Hillary Clinton in La Jolla for breakfast fundraiser

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LA JOLLA, Calif. – Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived Friday morning for a breakfast fundraiser at the La Jolla home of Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs and his wife, Joan.

The former first lady and secretary of state arrived in a small motorcade escorted by two San Diego police cars at about 9:30 a.m. She walked quickly from her car and disappeared into the rear entrance of the Jacobs' home.

The ticket prices for what the campaign is billing as a "Conversation with Hillary'' are $1,000 and $2,700, the maximum individual contribution for a candidate seeking his or her party's nomination under federal law.

The breakfast event is the next-to-last stop on a four-day, five-state fundraising trip that began Tuesday with events in Colorado in Aspen and Denver, according to the website PoliticalPartyTime.org, which tracks political fundraisers.

"She’s extremely intelligent, thoughtful and willing to be very clear about her position," said Susana Flaster.

Flaster and 3 other friends attended the brunch together.

"She was spectacular, very experienced, especially when she spoke about foreign policy," said Flaster.

Outside the Jacobs home, veteran Andres Wong gathered with protestors to tell Clinton she didn't belong in the White House.

"She’s being very less than forthright, if you’re going to have a commander in chief, then you have to have someone who’s very forthright," said one protestor who wanted remain unidentified.

"We need to wake up America, we need to wake up our leadership," said Wong.

Wong said Clinton's leadership failed when it came to her handling of the 4 Americans who died in Benghazi.

"She didn’t do anything to help those four people, she even prevented the help to come to those people," said Wong.

Those who attended the brunch said Hillary has their vote.

"Even more than she did before," said Flaster

"I think she has a great chance and I hope she makes it, I believe in her," said Gad Shannon, attendee.

Clinton was scheduled to be in Park City, Utah; Portland, Oregon; and Atherton in Northern California on Wednesday. She conducted fundraisers in San Francisco and Los Angeles on Thursday in her quest to become the nation's first female president.

After the event in La Jolla, Clinton is scheduled to fly to McAllen, Texas.

Irwin Jacobs was a major financial backer of President Barack Obama's presidential campaigns. Jacobs contributed more than $2 million to super PACs that supported Obama in 2012 and $23,000 directly to Obama and the Democratic Party, according to the political news website Politico.

This will be the 67-year-old Clinton's first visit to San Diego since she declared her candidacy. She was last in the city in June 2014, when she signed copies of her book, "Hard Choices,'' and later spoke at a biotech conference.

In Los Angeles on Thursday, Clinton met with a group of home care providers, praising the work they do and the contributions they make to the nation's health care system, and conducted a campaign fundraiser.

Clinton took part in a roundtable discussion on home care at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College organized by the Service Employees International Union, which includes members in the health care industry and is working to unionize more of them.

"The work that you're doing actually saves Medicaid,'' Clinton said.

"Because if people don't go into nursing homes or other kinds of long- term institutional settings, if they can stay in their home, you're actually doing a service that should be both recognized and respected as well as provide the argument for greater financial benefits for the caregivers.''

Some of the workers who attended the event said they want to ensure they are paid a living wage.

"The best part of my job is providing services to those in need in the comfort of their home,'' home-care worker Regina Sutton said. "We need to ensure that these jobs pay living wages and that the people who need our services can afford them.''

Clinton has pledged to defend President Barack Obama's health care law, reduce health costs, slow the growth of overall health care costs, deliver better care to patients and ensure that the savings benefit families.

"Hillary Clinton's actions speak louder than her empty rhetoric on issues that matter to everyday Americans,'' said Ninio Fetalvo, a Republican National Committee deputy press secretary.

"Clinton can't escape the fact that the failed `Obamacare' law she undyingly supports will continue to cause millions of dollars in cuts to home health agencies.''

Clinton on Thursday also attended a $2,700 per person fundraiser at the Brentwood home of music industry talent manager Scooter Braun and his wife, Yael. Braun discovered pop star Justin Bieber.

As she did in her previous Los Angeles-area fundraisers, Clinton discussed her commitment to being a champion for everyday Americans and outlined the "four fights'' that are the focus of her campaign -- building an economy of tomorrow; strengthening America's families; defending America and its core values; and revitalizing democracy, according to a campaign aide who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Reality television personality Kim Kardashian West and her third husband, rapper Kanye West, were among the approximately 225 people in attendance.

Kim Kardashian West tweeted a photo of herself, her husband and Clinton, declaring, "I got my selfie!!! I really loved hearing her speak & hearing her goals for our country! #HillaryForPresident.''

16 comments

  • Freddy

    This liberal criminal hag flying around the country on a private jet preaching to us that republicans hate the environment. …ironic isn’t it? She refuses to say she would approve the keystone pipeline but she loves the oil it would produce to fly around collecting lemming money. Any moron that would give this criminal money is only looking for future favors….wake up America.

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  • Eric - San Diego

    The comments on this topic are disgusting and show the ignorance in America. Wishing for a rollover on the 5 for someone who is brilliant and the most qualified person to run our country is pathetic. Wishing for the death of ANYONE is truly sad. Who do you think is more qualified? Did you watch the debates last night? I did, both groups. If your families’ lives depended on it, who would you trust? Someone with an incredible amount of experience, education, knowledgebase, international credibility and respect, determination and dedication OR someone (pick any one of the republican 17) with no experience, sub par intelligence, unknown agenda, special interest backing (Koch Brothers, Sheldon Adelson just some of the “winners”), extreme views based on religious belief, no international experience………I could go on. All 17 are wildcards. Hillary is the only one who understands the nuances of international issues and our interconnectedness in the world. The answer cannot always be war (as evidenced by the failed war and quagmire in Irag thanks to Bush-Cheney’s administration).
    Every politician will have an issue scrutinized and dissected (especially when churned through the lens of certain media outlets). These are distractions to promote the others’ agenda.
    For anything, I will always side with the better educated, more experienced person, especially if they are vetted to the n-th degree. Put aside your petty biases against Hillary and look at the facts, not the hyperbole.

    • Ricardo Hartley

      You’re half right. It’s not appropriate to wish death on anybody, even a criminal as vile as Hillary. Normally I chafe at paying taxes to support criminals cushy life in prison but I would be very happy to help pay to watch Hillary rot at Gitmo for the remainder of her natural life. That IS where terrorists tied to Al Qaeda and ISIS go, and it’s also the reason Obama wants to close Gitmo – because Imam Hussein Obama doesn’t want to be incarcerated at Gitmo. Well to that I say don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time. Can anyone explain why Hillary hasn’t been arrested for domestic violence against Bill? Or any of her other crimes? Or why Obama hasn’t been arrested yet for treason? Because of low info voters such as Eric.

    • fred

      I see Dr. Carson worked on your brain and decided it was so infected with liberalism he decided to remove it. if you think all of the Republicans have subpar intelligence compared to a professional thief hag like hillary you my son are nothing more than a gruber voter.

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  • Stu

    GO HOME HILARY. San Diego has enough crooks. You have all that money and your asking the common person to support your campaign. Seems very wrong…

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