Chelsea Clinton discusses gun control, women’s rights in Carlisle campaign stop

CARLISLE, Pa. -- Former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton made Central Pennsylvania her first stop on the campaign trail in over a month.

Chelsea rallied support for her mother, and Democratic Presidential Nominee, Hillary Clinton, at the Cumberland County Democratic Headquarters on Wednesday. The event, organized by the group Pennsylvania Women for Hillary, was Chelsea's first campaign speech since the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July.

"I am undeniably and apologetically biased towards my mother," Chelsea said at the beginning of her speech. "I couldn't imagine a better role model for me as a mom."

More than 150 people crammed into the tiny office building, while more than 100 were left outside, according to Secret Service officers.

Clinton only spoke for 10 minutes, cutting what was expected to be a 20-to-30 minute speech short due to rising heat conditions inside the office. In that time span, she focused on issues such as gun control, family, the economy and affordable health care.

"Look at what the different candidates have actually said," she told reporters following her speech. "My mom is the only person to have proposals on all those issues that I just talked about."

Outside, supporters of Donald Trump stood across High Street in downtown Carlisle. Many waved flags, imploring passer-byes to honk their car horns in support of the Republican nominee.

Trump supporters showed up to the rally at 11 a.m., according to Terry Wallace of Boiling Springs. At one point there were 40 supporters along the side of the road, he said, but it dwindled to less than a dozen before Clinton's speech.

"I'm just happy to be out here, supporting Trump, and getting this country headed in the right direction," Wallace said.

The honking didn't seem to bother the hundreds of Hillary Clinton supporters standing in line, waiting to get inside. Although their disdain for the candidate was apparent.

"I have a daughter, and I am afraid of Trump," said Shelly Boback of Carlisle. "I think he is ridiculous."

Boback was with her friend, Wendy Pires, of Carlisle, who added, "One of these candidates is a very scary possibility and we can't let that happen. One is very qualified."

Both say they plan to vote for Hillary Clinton on Election Day.

Polls indicate a tightening race in Pennsylvania, which tends to be a hotly contested in every Presidential election, but has not gone Republican since 1988. Meanwhile, Clinton's visit to Carlisle was not a mistake. Cumberland County is a Republican stronghold in Central Pennsylvania, but one where the Clinton camp feels it can make in roads.

"Pennsylvania is hugely important. It's why my mom is spending a lot of time expanding the electoral math to go to places where Democrats haven't spent a lot of time in recent elections," Clinton told reporter. "That said, I think you're going to see a lot of my family in Pennsylvania in the next 63 days."