ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton rallied her St. Louis base on Dec. 11 at The International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers Hall on Chouteau near the Grove.


The former FLOTUS, U.S. Senator and Secretary of State was joined by St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay, Congressman William Lacy Clay, Jr. and U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill ahead of delivering a barn-burner of a stump speech filled with red meat issues aimed squarely at the capacity crowd of 500 which included labor, women, LGBT supporters and African Americans.


Clinton reminded the room that the economy does better under Democratic presidents. And that she's served closely with a couple of them.


"But I am not running for my husband's third term and I am not running for President Obama's third term," she stated. "I'm running for my first term."


Clinton spoke to the economy and education; on healthcare, addiction and mental health. She championed equal rights and civil rights - including marriage equality, prison reform and immigration. 


A few members of the crowd could be heard chanting "Black Lives Matter" during Clinton's speech. The 2016 presidential election begins in earnest on Feb. 1 with the first-in-the-nation Iowa Caucuses.


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