Former President Bill Clinton spent his 41st wedding anniversary campaigning for his wife in Belle Glade Tuesday, smaking the case for Hillary Clinton’s candidacy as the best way to get the education and infrastructure improvements he said the country desperately needs.
“She’s the best change-maker I’ve ever known,” Bill Clinton said. “I’ve known her a long time.”
This was Bill Clinton’s first trip to Belle Glade, appearing before the crowd of about 440 people as part of his wife’s ongoing and relentless effort to win the Sunshine State, came as Donald Trump has sought to tar the Clinton campaign with allegations of the former president’s inappropriate conduct with women.
President Clinton made no mention of those allegations, nor did he reference the firestorm scorching the Trump campaign in the aftermath of recently released video where the celebrity real estate mogul is boasting about his own misconduct with women.
Indeed, Bill Clinton did not utter Trump’s name. The closest he came was in reminding his wife’s supporters that many foreign policy experts have already rendered their verdict on the election.
“Dozens and dozens of them said they couldn’t be for her opponent,” Bill Clinton said.
Hundreds enthusiastically greeted the former president at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center at Palm Beach State College.
Bill Clinton’s appearance in Belle Glade was the first of three he’s scheduled to make in Florida today. He is expected to make other stops in Lee County and in Pinellas County.
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton will campaign in Miami with former vice president Al Gore.
Before the former president took the stage, several elected officials took the stage to tout Hillary Clinton and blast Trump.
Belle Glade Mayor Steve Wilson noted that the prospect of “the history of the first female president of the United States of America” should be enough to spur people to register and vote.
McKinlay, whose district includes Belle Glade, ripped Trump for his comments about women.
Telling the crowd that she has two daughters, McKinlay said: “If any man in this country thinks it OK to refer to them as a piece of…I won’t say it because there are too many pastors in the room. That is not the message that we need to send to the country and to the rest of the world.”