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Clinton speaks in Pikeville




TWO FORMERS -  Former Kentucky Gov. Paul Patton introduced former U.S. President Bill Clinton during Clinton's stop in Pikeville on April 3. (Photo by Chris Anderson)

TWO FORMERS – Former Kentucky Gov. Paul Patton introduced former U.S. President Bill Clinton during Clinton’s stop in Pikeville on April 3. (Photo by Chris Anderson)

PIKEVILLE

In the Clinton family’s fourth visit to Kentucky in 10 days, former President Bill Clinton stopped in Pike County last week.

Clinton told more than 3,000 people who showed up to hear him speak that his wife, Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, would make the country energy independent with clean forms of energy that will create jobs.

“This is the only strategy that will bring jobs to every state, to every rural area, to every small town, to every suburb and to every city,” he said.

He told the audience at the East Kentucky Exposition Center that the New York senator would also focus on clean-coal technology if she’s elected president, the Appalachian News-Express reported.

“Yes, we do need to figure out how to produce clean coal if we want to turn this country around and do it in a way that preserves the environment of America and the world,” he said during the April 4 visit.

Speaking for more than an hour, Clinton covered topics ranging from the economy to the war in Iraq, saying his wife would bring home one or two brigades a month as long as American civilians or people who have cooperated with the U.S. wouldn’t be in danger. She would also leave special forces in northern Iraq to deal with al-Qaeda, he said.

Kentucky has come into play in the tight Democratic race between Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama, although the state’s primary isn’t until May 20.

Before Clinton began speaking, some of Pike County’s leading Democrats, including former Gov. Paul Patton, spoke in support of Hillary Clinton.

Patton said that during the Clinton administration, Bill Clinton visited Kentucky eight times, more than any other president.

The former president also visited Kentucky on March 25. His wife was in Louisville and Madisonville four days later, and their daughter Chelsea stumped for her mother in Louisville and Lexington on March 30.

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