Former President Bill Clinton took the stage Tuesday night to address a crowd of about 2500 Fort Wayne residents. He came to the Grand Wayne Center to bolster support for his wife, Presidential Candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Although the Democratic rally was supposed to start at 6:45 PM it didn’t take off until a little after 7:00 PM. At that time Clinton proved that he could still wow a crowd.
His one-hour speech exemplified a “chicken in every pot” sort of rhetoric that is typical of all presidential candidates at this point in the election campaign.
At a time when the United States economy is shaky, he promised Hillary would provide a better system than the supply side economics now being emphasized by the Republicans. He promised she would provide: better schools, a positive response to global warming, better treatment of post-war veterans, an overhaul of our federal trade agreements, a tax structure to stop jobs from going overseas, a plan to bail out the banking institutions and a health care system that would cover everyone in the country.
Also in attendance were: former Governor Joe Kernan, Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry, Win Moses, Jill Long Thompson, Phil GiaQuinta, Sandy Kennedy, Kevin Knuth and a host of other democratic faithfuls.
Indiana is often by-passed as the presidential nominees are usually decided before we can weigh in with our 72 delegates. The last president to visit Fort Wayne was most likely Ronald Regan during the flood of 1982.
Hillary Clinton kicked-off her visit to Indiana on Thursday, March 20th, in Senator Evan Bayh’s hometown of, Terre Haute. Then she traveled to Anderson and Evansville.
At the time of this writing, Obama was leading Clinton with a total delegate count of 1598 to 1487. It takes 2,024 to win the nomination.