Bill Clinton takes aim at Gov. Matt Bevin in Lexington

05/03/2016 06:09 PM

LEXINGTON — The William T. Young Library in Lexington was just one of three stops former President Bill Clinton made in the commonwealth on Tuesday supporting his wife, Hillary.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes introduced Clinton to a large crowd that came out hear him speak on the University of Kentucky’s campus.

The former president spoke about the success of the Affordable Care Act, praising Kentucky for its implementation, and taking aim at Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and his work to dismantle the healthcare portal.

The former President spoke to UK students about the rising cost of higher education, drawing distinctions between Hillary Clinton and democratic rival Bernie Sanders.

Sanders has done well with younger voters, running on the platform of free college tuition, Clinton drew the line saying there are two different positions.

“There are two different positions here, free tuition for everyone, and Hillary’s position which is debt free graduation for everybody, and a manageable debt plan,” Clinton said. “Now the problem with a free tuition plan is it requires the states to come up with a third of the match. What do you think the chances are that this governor and this legislature would pay for a third of the tuition? They just got through cutting higher Ed.”

Clinton also made stops in Morehead and Louisville on Tuesday. Kentucky’s Democratic presidential primary is Tuesday, May 17.

Madeline Janicki

Madeline is a producer for Spectrum News. You can watch her work on Pure Politics, the only statewide nightly show dedicated solely to Kentucky Politics. Madeline is an Indiana native and received her degree in Communications from Indiana University. Her background is as a news producer but her passion for civic engagement and drive to bring voters information on issues that impact their lives brought her to Pure Politics. Here she gets to work on projects like her multi-part digital series on how the national group Teach For America is working in Eastern Kentucky Schools. If you have a story idea, email her at


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