Former President Bill Clinton on Tuesday showed that he knows a thing or two about campaigning as he stumped for his wife, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.Watch the first First Gentleman's full speech above! Video of his rally in Toledo the same day can be found here.
She has not been in Ohio since Labor Day — about three weeks. Instead, she has sent several high-profile surrogates, including her husband, her running mate Tim Kaine and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders. At the same time, the Clinton campaign has also deployed a hodgepodge of celebrities and actors to the Buckeye State.
After a strong debate performance on Monday, she campaigned in North Carolina on Tuesday, where the race is deadlocked, and sent a postcard to Ohio voters in the form of her husband, a former president who won the Buckeye State twice.
Bill Clinton, who made an appearance in Toledo earlier Tuesday, rallied the Cuyahoga County Democratic base inside Ginn Academy, Ohio's only all-male public high school and pushed voter registration. Clinton talked up his wife's experience and ran through the list of his wife's policies: invest in infrastructure and the economy. Make attending public universities debt-free for students whose families make up to $125,000.
He spoke for about 30 minutes, and delivered a folksy plea asking Clevelanders to register to vote. The former president made this election about the voters — not the candidates. A central theme of his speech? Empowerment.
"This election is about you and your future and you need to claim it," he said.
Clinton declared his wife the winner of the first presidential debate and couldn't mask his delight. In the same breath, he stressed the importance of the American electorate and Ohio.
"Anybody watch that debate last night? One down two to go but it doesn't matter unless we win the election and that's up to you. It is up to Ohio," he said.