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Hillary Clinton with Yale roomates Ryan Dillen, Andrew Kurzrok, and Porter Braswell: Photo by Diane OrsonHillary Clinton with Yale roomates Ryan Dillen, Andrew Kurzrok, and Porter Braswell: Photo by Diane OrsonOne day before the polls open for Super Tuesday, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was back in Connecticut today campaigning at her alma mater, Yale University.

As he welcomed her back to New Haven, lawyer Penn Rhodeen remembered the day when Hillary Clinton, as a student, showed up at the Yale Child Study Center wearing purple bellbottoms. “You looked so 1972” he said.

After graduating from Yale Law School, Clinton went on to work as an attorney for the Children’s Defense Fund.
She received standing ovation from the packed crowd in a small conference room at the Child Study Center. Seated in front of “kids for Hillary” and “My mom says Hillary posters”, Clinton listened as a roundtable of women talked about the struggles facing middle class families and single mothers in Connecticut. Clinton said people in public life learn from listening.

Hillary Clinton campaigns at Yale: Photo by Diane OrsonHillary Clinton campaigns at Yale: Photo by Diane Orson"After the cameras are gone and the lights are turned off I’m gonna still be doing the same work that I did wearing my bellbottoms and my sheepskin coat when I showed at the Yale Child Study center and I am looking for all the good ideas and help that we can get to put together the kind of coalition that we need to really deliver solutions for the problems that our children and their families face."

Health care topped the list of concerns. Clinton said she’d help finance the costs of universal health care by letting the Bush tax cuts expire for people earning more than 250,000 dollars.

"If they went back to pay what they paid in the 1990s, there would be 55 billion dollars every year that I want to put in to making health care affordable for people like all of you around this table."

18-year old Yale freshman Ryan Dallen says he’d pretty much decided to vote for Barack Obama, but is now considering a switch to Clinton. He sees health care as a key difference between the two candidates and says both are pushing important issues in this election.

"Probably the most influential election not only in our lifetime but in our parents lifetime. And theres a lot of really key figures like Hillary being the first viable female candidate and then Barack Obama being the first viable African-American candidate…almost candidates of a Bobby Kennedy type proportion."

Hillary Clinton had been leading Senator Barack Obama in state polls for months, but the latest numbers show the two Democrats in a statistical dead heat.


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