Hillary Clinton dodged a promised meeting with a group of kids from a New Hampshire youth club — leaving some of the youngsters in tears and their parents enraged, NH1.com
"You want to be the president of the United States, it starts with the youth," one father told the New Hampshire-based TV news network.
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"You couldn't even live up to a promise that was made or told to these kids?"
The controversy erupted as Clinton, the Democratic presidential front-runner, held two events in The Granite State on Thursday.
One of those events was a forum on the nation's heroin crisis to be held in Laconia, a city of 16,000 in Belknap County.
During the visit, Clinton's campaign had scheduled her to meet with some 30 to 35 children ranging in age from 5 to 13 from the Laconia Boys and Girls Club.
But Clinton was a no-show, prompting plenty of forlorn faces, according to NH1.com.
"I kind of felt a little bit sad because I was looking forward to it for all day today," an 8-year-old youngster named Landon told the news network.
Traci Tucker of the Boys & Girls Club said Clinton ran out of time.
"There were tears, they were really looking forward to it. There were a bunch of kids that had decorated her little bathroom," Tucker said.
The kids had reportedly written her letters and drawn pictures — including a "Happy Halloween" sign in anticipation of meeting her.
NH1.com said it approached a member of Clinton's staff to ask about the matter, but the person wouldn't comment.
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