Bill Clinton at campaign stop in Evanston: We can rise together

  • Former President Bill Clinton greeted supporters after he spoke at a Hillary for Illinois rally Tuesday at the Beth Emet The Free Synagogue in Evanston.

    Former President Bill Clinton greeted supporters after he spoke at a Hillary for Illinois rally Tuesday at the Beth Emet The Free Synagogue in Evanston. Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times

 
 
Updated 3/8/2016 4:30 PM

Former President Bill Clinton came to the suburbs Tuesday morning to rally votes for his wife, saying with Hillary Clinton as president "we can rise together."

"The most important reason to vote for her is that we cannot wait any longer," he said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

 

"President Obama did everything he could do, often with one hand tied behind his back to get him to this point," he said, speaking to about 500 people at the Beth Emet The Free Synagogue in Evanston. "We need to rise together. Therefore, clearly, we ought to vote for president for the best change maker I have ever known. Be there next week."

Earlier, President Clinton surprised diners at a restaurant in Chicago's Austin neighborhood, signing autographs and posing for photos. In Evanston, he painted an optimistic picture he said could not be realized under the GOP.

"This country will never have inclusive economic growth ... and have inclusive politics if you have a Republican president, a Republican Congress and Republican Supreme Court," President Clinton said.

Candidates are making a push in Illinois as Tuesday's primary approaches, a date shared with other delegate-rich states of Florida, Ohio, Missouri and North Carolina.

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich will host town-hall meetings Wednesday in Lisle and Palatine.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is set to speak Friday at the Northwest Suburban Republican Lincoln Day Dinner in Rolling Meadows and at an Illinois Republican Party fundraiser in Chicago.

Businessman Donald Trump plans a rally Friday evening at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago.

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