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Bill Clinton Exhorts Churchgoers, Union Members To Vote

Nov 7, 2016

Former President Bill Clinton
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Michigan is getting battleground state attention from the presidential campaigns. Republican nominee Donald Trump pays a visit to Macomb County.  Former President Bill Clinton toured the state to support Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.


Former President Bill Clinton stopped by two churches in Flint before addressing a packed union hall in Lansing, where he exhorted Democrats to get out and vote for the former First Lady, US Senator, and Secretary of State.

Clinton said the race appears to be tightening up.  

“Look, it’s close to the election, and I believe Hillary will carry Michigan if we turn out,”’ he said to the cheers of people crowded into United Auto Workers union hall.

Polls suggest Michigan could be very close on Election Day, even though Democrats have carried the state in every presidential race since 1992.  Clinton said he thinks the race would not be so close if there were more attention on issues.  

“Because this is an election where the coverage has been dominated by the absolute conviction that anger is better than answers,” he said.  “But it isn’t!  That resent is better than empowerment, but it’s not.”

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both have Michigan visits planned on their last day of campaigning before Election Day.

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— Rick Pluta is the Managing Editor and Reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org