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Before big speech, Clinton steps to left -- but not too far

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton is moving to the left in her early campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.

But she's picking her causes carefully.

She's taken strong stances on issues like immigration, where there's broad national support for the Democratic position.

But she's treaded gingerly on more contentious topics, like free trade.

It's an attempt to motivate Democratic activists who are skeptical of her commitment to their cause, without alienating more moderate voters open to her candidacy.

A week ago, Clinton won cheers at a labor conference when she pledged support for a push by unions for a $15-an-hour minimum wage.

But her campaign clarified her remarks the next day, saying Clinton supports higher wages but wasn't backing the more contentious specifics of a $15 minimum.

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