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Bill Clinton in Berks County

Written by Rich Copeland | Oct 29, 2016 5:17 AM

(Reading) -- Nearly 2000 people filled a gymnasium on the Albright University campus to hear former President Bill Clinton stump for his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Friday evening.

The crowd was young, but there were enough Gen X and Baby Boomer attendees to keep it from being a student rally.

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The undercard was short - Braddock, Pennsylvania Mayor John Fetterman led off followed by Christina Hartman, the Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania's 16th congressional district.

Her challenge to a long-held Republican seat has drawn Democratic heavyweights to bolster support for her.

Tonight's support came from Bill Clinton.  "Here's a sign that says 'Bill for First Lady'" he said, pointing to screaming fans.  He has spent 16 years perfecting the role of elder statesman and tonight he lives up to that role.

 He worked his way through the litany of topics that have become the hallmarks of Bill Clinton speeches and touched on several issues. He worked subtle jabs at Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump into each point.

On global warming:  "Along our coasts, there are cities that are terrified they are going to be flooded out.  That's one reason so many Republican mayors have endorsed Hillary Clinton; because they know climate change is not a Chinese plot."

On national pride: "I'm tired of everybody telling me that America's all washed up, things are terrible and we need some Putin-like figure to ride in on a white horse and tell us what to do."

On campaign finance reform: "I hope you want someone who hates the Citizen's United decision and doesn't like all this dark, anonymous money."

The speech lasted nearly 50 minutes.

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The rally capped off a day that was a typical one in the 2016 presidential election.

The day started with news that Republican vice-presidential nominee Mike Pence's charted jet skidded to a stop at New York's LaGuardia Airport; the candidate, crew and entourage were all unharmed.  In the early afternoon, the FBI made a vague announcement involving Hillary Clinton, emails and former Congressman Anthony Weiner.

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