Chelsea Clinton campaigns in Lexington for her mom

04/29/2016 12:02 PM

UPDATED LEXINGTON — Sitting in a chair in the middle of the Lexington Hillary for Kentucky headquarters, a pregnant Chelsea Clinton spoke to volunteers and supporters encouraging them to reach as many Kentuckians as possible before the May 17 primary.

The crowd of supporters filled the small campaign office and filled part of a parking lot off of Winchester Road. Clinton spoke for about an hour to nearly 200 people in Lexington.

Clinton called the presidential election “the most important of my lifetime.”

“If I think about healthcare or education or the economy of women’s rights, I worry that all of that is currently under threat,” Clinton told supporters.

“When I listen to the almost daily hate speech that’s coming out now from the Republican primary: the racism, the sexism, the Islamophobia, the homophobia, the anti-worker’s rights rhetoric, anti-Americans with disabilities rhetoric and it just goes on and on, and on,” Clinton continued.

“The policy proposals that flow from that — to keep a list of every American Muslim, to have discriminatory policing in our country… it matters to me that my mom has been making progress and standing up for and advancing our values for literally longer than I’ve been alive.”

The former first daughter also touched on issues of affordable education during a question and answer segment of the visit with volunteers and supporters. In her response, Clinton bashed both Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin.

As Kentucky Democrats prepare to cast their presidential ballots on primary day, Clinton took the opportunity to laud her mother’s accomplishments and said there was more work to come.

Hillary Clinton trounced President Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential primary in Kentucky, garnering 65 percent of the vote.

Opening the event former Gov. Martha Layne Collins and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes riled up the friendly crowd. Grimes took to a call-and-response with a play on words with Hillary Clinton’s name.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@twcnews.com.

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