Bill Clinton rallies in St. Petersburg
Former President Bill Clinton urged hundreds of supporters Tuesday to vote and do it early.
“If people who are for Hillary, vote for Hillary, she’ll win Florida and be our next president,” Clinton said.
Most in the crowd at the Thomas “Jet” Jackson Recreation Center in a predominantly black Wildwood neighborhood appeared to have already done that. When former Gov. Charlie Crist, who warmed up the crowd for Clinton, asked for a show of hands of early voters, most of the racially-mixed crowd raised their hands.
Clinton spoke for about 37 minutes, driving home the message that Republican nominee Donald Trump doesn’t have the interests of black Americans at heart and plays to the nostalgia of white voters who don’t realize or mind that the America they missed hadn’t treated minorities fairly.
Clinton said he remembered power brokers telling black people how to vote in the pre-Civil Rights South.
“As a 70-year-old Southerner, I know what will make America great again,” Clinton said. Ensuring voting rights for all Americans ranks high on that list, he said.