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Clinton raises funds in Alabama

MOBILE (AP) — New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton made her second campaign stop in Alabama in three months Saturday, attending a private fundraiser lunch with about 40 supporters.

The Democratic presidential candidate arrived in Mobile by jet Saturday morning after delivering a speech to graduates at the historically black Dillard University in New Orleans.

Clinton did not take questions from reporters during the brief stop, but she spent about 30 minutes after lunch discussing her issues with supporters at the fundraiser, said Democratic party activist Pat Edington, who held the $4,600-per-person event at her home in suburban Daphne.

That amount is the maximum a person can give to a presidential candidate for the primary and general election cycles.

“She talked a lot about education,” Edington said.

She said Clinton did not talk, however, about her Alabama strategy for defeating two top Democratic challengers for the nomination: Illinois Sen. Barack Obama and John Edwards, the former North Carolina senator and 2004 vice presidential candidate.

“I’ve assured her we’re going to carry Alabama,” Edington said.

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