Former President Clinton speaks to sold-out crowd in Dayton

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — A crowd of more than 500 people filled the dining room at the Dayton Convention Center to hear former President Bill Clinton.

Clinton was the guest of honor for the Montgomery County Democratic Party’s annual Frolic for Funds event.

His arrival came as a surprise to many in the audience.

“I had my ticket before I knew he was coming but when I knew he was coming I was excited,” said W.J. Dunson, Jr.

Dayton was the last stop for the former President after a full day of campaigning in Ohio for his wife, Hillary.

The Clinton campaign seeks to win Ohio in Tuesday’s primary, especially after Sen. Bernie Sanders pulled off a victory on March 8 in Michigan’s primary.

“I want you to vote for her because she’s the best change-maker I ever knew,” said Clinton. “We don’t have time to fiddle around with getting this country off the dime and getting us back in the future business.”

For about 30 minutes, Clinton hit several points on his wife’s campaign.

The former President spoke about Hillary’s plan to increase manufacturing jobs in America and raise income without sacrificing employment.

He also praised Hillary’s drive to make the country better for the future by helping college students with debt and rebuilding infrastructure.

“We need to modernize our infrastructure and guarantee our children a healthy future,” said Clinton after speaking about the Flint, Michigan water crisis.

Building a better future was a point which hit specifically for some in the audience, including Matthew Roberts.

Roberts said he was on the fence when it came to choosing a candidate. Hearing Hillary’s plan to reduce college debt, he said, would go to help his fiancé currently enrolled in college.

“How that was explained this evening from Bill’s standpoint, I would definitely vote for her,” said Roberts.

Others in the audience were happy to hear the ideas instituted by President Barack Obama would not be overlooked.

“I’m proud that she is not ashamed to back the policies that our President has put forth and she wants to continue them so our country can move forward,” said Dunson. 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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