By Charnita Mack
While Hillary Clinton was busy campaigning in New Hampshire, her husband and former President Bill Clinton told South Carolina Democrats Wednesday why his wife would be the best candidate, making the case that she’ll bring attention to America’s inequalities.
South Carolina Democrats vote Feb. 27 in the primary. The former secretary of state is considered the front-runner over U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders.
His speech was guided by focusing on minority issues and a travel through time of the Clintons’ life before and during their four decades of marriage.
President Clinton spoke of an instance during Hillary’s time at the Children’s Defense Fund when the south had began opening private schools to ensure that their children wouldn’t be going to school with black children, and she posed as a housewife looking for a school for her children.
“Yes or no? Is my child going to be going to an all white school or not?” he said Hillary asked a guy at one of the schools.
The man proudly answered yes, and “she got him,” President Clinton said with a smile.
The president got roaring applause from the crowd at Allen University, a primary historically black college founded by the African Methodist Episcopal Church, when mentioning the Charleston Nine victims.
“The most important thing that has happened that has helped heal America in a very long time is what happened when the parishioners of that church in Charleston showed their true Christian faith,” the former president said.
And when he brought up police brutality issues.
“I’m sick of seeing young African American males shot down by police officers,” he said.
Some rallygoers thought the former president did exactly what needed to do during his speech.
“He laid out a very definite plan on why people should support Hillary,” Jenifer Barnes, a supporter since Hillary’s first run for office, said.
Others didn’t even think President Clinton needed to speak on his wife’s behalf. They were just there to be in his presence.
“Even without him speaking, people are going to vote for her anyway,” Kesia Sampson said.
Without more votes in the upcoming primary, Hillary could face another “too close to call” race, and supporters at the rally don’t want that to happen again.
“Get out, tell your family, your friends, your enemies to get out and vote for Hillary if you enjoy some of the liberties you have now,” Audrey Glenn, a longtime Hillary supporter stressed.
The former president didn’t take much time on stage, but he made sure that the crowd knew why Hillary was the right choice before he left.
“Hillary would be the best president, I think, because she is the best change maker I’ve ever known,” he said, “and everything she ever touched she made better.”
“I’ve made my pitch,” President Clinton said.