Clinton Visits Battle Creek to Campaign for Schauer

By: Alex Goldsmith Email
By: Alex Goldsmith Email

President Bill Clinton has good reason to love the state of Michigan.

"You guys voted for me twice," said Clinton, referring to the 1992 and 1996 elections.

And he's been briefed on local sports.

"I'm sure half of the people in this crowd, men and women, know 20 plays from Michigan State's comeback win against Northwestern," said Clinton.

But the former Commander in Chief was all business Sunday, stumping for Congressman Schauer at Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek in an attempt to give Schauer an edge in his race against Republican opponent Tim Walberg.

Clinton's speech focused on education and jobs, and the former President made a special effort to encourage the audience to increase voter turnout.

Schauer says he thinks Clinton's presence is just what his campaign needs.

"I think this will put us over the top," said Schauer.

Lines started forming outside of the rally 10 hours in advance, with attendees looking to get the best view of Clinton's speech possible.

Walberg issued the following statement in response to President Clinton's visit.

"Voters care more about Mark Schauer's support for Nancy Pelosi's failed trillion dollar stimulus and President Obama's government takeover of health care than President Clinton joining him at a Democrat Party rally," said Walberg in an e-mailed statement. "Our campaign is gaining momentum because I will be a check and balance against President Obama and Nancy Pelosi's big spending agenda that is harming our economy."

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  • by Dave Location: Jonesville on Oct 26, 2010 at 07:09 AM
    I hope Clinton can draw better here than in the dems stronghold of Detroit. He was only able to draw one third of a high schools gym capacity.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 25, 2010 at 09:34 AM
    Kelly, Such a negative attitude- Why don't you talk about the Republicans that went to war and didn't ask the American people to pay for it. Instead they gave the "Bush Tax Cuts" and that is why this country is in such bad shape!
  • by Brad Location: Jackson on Oct 25, 2010 at 08:13 AM
    I just have to correct the statements below. First of all I was at the event and it was filled to capacity. Look at the video and you will see. In truth the fire Marshall was frantically pacing the entire time. Also it is not uncommon for candidates to receive help from public figures... IE Sarah Palin.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 25, 2010 at 07:23 AM
    Right now I don't like the DEM or GOP! Can we choose someone else.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 25, 2010 at 04:57 AM
    It's sad when Schauer is so afraid of loosing that he has to call in someone like Clinton to hold his hand and help him. I didn't know this was a national election. Do we get to vote on keeping the president too?
  • by Kelly Location: Jackson on Oct 25, 2010 at 04:14 AM
    So Bill Clinton threw a party and nobody came. The only thing smaller than crowd for Clinton/Schauer in Battle Creek was the tiny crowd that turned out for Clinton/Bernero in Detroit. Maybe there's hope for Michigan after all.
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