On Monday, former President Bill Clinton became the latest in a string of high-profile political figures to stop in Philadelphia.
Clinton stumped for Democratic Attorney General candidate Kathleen Kane at a fundraiser held at the Warwick Hotel at 220 South 17th St. Ticket prices began at $100.
Kane is running against Republican candidate David Freed in the November election.
The former president endorsed Kane, who beat former representative Patrick Murphy in the Democratic primary last March.
Clinton had come to a rally for Kane in the Philadelphia suburbs in April.
Two members of Penn Democrats, Liberal and Professional Studies student Madison Russ and College freshman Jane Meyer, attended the event. Penn Dems president and College junior Andrew Brown selected the two to attend because of the high amount of hours they logged volunteering with Penn Dems.
Kane spoke first and introduced Clinton, according to Meyer. “[Clinton] starts speaking and there’s a hush over the whole entire room,” Meyer said.
“Everyone’s hanging on to his every word.”
Russ called Clinton “magnetic.”
“The way he controlled the crowd was amazing,” she said.
Both Russ and Meyer remembered particularly the former president’s discussion on voter ID laws. Clinton invoked his upbringing to carry across his point.
“In his childhood he saw segregation and how African Americans weren’t allowed to vote,” Russ said. “It takes him back to that.”
Clinton recalled his memory of when poll taxes were still in place and men were “put on cattle cars and brought to the polling place and coerced into voting for the candidates whom the higher power wanted them to vote for,” Meyer said.
Clinton’s appearance follows Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s campaign stop in Philadelphia on Sept. 28 and Barack Obama’s brother-in-law Craig Robinson’s Sept. 23 visit to Philadelphia.
Russ and Meyer shook Clinton and Kane’s hands after the speeches.
When Meyer introduced herself to Kane as a member of Penn Dems, Kane challenged her and Penn Dems to beat Temple Democrats in voter registration.
“I said I’ll take the challenge,” Meyer said.
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