Bill boosts Hillary’s campaign

Published: April 14, 2016

PHOTO LEFT: AQUINAS PHOTO / SUBHODEEP CHAKRABARTY; PHOTO RIGHT: AQUINAS PHOTO / STEVEN DEPRIMO

PHOTO LEFT: AQUINAS PHOTO / SUBHODEEP CHAKRABARTY; PHOTO RIGHT: AQUINAS PHOTO / STEVEN DEPRIMO

FORMER PRESIDENT Bill Clinton speaks at Scranton High School April 7 in support of his wife and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

FORMER PRESIDENT Bill Clinton speaks at Scranton High School April 7 in support of his wife and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

STEVEN DEPRIMO

Staff Writer

Scranton High School played host to former President Bill Clinton April 7. Bill Clinton came to Scranton to help campaign for his wife and presidential hopeful, Hillary Clinton, and to spread her ideas on how to run the country.

Their hope is that Bill Clinton will convince enough people in the state of Pennsylvania that Hillary Clinton is the best candidate to run as the Democratic nominee.

The gymnasium at Scranton High was decorated with hand painted banners that said things like “SHS For Hillary” and “Welcome to SHS President Clinton” and the “Fighting for Us” slogan the Hillary campaign has been using.

Bill Clinton came to the stage after a speech by Democratic Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania. Casey spoke about how Bill Clinton was very familiar with Scranton and the surrounding area.

“President Clinton is no stranger to this region,” Casey said. “He’s been here so many times. When he was running for president, when he served as our two term president, and when he campaigned for Secretary Clinton in 2008. Now he’s back again to help us win on April 26.”

“Happy” by Pharrell Williams played as Bill Clinton walked onto the stage. He thanked many different groups and individuals like the Democratic National Committee and the principal of Scranton High.

Bill Clinton spoke highly of the former Secretary of State. He spoke about her attitude around politics. He said that Hillary Clinton was the best person to be president because she would bring jobs back to America from overseas.

“…She had the best manufacturing strategy, so she won by twice what the strategists thought she would because they were focused on the future. If you want to bring manufacturing jobs back to America, Hillary is your candidate and the best choice you’ve got,” Clinton said.

Not everyone that attended the event was there to support the Clinton family. The sea of people supporting Hillary Clinton was combated by a small number of protesters wearing “Make America Great Again” hats in support of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

At every applause that Bill Clinton received, the hats were raised above the heads of these protestors, just so Bill Clinton knew they were there.

Among the crowd was one person who stood out. Michael Scripp, 46, is currently running for president as an independent Republican write in vote. He says that his plan is to switch parties right before the election.

“I support both parties. I think everybody has great ideas and we can work together to make them the right ideas,” Scripp said. “There is no way that ten ideas separately cannot become one great idea, and we can do it in a way that there will be no arguments standing in the way.”

Contact the writer: steven.deprimo@scranton.edu

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