ELKO, Nev. -- Hillary Clinton stopped in Elko, Nev. on Monday as part of a whirlwind of activity before Saturday’s Democratic caucus in the Silver State, answering questions not normally heard in the Presidential campaign.
Among those Western issues, discontent over federal ownership of public lands, as exemplified by the recent armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.
“This is a fringe movement with a lot of anger and rhetoric,” Clinton told the crowd.
Clinton was clearly familiar with issues involving the Bundy family of Nevada, with the patriarch, Cliven Bundy, refusing to pay fees to graze on land where his cattle graze, and the son, Ammon, leading the Malheur standoff.
“You know most people who graze federal land actually pay their grazing fees. They actually follow the law,” Clinton said.
Clinton also talked about the vacancy left on the Supreme Court left by Justice Antonin Scalia.
“Even though I disagree with a lot of his decisions, I honor his life of service and his commitment to our country and extend my sympathy to his family,” Clinton began.
Clinton then addressed U.S. Senators who have said they will not consider an Obama appointee.
“I am absolutely adamant that the president under our constitution has a duty to send forth a name to be considered by the Senate, and the Senate has a duty to consider that and to decide whether or not to confirm whoever the President nominates,” Clinton said.