Bill Clinton in SE Ohio [Portsmouth]

Bill Clinton made an extended swing through southeast Ohio yesterday, stumping for Hillary in Chillicothe, Portsmouth, and Athens, Ohio.  techfidel posted a great diary full of pictures from President Clinton's campaign stop in Chillicothe, which you can revisit right here.  

Guess what?  There's more!

President Clinton went on to Portsmouth, Ohio - an old industrial city at the confluence of the Ohio, Scioto, and Little Scioto Rivers, and the mouth of the old Ohio and Erie Canal - where he received a warm welcome.  (Bonus Portsmouth trivia?  It was home to the Portsmouth Spartans, an early NFL franchise that moved to Detroit and became the Detroit Lions in the 1930s! Extra bonus Portsmouth trivia?  It's Ted Strickland's hometown.) President Clinton spoke to an enthusiatic, capacity crowd at Shawnee State University.  You can see local news coverage of the visit as well as a complete video of President Clinton's full speech from WSAZ television.

There's also an excellent story about Clinton's appearance in the Portsmouth Daily Times, which included a moving testimonial from a combat-wounded Vietnam veteran, who met Senator Clinton some years ago:

Among those in the crowd was Vietnam War veteran Jack Spencer of The Military Order of the Purple Heart No. 671, holding a picture of himself and his wife, Sherry, with Hillary Clinton.

"I went to the dedication of the National Purple Heart Hall of Fame in New Windsor, New York," Spencer said. "I met Hillary there, and her constituents were there. When I learned what she had done for veterans, that day I decided if she runs I'll support her."

Spencer wore a cap laden with medals such as the Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, Air Medal and campaign badges from Vietnam. Spencer was among a number ex-military people in the crowd.

Another perspective on the visit comes from The Ironton Tribune, which quotes a pair of high school students who waited outside the event in the rainy cold for hours to get in:

"She's awesome. She and I have the same stand on things," Simon Hall, 18, said of candidate Clinton as he tried to keep warm standing in line outside the gym waiting for the doors to open.

Next to him was Kelsey Crabtree, also 18, who said she believed it is Clinton's time.

"I like her views," she said. "She would make a good president. There should be a girl president."

This was a well-attended rally in the middle of a rainy weekday, in a part of the country where few people can afford to miss a day of work; nevertheless, the Huntington Herald-Dispatch reported that Portsmouth resident Sharon Halcomb had to take a vacation day to attend the rally.  Several other attendees were looking well past the primary, vowing that they would make the long trip to Washington for Hillary Clinton's inauguration.

"I had to take a vacation day for this," said Sharon Halcomb, a Portsmouth resident. "I'm voting for her on March 4. She's a strong person. She can handle the job. She can be the first woman president. Seventeen other countries have a woman leader."

President Clinton didn't lose his mojo when he left Portsmouth for Athens, either.  The Post - a student newspaper at Ohio University - has a fine story about the campaign visit there:

"You're voting for a commander-in-chief and, hopefully, a diplomat-in-chief as well," Clinton said.

According to The Post, President Clinton's speech was persuasive enough that he had at least one committed Obama supporter "leaning a little closer to Clinton, now."

So what can you do?

Donate to Senator Clinton to make sure she can get her message out in Ohio and Texas: here.

Sign up to travel to one of the March 4 states and get some on-the-ground time in supporting Senator Clinton:  here.

Make calls right from your home to these crucial states: here.

Tags: Bill Clinton, campaign, Hillary Clinton, Portsmouth, SE Ohio (all tags)

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