By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
Former President Bill Clinton spoke to about 300 enthusiastic Hillary Clinton supporters on Sunday evening, February 21. The crowd was packed into the Northeast Academy in Oklahoma City during what was themed a Hillary Clinton GOTV (Get Out The Vote) Rally.
President Clinton’s main message that evening was the need for inclusion for all Americans.
“We’ve got to tear down all the barriers, not just the economic ones, and we’ve got to build ladders that everybody can climb. That’s Hillary’s whole program in a sentence,” Clinton said.
“If you believe that we need an inclusive economic policy where we can all prosper, an inclusive social policy where everybody is treated fairly, inclusive politics where everybody’s voice is equal – we’ve got to build a world where there are more partners and fewer enemies – then you ought to be for her.”
The event followed a private fundraiser for Hillary hosted by Cliff and Leslie Hudson. Cliff is chief executive officer of the Sonic Corporation based in Oklahoma City.
Introductions were given by State Rep. George Young and State Senators Kay Floyd and Anastasia Pittman, all representatives of Oklahoma City.
Sen. Floyd said, “There are a lot of reasons to support Hillary Clinton. She is a fighter who knows how to get things done.”
Floyd reminded the crowd that early voting would begin on Thursday, February 25th for the “Super Tuesday” March 1 Oklahoma primary election.
Senator Pittman gave an enthusiastic introduction for Clinton rallying the crowd to keep a Democrat in the White House.
“For our community, our state and our country, it is time for us to take action,” said Pittman. “I am so proud to endorse, in the presence of my community (District 48), Secretary Hillary Clinton for President of the United States of America. She’s committed to build upon the progress that we have made under President Barack Obama.”
Rep. Young said, ” The presence of our 42nd President, William Clinton, was an exciting and inciting event for the upcoming presidential primary. The support for Sec. Hillary Clinton was clear and evident. I support her because I believe she will fight for progressive Democratic values and the rights of everyone.”
Clinton thanked speakers Floyd, Pittman, Young and also Sue Star, principal of Northeast Academy for hosting the event.
“To me it’s pretty clear who the most suited person for president is,” he stated. “Not because of her resume, but because of her actions.
“You know, I love Oklahoma,” he continued. “My friend Mike Turpen makes fun of me because I always say I love Oklahoma more than any other place I never carried,” he said with a smile.
“But I did win the Democratic primary here and so did Hillary when she ran, and I want you to win it for her again.”
Turpen, is a former Oklahoma Attorney General and an avid Hillary Clinton supporter.
“This country never works if you leave some people behind. Everybody’s got to have a chance to get a good job, made a good living and have a good future,” Mr. Clinton continued.
The former President discussed a myriad of Hillary’s concerns including: creating more jobs, keeping the country safe, the high cost of student loans, creating a modern infrastructure, putting broadband internet in every community, immigration reform, and prescription drug and heroin use in America.
“Hillary says it’s wrong that a college loan is the only kind of loan you can’t refinance,” he told the crowd.
“Flint is far from the only place in American where children have elevated lead levels in their blood. We need to fix the underground pipes of America so nobody has lead in their body.”
He praised Hillary saying, “Everything she ever touched, she made better.”
As reported earlier by The City Sentinel, according to the most recent opinion poll in Oklahoma, Sec. Clinton holds a narrow lead over her opponent United States Senator Bernie Sanders. Public Policy Pollings shows Clinton had 46 percent support among Oklahoma Democrats, to 44 percent for Sanders.
“We need to grow together again. Everybody’s voice should be heard. We need to go forward together,” Bill added.
“You’ve got a chance to elect a president who has spent a lifetime trying to tear down those barriers and build up those ladders,” Clinton said, “America never stopped being great. What we need to do is make America whole again. Help Hillary do that.”