An all-ages crowd of better than 2,200 packed the old gymnasium at the Kress Events Center on Friday night, Oct. 19, for a campaign appearance by former U.S. President Bill Clinton.
The former president talked policy and budget details for an hour, urging support for Democratic candidates ranging from the Obama-Biden ticket at the national level, Tammy Baldwin for U.S. Senate, and local re-election of Wisconsin state Sen. Dave Hansen, a 1971 UW-Green Bay grad. Clinton opened his remarks by thanking Chancellor Thomas K. Harden and UW-Green Bay for serving as the site for his Green Bay visit. He also drew loud applause from the several hundred college students in attendance when he expressed his support for more funding for education and more affordable loan programs. (The news coverage of Clinton’s Green Bay stop included a lengthy writeup at The New York Times.)
The Clinton visit was the first major public appearance by a sitting or former U.S. president on the UW-Green Bay campus. Some recall that Gerald Ford had a brief, private meeting with local supporters and GOP candidates, and local media, on the first floor of the Cofrin Library during the fall 1988 campaign.
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