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Apr 04,2008
Former President Bill Clinton visits Bend in support of Hillary
by Bruce Ewert

BEND, Ore. -- It's been over 40 years since a presidential candidate has visited Bend in search of votes. Monday night former President Bill Clinton spoke at an event at Bend High School in support of his wife, Hillary, who is locked in a fierce battle with Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination.

 
(above) Former President Bill Clinton speaks in support of his wife, Democratic Presidential Candidate Senator Hillary Clinton. (below) Clinton poses with local resident Justin Novicky at Bend High School – photos by Bruce Ewert. 
 
The event, attended by well over 1,200 people, was a rousing success. Bill spoke for about an hour and a quarter without notes, covering such topics as the Iraq War, veterans’ support, the economy, mortgage crisis, health care and jobs.

President Clinton made a great pitch for green jobs. He stated that "If America can beat the world to the Moon, why can't we beat them to a highly efficient car battery?!?" He promoted the idea of creating an educational program for green energy, with guaranteed benefits to companies that would hire them based on the utility savings. It made a lot of sense, as most green energy jobs will be in jobs similar to current construction jobs, like plumbing and electric.

On Iraq, he stated that Hillary would start withdrawing troops at one-to-two brigades per month, similar to the rate Senator Obama has proposed. However, he noted that over 100,000 American contractors remain in Iraq, many of whom need protection, and also stated that Hillary planned to leave military installations in the north of Iraq, in the Kurdish region, in case Al Qaida becomes too strong.

In this reporter's eyes, a few thousand Al Qaida are simply no match for tens of thousands from the Mahdi Army. So it seems that the Clintons are rather equivocal about a complete withdrawal.

This was an event seldom seen in the history of Bend. President Clinton stayed around for almost an hour shaking hands and talking to the local citizens crowded in around the dais.

One can only imagine the response if Senator Obama decides to stop in our little city. Is Bend becoming Democratic?

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  • Mrs. Clinton wants to go back taxing the "Rich" ; what she really means is anyone making more than 50k. She does not want to "provide" Health Care she wants to "force" everyone to buy it. She will decide not you or I how much much this costs. The only people that thinks these are good ideas are poor scumbags that will never make over 50K or ultra rich people who very seldom worry about what they pay. The first year of George's tax cut I made 58,000 and got a 400.00 a month raise thankyou very much. As for the debt yes we are in a war it costs money to keep us safe here. If shithead Bill had done his job he could have killed osama while he was in office but he was too busy letting monica do hillarys job.
  • (Posted on April 7, 2008, 11:44 pm Jefrox)

  • Hillary Clinton is the best candidate to be our next president. She is experienced, tough and more than capable of doing the job. She would make a great commander in chief, and I would trust her more than either Barack Obama or John McCain with our economy. Obama claims he is not Muslim but a Christian, but he definately has ties with radical Islam and that is a big concern to me.
  • (Posted on April 6, 2008, 1:28 pm Jen)

  • Anyone who could seriously vote for Hillary Clinton seriously needs to get help. She could not even manage her own marriage, and now you are going to trust her with your future. Do the words self destructive mean anything to you. She has got to be the most delusional ego maniac since Bill Clinton!
  • (Posted on April 5, 2008, 8:28 am COCowboy)

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