Bill Clinton campaigns for Hillary Clinton in Safety Harbor

Bill Clinton in Lakeland

SAFETY HARBOR, Fla. (WFLA) – People arrived early to the Safety Harbor Community Center to hear former President Bill Clinton lay out why he thinks Hillary is the best choice to be the next president.

“So you’ve got your candidates. One’s great at rubbing salt in your wounds. The other one’s great at dressing your wounds, standing you up and pushing you into the future,” Bill Clinton said.

At one point, a pair of protesters busted out signs that said, “Bill equals rapist.” (The site InfoWars, often described as a conspiracy-theory site, says it is offering people money to wear shirts or hold signs with that message. It’s unclear if these two people are part of that.)

Clinton paused and said, “Give this guy a hand. They have had a terrible week, and he’s just gotta do this.”


Secret Service agents whisked the protesters out.

Clinton didn’t miss a beat. He says the Trump campaign sits, waiting for any missteps.

“One bad comment and ya know we get an explosion on the other side. She just said, ‘Oh, that’s boys being boys.’ Let’s be the grown up in the room. Leave the door open. What are we gonna do to make something good happen for everybody?” he said.

Fire codes limited how many people could fit into the gymnasium. About 400 more people listened to Clinton in an overflow room.

This protester was at former President Bill Clinton's Tuesday speech in Pinellas County.
This protester was at former President Bill Clinton’s Tuesday speech in Pinellas County.

Hillary and Bill supporters were not disappointed. “He has such specifics, sSuch interesting ideas to help the economy, and also to bring us all together,” Nancy Besore said.

“Our abilities are greater than our disabilities, and I think that is so central to Hillary Clinton’s message, that we are stronger together,” Lucy Durran said.

President Clinton blames the nasty tone we’re hearing in this country on, what he called “the crash.” He said people are not able to pay for things that are getting more and more expensive.

Clinton says he understands that but feels Trump is not offering any solutions.

This week will be an all-out blitz in the battleground state of Florida, with candidates making appearances and hosting events all over the Sunshine State.

Hillary Clinton appeared alongside former Vice President Al Gore in Miami Tuesday.

Republican nominee Donald Trump will make a stop in Panama City Beach on Tuesday and Ocala and Lakeland on Wednesday.

On Monday a federal judge extended the voter registration deadline in Florida from Tuesday to Wednesday because of Hurricane Matthew. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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