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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