In case you missed it, today the California Aggie covered President Bill Clinton’s rally at UC Davis on October 9th, accompanied by Congressmen Ami Bera and John Garamendi. A number of Davis College Democrats members interned and volunteered on incumbent Ami Bera’s campaign, along with alumni of UC Davis and the club. James Cheap, President of Davis College Democrats, also spoke at the rally.
The rally was a GOTV (Get Out The Vote) effort to engage Democratic voters in the region, as the races are expected to be highly contested.
Below is an excerpt from the piece:
Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, spoke to UC Davis students and community members Wednesday morning at UC Davis’ ARC Pavilion, headlining a “Get Out the Vote” rally with representatives John Garamendi (CA-03) and Ami Bera (CA-07) in advance of the Nov. 4 election.
More than 4,500 people flocked to The Pavilion to see President Clinton, with lines stretching around the structure by 11 a.m., over an hour before doors opened. Tickets for the event were made available to the first-arriving students, who were able to stand in front of the speakers.
Clinton has appeared at UC Davis three times since 2002, most recently in 2012, when he helped campaign for Democratic congressional candidates Bera, Garamendi, Jerry McNerney and Jose Hernandez.
“I love this campus. I love California. I came here 29 times in my first term,” Clinton opened his speech today. “I think it’s important that all of you know why you should vote. This is America’s future. You’ve got diversity, intelligence, energy and youth.”
Before the rally, Bera spoke to media and acknowledged the importance of having President Clinton’s support in this race.
“[Clinton] reminds us of a time when we had a budget surplus, when people had optimism that if they worked hard enough they would move forward,” he said.
Clinton spoke of the importance of raising the minimum wage, closing the gender wage gap and funding public education systems. He was particularly adamant about the importance of raising the minimum wage, citing that Republicans have continued to veto legislation that would do as such.
“They’re wrong — we are right about this,” he said of raising minimum wage.
President of Davis College Democrats James Cheap began the rally at 1:30 p.m. by urging students to vote.
To read the entire piece , please click here: http://www.theaggie.org/2014/10/30/president-bill-clinton-headlines-rally-at-uc-davis/
To see the Sacramento Bee‘s photo slideshow, please click here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/article3455182.html
About Davis College Democrats:
The Davis College Democrats aim to educate the voting population, deflate youth apathy, foster student leadership, and work towards the betterment of our society. The Davis College Democrats are located at the University of California at Davis.