Rochester, N.Y. - Former Commander-In-Chief Bill Clinton made a stop in Rochester Friday afternoon at a rally for Democratic Congresswomen Louise Slaughter and Kathy Hochul.
The tickets were free. The room at the Main Street Armory was packed. Reporter Adam Chodak estimates there were about 3,000 people there.
Former president Clinton walked onto the stage with both Congresswomen Louise Slaughter and Kathy Hochul. Both candidates are in a tough race with their Republican competitors.
Rep. Hochul spoke first, then Congresswoman Louise Slaughter. Slaughter spoke about knowing Clinton since he was the Governor of Arkansas. Both women spoke about their respect for his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Bill Clinton spoke about job growth during his term as President. He says, "I know what works." Clinton says trickle-down economics does not work.
The former president says 2009 was worst year for economy since the depression. Clinton said, "5 million people lost health insurance. Meanwhile insurance companies profits went up."
Clinton says, no one could have turned the economy around in 4 years.
Clinton added, "I hope I have some credibility with you in regards to the economy."
The former president said Democrats want to continue the work they started.
He said, "We've got a plan."
A campaign spokesman for Republican Maggie Brooks likened Clinton's appearance to a Hail Mary pass.
There is a Voice of the Voter debate between Brooks and Slaughter tonight at 8pm on Channel 13 and will be live streamed on 13wham.com.