"If we want to find our balance again, we are going to have to work together to build that 21st-century economy, creating more and better jobs with higher wages that will make it possible to afford a middle-class life," she said, naming education, helping small businesses, and "making Washington work again" as steps toward that goal. She also praised collective-bargaining rights and denounced the fact that "CEO pay goes up and up" while workers struggle.
She also had some criticism for the GOP, declaring that Republicans are trying to "sing out of the same hymnal" as Democrats on issues like income inequality. "We're not buying that old trickle-down economics that didn't work before and will never work again, because it defies arithmetic and reality," she said. "So we welcome them to come with their ideas and we will match them."
Clinton closed with a rallying cry: "Let's go forth and win some elections!"
The speech capped an evening of praise for Clinton. Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski, one of EMILY's List's original candidates (and who announced her retirement on Monday) said the country will elect a female president in 2016—"and you know who I'm talking about," she said. The picture on the big screens next to the stage showed Clinton sitting in the front.
EMILY's List, the group that supports pro-choice women candidates for office, has long been advocating for Clinton: It went to bat for her during the 2008 campaign, announcing its endorsement the day she launched an exploratory committee, and is expected to be equally enthusiastic in 2016. The group's founder, Ellen Malcolm, served as a campaign co-chair in 2008.
"Just give the word and we'll be right at your side," Malcolm told Clinton Tuesday night, as she was seated at the front of the room throughout the program. "We're ready to fight and we're ready to win in 2016."
The group launched its "Madam President" initiative back in spring 2013, which was geared toward electing a female president in 2016. It included polling on the idea of a female president and mentioned other women pols' names, but was ostensibly intended to be about Clinton.
EMILY's List President Stephanie Schriock has stepped down from her position on the board of the pro-Clinton super PAC Priorities USA so she's able to aid Clinton directly from her current position. Denise Feriozzi, EMILY's List's political director, is taking her spot on the Priorities board.
Back outside the event, some Democrats are already expressing worries that the email story is more damaging than Clinton's aides are willing to admit.
The story "feeds into a narrative that [the Clintons] are willing to cut corners in order to try and protect her reputation," said one veteran Democrat. "It's going to sustain hundreds of thousands of dollars of ads from here on out."