Bill Clin­ton stumps for wife

For­mer pres­i­dent makes the case for elect­ing Hil­lary dur­ing event in Montco

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS - By Os­car Gam­ble ogam­ble@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @OGam­ble_TH on Twit­ter

WHITPAIN >> Hun­dreds of sup­port­ers of Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Hil­lary Clin­ton packed Park­house Hall at Mont­gomery County Com­mu­nity Col­lege (MCCC) Tues­day af­ter­noon to hear for­mer pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton’s pitch to vot­ers on why his wife, the for­mer Sec­re­tary of State and sen­a­tor from New York, should be the na­tion’s next pres­i­dent.

A di­verse crowd, some of whom waved signs that read “Loves Trumps Hate” and “Stronger To­gether,” en­thu­si­as­ti­cally wel­comed sev­eral speak­ers while an­tic­i­pat­ing the ar­rival of the 42nd pres­i­dent of the United States.

About a dozen sup­port­ers of Repub­li­can nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump con­vened just out­side the cam­pus on DeKalb Street to protest the rally.

Af­ter open­ing re­marks by Nathaniel Lewis, an or­ga­nizer with Demo­cratic po­lit­i­cal or­ga­ni­za­tion PA Vic­tory, Penn­syl­va­nia Demo­cratic Party Chair­man and MCCC trustee Mar­cel Groen took to the podium and stressed the im­por­tance of a Clin­ton vic­tory in Mont­gomery County for her prospects for the pres­i­dency.

Groen was fol­lowed by Demo­cratic Mont­gomery County Com­mis­sion­ers Josh Shapiro and Val Arkoosh, who also laid out the case for Clin­ton.

Shapiro — who is run­ning for Penn­syl­va­nia at­tor­ney gen­eral — fired up the Clin­ton faith­ful by por­tray­ing Trump as a tax-dodg­ing, un­scrupu­lous busi­ness­man at the pin­na­cle of “the rip of econ­omy.”

Arkoosh said she is back­ing Hil­lary Clin­ton be­cause of their shared com­mit­ment to qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion for all, clean safe streets, a liv­ing wage and treat­ing ev­ery­one with re­spect and dig­nity. Be­fore in­tro­duc­ing Bill Clin­ton, Arkoosh added that it was a telling sign that none of the five liv­ing for­mer Amer­i­can pres­i­dents is sup­port­ing Trump.

Bill Clin­ton stepped to the mi­cro­phone at ap­prox­i­mately 3:30 p.m. and de­liv­ered a suc­cinct stump speech out­lin­ing his bet­ter half’s ac­com­plish­ments, and qual­i­fi­ca­tions to be commander-in-chief.

He be­gan by ex­pound­ing on the no­tion that the coun­try “would be way bet­ter off” if it ran more like a com­mu­nity col­lege, an in­sti­tu­tion which, he said, is open to ev­ery­one, and fo­cuses on “em­pow­er­ing peo­ple with knowl­edge,” so they can bet­ter them­selves and “im­prove their prospects.”

Clin­ton touted the slo­gan “Stronger To­gether” as an ax­iom that is “not just about pol­i­tics, but about a way of think­ing and a way of liv­ing,” and con­trasted it with the Trump cam­paign slo­gan “Make Amer­ica Great Again,” which he char­ac­ter­ized as an empty prom­ise to move the eco­nom­i­cally stag­nant “back up on the so­cial totem pole.”

“I’d like to be 20 again,” Clin­ton said. “We’re on the verge of the great­est pe­riod of dis­cov­ery and shared pros­per­ity in our his­tory if we do the right thing. I’m not pes­simistic about the fu­ture. We have more as­sets for the fu­ture than any coun­try on earth. So I would like to be 20 again. But I wouldn’t vote for any­body who promised to make me 20 again,” he quipped to laugh­ter and ap­plause. “Hil­lary wants to tear the so­cial totem pole down!”

The for­mer pres­i­dent touted Hil­lary Clin­ton’s pro­pos­als to make col­lege more af­ford­able and to al­low those with tu­ition debt to re­fi­nance.

Clin­ton pointed to­ward Amer­ica’s grow­ing en­ergy in­de­pen­dence and the record num­bers of peo­ple with health in­sur­ance as in­di­ca­tors that the coun­try is mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion, but ac­knowl­edged the prob­lems of high health in­sur­ance rates and pre­mi­ums that make cov­er­age un­af­ford­able for small busi­ness own­ers and those who don’t qual­ify for sub­si­dies. He cited Mrs. Clin­ton’s ad­vo­cacy of a pub­lic op­tion and plans to al­low those older than 55 to buy into Medi­care as pos­si­ble so­lu­tions.

“She’s the only per­son you can vote for who said, ‘Let’s dra­mat­i­cally in­crease loans and guar­an­tees in the Small Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion. Let’s cut the cost and bur­den of mak­ing small busi­ness loans.’ ... We shouldn’t weaken reg­u­la­tions at the top,” he said, re­fer­ring to the bank­ing cri­sis that led to ‘the great re­ces­sion’. “We should weaken them at the bot­tom so new cre­ative busi­nesses can be formed.”

Pres­i­dent Clin­ton talked about Hil­lary Clin­ton’s be­lief that man­u­fac­tur­ing jobs can re­turn to the U.S. if en­ergy prices are kept low, and praised her com­mit­ment to in­cen­tiviz­ing com­pa­nies that choose not to re­lo­cate over­seas to avoid taxes while pe­nal­iz­ing those that do.

“This is a big job; be­ing pres­i­dent,” Clin­ton said. “It mat­ters if you have ideas, com­mon sense and can re­ally get some­thing done.”

“If you don’t want some­one to drive the truck off a cliff. Do not give them the keys,” said Clin­ton in a fi­nal swipe at Trump. “You ought to give Hil­lary the keys. Cause if you give her the keys this is the first thing she’ll do: First, she’ll go to the back of the truck, open it up, and put all Amer­i­cans on. And then she’ll drive it straight up to the top of a new moun­tain, which is ex­actly where we need to go to­gether.”

Af­ter Clin­ton’s fi­nal re­marks, dozens of sup­port­ers lin­gered for pho­to­graphs with the for­mer pres­i­dent and other Demo­cratic Party lu­mi­nar­ies.

“I think that she (Hil­lary Clin­ton) can cat­a­pult us into some­where we need to get to, to move this thing for­ward so that all work­ing peo­ple can be af­forded the op­por­tu­nity to take care of there fam­i­lies and have a hand up, not a hand­out,” said Roy Brown, an or­ga­nizer with La­borer’s In­ter­na­tional Union of Amer­ica. “We want to move for­ward with hope, not fear.”

Brown said he took stock in Clin­ton’s speech, in part, be­cause of the bud­get sur­plus and high em­ploy­ment rate with which the for­mer pres­i­dent left of­fice.

“The speech was very up­lift­ing. He knows what he’s talk­ing about,” said Sandy Mer­chant of Bucks County. “I just think she (Hil­lary Clin­ton) will make a won­der­ful pres­i­dent. “Hope­fully she’ll be able to bring peo­ple to­gether. I don’t know if that’s pos­si­ble.”

DEBBY HIGH — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Lo­cal vot­ers packed the house to see for­mer Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton as he stumped for his wife, Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Hil­lary Clin­ton, at Mont­gomery County Com­mu­nity Col­lege on Tues­day.

DEBBY HIGH — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

For­mer Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton spoke on be­half of his wife, Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee, Hil­lary Clin­ton, on Tues­day at Mont­gomery County Com­mu­nity Col­lege.

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