Hillary Clinton was in town Thursday night, lending her name and support to Pennsylvania Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.
The Wolf campaign continued to hammer away at Gov. Tom Corbett — this time focusing on an area of particular vulnerability for the governor — women. Women in the crowd at the “Women for Wolf” event might have been sporting Wolf campaign swag, but it was clear they were more excited about another speaker.
“I’m here to support Tom Wolf. Honestly, it’s a huge bonus to see Hillary,” said Maureen Cirocco of Elkins Park.
Issues that poll well with women were at the center of Clinton’s speech.
“You know what Tom Wolf won’t do?” said Clinton. “Well, he will never support a law forcing women to undergo an invasive ultrasound procedure. He will never compare the marriage of two loving and committed partners to incest.”
That first comment referred to a Pennsylvania bill that would mandate ultrasounds for women seeking an abortion. The second was about a gaffe in which Corbett jokingly said same-sex marriage was analogous to marriage of a brother and sister.
Clinton stressed Wolf’s support for access to education and health care. Her new granddaughter, Charlotte, she said, will likely have these in her future.
“But you should not have to be the grandchild of a president to get a good education, get good health care, have good job opportunities,” she said.
Women favor Wolf over Corbett by 25 points, according to the latest Quinnipiac University poll, even wider than the 17 point margin among all voters.
While she didn’t make any mention of a possible run for president, she’s widely considered a potential candidate in 2016.
At the same time Clinton spoke, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gave a speech in Wayne in support of Corbett. Christie, also, is considered a likely presidential contender.