Hillary will be back on the campaign trail Thursday, meaning she had to miss Wednesday's rally in Las Vegas. Luckily, Bill came to the rescue!
Subbing for a sick wife, former president Bill Clinton delivered a meandering, folksy speech in this presidential battleground state on Wednesday, arguing that Americans should choose “answers, not anger” and elect his spouse.
Over the course of about 40 minutes, the former president spoke dismissively of Hillary Clinton’s email scandal, argued that Donald Trump’s immigration proposals are misguided and suggested that the Republican nominee’s call to “make America great again” was racially tinged code for rolling the clock back 50 years.
Speaking in a state that he carried twice but polls suggest is surprisingly tight this year, Clinton framed the election as a choice between a candidate who’s served others her entire life and is offering solid policy proposals and one who is appealing to a sense of “road rage” in the country.
The former president said he understands the anger of Americans who haven’t had a pay raise since the recession, and he said those frustrations are making people more resistant to immigration reform.
“People who are frustrated by the economic circumstances, and they need somebody to blame,” he said.
But he ridiculed Trump’s proposals to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants and build on a wall across the Mexican border.
“The worst thing we could do is spend that kind of money on a wall that would be better spent on bridges, roads and airports,” Clinton said.
Speaking of Trump’s slogan, “Make America Great Again,” he said he was among those who knows what Trump really means — suggesting it’s a reference to a time when the racial order in the country was different.
“You have to be a certain age, and it helps to be a white Southern man — I know what that means,” he said.
Watch the speech above.