Hillary Clinton showed she knew her South Florida audience, provided a dose of policy prescriptions, and offered lots of Donald Trump bashing at a campaign rally Friday.The post-debate polls are going her way across the country, and that includes a new Florida survey showing her up by four points! She sure sounded fired up and ready to go...and who can blame her?
People in the crowd of more than 2,000 – most of whom stood for hours in a sweltering gymnasium waiting for her arrival and during her speech – loved what they heard.
She started local before going national and venturing globally.
The Democratic presidential nominee offered "a few words about the tragic passing of Jose Fernandez." The 24-year-old Miami Marlins pitcher, known for his gregarious personality as much as his fiery fastball, died Sunday in a boating accident.
After eulogizing Fernandez, Clinton mentioned Bob Levinson, who disappeared in Iran nine years ago and whose family lives in Coral Springs.
Most of the 28-minute speech alternated between citing the lofty policy goals she wants to achieve if elected and criticizing Trump, the Republican nominee. She'd mention a goal, jab at Trump, mention another policy, criticize Trump again, and then continue repeating the pattern.
Clinton said she offers a more optimistic view of America than Trump. "I've never heard such a dark, fearful image of our country coming from someone who wants to be president of the United States," she said. "When he talks, sometimes I don't even recognize the country he's talking about."
After she bought up clean energy, she mocked Trump for being afraid to mention his idea of a wall between the U.S. and Mexico when he visited that country.
Then she ridiculed Trump for his middle-of the-night Twitter tirades.
"Really, who gets up at 3 o'clock in the morning to engage in a Twitter attack against a former Miss Universe?" she said. "I mean his latest Twitter meltdown is unhinged, even for him. It proves yet again that he is temperamentally unfit to be president of the United States."
Trump's early-morning tweets on Friday attacked former Miss Universe Alicia Machado. The Clinton-supporting Machado said when Trump ran the pageant he called her "Miss Piggy" and "Miss Housekeeping."
Clinton used the latest Twitter controversy as a reason to repeat one of her favorite lines: "A man who can be provoked by a tweet should not be anywhere near the nuclear codes."
Watch the full speech above.