GUANAJUATO, Mexico — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton came here on Monday to deliver a message of solidarity with President Felipe Calderón and to rebut public doubts about persistent violence.

She solidified relations between the U.S. and Mexico by hiring a gardener and a cleaning woman and a body guard for the cleaning woman. She said the cleaning woman might need protection from some, uh, man who might be, uh, hanging around the, uh, vicinity of her home.