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Published: Friday, 2/29/2008

Bill Clinton campaigns in Findlay, promises flood relief

BY STEVE EDER
BLADE STAFF WRITER

FINDLAY Former President Bill Clinton addressed a packed gymnasium at the University of Findlay this morning, stressing the importance of Ohio voters in deciding who will be the next president.

Mr. Clinton spoke on behalf of his wife, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, who will face Illinois Sen. Barack Obama in Tuesday's Democratic presidential primary election in Ohio.

'You have a big, big stake in how this turns out,' Mr. Clinton said during his 50-minute speech.

Mr. Clinton noted that Ohio voters catapulted him to the Democratic nomination for president in 1992 and that on election night that November, he didn't know he had won the White House until he learned that he won the Buckeye State.

'If you vote for Hillary on Tuesday, and if you vote for Hillary in November, she'll be the next president of the United States,' Mr. Clinton said.

Mr. Clinton spoke about the war in Iraq, the economy, health care, and energy policy and he also made a special promise to the people of Findlay this morning on his wife's behalf.

As president, Mr. Clinton said his wife will attend to Findlay's frequent flooding problems from the Blanchard River watershed.

Flooding last month affected downtown Findlay, Ottawa, and other nearby communities.

He chided the federal government for not moving quickly enough to find solutions to the flooding problems, and said those issues would be on his wife's agenda if she becomes president.

Mr. Clinton, with former U.S. Sen. John Glenn at his side, planned to campaign in Marion, Mansfield, Wooster, and New Philadelphia later today.

Contact Steve Eder at: seder@theblade.com or 419-304-1680



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