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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and U.S. Sen. Timothy Kaine (D-Va.) wave to supporters July 14 during a rally at Northern Virginia Community College's Annandale campus. (Photo by Brian Trompeter)

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton went on the offensive July 14, pushing for job creation, equal pay for women and immigration policies she said would not break up families.

But perhaps the biggest goal for Clinton was making sure likely Republican nominee Donald Trump does not win the presidency.

“This would be a good reality show, but it’s so serious,” said Clinton, speaking at a campaign rally at Northern Virginia Community College’s Annandale campus.

Clinton focused on Trump’s personality and quoted the late poet Maya Angelou: “When someone shows you who they are, believe them.”

Clinton vowed to raise taxes on the wealthy and those who can afford to pay, but vowed, “I will not raise taxes on the middle class.”

Regarding education, Clinton advocated for free community college and working to ensure students at four-year institutions did not graduate mired in debt. She also said she would press for paid family leave.

Clinton shared the stage with U.S. Sen. Timothy Kaine (D-Va.), a former Virginia governor and possible vice-presidential pick.

Kaine touted Clinton’s accomplishments, including eight years as First Lady, plus service as a U.S. senator and secretary of state.

Kaine boiled the race down to three questions: “Do you want a ‘You’re fired’ president or a ‘You’re hired’ president?”, “Do you want a trash-talking president or a bridge-building president?” and “Do you want a ‘me-first’ president or a ‘kids-and-families’ president?”

U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D-8th) said the presidential contest boiled down to character.

“This election is about integrity, which Hillary Clinton has in abundance and Donald Trump doesn’t have at all,” he said.

Beyer also excoriated Trump’s business record, citing numerous bankruptcies, more than 3,000 lawsuits and pay disputes with workers.

“If he cannot take care of his own employees, how can he ever take care of the American people?” Beyer asked.

U.S. Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-11th) called Trump an “authoritarian figure” and “pathological narcissist” and said the November election was about America’s future.

“Never in American history have we faced as clear a choice as a country as we face this year,” he said.

With Hillary Clinton, Democrats “are nominating among the most qualified human beings ever to run for president of the United States,” Connolly said.

The event drew several hundred people, who queued up in lines that snaked along the community college’s service road.

Those who arrived early at the event were treated to songs sung by an African-American gospel choir; late arrivals made do with pre-recorded music by Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams and other pop artists.

Some attendees wore red shirts with slogans in white reading “Does Your Candidate Have a Plan for Social Security?”, “Pantsuit Up” and “Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.” Others held up signs reading “Love Trumps Hate,” and “HRC (heart symbol) 45,” which would be Clinton’s number in the presidential pantheon.

Many Democrats from Northern Virginia’s General Assembly delegation, plus some Fairfax County School Board members, sat in prime seats at one side of the podium.

Outside, vendors before and after the event hawked Clinton campaign buttons, T-shirts and other items.

“Cash, debit or credit,” one called out to the crowd leaving the rally. “My stuff comes with an eight-year guarantee.”

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Lynne June

Vote Democrat! More "free" stuff! Their mantra is so repetitive, but you've got to give it to them. They found a way to keep getting elected.

Change Craford

A lot of you folks on here are racist and idiots! You don't know how to read in order to figure out the truth, but you are quick to agree and believe everything that Don the Con Trump says or do. Most of you are trailer park inbreeds living off of the government.

guiltyuntilproveninnocent

Coming from the Lady whose exact words were "I had the Secret Service guarding the server in my basement", I would never vote for her regardless, but her team vows to not raise middle class taxes, which is impossible..... I am the utter middle class and have been destroyed under Obama and will be further destroyed under the reign of the Clintons. I don't point fingers at the wealthy, I point fingers at the serial abusers, serial lazy, serial spenders (most of our corrupt government) and many others who continue to corrupt the system. Hillary will pay for her evil sins and I will be laughing amongst millions of others........

Matt7900

Looking at the picture of the two of themy, it looks like he is squeezing her butt cheek.

Brad London

Clinton is a proven corrupt politician and liar. She has no accomplishments at all and many failures. She is unfit to even be considered to be president.

Robert Austin

Bernie Sanders said she was unqualified to be president numerous times. Now he's changed his tune and has folded over into the Clinton machine.

ham

All those punk Republicans did the same thing with Trump. The biggest punk was Paul Ryan, and he is the speaking of the house. These politicians can't even stand behind their own words. And all you stupid people fall for all this democrat and republican crap. Does nothing but show how people like you are so stupid that you don't even read the crap you just wrote.

Robert Austin

Where was Terry? Probably in the background collecting bribes for the Clinton machine.

Jacques123

The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money. ~ Alexis de Tocqueville

Hold on to your wallets. The gov is tapped out and mired in debt. Where is all this new spending going to come from? Mirror, mirror..... [wink]

egor20

Kaine and Clinton, two carpetbaggers for the price of one.

CCW

“This election is about integrity, which Hillary Clinton has in abundance and...."

Ha Ha Ha...Ha Ha Ha...!

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