Clinton spoke at the University at Buffalo's Alumni Arena as part of the University's Distinguished Speakers Series. The former Secretary of State spent the first ten minutes of her speech talking about Buffalo, saying that investments in places like the waterfront and UB's new medical campus give people a reason to stay in Western New York.
Hillary Clinton Wednesday night at UB's Alumni Arena
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"Recently in Washington we've seen what happens," Clinton said, "When politicians choose scorched earth over common ground, when they operate in what I like to call an evidence-free zone, with ideology trumping everything else."
Much of Clinton's 30-minute speech dealt with finding the balance between opinions. "Compromise is part of the deal in a democracy," she said as she talked about the times during the government shutdown in 1995 when Newt Gingrich would come over to the White House late at night to try and work out a compromise.
After her formal speech, Clinton took part in a question and answer segment that lasted just over half an hour.
The big question to Clinton was saved for the end. Instead of asking Clinton whether or not she would run for President in 2016, moderator Dennis Black asked what her ideal candidate would look like.
"I'm not as interested in what the candidate looks like as I am what the candidate stands for," Clinton answered. She added she would like someone who would "try to, as far as it is possible, isolate the extreme voices and allow the vast majority of Americans' voices to be heard."
Many have viewed Clinton's current speaking tour as a sort of test-run for a possible 2016 campaign. Earler Wednesday, while in Western New York, Senator Charles Schumer said that while he has not asked Clinton about her future plans, that "The best is yet to come" for the former First Lady.