February 5, 2016 at 3:15 pm EST | by Michael K. Lavers
Emily’s List president blasts ‘extreme’ GOP presidential candidates

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Emily’s List President Stephanie Schriock speaks at a rally for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Manchester, N.H., on Feb. 5, 2016. (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Emily’s List President Stephanie Schriock on Friday blasted the Republican presidential candidates as “extreme” at a campaign rally for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

“Emily’s List is proud to stand next to and for our next president, Hillary Clinton,” she told canvassers who had gathered at the YWCA in downtown Manchester. “I know i don’t have to tell you how high these stakes are because you’re in New Hampshire and all you have to do is turn on your TV and see the many advertisements you’ve been living with.”

Schriock specifically mentioned U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ohio Gov. John Kasich, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Donald Trump. She did not reference New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie or former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina in her remarks.

“This Republican Party has moved so far too the right,” said Schriock. “it is the party that is so extreme it’s too extreme for the extremists in their party.”

Clinton appeared alongside Schriock at the event that drew hundreds of people in spite of a snowstorm that was blanketing New Hampshire’s largest city in several inches of snow. U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) also spoke in support of the former secretary of state along with New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan and Lilly Ledbetter.

Gillibrand described Clinton as “the person who’s going to make a difference in the lives of all Americans.”

New Hampshire state Sen. Donna Soucy (D-Manchester) noted to canvassers at the beginning of the rally that Clinton backs marriage rights for same-sex couples. The Manchester Democrat further stressed they “don’t want other forms of discrimination to exist.”

Flint water crisis ‘totally unacceptable’

Emily’s List, which is based in Washington, works to elect Democratic women who back abortion rights.

Clinton in her remarks to supporters did not specifically mention LGBT issues. She did, however, speak about the ongoing crisis in Flint, Mich., over led-contaminated water.

The former secretary of state is scheduled to visit the beleaguered Michigan city on Sunday.

“It is totally unacceptable in the United States of America to have allowed this to happen,” said Clinton.

Friday’s rally took place four days before the New Hampshire primary.

A poll the University of New Hampshire Survey Center released on Thursday shows U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) ahead of Clinton by a 61-30 percent margin in the Granite State.

The candidates on Thursday debated each other at the University of New Hampshire. Clinton and Sanders on Friday are both scheduled to speak at a New Hampshire Democratic Party fundraiser in Manchester.

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters in Manchester, N.H., on Feb. 5, 2016. (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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