Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, returning to her former workplace to shore up support for her presidential campaign.
Although Clinton the nuclear deal with Iran announced Tuesday morning dominated talk in Washington, lawmakers who participated in the meetings said Clinton managed to hit other topics -- including immigration, her economic plan, student debt and racial profiling. She also appeared to hit the key themes of her stump speech.
Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) said Clinton's speech to the House Democratic Caucus ¿ her first of the day ¿ began with a focus on her role as a mother and grandmother, describing her work in politics as an extension of those roles. He said she spoke without notes and was warmly received.
“If she does over the next few months what she did in there she will win convincingly,” Israel said.
Clinton also met with Senate Democrats and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
The latter is a tough crowd for Clinton, who has struggled to win over liberals in her party. Her top rival for that support, Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-V.T.), also spoke at the Capitol on Tuesday and noted his respect for Clinton but also a laundry list of issues on which he says they disagree.
Rep: Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) said Clinton got a warm reception among progressives, but that he is not prepared to make a choice.
"They're two awesome progressives," he said.
Though Clinton said she was glad to be reunited with old colleagues ¿ she represented New York in the Senate for eight years - there was one aspect of the return she enjoyed less. As the former senator walked across the Capitol, she was pursued through narrow hallways by a pack of reporters shouting questions on Iran. She did not respond.
“Do you miss this atmosphere,” one asked.
“No,” she responded with a laugh.