Hillary Clinton visits central Indiana for fundraiser

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Indiana holds some special memories for Hillary Clinton. It is the last state primary she won during her last presidential bid in 2008. On Monday, she was back in Carmel for a private fundraiser.

The Clintons blanketed the Hoosier state in 2008. Now it's eight years later and she needs Indiana's help once again.

Monday's fundraiser was another chance to drive a stake into Indiana.

"We got a couple other signs we made up just for this event. This is my normal once-a-month sign," John Bower said as he pointed toward a small hand-printed sign.

If this seems routine for John Bower and Lori Gordon, that's because it is. They do this once a month. But this time, Hillary Clinton may actually get to see it.

"I would like her to sign my banner, actually. Hillary, please sign my banner, if you can, please," Lori Gordon pleaded as she set up a banner that reads "Remember Benghazi."

Traffic in and out of the Cindy Simon Skojdt estate in Carmel was constant. Organizers spent the day preparing for the $2,700 and up event, then the shuttle buses departed to pick up supporters from a nearby church.

Indiana Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg was in attendance.

"I noticed when President Clinton came the last time and campaigned for her, we saw Republican office holders and all kinds of people show up who were not Democrats. It showed me that Hoosiers show a lot of respect to office holders and seekers and I suppose that is why I like to see them, too," John Gregg said.

Candidate Hillary Clinton has held 26 fundraising events since she announced and is hoping to bring in $100 million by the end of this calendar year.

"It's important to have a Democratic candidate for president who will run strong. Whether he or she actually wins Indiana that would be a bonus, but a candidate for governor needs a candidate for president to run strong here in Indiana," said Jonathan Weinzapfel, chancellor of Ivy Tech Southwest.

"I'm hoping there is a good crowd there who are excited to see me, too," Gregg noted.

Lori Gordon, meantime, can't believe it.

"She should be prosecuted. She shouldn't be running for president. There are just too many crimes. Too many crimes," Gordon concluded.

The Republican National Committee was quick to react. 

"Hillary Clinton's campaign has been full of hypocrisy, flip-flops, and scandals, so it's no surprise she would prefer to avoid interacting with real voters. The truth is that Clinton is more comfortable schmoozing with millionaire donors than pretending to relate to average Americans," Fred Brown, RNC spokesman said in a printed press release.

For those who are from Indiana, this is just another example of candidates from both sides of the political aisle stopping in Indiana to fuel up and buck up.

Hillary Clinton saw a successful campaign in 2008, when she won the state of Indiana in the May primary over Barack Obama, edging him out with 50.5% of the vote.

Monday's event was closed to the public and the media.