Here's what Bill Clinton said about Park Ridge Tuesday

 
 
Updated 7/27/2016 2:40 PM
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  • Former U.S. president Bill Clinton talked about Park Ridge in his convention speech Tuesday.

    Former U.S. president Bill Clinton talked about Park Ridge in his convention speech Tuesday. Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Former President Bill Clinton made Park Ridge, where nominee Hillary Clinton grew up, part of the opener of his Democratic National Convention speech Tuesday night.

Nominee Hillary Clinton has talked about her mother on the campaign trail, especially early in the campaign.

Her husband recounted his first time in Park Ridge Tuesday night.

"I actually drove her home to Park Ridge, Illinois, to meet her family and see the town where she grew up, a perfect example of post-World War II middle-class America. Street after street of nice houses, great schools, good parks, a big public swimming pool," he said. "And almost all white."

He called her father a "crusty conservative" and her mother "more liberal" and said that "knowing her was one of the greatest gifts Hillary ever gave me."

"All extolling the virtues of rooting for the Bears and the Cubs," Bill Clinton said. "And for the people from Illinois here, they even told me what waiting for next year meant. Could be next year, guys."

Clinton talked about Hillary's Methodist minister Don Jones taking her to Chicago to see Martin Luther King Jr. speak, and much later in the speech noted that longtime Hillary Clinton friend Betsy Ebeling of Arlington Heights cast the Illinois delegation's votes for the nominee.

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