Former President Bill Clinton praises the late Senator Wendell Ford at campaign stop in Frankfort

05/12/2016 06:11 PM

FRANKFORT – Former U.S President Bill Clinton spent Thursday making four stops around the state campaigning for his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, in preparation for the upcoming May 17 primary.

After making a morning stop in Owensboro, the former president traveled to Frankfort where he told a crowd of around 400 that he and the late U.S. Senator Wendell Ford, an Owensboro native, were especially close.

“I always said that if we had five people like him Congress would be twice as productive,” Clinton said. “Not because he was not a partisan of great conviction, but because he treated his adversary as adversaries and not enemies.”

The former president also said that his wife would make a major commitment to attacking the heroin epidemic in the country by supporting a $10 billion treatment program to battle the heroin and prescription drug epidemic.

“We need treatment, we need mental health, we need things like these drug courts,” Clinton said.

Clinton also told the crowd that his wife wants to advance middle class America by creating a national infrastructure program and wants to increase the number of good paying manufacturing jobs.

The former president also criticized corporations that take care of only the top officials and shareholders at the expense of the company’s employees, adding that his wife favors giving a 15 percent tax credit to companies that share their profits with their employees.

Clinton said that things look good for Hillary to be the eventual Democratic nominee but implored the crowd in attendance to vote on Tuesday.

“Arithmetically, it looks good, but that’s not the point,” Clinton said. “If you want to win in November, we’ve got to show up and have the votes counted. We’ve got to keep the momentum going.”

The former president made a brief surprise campaign stop in Lexington following his Frankfort appearance before concluding the day with an evening stop in Prestonsburg.


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