At labor rally, Clinton looks ahead after Super Tuesday

Story highlights

  • After big wins on Super Tuesday, Hillary Clinton is looking ahead to the general election
  • Bernie Sanders' campaign, however, insists he's staying in

New York (CNN)Hillary Clinton on Wednesday began to look ahead from her significant Super Tuesday wins, celebrating what she called a day for the "history books" at a labor rally in New York City.

Clinton won seven states on Super Tuesday, including Massachusetts, a state Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders eyed as a possible pickup. At her first rally since the Tuesday victories, Clinton began to speak like a candidate focused on Republicans rather than her Democratic opponent.
    "The stakes in this election has never been higher and the rhetoric from the other side has never been lower," Clinton said at the rally, which was attended by members of the Service Employees International Union, as well as teacher, building and trade unions.
    "So we have work to do, my friends. But not to make America great again, America never stopped being great. We have to make America whole. Instead of building walls, we have to break down barriers that are holding back families and our country."
    Clinton aides were content with their candidate's performance Tuesday night but were anxious to start moving past the Democratic primary season. Reality set in on Wednesday morning, however, when Sanders' campaign pledged to stay in the race until the convention.
    Clinton's top aides are well aware that given Sanders' fundraising prowess and deep liberal support, he isn't going to drop out anytime soon. But Clinton's large operation now hopes to make it nearly impossible for him to win the Democratic presidential nomination after a swath of big state primaries on March 15.
    Clinton came to the stage clearly relived by how many states she won on Tuesday.
    "Wow. It is so good to be home, I am so happy to be here," Clinton said. "Nothing like a chance to talk to a big crowd of New Yorkers."
    Clinton added, "Our campaign went nationwide. People in every corner of the country came out to support the future we are building together and we could not have done it without labor."
    Though the fiery crowd was hungry for red meat from Clinton, the candidate declined to go after Sanders directly and barely mentioned him during the speech, aside from a knock at people who make promises they can't keep.
    "I am not going to over promise. I am going to tell you what I can do and then we will work together," Clinton said. "As long as you are fighting for working families in America, I will be in the trenches fighting alongside of you."
    Following the event, Clinton and her aides went uptown to Radio City Music Hall, where Clinton is headlining a fundraiser concert with Elton John, Katy Perry and Andra Day.
    The star-studded event is expected to bring in millions for the Clinton campaign. Sponsors of the event donated over $100,000 to the Hillary Victory Fund, Clinton's joint fundraising operation with the Democratic National Committee and state parties.
    There were 11 sponsors, according to event's program.
    This will also be Clinton's second event at Radio City Music Hall with John. In 2008, during Clinton's failed presidential bid, the world-renowned singer headlined a fundraiser that ended up bringing in $2.5 million.