‘Not a day for politics’: Clinton focuses rally on Orlando massacre, fighting terrorism

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Hillary Clinton kicked off her campaigning as a presumptive Democratic presidential candidate at Cleveland Industrial Innovation Center today.

Introduced by Sen. Sherrod Brown, Clinton made it clear that in light of the shooting massacre in Orlando, her speech would be much different from what she originally planned.

"I originally intended to come to Cleveland under much different circumstances. But today is not a day for politics," she said.

An American-born man who’d pledged allegiance to ISIS gunned down 49 people early Sunday at a gay nightclub in Orlando, the deadliest mass shooting in the United States and the nation’s worst terror attack since 9/11, authorities said.

Clinton said it is important to remember the victims, their families and first responders.

"This is a moment when all Americans need to stand together," she said.

She emphasized that the threat of terrorism and radicalizaion of both groups and "lone wolves" like the Orlando gunman is "metastasizing."

She pledged that as president, she would make identifying such individuals a priority.

She said there are three areas that need attention when it comes to fighting terrorism.

First, she said the U.S. and its allies need to identify the networks providing money, weapons and other support to terrorists all over the world.

Second, she said, "we must harden our own defenses here at home. Help support law enforcement that risks their lives." She said it's imperative that the country give law enforcement the proper resources and supplies to stay safe as they fight terrorists.

"Even as we make sure our security officials have the tools we need, we need to stop terrorists from getting the tools they need to carry out attacks," she added.

She spent a lot of time talking about the availability of assault weapons in the U.S.

"I believe weapons of war have no place on our streets," she said. "We have to make it harder for people who should not have those weapons of war…it will stop some and it will save lives."

She said the third area of attention should be  preventing radicalization and preventing ISIS from recruiting in the U.S. and Europe. She said the country has to use its capabilities to better counter jihadist propaganda online and "do a better job of intercepting ISIS’s communications.”

She added that officials need to encourage healthy, supportive relationships with the "millions of peace-loving Muslims" across the world . She said they are most likely to recognize the signs of radicalization in individuals before it’s too late.

“We should be intensifying contacts in those communities...not scapegoating and isolating them," she said.

She closed by reminding the crowd that it's important to stick together in America.

Clinton says she remembers how it felt on the day after 9/11: Americans from all walks of life rallied together.

“It is time to get back to the spirit of those days," she said. "The spirit of 9/12. Let’s make sure we keep looking to the best of our country…to the best within us.”

She briefly mentioned George Voinovich, the former Cleveland mayor, Ohio governor and senator, who passed away on Sunday.

"He devoted his life to the people of Ohio…and we send our prayers and sympathy to his family," she said.

She did not mention Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump by name.

Read more from Monday's event in the blog below.

People waiting in line to see Hillary Clinton in Cleveland

People waiting in line to see Hillary Clinton in Cleveland

Her campaign says Clinton had a fundraiser scheduled tonight in Cincinnati, but it has been postponed in light of the shooting in Orlando.

Clinton will be back in Ohio next Wednesday for an event in Columbus.

More on Hillary Clinton here.

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Long lines of supporters waited to get in to today’s rally at Cleveland Industrial Innovation Center

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The stage is set!

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Organizers say they expect Hillary Clinton to take the stage on time — at about 12:30 p.m.

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The free event was open to the public, on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Hillary Clinton is expected to speak for about an hour

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Speakers starting to take the stage. They say there are 11 manufacturing companies comprising 300 people in the Cleveland Industrial Innovation Center. 

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Companies here make military helmets, convert vehicles to natural gas, remove bottles from waste and convert to material to make automobile parts. 

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Mayor Frank Jackson is now speaking

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Jackson is holding a moment of silence for the victims and families in Orlando.

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Jackson is also now recognizing George Voinovich, who passed away Sunday morning at home. “A great servant to the people,” said Jackson. 

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Jackson: This election is about tolerance of differences, understanding of major issues we face as a nation and world. And the creation of relationships … that position us for a future of safety not only in this nation but in the world.

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Jackson: Clinton is the perfect candidate. 

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Jackson: She has shown her talents, she’s demonstrated her understanding of major issues that face us…she’s created relationships in her career that will allow her to better position America…

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Now speaking is County Executive Armond Budish.

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Budish: Yesterday was a terrible, terrible day. We witnessed a horrible, hateful act of terror, and our hearts go out to the families of those murdered in Orlando. 

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Budish is now recognizing Voinovich. Says Voinovich was a Republican. And that Donald Trump does not personify what Voinovich stood for. 

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Budish: Our country needs our next president to be Hillary Clinton.

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Congresswoman Marcia Fudge now speaking. 

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Fudge: Hillary, we need you now more than ever. 

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Budish speaking

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The speakers have wrapped up, and the crowd is waiting for Hillary Clinton to take to the stage. 

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The audience waits…

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Sen. Sherrod Brown has been introduced

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Brown: Talking about the victims in Orlando. “We’re grateful…as we always are to the first responders who save lives…we continue to keep the law enforcement still investigating.”

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Brown: Ohio stands united with Orlando, with the LGBT community. 

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Brown: Our country, all of us…together must not let this or any other heinous act of terror divide us ever. 

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Brown: Hillary Clinton has the wisdom..the resolve to keep our country safe. 

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Brown introduces Clinton

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Clinton: It is good to be back in Cleveland. 

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Clinton remembers Voinovich: He devoted his life to the people of Ohio…and we send our prayers and sympathy to his family.

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Clinton: I originally intended to come to Cleveland under much different circumstances. But today is not a day for politics.

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Clinton is now talking about the details of the Orlando nightclub massacre.

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Clinton: We will learn more about the killer in the days to come. We know he pledged allegiance to ISIS…and that part of their strategy is to radicalize individuals and encourage attacks…even if they aren’t coordinated with ISIS leadership.

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Clinton: The more we learn about what happened, the more we’ll be able to protect our people.

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Clinton says we should all take a moment to think about the victims and the families affected, along with the first responders. 

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Clinton says to remember the first responders, the survivors who risked their lives to help others. People gathered outside hospitals to comfort family members. 

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Clinton: This is a moment when all Americans need to stand together. 

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Clinton: The virus that poisoned the gunman’s mind remains very much alive. 

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Clinton says whatever we learn about the killer, we know that the threat of terrorism is profound. 

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Clinton: We need continued AMerican leadership to help resolve the political conflicts that fuel ISIS recruitment efforts. As ISIS loses ground in Iraq and Syria…it will try to gain stronger footholds wherever it can. “The threat is metastasizing.” 

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Clinton: Efforts to defeat ISIS on the battlefield must succeed. But it will take more than that. As president…I will make identifying and stopping “lone wolves” a priority. I will put a team together from across our govn’t and the private sector and communities to get on top of this urgent challenge. 

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Clinton says there are three areas that need attn: We and our allies must work hand in hand to identify networks that move money, propaganda and weapons around the world. 

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Clinton: Second, we must harden our own defenses here at home. Help support law enforcement that risks their lives. 

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Clinton: Even as we make sure our security officials have the tools we need, we need to stop terrorists from getting the tools they need to carry out attacks.

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Clinton: That is especially true when it comes to assault weapons. 

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The crowd is standing and cheering for Hillary Clinton

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Clinton: I believe weapons of war have no place on our streets. 

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Clinton refers to Orlando gunman, and says if you are being looked at by the FBI, you should not be able to buy such a weapon

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Clinton says if you are too dangerous to get on a plane, you are too dangerous to buy a gun in America. 

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In Orlando and San Bernardino, the suspects used assault weapons. We have to make it harder for people who should not have those weapons of war…it will stop some and it will save lives.

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Clinton: The third area that demands attention: Preventing radicalization and preventing ISIS to recruit in the U.S. and Europe. “It is long past time…for the Saudis…and others…to stop their citizens from funding extremist organizations.”

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Clinton: We also have to use capabilities to counter jihadist propaganda online. “We have to do a better job of intercepting ISIS’s communications.”

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Clinton: Millions of peace-loving Muslims live across the world. They are most likely to recognize…radicalization before it’s too late. “We should be intensifying contacts in those communities, not scapegoating and isolating them.”

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Clinton said to LGBT community: You have millions of allies…and I am one of them. 

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Clinton says we have to stand together and be proud together. 

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Clinton: America is strongest when we all believe we have a stake in our country and our future. 

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Clinton: “We are not a land of winners and losers. We should all have the opportunity to live up to our God-given potential…and we must help others do so.”

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Clinton says U.S. has always been a country of ‘we’ not ‘me’

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Clinton: “I want you to know as your president…I will work every day to break down the barriers holding you back and hold us apart.”

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Clinton says she remembers how it felt on the day after 9/11…Americans from all walks of life rallied together. 

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“We had each other’s backs,” she said. There was a Republican president, governor and mayor. “We did not attack each other. We worked together.”

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Clinton: “It is time to get back to the spirit of those days. The spirit of 9/12. Let’s make sure we keep looking to the best of our country…to the best within us.”

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Clinton thanks the audience. 

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Audience jumps to their feet, cheering