“Aren’t you glad Indiana has a say in all this after 40 years?” President Bill Clinton asks the crowd in the Elston Middle School gymnasium Thursday night.
The cheers answered his question.
Before getting into the present, Bill reminisced with the Michigan City crowd about the past. He recalled his last stop here years back when he was president.
"I was riding a train to Chicago for the democratic convention. We stopped here and there were 30,000 people to say hello and I never, have ever forgotten it."
Bill quickly got to the present and spoke largely about the future.
He outlined Hillary’s plan for turning around the country’s economic situation, creating jobs, and delved into the phrase almost becoming a curse word—gas prices.
"We have Americans today who are choosing every single day between filling up their gas tanks or putting food on their table or buying medicine,” Bill says. "She is the only candidate that has offered a program that will give people a relief from high gas prices in the short run and in the long run."
"She thinks there should be, for several months, a suspension of the 18.5 cent federal gas tax and get the oil companies, with their record profits, to pay a fund so we can still repair the roads."
Bill Clinton touched upon all the major issues during his time in Michiana. He shared Hillary’s plans to bring our soldiers home from war and guarantee health coverage for all of them. Clinton spent much time talking about energy efficiency and developing cars that can get us there.
Education, affordable college tuition and healthcare were also items on the agenda.
"He was so sincere and truthful about our state of the country currently," Jim Andrews said after listening to Bill.
"I think the war is very important to me right now. I have nine grandchildren. I have five grandsons. I'm looking at us to get out of there and I think she's the lady to do it," his wife MaryLou Andrews adds.
Jim and MaryLou came and left Hillary supporters. It was the undecided voters Bill was really hoping to reach—voters like Jeffrey Dennis who came in an Obama fan but left…
"I'm willing to give her a second chance," Dennis says. "I thought Bill's presentation on the energy and the debt crisis was very important and helped me make my mind up."
President Clinton will be staying in Indiana for the next couple of days and will make several more stops here on Saturday.
Clinton will stump for his wife at Warsaw Community High School at 1:45 Saturday, then he'll be at Plymouth High School at 3:30.
His time in Michiana ends with a LaPorte High School visit at 5:30 central time.