IMMOKALEE, Fla. – A line of about 500 people wrapped around a field outside the Immokalee Pioneer Museum on Tuesday to hear former president Bill Clinton campaign on behalf of his wife.
Some voters said they had already voted for Hillary Clinton and were just excited to attend a campaign rally.
Immokalee was identified by the federal government as an area of extreme poverty when it was designated as one of the nation’s 22 Promise Zones in the summer of 2016. As a promise zone, the area gets priority access for funding geared toward the improvement of job opportunities and education.
On Tuesday, Bill Clinton spoke to the crowd about Hillary Clinton’s education policy proposals.
“I want you to tell them that you support a candidate who is the only person they can vote for who favors free community college tuition. Free tuition at four-year public colleges if your income is $125,000 a year or less,” he said.
Bill Clinton’s campaign stop was evidence of the importance of Florida as a battleground state in the upcoming election. He asked for votes in Southwest Florida while Hillary Clinton stumped in the Tampa Bay area. Together, the Clintons attempted to shift the focus off an investigation into newly discovered emails from Hillary Clinton’s personal server.