Former Pres. Clinton Cites Appalachian Economy as Presidential Campaign Issue

Oct 5, 2016

The husband of the democratic presidential nominee is on the campaign trail. Aaron Payne reports a big part of the former commander-in-chief’s speech in Ohio yesterday (Tue) dealt with revitalizing the economy in Appalachia.

Former President Bill Clinton stumped for his wife in Athens, Ohio
Credit WOUB Public Media

President Bill Clinton kicked off his Ohio leg of the “Stronger Together” bus tour on the campus of Ohio University in Athens.

Athens resident and West Virginia native Barbara Fisher waited in the unseasonably warm weather to hear more about Hillary Clinton’s plan to stimulate the economy in rural Appalachia.

FISHER: “I’d like to see us start retooling for solar and wind power. I’d like to see some factories for those products in our region.”

President Clinton says the Ohio Valley region has a role in moving the country forward, especially when creating modern manufacturing jobs tied to making the country energy independent.

CLINTON: Hillary wants to put up a half a billion solar panels over the next four years. And the fact that this is the biggest market in the world means we should be bringing back manufacturing jobs.

The race for President in Ohio is tight. According to FiveThirtyEight’s Polls-only forecast, Clinton currently trails Republican challenger Donald Trump by one percentage point.