FAYETTEVILLE - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton returned to North Carolina on Thursday, reaching out to more moderate Democratic voters with a display of military brass, mentions of her Methodism and promises to end the Iraq war "responsibly." Hoping to build on her victory this week in Pennsylvania, Clinton sought to connect with the traditional values of rural, working-class people.
She was accompanied by eight retired generals -- including Hugh Shelton, the former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff under President Clinton -- as she courted voters living near military bases in and in the mountains.
"I know I am starting off behind," Clinton said, alluding to polls showing her rival, Sen. Barack Obama, with a double-digit lead in the state. "But I'm still going to work as hard as I can to reach as many voters as I can. I have been very specific in this campaign. The problems demand solutions, not speeches."
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