Bill Clinton hosts rally for Sen. Landrieu, urges people to early vote

Published: Oct. 20, 2014 at 8:57 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 20, 2014 at 9:48 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Quite a number of state lawmakers were at the Hilton in downtown Baton Rouge Monday, not only reminding people to get out and vote in the hot Senate race, but also campaigning for one of the candidates, Senator Mary Landrieu.

A lot of reminders to get out and early vote when the polls open Tuesday for early voting. But lawmakers also reminded the crowd about the contributions they believe Mary Landrieu has made during her time in Washington.

The almost two hour event started off with speeches from lawmakers about Landrieu being the only female representing Louisiana in the Nation's Capitol. There was also talk of Landrieu trying to push getting women equal pay as their male counterparts. Each person is saying this election between the incumbent and her challenger Bill Cassidy is about jobs, equality and education.

That's the exact point former President Bill Clinton made at the rally. He told the crowd if the issue is creating more jobs, raising minimum wage, making education a priority and putting Louisiana first, there's a clear choice to make on Election Day.

Landrieu served under Clinton during his tenure as president. He says with this election, Landrieu is in the fight for her political career. He also added he sort of feels like an old racehorse. He's retired, but every once in a while someone comes to the stable, gives him extra hay, takes him to the track, gives him a slap and sees whether he can make the rounds one more time.

State lawmakers say Senator Mary Landrieu has spent a lot of time in Washington pushing for more opportunities for parents to get their children in preschool as well as keep the funding alive for pell grants so students can attend college. State lawmaker Ben Nevers also spoke at the rally, saying Landrieu was part of the puzzle that got funding for Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill. What this election represents, some say, is whether Louisiana has someone fighting for them or against them.

This was Clinton's second time campaigning with Landrieu. Her brother, the Mayor of New Orleans, was also here.

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