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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  • by Paula Location: Pikrville on Apr 5, 2008 at 12:28 PM
    God Bless you Bill!! I'm for Hillary! Hope to have her as our next President!
  • by JAMES Location: PIKEVILLE on Apr 5, 2008 at 07:46 AM
    FORGET THE ELECTION AND POLITICS FOR A MOMENT. I WOULD LIKE TO ADDRESS "BILL" AND HIS COMMENT. FIRST OF ALL, IF YOU STILL BELIEVE THE "HILLBILLY"(NOTICE HOW IT'S SPELLED WITHOUT A SPACE)STEREOTYPE, THEN YOU ARE THE ONE WELL BEHIND THE TIMES. IF IT'S OUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES YOU ARE WORRIED ABOUT, STEP BACK AND LOOK AT POLITICS ON THE NATIONAL LEVEL. APPARENTLY WE ARE ALL GUILTY OF SOME EXTREMELY POOR DECISIONS. AND LASTLY, IF YOU WANT TO LOOK MORE INTELLIGENT THAN A GIVEN POPULATION, YOU MIGHT TRY A THESAURUS NEXT TIME. i.e. AGIANIST-SHOULD BE SPELLED AGAINST.
  • by Clinton fan Location: pikeville on Apr 4, 2008 at 06:46 PM
    I wonder if Bush could give us an exact figure of soldiers he sent to their demise.
  • by Educated Location: Pike County on Apr 4, 2008 at 04:38 PM
    Behind every man is a GOOD WOMAN,GO HILLARY
  • by Erica Location: Pike County on Apr 4, 2008 at 01:57 PM
    I was at the event Thursday night and was not very impressed with Bill Clinton. I had higher expectations of him. I had always put him on a higher level, but he totally disappointed me and I will not be voting for Hilary in '08. I think he does more harm than good to her campaign.
  • by Aggie Location: KY on Apr 4, 2008 at 09:22 AM
    Walter in Pikeville: I am not really upholding any of the candidates, I don't entirely agree with any of them. My point was that the media and supporters of Obama are praising his platform for change without really considering what it is and who this man really is. Of course we know more about Clinton and McCain (more than we really want sometimes) and we need to know more about this man, some truths, not rumors or innuendo. I know what Hillary's track record is, but Obama is not pure either..the fact remains that not enough is reported about him to give us any solid information. The media has painted him as untouchable to a certain extent. They gloss over anything negative. I am actually surprised that the Wright incident came into play, but notice how quick it was doused. CNN (Lou Dobbs) ran a poll (which was suprising) about the media bias against Clinton and for Obama. Over 70% agreed it was true. I do not want to blindly elect someone based on a few flowery speeches and the media.
  • by Rj Location: Pikeville on Apr 4, 2008 at 07:15 AM
    First it is always good to have anyone come to Eastern Ky and see what we have to offer. For the guy that says we are not educated you should be banned from eastern KY. It really doesn't matter who we elect since it will be decided by deligates this time. I hope that people look at the overall picture and not just the fact that they are republican or democrat. I think we need a good independent to run this time and maybe they can have a shot at drawing some funding towards that. If politicans would run on what they believe and not what the party tells them they believe it would be great. I say no more trying to take away our rights and give us more responsibity to take care of our lives. We need to make products here and we need to sell them here. I say we need to take some of the money spent on foriegn aid and spend it at home on healthcare. I also say that we need to do more investigation on where our money goes and less on what politicians do in there private lives.
  • by Bill on Apr 4, 2008 at 05:05 AM
    Bill and Hillary Clinton are jokes.They are socailist,and power hungry.A vote for Hillary or Obama is a vote agianist America.These hill billys think Truman is still President,or wish he was.Just look at the people they have elected locally,that have made a joke of justice ,freedom and the American way.For the last 50 years or more.
  • by Day Location: Kentucky on Apr 4, 2008 at 03:34 AM
    Thank you WKYT/WYMT for putting the actual videos of Bill Clinton's speeches last night attached to this website article. That way those of us who didn't get to go to the Expo. Center last night can see his speeches online. I appreciate that.
  • by KY REBEL Location: PIKE CO. on Apr 4, 2008 at 03:28 AM
    I THINK IT WAS GREAT THAT FORMER PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON CAME TO THE EAST KY EXPO.I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW HOW PEOPLE THINK THEY ARE LIVING BETTER NOW THAN WHEN MR. BILL CLINTON WAS PRESIDENT.IF YOU PEOPLE HAVE ANY EXTRA MONEY NOW PLEASE LET ME KNOW YOUR SECRETS

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