Bill Clinton makes case for Hillary’s candidacy on Belle Glade stop

With US Congressman Alcee Hastings at his side, former President Bill Clinton speaks on the campaign trail for his wife Hillary Clinton Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center in Belle Glade. Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post
With US Congressman Alcee Hastings at his side, former President Bill Clinton speaks on the campaign trail for his wife Hillary Clinton Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center in Belle Glade. Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post

Former President Bill Clinton spent his 41st wedding anniversary campaigning for his wife in Belle Glade Tuesday, making the case for Hillary Clinton’s candidacy as the best way to get the education and infrastructure improvements he said the country desperately needs.

“She’s the best change-maker I’ve ever known,” Bill Clinton said. “I’ve known her a long time.”

The trip, Bill Clinton’s first to Belle Glade, was part of his wife’s ongoing and relentless effort to win the Sunshine State. About 440 people came to the hear him speak, according to estimates from Belle Glade’s mayor, Steve Wilson.

Clinton’s appearance came as Donald Trump has sought to tar the Clinton campaign with allegations of the former president’s inappropriate conduct with women.

President Clinton made no mention of those allegations, nor did he reference the firestorm scorching the Trump campaign in the aftermath of recently released video where the celebrity real estate mogul is boasting about his own misconduct with women.

Indeed, Bill Clinton did not utter Trump’s name. The closest he came was in reminding his wife’s supporters that many foreign policy experts have already rendered their verdict on the election.

“Dozens and dozens of them said they couldn’t be for her opponent,” Bill Clinton said.

Hundreds enthusiastically greeted the former president at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center at Palm Beach State College.

Bill Clinton’s appearance in Belle Glade was the first of three he’s scheduled to make in Florida today. He is expected to make other stops in Lee County and in Pinellas County.

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton will campaign in Miami with former vice president Al Gore.

Excited Belle Glade community members cheer as former President Bill Clinton speaks on campaign trail for his wife Hillary Clinton Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center. Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post
Excited Belle Glade community members cheer as former President Bill Clinton speaks on campaign trail for his wife Hillary Clinton Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center. Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post

Before the former president took the stage, several elected officials took the stage to tout Hillary Clinton and blast Trump.

Wilson noted that the prospect of “the history of the first female president of the United States of America” should be enough to spur people to register and vote.

McKinlay, whose district includes Belle Glade, ripped Trump for his comments about women.

Telling the crowd that she has two daughters, McKinlay said: “If any man in this country thinks it OK to refer to them as a piece of…I won’t say it because there are too many pastors in the room. That is not the message that we need to send to the country and to the rest of the world.”

 

 

 

Bill Clinton in Palm Beach County Tuesday for voter registration push

Former President Bill Clinton at a February rally for Hillary Clinton at the Port of Palm Beach in Riviera Beach.  (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)
Former President Bill Clinton at a February rally for Hillary Clinton at the Port of Palm Beach in Riviera Beach. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

Former President Bill Clinton — accused of “abusive” behavior toward women by Donald Trump during Sunday night’s presidential debate — will be in Palm Beach County on Tuesday to push voter registration on the final day Floridians can sign up and be eligible to cast ballots in the Nov. 8 general election.

 

Hillary Clinton will be campaigning in Miami on Tuesday with Bill Clinton’s vice president, Al Gore.

 

The exact time and location for Bill Clinton’s visit have not been announced.

 

In addition to the Palm Beach County event, Bill Clinton is scheduled to visit Lee County and Pinellas County on Tuesday for voter registration events.

 

State law sets Tuesday as the deadline for voters to register in time for the presidential election, but the Florida Democratic Party has filed a lawsuit seeking an extension because of disruptions caused by Hurricane Matthew last week.

 

 

 

 

Donald Trump: ‘I was wrong and I apologize’ — but Bill and Hillary Clinton have done worse

Trump: "I was wrong and I apologize...(but) Bill Clinton has actually abused women and Hillary has bullied, attacked, shamed and intimidated his victims."
Trump: “I was wrong and I apologize…(but) Bill Clinton has actually abused women and Hillary has bullied, attacked, shamed and intimidated his victims.”

Eight hours after the Washington Post released a devastating 2005 tape of Donald Trump using crude language to boast that his celebrity status allowed him to kiss and grope women, the Republican presidential nominee issued a midnight videotape in which he said “I apologize” — then lashed out at Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton.

Trump with actress Arianne Zucker and "Access Hollywood" host Billy Bush in 2005.
Trump with actress Arianne Zucker and “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush in 2005.

The 2005 tape captures Trump talking to Billy Bush — a cousin to former President George W. Bush and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and the host of Access Hollywood at the time — about his unsuccessful attempt to have sex with a married woman in Palm Beach. Trump then goes on to say that when he sees attractive women, “I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet…And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the p—-. You can do anything.”

Shortly after the Post published the video late Friday afternoon, Trump issued a statement dismissing the conversation as “locker room banter” and saying, “I apologize if anyone was offended.”

The tape and Trump’s immediate response led to a torrent of criticism from his fellow Republicans. House Speaker Paul Ryan disinvited Trump to a GOP unity event in Wisconsin. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, withdrew his endorsement.

Sen. Marco Rubio — who was already distancing himself from Trump as he seeks re-election against Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy — told Twitter followers Friday that Trump’s remarks were “vulgar, egregious & impossible to justify. No one should ever talk about any woman in those terms, even in private.” But Rubio did not withdraw his support for his party’s nominee.

Said Jeb Bush, a former GOP primary rival of Trump who has refused to endorse him: “As the grandfather of two precious girls, I find that no apology can excuse away Donald Trump’s reprehensible comments degrading women.”

Shortly after midnight, Trump released a brief, videotaped statement addressing the tape.

“I’ve never said I’m a perfect person, nor pretended to be someone that I’m not. I’ve said and done things I regret and the words released today on this more than a decade-old video are one of them. Anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am. I said it, I was wrong and I apologize,” Trump began.

Saying his campaign travels have “changed” and “humbled” him, Trump continued, “I pledge to be a better man tomorrow and will never, ever let you down.”

Then Trump pivoted to attack mode.

“Let’s be honest. We’re living in the real world. This is nothing more than a distraction from the important issues we are facing today,” Trump said.

“Hillary Clinton and her kind have run our country into the ground. I’ve said some foolish things, but there’s a big difference between the words and actions of other people. Bill Clinton has actually abused women and Hillary has bullied, attacked, shamed and intimidated his victims. We will discuss this more in the coming days. See you at the debate on Sunday.”

 

 

At Fort Pierce rally, Clinton makes call for more national service

Hillary Clinton told supporters at a Fort Piece rally Friday that expanding opportunities for Americans to perform public service will be an integral part of her presidency.

With her opponent, Donald Trump, fighting against assumptions that he has paid little or no federal income taxes and with questions swirling around the work of his charitable foundation, Clinton said she wants to triple AmeriCorps and establish a 5-million person strong “National Service Reserve.”

AmeriCorps, the volunteer agency her husband, Bill Clinton, established during his presidency, would go from 75,000 slots to 250,000 slots, under Clinton’s plan. She also said she wants to double the number of college scholarships available to AmeriCorps participants.

Clinton’s National Service Reserve would work much as the armed service reserves does – allowing volunteers to serve infrequently while holding onto jobs or remaining a full-time student.

“I want this to be a true bipartisan public-private partnership,” she told supporters at Fort Pierce’s Sunrise Theater.

Speaking before heading to Coral Springs for another campaign event, Clinton used her call for expanded public service to contrast her message with that of Trump.

 

“I don’t think you’ll hear about any of this from my opponent,” she said. “I think that’s a shame.”

Before Clinton took the stage, U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel poked Trump on the issue of public service.

Clinton, Frankel said, is dedicated to public service. “The kind of service where you help people,” she said, “not the kind of service where you help yourself.”

Clinton’s campaign stop in Fort Pierce got off to a bumpy start, as hundreds of her supporters crowded the entrance to the Sunrise Theater, waited under a broiling sun to be screened by U.S. Secret Service agents. Trump supporters penned them in, waving placards and chanting anti-Clinton slogans.

Before long, campaign aides came to escort reporters and elected officials through to the waiting agents. Her supporters waited a bit longer. Once inside, they were enthusiastic, cheering her remarks with vigor.

Clinton said she knows its unusual to approach the close of a presidential campaign with a call for expanded public service instead of slashing attacks on her opponent. Then she paused…”I’ll do that, but…,” she said as the crowd laughed.

“I’ve been thinking about this for a long time,” she said. “I didn’t want to end this campaign without talking about it.”

Clinton supporters waiting to enter the Sunrise Theater Friday in Fort Pierce. (Wayne Washington/The Palm Beach Post)
Clinton supporters waiting to enter the Sunrise Theater Friday in Fort Pierce. (Wayne Washington/The Palm Beach Post)

 

 

Trump paid fine for donation to Bondi PAC amid Trump U. complaints

Republican Party presidential nominee Donald Trump paid a $2,500 fine to the IRS after a charitable foundation tied to him made an illegal contribution to a political action committee backing Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, The Washington Post has reported.

The $25,000 donation from the Trump Foundation came as Bondi’s office was looking into complaints about Trump University, which is now the subject of lawsuits in California and New York.

Bondi’s office decided against pursuing complaints against Trump U.

Opponents of the celebrity real estate mogul have held up Trump U. as an example of Trump’s willingness to dupe others to enrich himself.

In March, a disabled Boynton Beach man told The Palm Beach Post he lost $26,000 when he took a Trump U. course in 2007 or 2008.

Charles Jacobson told The Palm Beach Post “something should have been said or written long ago, when the election started.”

Trump U. is the subject of lawsuits in California and New York. Many of those who took the courses say it was a scam that promised real estate riches – after they paid thousands more for specialized instruction.

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

In an email to The Palm Beach Post, Whitney Ray, Bondi’s director of media relations, said the Trump charity’s donation to the pro-Bondi PAC had no bearing on her office’s decision not to pursue an independent investigation into Trump U.

The fine and the donation bring Trump U. and allegations of Trump’s mendacity back into the presidential campaign spotlight. It also offers up a ready-made counter to Trump’s claims that the Clinton Foundation solicited donations in exchange for access to or favors from Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state.

“Donald Trump has been falsely attacking the charity run by President Clinton when it is Trump’s own Foundation that has been caught in an actual pay-to-play scandal,” Hillary Clinton’s campaign said in a statement on Friday, when news of the Trump fine broke. “While the Clinton Foundation has received the highest ratings from independent charitable watchdogs, Donald Trump’s use of foundation money to donate to the Florida Attorney General actually broke the law. Worst of all, it appears the payment may have been intended to stave off an investigation into the sham Trump University that has ripped off unsuspecting students.”

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a government watchdog agency, is now calling for an investigation into whether the Trump Foundation violated its tax-exempt status in donating to the pro-Bondi PAC.

CREW’s complaint makes clear it believes the donation was made to influence Bondi’s decision on the Trump U. complaints.

At various points during the campaign, Trump has been blunt in criticizing the U.S. political system as one where politicians do the bidding of rich and well-connected donors. He has said he was one such donor.

“As a businessman and a very substantial donor to very important people, when you give, they do whatever the hell you want them to do,” Trump told The Wall Street Journal in July of 2015. “As a businessman, I need that.”

The next month, during a GOP debate, he said the system was “broken.”

“I gave to many people before this,” he said. “Before two months ago, I was a businessman. I give to everybody. When they call, I give. And you know what? When I need something from them two years later, three years later, I call them. They are there for me. That’s a broken system.”

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi

 

 

Hillary and Bill Clinton returning to Florida next week

Hillary Clinton in West Palm Beach in March. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)
Hillary Clinton in West Palm Beach in March. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

Hillary Clinton will campaign in Tampa on Tuesday, her campaign announced, while Bill Clinton will campaign in Orlando and headline fundraisers in Miami Beach on Wednesday.

 

The Clinton campaign hasn’t released a specific time and place for Tuesday’s event, with an online RSVP form saying those details are to be determined.

 

Former President Bill Clinton at a February rally for Hillary Clinton at the Port of Palm Beach in Riviera Beach. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)
Former President Bill Clinton at a February rally for Hillary Clinton at the Port of Palm Beach in Riviera Beach. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

The campaign says Clinton “will discuss her plans to keep our nation safe, including by working with our allies, and outline how Donald Trump doesn’t have the temperament to serve as commander in chief.”

 

The Clinton campaign announced Saturday that Bill Clinton will campaign in Orlando on Wednesday, but a specific time and site haven’t been announced.

 

The former president — who raised money for his wife’s presidential bid in Palm Beach Gardens last week — will headline a Wednesday evening event at the Fillmore in Miami Beach, according to an invitation obtained by PostOnPolitics.

 

While his Palm Beach County appearance was a $33,400-a-head affair, tickets for the Miami Beach event start as low as $250. Those who contribute $10,000 or bundle $27,000, however, get premium seating and a photo with the former president. Clinton is also expected to attend another high-dollar event in Miami Beach that evening.

 

 

Bill Clinton to visit Palm Beach Gardens for $33,400-a-head fundraiser

Former President Bill Clinton at a February rally for Hillary Clinton at the Port of Palm Beach in Riviera Beach. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)
Former President Bill Clinton at a February rally for Hillary Clinton at the Port of Palm Beach in Riviera Beach. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

Former President Bill Clinton will visit Palm Beach Gardens next week to raise money for Hillary Clinton‘s presidential bid.

 

The $33,400-a-head event will be hosted by trial lawyers Sean Domnick, Fred Cunningham and Jeanmarie Whalen next Tuesday. The precise location hasn’t been disclosed.

 

Attorneys Sean Domnick, Fred Cunningham and Jeanmarie Whalen will be hosts for the Bill Clinton fundraiser.
Attorneys Sean Domnick, Fred Cunningham and Jeanmarie Whalen will be hosts for the Bill Clinton fundraiser.

Cunningham hosted Hillary Clinton for a fundraiser at his North Palm Beach home last October.

 

He  is one of five Palm Beach County residents who has raised $100,000 or more for the Democratic nominee.

 

“We’re thrilled to have President Clinton,” Cunningham said. “He’s always entertaining and informative. We want to do whatever we can to make sure that Hillary Clinton is in the White House come January, not Donald Trump.”

Bill Clinton: Hillary is ‘the best darn change-maker’

Former President Bill Clinton delivers remarks on the second day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 26, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Philadelphia, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Democratic National Convention kicked off July 25. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Former President Bill Clinton delivers remarks on the second day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 26, 2016 in Philadelphia. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Former President Bill Clinton called his wife, and now the Democratic Party nominee for president, Hillary “the best darn change-maker I ever met in my entire life” in his speech Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention.

He was met by a cheering crowd waving signs that read “America,” as their daughter Chelsea watched from a spot in the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

“In the spring of 1971 I met a girl,” Bill Clinton began, telling delegates and guests the story of how he met Hillary.

Read the full text of Bill Clinton’s speech here.

His speech spanned decades as he touted his wife’s accomplishments, from her work in Arkansas to bring health care to rural areas, to her efforts as New York senator to get compensation for first responders following the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

Following in the footsteps of First Lady Michelle Obama, who spoke at the convention Monday night, Clinton took a couple of jabs at Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump — without ever saying his name.

Full coverage of the 2016 Democratic National Convention

Speaking about the military, Bill Clinton said anyone who has worked with the Armed Services wouldn’t think they are “a disaster” — a reference to comments made by Trump during a Republican debate — but rather that “they are a national treasure of all races, all religions, all walks of life.”

He also said one of the presidential candidates is “real” and the other is “made up.”

“You just have to decide which is which, my fellow Americans,” he said.

The Republicans, Clinton told the crowd, have had to “create a cartoon alternative” to counter his wife’s nomination.

“Cartoons are two-dimensional. … Life in the real world is complicated and real change in hard,” Clinton said.

Throughout his speech, Clinton continually called his wife a “change-maker.”

“You could drop her into any trouble spot, pick one, come back in a month, and somehow, some way, she will have made it better,” he said.

His wife, he added, “will make us stronger together.

“You know it because she’s spent a lot of time doing it.”

Presidents Day: Bill Clinton in Riviera Beach for Hillary; George W. Bush in S.C. for Jeb

George W. Bush and Bill Clinton will be on the campaign trail today.
George W. Bush and Bill Clinton will be on the campaign trail today.

It’s Presidents Day, and two ex-presidents will be on the campaign trail today to boost their favorite candidates.

 

In Riviera Beach, former President Bill Clinton will appear at an afternoon rally for Hillary Clinton at the Port of Palm Beach. Hillary Clinton was originally scheduled to appear at the rally and at a Palm Beach fundraiser, but she’s campaigning in Nevada instead in response to a stronger-than-expected  Democratic challenge from Bernie Sanders.

 

Republican Party of Florida invokes "Animal House" in response to Clinton event.
Republican Party of Florida invokes “Animal House” in response to Clinton event.

The Republican Party of Florida is circulating this classic movie clip to suggest Hillary Clinton’s decision to skip the Riviera Beach event is a sign of panic by her campaign.

 

Follow PostOnPolitics.com, MyPalmBeachPost.com and @gbennettpost on Twitter today for coverage of the Bill Clinton event. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. and the rally itself is scheduled for 2 p.m.

 

In Charleston, S.C., former President George W. Bush will appear at an evening rally for Jeb Bush. Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor who began the race as the Republican establishment favorite, has floundered as a candidate for months but is newly optimistic after a fourth place finish in last week’s New Hampshire primary.

Feeling the Bern? Hillary Clinton to skip Riviera Beach rally; Bill Clinton to fill in

Hillary Clinton's last Florida appearance was in Orlando in December.
Hillary Clinton’s last Florida appearance was in Orlando in December.

Hillary Clinton will not attend a scheduled Monday rally in Riviera Beach and will instead campaign in Nevada for that state’s upcoming caucuses, the Clinton campaign announced late Friday.

 

Former President Bill Clinton will fill in for his wife at the event at the Port of Palm Beach Cruise Terminal. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. and the rally is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

 

Bill Clinton, campaigning for President Obama in Lake Worth in 2012, will pinch hit for his wife in Riviera Beach.
Bill Clinton, campaigning for President Obama in Lake Worth in 2012, will pinch hit for his wife in Riviera Beach.

There was no immediate word from the Clinton camp on the status of a scheduled $1,000-and-up private fundraiser with Hillary Clinton in Palm Beach on Monday.

 

After barely edging Bernie Sanders in the Feb. 1 Iowa caucuses and getting shellacked by Sanders in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary, the Nevada caucuses and Feb. 27 South Carolina primary have taken on heightened importance for Hillary Clinton.

 

Republican Party of Florida spokesman Wadi Gaitan called the schedule change “a clear sign that her campaign is in a crisis after her devastating loss to Bernie Sanders. No matter how much the Clinton machine tries to spin their crisis, Floridians will continue to see the catastrophe of dishonesty, scandals and negative headlines that plague her campaign.”