- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 17, 2015

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — Hillary Rodham Clinton shifted into grandma mode Wednesday, educating a crowd in rural South Carolina about the importance of singing and reading to babies.

At a closed-door event Santee, about 65 miles north of Charleston, the former secretary of state called for more government programs that start helping Americans at infancy.

Mrs. Clinton also stressed that the responsibility isn’t all on the government, telling the crowd that included about 75 local mayors, school board members, faith leaders and other community leaders that parents should start reading and singing to babies from birth, reported The Associated Press.

The baby talk was not unusual for Mrs. Clinton, who routinely mentions her new status as a grandmother since her granddaughter, Charlotte, was born in September.

The event was part of Mrs. Clinton’s focus on education and job training as the Democrat’s presidential campaign made a swing through South Carolina. Later, at a technical college in North Charleston she is expected to propose a tax credit for businesses that take on apprentices.

About 300 people attended the meeting in the Santee Conference Center, including the 75 community leaders, according to the Clinton campaign.

Santee is a town with about 961 residents in Orangeburg County, where nearly 24 percent of county residents live below the poverty line, according to the Clinton campaign.

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