Philadelphians young and old lined up as early as 9:30 a.m. Monday morning to see Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speak at Temple University’s Mitten Hall. This was Secretary Clinton's first speech in Philadelphia since her pneumonia diagnosis. Support for Secretary Clinton was strong, with the hall reaching full capacity within an hour of its opening to the public, requiring the fire marshals to declare that no further persons would be allowed in the hall. Not everyone attended the event to express their support for Clinton. Certain individuals protested outside, urging passers-by to vote either for third-party candidates or Wharton alum and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Secretary Clinton’s visit to Temple came after her recent weak support in the polls among young voters aged 18-35, according to NBC Philadelphia.// Esha Indani | Contributing Photographer
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Bob (Springbrooke, PA)“Why Trump over Hillary? My sign sort of says a lot of it. . . . Hillary’s one of the most corrupt people that ever ran for presidency of the United States, and I’m worried about my country.”
Brendan Rackley (Harrisburg, PA)“Both Hillary and Donald Trump, they have the lowest approval ratings of any major party candidates we’ve ever had in a general election . . . I wish we could do something to just reclaim true democracy in society. Voting for third party candidates is a good way to do that."
Miss Jackie (Philadelphia, PA)"I’m with Hillary because everything that she represents is what my community . . . [and] what I need. She says that love trumps all. And Trump needs to be trumped.”
Florella Hazeley (Philadelphia, PA)Ms. Hazeley is a member of Moms for Common Sense Gun Laws in America:“We are here. We are supporting Hillary because she’s for common sense gun laws.”
Zach Greenstein (Chappaqua, New York)“I think her stances on pretty much everything are amazing, on equality, on equal pay, on college tuition should be more affordable, on gun control and just everything. I think we really need a woman in the White House.”
Elizabeth Burdett (left, Chevy Chase, Maryland)“I’m supporting Hillary because it was really difficult watching my mom trying to climb through the ranks in a really male dominated society, and I just think that it’s really time to have a woman president.”Gabriella Rovi (right, Panama City, Panama)“I support Hillary Clinton because as an immigrant I understand how hard it is to work with the United States immigration system, and I think that it should be reformed . . . Maintaining my legal status shouldn’t be this hard.”
Sean (Germantown, PA)“The Republicans have gone off the rails. Their tax policies are crazy. . . . Progressive taxation is the fundamental basis of the democratic party where the rich pay a little bit more in taxes. That’s what I believe in”.