Is this a great place or what?!?!!?? First, two visits (pandering) from a self avowed socialist commie, now, a visit by Monica Lewinski’s boyfriends daughter!! How can it get any better?? And WOW, a crowd of 75!!!!

Former first daughter meets Duluth

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By Brady Slater Today at 4:30 p.m.

Having received several live doses of Bernie Sanders so far, it’s notable that Northeastern Minnesota will go without seeing Hillary Clinton up close this presidential campaign primary season.

But daughter Chelsea Clinton stopped in Duluth for the first time in her life, she said Monday, intent on carrying her mother’s torch while carting Gov. Mark Dayton in tow.

Clinton said not to take her mother’s absence personally, and that it was due mostly to the fact there are a dozen total states in play during today’s Super Tuesday polling and caucusing.

“Something that always surprises me is when people characterize my mom as being cold,” Clinton said to a roomful of supporters during a brief question-and-answer session that followed her address. “I know my mother as the definition of warmth.”

She and her mother and father, Bill Clinton, the 42nd president, separated in order to canvass Super Tuesday states throughout the weekend and into today’s polling and caucusing. Hillary Clinton has gained widespread endorsement support from Minnesota entities and politicians, while Sanders has experienced enthusiastic support everywhere in the state he has trodden.

Pregnant with her second child and speaking from a stool, Chelsea Clinton addressed a roomful of Democratic supporters at the Education Minnesota office on Central Entrance. The teachers’ union has endorsed Hillary Clinton and the building is home to the Duluth Federation of Teachers; several teachers took time off to arrive early in the day to make campaign calls on Clinton’s behalf. State Rep. Erik Simonson helped introduce the proceedings and city councilor Zack Filipovich was present among the crowd of roughly 75 — a mix of volunteers, supporters and even a group of boys from Woodland Hills Academy in Duluth.

“She’s going to make a great president,” Dayton said, citing their overlapping years in the U.S. Senate when he called Hillary Clinton, “the most talented and dedicated public official I have ever seen.”

He left the heavy lifting to the young Clinton, 36, who started by saying her worldview has been transformed by motherhood and called this the most important election of her lifetime.

“I worry everything I care most about is at risk,” Clinton said before digging at a Republican primary that Simonson had introduced as pulsing with rhetoric “taken to a level none of us have ever seen.”

“I find the normalizing of hate speech deeply troubling,” Clinton said.

Saying her mother will “stand up for our values,” Clinton proceeded with a scholarly appeal on her mother’s behalf.

The once and possibly future first-daughter spoke of how her mother created a pair of high-level positions, as Secretary of State, that track the humanitarian conditions of women, children and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people across the globe — expecting U.S. embassies to monitor and report accurately about the conditions of and measures involving all three groups of people. Those positions have been maintained under John Kerry, Clinton said, and figure to be lasting acknowledgements to her mother’s concern.

With the experience factor being highlighted in television commercials by the Clinton camp, the younger Clinton broke out deep cuts of her mother’s legislative and leadership background to furnish examples of her mother’s longtime work in favor of universal health care and early childhood education.

Still fighting for healthcare advancements, Clinton said her mother endorses giving Medicare the ability to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies as well as the use of federal tax credits to enhance health care coverage through state exchanges — both measures that would lower healthcare costs, Clinton said.

“She’s the only candidate who knows how she will pay for everything,” Clinton said of her mother.

While paying respect to the sudden passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Clinton said the next president could be responsible for replacing up to three Supreme Court justices given the circumstances. Sanders, she said, only recognizes the court’s importance to addressing campaign finance reform. Meanwhile, Clinton said her mother realizes an even broader impact the court could play in women’s rights as well as states’ roles in adopting more localized gun control.

The whole affair was enough to move Wendy Sedgwick of Australia to attend for hoopla’s sake. In town with her husband and friends to take in Lake Superior and other Duluth sights, the foreign visitor and primary school teacher couldn’t pass up the chance to see Clinton.

“I was just reading an article about her in ‘The Australian Women’s Weekly,'” Sedgwick said, recalling the 15-hour flight from Sydney to Dallas. Sedgwick and her husband, Christopher, were eager to see the American political drama up close and their friends, Mike and Nancy Whalen of Maple Grove, said they were expecting to bring their friends to caucus. Australians, Sedgwick explained, get nightly American political updates. Often issues that start here can wind up relevant there, she said.

Clinton could only hope for such enthusiastic turnout from Minnesotans.

“I hope you bring everyone you’ve ever met to caucus tomorrow,” Clinton told the crowd, before shaking a conga line’s worth of hands goodbye.

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