Bill Clinton Brings Message Of Unity To Española

President Bill Clinton shakes hands with the crowd Tuesday at the plaza in Española after his speech promoting the presidential candidacy of his wife, Hillary Clinton. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
President Bill Clinton on the stump for wife Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign Tuesday evening in Española. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

President Bill Clinton campaigned for his wife, Hillary Clinton, at a rally Tuesday in Española.

A laundry list of Democratic candidates and office holders, including Attorney General Hector Balderas and secretary of state candidate Maggie Toulouse Oliver, spoke in support of Hillary Clinton. Teachers unions, the local branches of the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers, which support Hilary Clinton, turned out in force. Española elementary school teacher Holly Martinez introduced President Clinton.

“We need a woman strong enough to take on Trump, Martinez said. “I trust Hilary to stand up for teachers.”

Clinton praised the diversity of the crowd of several hundred gathered in the Española Plaza. The sedate crowd included more Hispanics and represented a much older demographic than last week’s event for Hilary Clinton’s rival, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders at Santa Fe Community College. Though the crowd responded positively to Clinton, their level of energy did not match that of the several thousand who turned out for Sanders.

Clinton’s message, during his 30 minute speech, was all about unity. “Hillary is running for President because she believes we can be stronger together,” Clinton said. “The answer is not walls, but bridges.”  

Job growth will come through modern manufacturing, Clinton said. He praised high tech industry and described the nanotechnology program at Morehead State University in Kentucky as a model for the future. The Kentucky university educates the children of coal miners for a high tech future, Clinton said. “Intelligence is equally distributed,” Clinton said. “Opportunity is not.”

Clinton said his wife will support places like Los Alamos National Laboratory in exploring high tech opportunities.

Clinton received his highest level of applause when he said education is currently overburdened by too many rules and tests. “Hillary thinks the best thing we can do for education is to better support teachers.”

He went on to describe Hillary Clinton’s plan to reduce student debt, including free community college, expanding work-study programs and allowing students to refinance student loans.

“Twenty-five million Americans could save thousands if they could refinance their student loans,” Clinton said.

Continuing his message of unity, Clinton compared the economy to an escalator on which everyone rises. “Hillary wants every to have a good middle class income,” he said.

Bill Clinton reminded the crowd of steps he took during his presidency to increase investment in low-income areas such as the New Market Tax Credit. Hillary would expand the program, he said.  

Clinton said opponents are mean to Hillary Clinton because “they don’t want to run against her.” Clinton said his wife is “the only person who’s truly qualified to be president and has a program that will allow us all to rise together.”

“There’s a huge, huge amount riding on this election,” Clinton said. Clinton said he’s betting the American people will “prefer answers to anger.”

“If you have our back, you’ll send her [Hillary Clinton] to the convention with the wind at her back,” Clinton said.

Española elementary school teacher Holly Martinez introduces President Clinton. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Secretary of State candidate Maggie Toulouse Oliver speaks to the crowd. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Española Mayor Alice Lucero addresses the crowd. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales speaks to the audience. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from the event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Clinton emphasizes a point. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

President Clinton shakes hands with the crowd including this woman. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from the event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from the event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Two vehicles are towed from a street blocked off for President Bill Clinton’s caravan. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from the event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from the event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from the event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The event comes to an end. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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