Hillary Clinton arrived at Lucky Strike Lanes on Miami Beach for a fundraiser tonight greeted by a smiling Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, who told a throng of reporters he was "thrilled to be here to endorse Hillary Clinton as the next president of the United States."
Clinton arrived around 7:45 and waved and smiled as she walked toward the door. A crowd that had gathered across the street applauded. She and Diaz embraced. Clinton shook hands with another man holding a child, and was overheard noting, "I am a gutterball bowler."
Not everyone in the crowd was a Clinton supporter. Brooke Gaebe, 24, of Miami Beach, stood across the street with a sign that read "Hillary said she wouldn't campaign in Florida. I want a president that can keep a promise."
Gaebe, who supports Barack Obama said Clinton's visit "feels unfair.
"When a candidate makes a pledge not to campaign in a state and shows two days before the presidential preference primary it is a campaign message. It is campaigning," she said.
Still, the New York senator had her supporters: One man stripped down to what looked like his underwear across the street and danced to Kanye West's "Stronger" before police told him to cover up. He said he was there in support of Clinton. (And that he stripped down to a Speedo, not his underpants)
Onelia Garcia, 48, a Coral Springs teacher, attended the event for free as a thank you for volunteering. She has been making phone calls and standing on a street corner holding Hillary signs.
"I think the major issue is healthcare. I think she's brilliant. She's very pro teacher," Garcia said.
Even though Hillary hasn't campaigned in the state, Garcia said her supporters have been visible.
"I've done my part," Garcia said. "Let's see what happens on Tuesday."
- Herald staff writer Jennifer Lebovich