DETROIT (AP) -- Presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton said Saturday that the U.S. is ready for change but it must reinvest in manufacturing, education and universal health care.
The Democratic senator from New York said as president, she would reduce the nation's reliance on foreign creditors, reopen diplomatic relations worldwide and bring troops home from Iraq.
"If we don't have a strong manufacturing base in our economy, it won't be long until we don't have a strong economy," she said.
Clinton made her remarks during a 90-minute presentation attended by about 700 union members and their families. The morning session was part of an ongoing national AFL-CIO campaign in which union members meet Democratic presidential candidates in town-hall style formats.
Clinton's Michigan appearance was the first since announcing her candidacy.
The event offered the New York senator a chance to speak to a powerful union with members around the nation. Labor endorsements are important because unions are a key bloc in Democratic primaries and can provide grassroots volunteers.
Organized labor spent some $100 million on get-out-the-vote efforts last year, and reached tens of millions of voters by phone calls, mail and door-to-door canvassing on behalf of labor-backed candidates.