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In South Florida, Bill Clinton meets with clergy, headlines two fundraisers

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Former President Bill Clinton met with clergy in Broward County and then headlined two fundraisers on behalf of Hillary Clinton in Miami Beach Wednesday.

Clinton met with clergy at the Miramar Cultural Center. Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam,the son of Jamaican immigrants, has been a surrogate for the Clinton campaign with Caribbean and African-American voters in Florida and campaigned for her during the primary in South Carolina.

Clinton headlined a fundraiser at Fillmore Miami Beach which drew 600-800 people. Retired Miami Heat center Alonzo Mourning introduced Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine who hosted the fundraiser.

In addition to praising Hillary Clinton and bashing Donald Trump, Clinton "talked about sea level rise and climate change and our city's efforts to make our city resilient and how we need help from the federal government and how her quarter trillion infrastructure fund would be helpful," Levine said.

Clinton also called on Congress to pass a Zika funding bill. The Senate deadlocked over Zika funding again Tuesday.

Levine then hosted a smaller dinner fundraiser with Clinton at his home where donors were asked to each give $50,000.

Trump and the Clintons are expected to repeatedly campaign in Florida before the Nov. 8 election where polls show they are virtually tied. The Trump campaign plans to doorknock in Hispanic neighborhoods in Miami-Dade and open it's first South Florida office in Fort Lauderdale Saturday.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 8, 2016 10:44am]

    

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