CLEVELAND— Hillary Clinton made a campaign stop in Cleveland on Thursday to ask for the area's commitment to vote.
The event happened at Freiberger Field Case Western Reserve University with speakers like former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and U.S. Sen. Marcia Fudge.
"We're going to fight hard in Ohio. We're going to fight hard in the primary. We're going to fight hard in 2016," Clinton said. "I want to help young people believe."
Clinton spoke about the need for reform in the foster care system and new gun control policies, while criticizing the GOP candidates.
“Don’t be distracted by the flamboyant frontrunner… Most of the other candidates are Trump without the pizzazz and the hair," Clinton said.
The former Secretary of State praised the hard work of late Congress members from Cleveland Louis Stokes and Stephanie Tubbs-Jones.
Fox 8 News has learned Clinton will then attend a private fundraiser at a home in Bratenahl Thursday afternoon.
Ohio is only the second non-early primary state she's targeted with such efforts.
Her husband Bill Clinton twice won Ohio, and Hillary convincingly defeated Barack Obama in the state's 2008 Democratic primary. But her campaign said it's taking nothing for granted.
Ohio Republicans said heavily-Democratic Cleveland is in play next year and they've boosted their outreach there. They called Clinton a "retread candidate" whose record is "failed and tired."