Hillary Clinton did her homework before campaigning here Saturday, opening her stump speech with an ode to DeWitt Clinton, the former New York governor who championed the Erie Canal and became the town’s namesake.
“He was a leader who set big goals, and then he worked,” Clinton said in a brightly lit school auditorium. “He did the politics. He did all that was necessary to clear the way to make it happen.”
A few miles away in the same town, Bernie Sanders criticized the idea of elite leadership. Speaking in the basement of a Masonic lodge, he insisted that true change can only come from the masses.