Madeleine Albright stops in York County
For the second time in a little more than a week, York County Democrats were treated to a big-name politician on Sunday night, as former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright stopped at the Hillary for York office at 11 E. Market St.
Albright, surrounded by Hillary Clinton supporters in York County, commended the volunteers and Clinton, calling Clinton's opponent Donald Trump "dangerous for the United States."
Albright's visit comes eight days after "Saturday Night Live" alum and Minnesota Sen. Al Franken stopped in the Hillary for York office.
Speaking to volunteers: Albright entered the room to thunderous applause. During her brief visit, she spoke about her history with Clinton and her own views.
"Nobody has ever been prepared to be commander-in-chief like she has," Albright said.
Albright credited Clinton for helping her become secretary of state during Bill Clinton's presidency. Additionally, she praised Clinton's time as senator.
"She put her head down and worked hard," she said.
Albright ended her appearance by letting about two dozen volunteers know the importance of what they were doing.
"Ultimately it is a person-to-person issue," she said. Albright was then crowded by people lining up asking for autographs and photographs with her.
Visit: Sunday was a very Pennsylvania-filled day during which Albright made several stops, including Philadelphia, Lebanon and Lancaster. Like many of the volunteers, the former secretary of state did a little bit of canvassing in York before she made her appearance later that night.
"I love to door knock," she said.
"People are a little surprised, especially after Halloween," she joked.
Before she spoke, in an interview with The York Dispatch, she emphasized the importance of campaigning, even so close to the election.
"I think that there are people who haven't made up their mind," Albright said, adding that she thought Clinton was the most qualified for the position.
Reaction: Among the many locals waiting to see Albright on Sunday night were Greg Dale and his husband Lou Puljer, both of West York. Puljer said he was excited to meet Albright. While Dale said he had seen other politicians come to the York area before, he said he had never met a politician like Albright.
"It's good to know that York is important," Dale said.
Fran Eck and daughter Deb Eck, both of York City, were there to see Albright.
"Oh, I'm excited to see her," Deb Eck said.
Fran said she had previously seen Bill Clinton and Al Gore when they were campaigning in the 1990s.
"It's exciting." she said of politicians coming to the York area.
Her daughter shared similar sentiments to Dale.
"We must be pretty important for her to show up," she said.
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