Hillary's husband hypes her history 

Bill Clinton totes his wife’s experience and leadership to Indy Democrats

click to enlarge Former President Bill Clinton campaigns in Indianapolis for his wife Hillary. - AMBER STEARNS
  • Former President Bill Clinton campaigns in Indianapolis for his wife Hillary.
  • Amber Stearns

It was hot and crowded in the little storefront in the 7300 block of North Keystone Avenue. More than 500 people crammed into the space to hear former President Bill Clinton sing the praises of his wife Hillary as she pursues his old job.

The rally was held in what is Hillary’s Indianapolis campaign office. The space has a history of catering to Democratic candidates. Joe Hogsett used the space for his campaign for mayor of Indianapolis, as did Congressman Andre Carson at one time for his congressional campaign. Both men were on hand to hype up the crowd and introduce the man of the hour. Both Carson and Hogsett noted the historical significance of electing America’s first female president.

Bill Clinton was his usually charismatic self, intertwining Hillary’s stance on the economy and job growth, inequality, healthcare, education, the country’s drug epidemic and bipartisanship with personal stories from the campaign trial, anecdotes about the family and quips about nature of this year’s campaign season. Clinton never came straight out and attached primary opponent Bernie Sanders. He instead pointed out the differences between his wife and Sanders in how each would solve the nation’s woes, specifically in her approach to higher education and college debt.


He did not come right out and talk about gun violence at the dismay of a few people in the audience. In fact, none of the speakers did really.

“Why didn’t any of the men talk about gun violence in our state and our country?” asked one attendee in passing. “Hillary would have. She already has.””
click to enlarge Congressman Andre Carson (D-Indiana) starts the rally and introduces Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett. - AMBER STEARNS
  • Congressman Andre Carson (D-Indiana) starts the rally and introduces Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett.
  • Amber Stearns
The closest mention of any violence was in Carson’s introduction of Mayor Hogsett — Carson stated he thought Hogsett had the best chance of effectively addressing crime in the city.

All in all, Clinton’s message was positive, both about the country and his wife. He acknowledged Indiana’s role in manufacturing and the strength of Hoosiers.

“Indiana symbolizes what we need,” said Clinton.

His closing remarks were simple, yet poignant given the neck-in-neck race Hillary seems to be in with Sanders.

“That’s my pitch,” Clinton said in wrapping up why Hoosier Democrats should vote for Hillary instead of her opponent. “Just please, please, please be there for her.”

While Bill spoke on her behalf in Indianapolis, Hillary Clinton spent the day campaigning in northwest Indiana. Their daughter, Chelsea, is expected to be in Indianapolis to campaign for her mother later in the week.


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More than 500 people crammed into a small storefront on the north side of Indianapolis to hear former President Bill Clinton campaign on his wife's behalf. Clinton was joined by Congressman Andre Carson (D-Indiana) and Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett. (Photos by Lora Olive)

By Amber Stearns

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Amber Stearns was born, raised, and educated right here in Indianapolis. She holds a B.S. in Communications from the University of Indianapolis (1995). Following a 20-year career in radio news in Indiana, Amber joined NUVO as News Editor in 2014.

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