Hillary Clinton looks, sounds like presidential candidate during Colorado visit

Hillary Clinton tours Intertech Plastics with CEO Noel Ginsburg on Monday.

Hillary Clinton tours Intertech Plastics with CEO Noel Ginsburg on Monday.

DENVER –While Hillary Clinton is not a presidential candidate yet, she looked and sounded a lot like a presidential candidate Monday night during a speech at First Bank Center in Broomfield.

She ended her speech with something that resembled a campaign pitch, “Please join me in making some hard choices for America.”

Hillary recounted her travels as Secretary of State. She says she was often asked how she could work for former rival President Barack Obama. “I told them we both love our country.”

During her speech Monday night, she said leading America is “an endless set of tough choices.”

Earlier in the day, it may have looked like a run-of-the-mill political photo-op: Hillary Clinton walking around a factory, talking with the CEO in a suit and talking cordially with workers taking a break from the assembly lines.

And maybe it was, with the former Secretary of State and presumptive presidential candidate on the ground in a critical swing state being chased by a horde of cameras and reporters.

One factory worker, snapping selfies on his cell phone, scrawled the obvious subtext in black ink on a piece of white tape affixed to the front of his ballcap: “2016″.

But Clinton herself, who did not take questions from any of the reporters at Intertech Plastics, spent close to an hour walking the factory floor and almost another hour in a conference room — far more time than necessary for a simple photo-op — talking about the company’s internship program and the need to find new ways to recruit young people into jobs in scientific and technological industries.

“To me, there is nothing more important than creating opportunity for people and doing so in a way that gives them respect and dignity and a chance to make the most over their God-given potential,” Clinton said during short remarks at the end of her visit.

The visit Monday sets the table for Clinton Global Initiative America’s meetings in Denver later this month that will focus on a number of topics, including how to enhance education, skills development and career pathways for young people.

The broad objective of the three-day summit of CEOs, politicos, philanthropists and other leaders, is to share strategies that work and to commit to employing them in new ways.

“Everything that would solve the problems of America is being done somewhere,” Clinton said Monday.

Clinton’s visit to Intertech was sandwiched between a speech to the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association at the Denver Convention Center Monday morning and a paid speech at Broomfield’s 1stBank Center Monday night that’s part of the Unique Lives and Experiences series.

She’ll be back with her husband, former President Bill Clinton, and their daughter, Chelsea Clinton, for the CGI America meetings that run from June 23-25.