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VIDEO: Former President Bill Clinton addresses Eau Claire crowd - full speech

By: WEAU Staff Email
By: WEAU Staff Email

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) -- Former President Bill Clinton is rallying Democrats and criticizing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at a Wisconsin stop.

Clinton spoke to a crowd 800 Wednesday night in downtown Eau Claire. Around 300 people were in the overflow space. He says if Romney wins, he'll take credit for an economic recovery that's underway thanks to President Obama.

Clinton lashed Romney and Republicans over climate change in the wake of superstorm Sandy. He says the U.S. is "the only country in the civilized world where one of the major political parties denies that climate change exists."

Wisconsin is getting major attention from both campaigns. Clinton is in Waukesha on Thursday, and Obama is stopping briefly in Green Bay. Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan was in the state Wednesday, and both Romney and Vice President Joe Biden will be Friday.

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - Downtown Eau Claire bustled Wednesday as former President Bill Clinton made a campaign stop on behalf of President Obama.

He spoke at the Ramada Convention Center.

Clinton talked about a multitude of subjects including health care, the automobile industry and the economy.

The President mentioned what has become known as Obamacare. He said the idea was heavily based on Mitt Romney's health care plan he instated while governor of Massachusetts.

He said Obama strengthened Medicare.

On the economy, the former President told the crowd Mitt Romney's math does not add up as to how he'd balance the budget.

Romney has discussed increasing the military budget by two billion dollars while not raising taxes.

That's one key area Democrats say Romney's math is not right.

Clinton also discussed the auto industry and how he believes the President saved the industry. He pointed to a new ad from the Romney Campaign indicating Chrysler was planning to move its JEEP production to China.

That is a half truth. While the company will build JEEP in China, those autos will stay in that country.

Chrysler came out with a strongly worded news release saying no jobs were leaving the U.S. as it looked to develop sales globally.

The company went onto say, it's adding additional workers at a Detroit plant.

Clinton touched on women in the workplace, as many Democrats say Republicans have launched a war on women.

He mentioned that President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Act which basically states equal pay for equal work for men and women.

Watch for more on this story soon from WEAU reporter Jenny You. She watched tonight's speech and will have a full report a bit later this evening.

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(WEAU) - Downtown Eau Claire bustled Wednesday as President Clinton prepared to make a campaign stop on behalf of President Obama.

Doors opened at 6:15 at the Ramada Convention Center with a program to be held in the Great Hall Upper Ballroom.

The program was set to start at 8pm.

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We now know where former President Bill Clinton will be in Eau Claire today (October 31) .

The UW-Eau Claire College Democrats say Clinton will be at the Ramada Convention Center in the Great Hall Upper Ballroom. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. No tickets are necessary.

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STORY FROM 10/30/12
(WEAU) - We've learned that former President Bill Clinton will be in Eau Claire Wednesday.

Obama for America announced Tuesday night that Clinton will hold a grassroots event, but no more information has been released about the visit.

Check back here on WEAU.com for more on the former president’s visit.


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