Bill Clinton was all the buzz in Whiteville Wednesday night. The former President came to town to campaign for his wife just days before the May 6 primary.
He didn't quite arrive on time, but people stuck around and waited. They say they wouldn't miss the chance to see a former president. It was his last stop on a tour of North Carolina visiting almost a dozen small towns over the course of two days.
President Clinton thanked the crowd for being the "working country people" that are some of Hillary's biggest supporters.
"I knew that the country people would bring us home, and sure enough they did," he said. "But it's really not that. It's people that work for a living need a president. More than a feeling, they need a president."
Mr. Clinton started speaking just before seven, about an hour and a half after he was scheduled to arrive at Whiteville's historic train depot. He talked for nearly an hour in front of the enthusiastic crowd.
"I think she has great support," Jan Bartley of Columbus County said of Hillary Clinton. "I've listened to many of her speeches and been on her website, and she has a plan, she has a strategy, and I think that's what people in columbus county are looking for."
"I work at the Board of Education, and I feel like Hillary's views on education is great," Columbus County resident Pam Spivey said.
A few of the promises President Clinton made if his wife is elected: bringing troops home; doing away with the "No Child Left Behind" program; and turning the economy around.
"The country works when it's a country of shared prosperity," he said, "based on shared opportunities and shared responsibilities."
If the crowd's excitement was any indication, the former President's visit could translate into plenty of votes for Hillary on may 6. After speaking in Whiteville, President Clinton headed to Wilmington for a private fundraiser.