Former President Clinton Speaks at ASU

Thursday, October 9, 2014
Former President Bill Clinton toured the state to speak at several rallies for the Democratic Party this week, including one at ASU on Monday. (DT Photo/Corey Clairday)

Non-partisan cooperation and the importance of young people voting were two themes former U.S. President Bill Clinton kept coming back to as he spoke Monday during a rally at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.

The 42nd president shared the stage with Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe and several Democratic candidates, including U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross, First District Congressional candidate Jackie McPherson and lieutenant governor candidate John Burkhalter -- when he addressed the crowd at Heritage Plaza Lawn.

Clinton endorsed Ross for governor, saying Ross would continue Gov. Beebe's legacy, as well as Sen. Pryor, saying Pryor is consistently willing to work together with others across party lines.

"The reason Mike Beebe is the most popular governor in the country is he's done things the right way," Clinton said. "People are sick of this fighting and partisanship. Here's what I know. Everywhere in America where people are working together, good things are happening. Everywhere people are fighting, bad things are happening.

"I see what's going on in Washington and it breaks my heart," he continued. "But this country's coming back."

Clinton noted that after a financial collapse, it usually takes a country 10 years to get back on its feet, but he said the United States came back from the 2008 financial crisis in six years, four years early.

Clinton also encouraged young people to vote in the November election to prove pollsters wrong who say young people do not turn out in great numbers for non-presidential elections.

"They don't think you'll show up," Clinton said. "I'm telling you, you need to show up."

Clinton said he wants to see people voting for candidates who will work together across party lines to make the country a better place that gives everyone an equal start in life because he does not want to see his new granddaughter grow up in a world where she is doing fine because of her family while the rest of the country is not.

"We're all in this together. We better start acting like it," Clinton said.

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