SAN DIEGO – Hillary Clinton cancelled her upcoming visit to San Diego in the midst of a planned protest.
Clinton will be the keynote speaker for the 17th Annual Western Healthcare Leadership Academy on April 11. She was originally going to deliver the speech in person, but will now be seen by satellite.
The three day event will be being held at the San Diego Convention Center with 700 people expected to attend.
Jan Iverson created an organization called “The Difference Matters” to protest Mrs. Clinton’s quest for the presidency, because of her role in Benghazi.
“She is not welcome here in San Diego by so many of us. We don’t want her here,” said Iverson.
Pat Smith lost her son, Sean Smith, during an attack in Benghazi and plans to be at the center of the protest, Iverson said.
“Working with her is gratifying, and it spurs on what we are doing,” Iverson said.
Dr. Ted Mazer believes people should put politics aside, because Clinton is well versed on the hottest topic at the conference.
“The protest has nothing to do with us,” said Dr. Mazer. “We are trying to talk about where we are and where we are going in medicine. Who is better to talk about that than someone with a history of about 20 years or more now dealing with health care reform.”
Mazer also said the participation is exceptional for this year’s event.
Officials from Clinton’s office say the change of plans came because of scheduling issues. She is expected in San Jose the day before she was supposed to be in San Diego.
The protest will take place at the San Diego Convention Center April 11 at 9:30 a.m.