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Hillary makes surprise stop in Highland Hills

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Posted at 11:01 AM, Mar 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-13 14:40:07-04

Hillary Clinton made a surprise stop at Highland Hills Church to speak to parishioners on Sunday ahead of Tuesday Primary Election. 

The Democrat Presidential hopeful stopped at Mt. Zion Fellowship of the Bretheren. Congresswoman Marcia Fudge was also in attendance. 

"We need to understand if we don't vote, we don't count," Fudge said, before introducing Clinton to a crowd of about 250 people. 

Clinton focused a portion of her visit on discussing the state of the economy and the importance of quality education for youth. She cited the need for quality teachers and schools, along with opportunities she plans to provide to refinance college student debt.

She also mentioned her college plan, which she said has a fund aimed specifically toward helping black children. 

"We know there are many people suffering, many people who have not recovered...since the recession, many people who don't believe their child gets the kind of education every child deserves, regardless of the zip code you live in," Clinton said, adding health and systemic racism factor in to lessen the quality of children's lives.

"What will we do to make sure our lives count? What will we do to use whatever talents we may have to the best of our abilities to lift each other up?" Clinton asked. 

Clinton said if she becomes president, she will work to create more better paying jobs, including the implementation of her comprehensive job program and tax incentives. 

"When I was driving here, I saw a lot of the closed down stores, a lot of boarded up buildings," she said Sunday. "We need a concerted, dedicated effort to bring jobs and economic growth into places that our distressed."

She also said she plans to fight climate change by creating energy efficent-related jobs. 

"I want to knock down every barrier that stops any American from getting ahead and staying ahead in our country," Clinton said.

"It takes a village," Clinton continued regarding quality education, "and the church needs to be part of that village.

"We have a lot of work to do."

The church visit in Highland Hills comes after Clinton spoke at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Cleveland on Saturday.