GREENSBORO, N.C. (WNCN) – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton went back on the campaign trail Thursday for the first time since disclosing that she had a case of pneumonia, attending a rally in Greensboro.
Clinton’s appearance was closely watched, as she had been out of the public eye for several days after first stumbling as she left a campaign event Sunday in New York, then later disclosing that she had been suffering from pneumonia.
Clinton told the crowd she had “had a cough that turned out to be pneumonia.”
“I’m not great at taking it easy even under ordinary circumstances, but with just two months to go until Election Day, sitting at home was pretty much the last place I wanted to be,” she said.
The candidate spoke for a little more than 20 minutes, casting the election as a choice between two competing visions of the country. She said the race is about “who will shape our children for the next four years and what kind of country we want to be.”
She urged those who believe women deserve equal pay to “join us.”
And she talked about the importance of early voting in North Carolina.
“Because you know what your governor and legislature tried to do, make it harder for young people to vote, harder for people of color, harder for people with disabilities,” she said.
Clinton also mentioned the ACC and NCAA pulling tournaments out of the state. She was sharply critical of House Bill 2.
“I’m running for the LGBT teenager here in North Carolina who sees your governor sign a bill legalizing discrimination and suddenly feels like a second-class citizen,” she said.
There was one disturbance during the rally, when two men were escorted out after at least one of them yelled at Clinton.
The Republican National Committee put out a statement saying North Carolina voters don’t trust Clinton. The statement pointed to Clinton’s email scandal and polls that show the race getting tighter.