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In Miami, Bill Clinton tries to explain the presidential race



Four years later, Bill Clinton, now 70, is a little hoarser, a little skinnier and a little mellower. But he’s still, as President Barack Obama put it in 2012, explaining stuff.

Sunday in South Florida, making three announced stops to campaign for his wife, Clinton provided his account of how the presidential race got here.

“The anger is being fueled in America by people whose dreams have been dashed: ‘I can’t do anything to make it better, so I’m going to be mad,’” he told more than a thousand people worshiping at the New Birth Baptist Church near Opa-locka. “And, look, I’m a white southerner. I know what ‘Make America Great Again’ means.”

“I grieve to think the campaign is being fueled by people I grew up around with. They’re mostly great people," Clinton continued. “If your home caught on fire, you’d be glad they were your neighbors. But they have always been able to be distracted, divided and be open to demonizing other people. And now that’s what’s happened.”

Don’t let it be “us-versus-them,” the former president urged more than 100 people at Century Pines Jewish Center at Century Village in Pembroke Pines.

Clinton, who wrapped up a two-day bus tour of Central and North Florida on Saturday night in Pensacola, was in town ahead of early voting, which begins in Miami-Dade, Broward and other large Florida counties Monday. He also visited The Fountain of New Life, a nondenominational black church in Miami Gardens, where more than 300 people were gathered.

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[Last modified: Monday, October 24, 2016 8:50am]


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