Clinton, Hagan rally crowd for Tuesday election


Jack Krueger, Sports Editor

Comparing himself to an old racehorse, former President Bill Clinton rallied a crowd in Holliday Gym on Friday, Oct. 31, in support of incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan.

Clinton’s words of support for Hagan mixed humor with significance. “I’m trying to get around this race track one last time because I believe in Kay Hagan,”  Clinton told the crowd.

He said that he was at Broughton because he believed in Hagan and believed in what she represented.

“Hagan wants us to grow together and not grow apart,” he said.

The first speaker at the event was a volunteer that told the audience her story about volunteering for the Hagan campaign and about what the audience could do to get involved as well.

Encouraging the audience to volunteer was a big theme of the event, and every speaker ended with telling the importance of each audience member getting out into the community and getting people to the polls.

Since the majority of the audience there had already voted, the importance of this rally was to get them to volunteer to campaign on behalf of Hagan and encourage everyone to vote.

State congressmen G.K. Butterfield and David Price also appeared. Price spoke first and focused mainly on the comparison of Hagan and her opponent, Thom Tillis. Price used numbers and talked about specific issues to show how wide the gap between the two opponents was.

“We need some electricity. This is the most important election of our lifetime,” Butterfield said.

He talked about our faults in the past and how we can build in the future.

“In 2012, we became distracted. We were still celebrating. We took our eyes off the road. Now, in 2014, this election is in your hands,” Butterfield continued.

Butterfield was followed by the former Governor Jim Hunt. Hunt clearly knew how to connect with North Carolinians and specifically with the Caps.

“Kay believes in public schools, and we are here in one of the best ones. How do I know? I had two kids graduate from this school,” Hunt said.

He connected with the audience and then focused on the Hagan’s fight for “equal pay for equal work,” scoffing at the fact that Tillis called this issue a “campaign gimmick.”

After Hunt went off, there was a 25-minute pause as the crowd waiting for Hagan and Clinton. They were met by grand applause when they emerged on stage.

Hagan spoke first and began loudly proclaiming that “North Carolina is not for sale.”

She had the audience repeat this back to her and that got the crowd excited.

“Your ability to succeed should not be based on the size of your bank account,” Hagan said. “A woman’s health care decisions should be between her and her doctor, not her employer,” Hagan said.

Voters will go to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 4, to decide the race between Hagen and Thom Tillis.