WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Chappaqua's Hillary Clinton gave a rousing speech to more than 500 college students and other supporters on the campus of SUNY Purchase in Harrison Thursday.
It was the Democratic presidential candidate's first official campaign event in Westchester Couny leading up to the April 19 primary election in New York.
"I believe the path to the White House goes right through New York,' and I'm not taking anything for granted," Clinton said of this state's importance to her defeating U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
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A total of 247 delegates are at stake in Clinton's runoff against Sanders, a native of Brooklyn.
Earlier Thursday, Sanders made his first New York campaign stop in the South Bronx. Several dozen young Sanders supporters interrupted Clinton's speech -- shouting "She wins, we lose" -- before walking out peacefully.
Clinton is battling Sanders for first-time voters who generally favored Barack Obama over her during her unsuccessful presidential race in 2008.
In her speech, she trashed Sanders' claim he can make college tuition free while detailing her plan for student loan breaks and reduced interest. Clinton called it unfair that Republican frontrunner Donald Trump's grandchildren will go to college for free while most American students are saddled with skyrocketing debt.
GOP presidential candidates -- including Trump who owns properties in Westchester -- also have begun traipsing the state for their April 19 primary and 95 delegates.
Clinton repeatedly called herself a doer as opposed to a complainer or whiner, saying, "Politics is the art of making possible what appears to be impossible."
Clinton detailed her support for health-care coverage, gun control, abortion rights, equal rights, human rights and voting rights -- which she said "are under assault" by Republican Party leaders.
"It is so good to be home," Clinton said. "Westchester is more than a county to us. It's a community."
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