Hillary Clinton Met With Cheers at UConn

Apr 24, 2014

Hillary Clinton spoke in Massachusetts and Connecticut Wednesday. The former Secretary of State weighed in on many current events to a rip-roaring crowd.

Two chairs awaited Hillary Clinton and UConn President Susan Herbst at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts.
Credit Patrick Skahill / WNPR

Clinton covered a lot of ground in her hour-long appearance at the University of Connecticut: education, economics, and even Edward Snowden, whose flight to Russia has drawn criticism.

Clinton joked about Snowden: "He calls into a Putin talk show and says, 'President Putin, do you spy on people?' and President Putin says, 'From one intelligence professional to another, of course not.'"

Hillary Clinton speaks to the crowd alongside UConn President Susan Herbst.
Credit Peter Morenus / University of Connecticut

The former First Lady was also critical of Putin's actions in Ukraine. Responding to a question from UConn President Susan Herbst, Clinton said Russia would pay a "big price" for their actions in the region.

"That is an endpoint we've got to get to as peacefully as possible," Clinton said, "without seeing the total disintegration of Ukraine as a country with territorial integrity, and an opportunity to have the relationship it wants to with the West."

The speech was attended by a laundry list of Connecticut dignitaries. Governor Dannel Malloy, Attorney General George Jepsen, Secretary of State Denise Merrill, Senator Richard Blumenthal, and former Senator Christopher Dodd all had seats. 

Clinton spoke to a group of about 2,300 students, faculty, and staff, using her prepared remarks to praise young people's activism and community service.  

One topic Clinton didn't cover: whether she plans to run for President in 2016. 

This report contains information from the Associated Press.