Former President Bill Clinton made a brief stop in Corpus Christi just before the March 4 primary elections in Texas were to take place in hopes of garnering a few more votes for his wife's presidential campaign.
A few hundred supporters gathered outside the Congressman Solomon P. Ortiz International Center in Corpus Christi for an early morning speech by the former president. The former president had visited the city about a week earlier, the same day his wife's Democratic opponent, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, spoke at a rally at the American Bank Center.
Clinton spoke for about five minutes about the importance of voting, while also talking about his wife's experience and leadership as a public servant.
"Everything she has ever done in her public life was designed to bring a positive change for someone else," Clinton said.
The former president even touted his time in the White House, which he said was a period of economic and job growth for the United States and its citizens. With a recession seemingly looming for the country, Clinton said Americans would have a quality candidate if they voted for his wife, U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York.
"You vote for Hillary and she'll give you that future," the former president said.
Supporters who attended the event Monday said no matter what the outcome of Tuesday's primaries were, they felt Clinton would remain the better candidate over her principal Democratic opponent.
"She's right on all the issues and I think she's in a position to make the United States the leader in the world again," said Corpus Christi resident Sylvia Whitworth.
As of Tuesday morning, Obama was leading Clinton in the delegate count. Should the Illinois senator end up becoming the Democratic nominee for the presidency, Whitworth said only then would she offer her support to Obama.
"If he wins (the nomination), I'll vote for him in November," Whitworth said.
"But I think (Clinton) should be president," she added.
Clinton's frequent stops around Texas and Corpus Christi seemed to have paid off as the New York Senator narrowly won the Texas primary election Tuesday, in addition to Ohio and Rhode Island, 51 percent to 47 percent. However, Obama had more support in the Democratic caucuses and emerged from Texas with five more delegates than Clinton.