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Rep. Brad Ashford of Omaha has endorsed Hillary Clinton’s bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Ashford’s endorsement preceded Clinton’s scheduled appearance in Omaha on Wednesday, when she will speak at a public event at the Sokol Auditorium after attending a fundraiser with Omaha investor Warren Buffett.

“Her decades of public service have prepared her to lead our nation during these turbulent times,” Ashford said in an endorsement statement.

“We need more than rhetoric,” the 2nd District Democrat said. “We need a leader who will bring people together to grow our economy, keep promises to our veterans and protect our nation from terrorism.”

Clinton’s public appearance will serve as a grassroots organizing event in advance of Nebraska’s March 5 Democratic presidential caucuses, the Clinton campaign said.

It starts at 11:15 a.m. at 2234 S. 13th St. in Omaha. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

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Clinton was defeated by then-Sen. Barack Obama in Nebraska’s 2008 caucuses.

Obama subsequently won the 2nd District presidential electoral vote in November, siphoning off one of Nebraska’s five electoral votes from Republican nominee John McCain, the statewide winner.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7248 or dwalton@journalstar.com.

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Don Walton, a Husker and Yankee fan, is a longtime Journal Star political and government reporter.

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