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Bill Clinton stumps for Hillary in Pueblo

Former County Commissioner Anthony Nunez shows off his hat for Hillary Clinton at a campaign event.

With Hillary Clinton fresh off a caucus win in Nevada, Former President Bill Clinton kept the momentum going and took to the podium in Pueblo Saturday night to campaign for his wife’s presidential bid. Clinton talked crippling student loan debt, immigration reform, infrastructure and how Hillary would best represent the Latino population if elected president.

“We’re so proud that Hillary Clinton has been a leader on immigration reform and including the Latino community in everything that she does,” Former Secretary of the Interior and Colorado Senator Ken Salazar said of the candidate while introducing Bill Clinton

After a disappointing loss in New Hampshire where Bernie Sanders won by a landslide, analysts believe it was the concentration of Hispanic voters in Nevada that worked in Hillary Clinton’s favor.

“We were in a hard fight in Nevada. Hillary just went in and said, ‘Look. I think we have to grow together and we all have a contribution to make. But we’re going to have to do it together,’” Bill Clinton said. “Hillary’s whole reason for running is to give every young man and woman the same life chances we had.”

A crowd of nearly 750 listens to President Bill Clinton speak at the Pueblo Convention Center.
A crowd of nearly 750 listens to President Bill Clinton speak at the Pueblo Convention Center.

While covering a wide variety of topics, Clinton struck a sore spot with the crowd saying that increasing alternative energy is possible especially with examples like Iowa, Minnesota and Texas where much of the electricity is generated through wind. Iowa, Clinton pointed out, also has some of the lowest utility rates.

“I know,” Clinton said. “I live in the state with the most expensive electricity in the country.”

One voice emerged from the crowd, “so do we.”

Clinton covered drug addiction at length, the Supreme Court nomination and the First Amendment, too. He pushed that Hillary Clinton had experience on all the issues he spoke of and urged voters to help win her the nomination.

Salazar encouraged voters to get out and caucus March 1 to ensure another win for Hillary Clinton as well.

Other past and present lawmakers freckled the crowd at the Pueblo Convention Center.

Clinton said he was greeted by Sen. Leroy Garcia, D-Pueblo, and his wife and two boys, who took selfies with the president “proving I (Clinton) am not quite ready to be set out to pasture.”

Former County Commissioner Anthony Nunez shows off his hat for Hillary Clinton at a campaign event.
Former County Commissioner Anthony Nunez shows off his hat for Hillary Clinton at a campaign event. Photo by Kara Mason

Former Pueblo County Commissioner Anthony Nunez stood out among the crowd of nearly 750 attendees with a Hillary bumper sticker plastered across his hat.

“There is no question she is the right person for the job,” Nunez said. “I put my support behind her the minute she announced her bid.”

Nunez said he believes Hillary Clinton will be successful at reforming education — a point Bill Clinton spent a good portion of his speech explaining — and improving infrastructure across the country.

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Written by Kara Mason

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Kara Mason is PULP's news editor. She is also the Society of Professional Journalists Colorado Pro Chapter president. Kara freelances for other regional publications, covering government, politics and the environment.

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