheers and applause –- but there were a couple of sections with empty seats. Signs adorned the arena that read “Todos Con Hillary” and “This One is for Ann,” referring to the late former Texas Gov. Ann Richards.

Clinton, again, tried to distinguish herself from Obama, repeating that she is “better prepared” to be  commander in chief. She promised to “work [her] heart out” if elected.

“I will be there for you every single day. If you will stand with me, in early voting and on March 4th, if you will be there, voting for me, you can count on me to be there for you!” Clinton said.

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