Politics

In N.H., Ivanka Trump ‘sounded like a closet Democrat’

Ivanka Trump, daughter of Donald Trump, smiled after speaking during a campaign event in Hollis, N.H., on Thursday. Keith Bedford / Boston Globe

HOLLIS, N.H. — Standing before a small crowd packed inside a winery, Ivanka Trump made an earnest case Thursday for why the country would be better off in the hands of her father, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

During the 30-minute Town Hall-style event, Trump’s daughter talked about issues that affect female voters — the joys and hardships women in business face, the need for more affordable child care, pay equality, work/life balance — all without once mentioning her father’s rival for the White House, Hillary Clinton. The marked contrast in volume and content to her father’s raucous campaign rallies could not escape notice.

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“She sounded like a closet Democrat,” Mark Ferrin, 66, of Keene, said when the event concluded. “She spoke to a lot of things that were closer to the middle. I would rather vote for her than her father.”

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