WINNSBORO, SC (WIS) - Inside a small middle school gym in Winnsboro, many never thought they'd see the day a president comes to town, but, Thursday evening, a hoarse President Bill Clinton capped off a long day of campaigning for his wife in the small town.
Early on, he focused on the Republican frontrunner, Donald Trump.
"The person who just won the primary in South Carolina says, basically, 'I'll make American great again.' Hillary says, 'We never stopped being great,'" he said.
He told the standing-room-only crowd that Hillary would, instead, "make America whole again" before touching on reforming law enforcement by encouraging more community policing practices.
"We're sick of seeing movies on television news that look like they ought to be in a bad gangster film of people being shot on the street that have no business being shot," he said.
He didn't mention Hillary's challenger, Senator Bernie Sanders, by name, but he contrasted the two candidates' different responses to the Flint water crisis.
"He reflected the same values, but he had a different response. He said he was mortified by what happened and the governor should resign," President Clinton said. "Her immediate instinct was not to blame, although there was plenty of blame to go around, but to ask, 'What can I do?'"
Finally, he touched on Hillary's plan to make college more affordable – free college for those who need it most, debt-free tuition, and refinancing student loans at lower rates – a plan that solidified the support of several voters in the crowd.
"Overall, I'm like, a Hillary fan," said David Belton.
"One of the things that really made me lean towards Bernie was his beliefs on student loans, and , to hear President Bill Clinton talk about Hillary. She has a lot of the same ideas," added Brittany McCants, who will be casting her ballot for Hillary on Saturday.