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Hillary Clinton wraps up day in Buffalo at Charlie the Butcher

Duffs? Anchor Bar? Nope, it was coffee on Jefferson Avenue and beef on weck at Charlie the Butcher.

Hillary Clinton wrapped up a day of campaigning in Buffalo on Friday by posing for photos with potential voters at Golden Cup Coffee Co. on Jefferson Avenue and shaking hands at the Wehrle Drive roast beef restaurant.

She used earlier campaign stops at the Buffalo Transportation Pierce Arrow Museum and at Gates Vascular Institute to tout her accomplishments as a former New York senator.

"There is no doubt in my mind that Buffalo is on the rise and Buffalo will have a great future," Clinton told hundreds at the car museum for an afternoon rally that also drew a few dozen protesters outside.

She also pushed back on remarks by Bernie Sanders, who had said earlier this week she was not qualified to be president. "Seriously, I've been called a lot of things through the years, but unqualified has not been one of them," Clinton told the crowd in Buffalo.

Clinton's Day in Buffalo

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Posted by The Buffalo News on Friday, April 8, 2016

4:43 p.m. The Clinton caravan stops at Charlie the Butcher on Wehrle Drive:


3:58 p.m.: Clinton stopped at Golden Cup Coffee on Jefferson Avenue, where she ordered a "Buffalo roast" and took selfies with voters.

The coffeehouse and roastery, which opened in 2010, has benefited from economic development efforts intended to stimulate small-business growth near the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

3:13 p.m.: Clinton wrapped up as the lyrics to Rachel Platten's "Fight Song" blared across the room.

"I don't take anything for granted, especially in a place I love as much as Western New York," Clinton said before spending some time shaking hands and signing autographs.

3:10 p.m.: During the speech, Clinton touched on remarks from Bernie Sanders, who had said earlier this week she was not qualified to be president.

"Seriously, I've been called a lot of things through the years, but unqualified has not been one of them," Clinton told the crowd in Buffalo. "And this morning, he finally acknowledged that. Of course, he doesn't really believe that. This is all pretty silly. The question in this election should be, who an actually get things done?"

3:07 p.m.: A view from above:

2:50 p.m.: Clinton liberally sprinkled local anecdotes into her speech at the Buffalo Transportation Pierce Arrow Museum.

In one, she told of getting to know the staff in a Buffalo hotel during her trips here in 1999 and 2000. Shortly before the 2000 election, she said, a hotel maid gave her a small gift before she left.

"She said, 'Please don't forget Buffalo,' and she handed me a little snow globe with a little Buffalo inside," Clinton said. "And I put that on my dresser and I see that every single day."

Clinton told the crowd she would not forget Niagara Falls or Jamestown, either. "I'm not going to forget Western New York," Clinton said to cheers.

2:38 p.m.: Clinton takes the stage in front of hundreds of supporters at the Pierce Arrow Museum.

2:32 p.m.: "This is our moment to elect the first female president to the United States," said Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul.

2:29 p.m. Protesters outside the Pierce Arrow Museum:

2:21 p.m.: Clinton and local Democratic leaders used the events of the day to highlight her work in Western New York as a former New York senator.

Mayor Byron Brown credited Clinton with fighting for federal resources after the October 2006 Storm and for bringing attention and resources to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

"You know, as our senator, she was here to listen to us in person," Brown told supporters at an afternoon rally at the Buffalo Transportation Pierce Arrow Museum. "In Washington, she took thousands of calls on federal issues to help the people of this community."

Brown told hundreds gathered at the rally that they had to send a message that Buffalo and Western New York is "Clinton country."

2:01 p.m.: The afternoon Clinton rally drew about two dozen anti-Clinton protesters and a few Bernie Sanders supporters outside the Pierce Arrow Museum.

One man, Josh Smith, dressed in a black-and-white jump suit and a blond wig. He held up pieces of paper with the words, "Email?"

"This is Hillary," Smith said. "She's going to prison."

Gregory Sojka, another protester, said he felt as though the laws don't apply to Hillary Clinton. "She's allowed to get away with everything," Sojka said.

Others worked to capitalize on the event. Tony Ensminger, of Cleveland, sold Hillary Clinton buttons and T-shirts outside.

1:47 p.m.: Clinton headed to the Pierce Arrow Museum after touring the Jacobs Institute and participating in a 45-minute round table discussion on jobs, development and other topics.

1:33 p.m. After speaking with medical campus executives and local entrepreneurs about Buffalo growth and the challenges facing business owners, Clinton took questions from the small group of invited guests at the round-table discussion at Gates Vascular Institute. A PhD researcher asked Clinton what she would do to get more young people interested in science again.

"We do have to have a very robust pipeline in the STEM subjects," said Clinton, later adding, "We have to reconfigure how we teach science and how we make science exciting."

The talk also touched on the impact of art and artists on urban revitalization, which Clinton used as an opportunity to tout her own role in helping to create ArtSpace Buffalo Lofts on Main Street when she was senator.

Clinton said she has continued to follow developments at the live-work art space in Buffalo as it has evolved.

"The arts are a major reason for urban revitalization," Clinton told a questioner who asked how she would advance the arts as president. "You see it in cities where often times the modern pioneers are the artists."

1:30 p.m. Recent development outside the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus got a highlight as Hillary Clinton kicked off her campaign stop in Buffalo at the Gates Vascular Institute.

"I'm thrilled to see everything you accomplished here," Clinton said as she started a tour by examining 3-D vascular models in a training lab.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus CEO Matt Enstice described spinoff development at the medical campus during the tour.

"That's what we always envisioned," Clinton said as she looked out the window at nearby development.

She followed the tour by participating in a small round-table discussion, where she chatted with medical executives and entrepreneurs for about 45 minutes about the changes taking place in Buffalo and at the medical campus.

"I want to thank everybody who made this possible and I can't wait to follow and see what you're going to achieve in the years to come," Clinton said as she started the discussion shortly before 1 p.m.

The tightly organized round-table talk touted Clinton's contributions as a New York senator in early discussions surrounding the medical campus growth.

"We dreamed a lot of dreams together about what we could do" at the medical campus, Clinton told the small crowd gathered to hear her speak.

1:29 p.m. See photographs from Clinton's visit:

Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Executive Director Matt Enstice gives presidential candidate Hillary Clinton a tour at the Gates Vascular Institute. (Derek Gee/ Buffalo News)

Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Executive Director Matt Enstice gives presidential candidate Hillary Clinton a tour at the Gates Vascular Institute. (Derek Gee/ Buffalo News)

Photo Gallery: Hillary Clinton visits WNY

1:22 p.m.: The room was packed inside the Pierce Arrow Museum as local Democrats kicked off speeches. About 20 protesters gathered outside, where supporters were also milling about after being turned away because of a capacity crowd.

1:14 p.m.: Supporters were turned away at the Pierce Arrow Museum as the venue filled to capacity. A fire marshal who was counting people as they entered the building shut down the entrance.

1:11 p.m.: The line outside the Pierce Arrow Museum moved slowly, while Erie County Democratic Chairman Jeremy Zellner warmed up the crowd inside.

12:54 p.m.: Development around the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus was featured during Clinton's tour at the Gates Vascular Institute.

12:39 p.m: The scene on the tour:

12:37 p.m.: A large crowd is expected at the Pierce Arrow Museum. More than 1,200 have RSVP'd for the event. Volunteers said a large television screen outside will also air her remarks to supporters.

12:26 p.m.: Two people hold hand-made outside Gates Vascular Institute explaining why they don't support Hillary Clinton.

12:22 p.m.: Supporters waited inside the Buffalo Transportation Pierce Arrow Museum, where the stage was set and Pat Benatar's "Hit me with your best shot" played.

12:17 p.m.: The round-table, scheduled to begin at noon, has not yet started. Here's the line up of people expected to participate in the discussion on jobs and income in addition to Clinton:

  • Moderator: Bill Maggio, CEO, Jacobs Institute
  • Byron Brown, Mayor, Buffalo
  • Jamie Clements, Vice President, Athenex
  • Candace Johnson, President & CEO, Roswell Park Cancer Institute
  • Derrick Parsons, AppleTree Agency

12:01 p.m.: The set-up for the round-table discussion at the Gates Vascular Institute shortly before the event was scheduled to begin:

11:55 a.m.: People started lining up in the cold outside the Buffalo Transportation Pierce Arrow Museum more than four hours before a scheduled appearance there this afternoon by Hillary Clinton.

While the line grew outside the museum shortly before noon, the scene across town at Gates Vascular Institute was much more subdued. Invited guests and press chatted quieted as they awaited her arrival inside an office area at the fifth-floor Jacobs Institute for a round-table discussion on jobs and income. The talk was expected to last about 15 minutes.


11:51 a.m.: The line grows outside the Pierce Arrow Museum:

11:43 a.m.: Invited guests have filed in for a small round-table discussion at the Gates Vascular Institute that is expected to last about 15 minutes.

11:27 a.m.: Supporters started lining up as early as 9:45 a.m. in anticipation of Clinton's afternoon rally at the Buffalo Transportation Pierce Arrow Museum.

A contingent of CSEA union members held "Hillary" signs as they waited. Aida Cruz, who said she arrived at 9:45 a.m., held a hand-written sign, "Buffalo Loves Hillary."

Meanwhile, the scene was quiet outside Gates Vascular Institute, where she is scheduled to attend a small round-table discussion on jobs and income at noon with invited guests and members of the press.

8:43 a.m.: The set up for a small round-table discussion at the Jacobs Institute at Gates Vascular Institute scheduled for noon:

Hillary Clinton's schedule Friday

  • “Growing Jobs and Raising Incomes Roundtable,” noon, Gates Vascular Institute, 875 Ellicott Street.
  • Campaign event, 2 p.m. Friday, Buffalo Transportation Pierce Arrow Museum, 263 Michigan Ave.
  • Campaign event, 6 p.m., Samuel J. Stabins Physical Education Complex, Monroe Community College, 1000 East Henrietta St., Rochester.

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