Former President Bill Clinton Visits Eastern Kentucky

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

With Kentucky's primary election less than two months away, a former president visits Eastern Kentucky again, trying to win some votes for his wife.

Former President Bill Clinton was in Pikeville Thursday night, campaigning for his wife Hillary at the East Kentucky Expo Center. It's the first time a former president visited that city since Jimmy Carter in 1997.

Thousands of people who were there had to wait a long time to hear the former president speak. He was more than an hour late, but people here say it was worth the wait. He spoke about the past with a look to the future.

It was Former President Bill Clinton's first visit to Pikeville. He came to campaign for his wife Hillary, but before he spoke about her, he recalled his own presidency and asked voters to bring those times back.

"The other day, my daughter was asked, do you think you're mother would be a better president than your dad was, she said I sure do," Clinton said.

Clinton talked about many topics such as making housing more affordable, creating new jobs, and reducing energy prices.

"To make this country energy independent with energy efficiency, that creates jobs here in America," he said.

Clinton mentioned Eastern Kentucky coal directly, and said it was a part of Senator Clinton's plans for the future.

"Clean coal, if we want to turn this country around," Clinton said.

Many in the crowd raised their hands and said they don't have healthcare. Clinton promised change.

"Nobody, but nobody will be able to say I can't afford this. Nobody will be asked to pay more than a certain fixed percentage for healthcare," Clinton said.

Many listeners liked what they heard, but some had a few concerns.

"We're really interested in her national insurance coverage and what he said tonight really interested us," said Garlene Layne Abshire.

"Mountaintop removal is a major issue and I don't think what he said addressed protecting our water," said Sharman Chapman-Crane.

Kentucky's voters will decide if the state is Clinton country again in just a few weeks.

Pike County officials say next they want Hillary Clinton to visit and say they've invited her to come sometime in May. No word if Senator Barack Obama will come or Republican Nominee John McCain.

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