TIME

Hillary Clinton got a warm welcome at the 30th anniversary EMILY’s List gala Tuesday night, calling for equal pay and paid leave before a crowd that’s worked to elect pro-choice Democratic women for decades.

Accepting the fundraising group’s “We are Emily” award, the former Secretary of State and presumptive Democratic presidential frontrunner gave a taste of the “middle-class economics” she’ll likely campaign on, calling for greater protection of labor unions and taking digs at Republicans’ “old trickle-down economics.”

“We’re fighting for an economy that includes everyone and works for everyone,” Clinton said.

Even when she wasn’t on stage, Clinton was the topic of the night. Nearly every speaker at the two-hour event referenced her still officially unannounced campaign. Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi, who opened the event, called her “our next president.” Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, who started his speech by jokingly apologizing for being a man, suggested her first…

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