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Sep 5, 2015 5:29 PM

Clinton scores Shaheen endorsement at Portsmouth rally

PORTSMOUTH - With talking points focused on women's rights issues, Hillary Clinton officially received the endorsement of the only female U.S. senator to also serve as a governor.

“I choose Hillary because I know her, and I trust her," said Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). “I’m here today to endorse my friend, Hillary Clinton, for president!”

Clinton's trip to the Granite State also marked the 20th anniversary of a historic speech she made in Beijing, China. Her quote of "Human rights are women's rights, and women's rights and human rights" have long been echoed and were again repeated today at an event in Portsmouth.

Voters from the city told NH1 News that Shaheen's endorsement wasn't necessary for their support.

“It’s important, but I didn’t need it," said Joan Nickelle, who said she will be voting for Clinton. "I believed in Hillary.”

Clinton also took multiple verbal shots at the GOP - stating that the Republican candidates aren't all that different from Donald Trump, the outspoken billionaire who has topped the polls among conservatives.

“If you look at everyone else’s policies, they’re pretty much the same. They're Trump without the pizzazz or the hair," Clinton told the crowd.

In a post-event press briefing, Clinton was asked by NH1 News about recent poll numbers that show her falling to challenger Bernie Sanders in the Granite State. The longtime Independent senator from Vermont is competing against Clinton on the Democratic ticket.

“I’ve always thought this was going to be a competitive primary," she said. "I remember very well in 2008 I faced a similar situation and I worked really, really hard to make sure people knew what I was saying and what I stood for.”

Asked about the potential for inter-party debates, Clinton said she is ready to take on Sanders and any other candidate.

“I would certainly be there with lots of enthusiasm and energy if they decide to add more debates," she said.

Following Shaheen's endorsement, the NHGOP released the following statement:

"New Hampshire voters see through Hillary Clinton’s desperate attempt to distract from her scandal-plagued campaign and serious questions regarding the FBI’s investigation of her secret email server. Hillary Clinton’s dangerous handling of classified information for political purposes only serves to remind Granite Staters that she will say or do anything to win and simply cannot be trusted.”

– NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn

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