Bill Clinton: Tell Trump supporters 'we need you'

Posted October 25, 2016

— With two weeks until Election Day, former President Bill Clinton barnstormed through eastern North Carolina on Tuesday, urging people to vote for his wife in the presidential election and to reach out to supporters of her rival.

Clinton is on a two-day bus tour of North Carolina on behalf of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, stopping Tuesday in Rocky Mount, Goldsboro and Greenville. On Wednesday, the bus will roll through Wilmington, Pembroke and Fayetteville.

The election is giving voters "the chance to define who we are as Americans," Bill Clinton said, noting that many ardent supports of his wife and Republican candidate Donald Trump face the same daily challenges.

"They just are drawn to a different approach to dealing with it," he said. "She offers answers; he offers anger. He offers resentment; she offers empowerment. He offers conflict – I'll give you somebody else to blame and look down on; she says the only thing that's going to get us out of this mess is cooperation."

Ticking off some of Hillary Clinton's campaign themes, the former president detailed why her approach to job creation, college affordability and health care reform are better for rural America than Trump's policies.

"I'm a white Southerner. I know what 'make America great again' means," he said. "It means, first, I'll give you the economy you had 50 years ago, and second, I'll give you the society you had 50 years ago. I'll move you up and somebody else down."

Turning back the clock won't work, he said, adding that the country works better when everyone is succeeding.

Hillary Clinton supporters need to empathize with Trump supporters and recognize the struggles many have faced while telling them why he would be the wrong choice for the country's future, Bill Clinton said.

"Do not greet them with the anger they often display toward us. Love them to death. Look at them and say, 'We need you,'" he said.

Olasha Pittman went to the Rocky Mount rally to hear the former president speak, and she said she thinks he will make an excellent first gentleman.

"When he was in office, I think he did do a good job," Pittman said. "So, I feel like, with her having him, it brings a lot to the table already with her experience that she already has."

Bill Clinton isn't the only high-profile surrogate to visit North Carolina this week for Hillary Clinton's campaign. Liberal firebrand U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren was set to speak Tuesday night at Meredith College in Raleigh, while first lady Michelle Obama will appear with Hillary Clinton at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem on Thursday.

On the Republican side, vice presidential candidate Mike Pence held a rally in Greensboro on Monday, while Trump has scheduled a Wednesday stop in Kinston.


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  • Samuel Tyler Oct 26, 10:51 a.m.
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    I'm guessing he wants Bernie's "basement dwellers" to vote for her too....hhmmmm

  • Samuel Tyler Oct 26, 10:49 a.m.
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    Bill, please ask Hillary why she needs a deplorable to cast a vote for her? While you are at it ask the blacks she called under achievers to support her, or the Hispanics she called needy. How about the Catholics whom she called their religion basterdiz*d.

  • Byrd Ferguson Oct 25, 9:38 p.m.
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    Nobody is interested in your opinion, Bill. You are a washed-up old man who probably won't be adultering with young women anymore.

  • Jeffrey Derry Oct 25, 9:04 p.m.
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    go home and see the 'energizer' !

  • Lauren Little Oct 25, 6:22 p.m.
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    Bill, to you and your lousy criminal of a wife, we don't need either of you. Go home. No way in h*ll you'd EVER get my vote. What a joke.

  • Jeffrey Derry Oct 25, 5:39 p.m.
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    Bill, go home. Retire. Work on your marriage.

  • Bryon Atkinson Oct 25, 5:18 p.m.
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    Guess slick willie has been downgraded to back roads and small towns. Hope he wasn't aware of the college here. No good choices in this election.....only the lesser of the evils and the clintons are about as evil as they come.

  • Christopher Ashworth Oct 25, 4:46 p.m.
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    He meant to say, "We need your money"

  • Karen Orndorff Oct 25, 3:08 p.m.
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    And I am ready to find my next Intern....lol

  • Robert Malton Oct 25, 2:48 p.m.
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    That was very well said. I could not agree more.