Bill Clinton campaigns for Hillary at Clifton rally

Bill Clinton to stump for Hillary at public rally in Clifton

CLIFTON, OH (FOX19) - Bill Clinton made a campaign stop in Cincinnati to stump for wife and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

The former president spoke at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center at 3 p.m. Friday.

The 'Get out the Vote' rally came less than one week before Ohio's voting registration deadline and the start of early voting.

Campaign officials announced last month that President Clinton would be in Cincinnati for a private fundraiser. The public event was confirmed Thursday.

The event came at short notice for the CCAC.  The center received a phone call Wednesday to set up an event for Clinton's appearance Friday.

"We have a small staff, but we're mighty and we've called in the board of directors and we're all hands on deck," said Clifton Cultural Arts Center Executive Director Leslie Mooney

Clinton's stops in Cincinnati on Friday could be the beginning of a busy month in Ohio as a stumping ground for Presidential candidates.

"If you want to win the White House, you need the electoral votes that Ohio can deliver," said Alex Triantafilou with the Hamilton County GOP.

"Ohio matters and that's why all of this is happening," said Caleb Faux of the Hamilton County Democratic Party.  "We are going to begin to see candidates from both parties putting more emphasis on laying the groundwork in Ohio."

Ohio is considered to be among the most important states needed to win a Presidential election.

"No republican has ever won the White House without winning Ohio.  That's a reason.  We're a swing state," said Triantafilou.
With Clinton's stop in Cincinnati on Friday only about a month from a very important Ohio primary, the competition to win the swing state is off and running, and it starts in an old school building in Clifton.

"There's no doubt about it - CCAC is now in the middle of the hottest ticket in town,” Mooney told FOX19 NOW.Organizers say tickets are not required, but space could be limited. Attendees are asked to RSVP online and enter through the McAlpin Avenue doors. The Clifton Cultural Arts Center is located at 3711 Clifton Ave.

Ohio voters must be registered by Tuesday, Feb. 16 for the March 15 primary election. Early voting in-person begins Wednesday, Feb. 17.

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