Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton to stop by Phoenix area next week

Mar 17, 2016, 9:15 AM | Updated: Mar 18, 2016, 12:51 pm
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PHOENIX — Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton has planned a visit to the Phoenix area for Monday, her campaign said.

The former secretary of state will speak at Carl Hayden High School — near 35th Avenue and Interstate 10 — at 3:30 p.m. Doors for the event will open two hours prior.

“I will look forward to seeing as many Arizonans as I can,” she said in an interview with KTAR News.

A pro-police group, Rally for L.E., said it plans to protest Clinton’s event because the group feels she has made anti-law enforcement statements.

““We’re going to hopefully send a strong message that Clinton isn’t welcome here in Arizona,” group founder Nohl Rosen said. “She’s disrespected our police officers, veterans and this country.”

Rosen said Rally for L.E. is also opposed to Black Lives Matter, another activist group.

“They’ve stood on our flag,” he said. “They’ve burned our flag. They’ve threatened law enforcement. They’ve called for the attacks on police officers and the killings of police officers.”

Arizona’s presidential preference election is Tuesday and it’s been a lucky place for the Clinton family.

As a presidential contender in 2008, Clinton easily won the state but Barack Obama would go on to win the White House job.

Before that, her husband, President Bill Clinton became the first Democrat to carry the heavily-Republican state since 1948.

Presidential hopefuls from both parties have put the Grand Canyon State on their tour list.

Republican Ted Cruz had two days of campaigning the area scheduled, starting Thursday.

Clinton rival Bernie Sanders set up a trip to Flagstaff for Thursday evening.

He held an energetic rally in downtown Phoenix on Tuesday, speaking for almost an hour.

Earlier this week, Clinton swept four states’ primaries — Florida, Illinois, North Carolina and Ohio.

KTAR’s Bob McClay contributed to this report.

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Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton to stop by Phoenix area next week