Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Bill Clinton Praises Onorato, Slams Corbett In West Philly

Former President Bill Clinton spent nearly half-an-hour this afternoon exhorting a crowd of about 500 people in West Philly to support Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato, the Democratic nominee in the Nov. 2 general election for governor. Clinton, joined by Gov. Rendell, Mayor Nutter and several local legislators, railed against Republicans and took two very clear shots at state Attorney General Tom Corbett, Onorato's Republican opponent.

Bill Clinton Praises Onorato, Slams Corbett In West Philly

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Former President Bill Clinton spent nearly half-an-hour this afternoon exhorting a crowd of about 500 people in West Philly to support Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato, the Democratic nominee in the Nov. 2 general election for governor.  Clinton, joined by Gov. Rendell, Mayor Nutter and several local legislators, railed against Republicans and took two very clear shots at state Attorney General Tom Corbett, Onorato's Republican opponent.

First, Clinton touted Onorato's efforts to create job training programs in Allegheny County, contrasting that with claims Corbett made over the summer that some laid-off workers prefer unemployment checks to new jobs.  "While [Onorato] has been interested and busy creating jobs and training people, his opponent said the reason the unemployment rate was so high was that people like drawing unemployment," Clinton said as the crowd booed Corbett.

Then Clinton noted that Onorato consolidated several government offices in Allegheny County, saving taxpayers money while Corbett was asking for state budget increases for the Attorney General's Office. "He asked for more money every year he ran his office," Clinton said. "And when the governor said: We're out of money, I want everyone to take a 2 percent cut, he said no."

Clinton told the crowd -- neighborhood residents, union members and Democratic activists -- that he knew he was "preaching to the saved" but said they were vital in fighting back a wave of Republican confidence in November.  "They're depending on Philadelphia to stay home," Clinton said of the Republicans. "Every one of you knows 100 people that won't vote unless you ask them."

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William Bender, a Drexel graduate who landed at the Daily News in 2007, has covered everything from South Philly mobsters to doomsday hucksters. He occasionally writes about local food trucks and always eats everything on his plate, whether it be a bloody rib eye or a corrupt politician. E-mail tips to benderw@phillynews.com
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David Gambacorta, has been a reporter with the Daily News since 2005, covering crime, police corruption and all of the other bizarre things that happen in Philadelphia. Now he’s covering the 2015 mayor’s race, because he enjoys a good circus just as much as the next guy. He’s always looking to get a cup of coffee. Send news tips and other musings on life to gambacd@phillynews.com
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