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Hillary Clinton ignores Sanders, hits Bevin during campaign stop in Louisville

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton came to Louisville on Tuesday ahead of next week’s Kentucky primary.

Clinton almost ignored rival Bernie Sanders, focusing instead on Republicans.

The stop in Louisville was part of Clinton's Breaking Down Barriers tour, but she drew very sharp lines between herself, Donald Trump and Gov. Matt Bevin.

The crowd was significantly smaller than the one Bernie Sanders drew at Waterfront Park last week, but Clinton looked past Sanders. 

“If I am so fortunate as to be the nominee, I am looking forward to debating Donald Trump come the fall,” said Clinton to the cheers of the crowd.

She fired up her supporters by going after the presumptive Republican nominee.

“We can't be scapegoating and finger-pointing and blaming and demeaning and degrading and insulting our fellow Americans,” she said.

Clinton hit all the Democratic hot button economic issues, promising to raise the minimum wage, equal pay for equal work and debt-free college. And she hit Gov. Bevin for cutting university funding.

“I don't know about you, but it doesn't seem like your new governor's real friendly to higher education,” she said to a chorus of boos.

Earlier, Clinton visited the Family Health Center in Portland, which has benefited from the Affordable Care Act.

At Slugger Field, she promised to defend the ACA and took a swing at Bevin for his plan to dismantle the Kynect healthcare exchange.

“It's so distressing to me when anybody in public life, anybody in public life, who has the health care he or she needs, wants to take it away from poor people, working poor people, small business people and others who don't have the health care they need,” Clinton said.

It appears to be a tight race between Clinton and Sanders in Kentucky. Clinton supporters say her experience that gives her the edge.

“You know, I'm a business guy, and I've looked at a lot of resumes in my life. And when you look at Hillary's resume for President of the United States, there's nobody else close to it,” said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer.

Clinton ended by imploring her supporters to come out and vote on Tuesday. She won in Kentucky when she ran in 2008, beating then-Sen. Barack Obama.

With a week left until the primary, the Clinton's are blitzing the state. Hillary Clinton was in eastern Kentucky last week and also stopped in Lexington Tuesday.

Her husband, former President Bill Clinton, will return to Kentucky on Thursday, with appearances in Owensboro, Frankfort and Prestonsburg.

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