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Clinton Encourages Bipartisanship In Indianapolis Speech

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    Photo: Christopher Ayers/WFIU-WTIU News

    Bill Clinton speaks to rally-goers Friday after a speech supporting Indiana's Democratic candidates.

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    Photo: Christopher Ayres/WFIU News

    Several former politicians and current candidates were on hand Friday for Clinton's rally.

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    Former president Bill Clinton said Friday that Republicans running in Indiana and for president of the United States won't take the state or the country in the right direction. Photo by Lesley Weidenbener,

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    Former president Bill Clinton came to Indianapolis on Friday to campaign for Democrat Joe Donnelly, left, who is running for Senate, and gubernatorial hopeful John Gregg, right. Photo by Lesley Weidenbener,

Former President Bill Clinton’s message of the day was cooperation and bipartisanship as he campaigned for Hoosier Democrats in Indianapolis Friday.

Speaking to a crowd of supporters waving signs reading “Hoosiers ❤ Bill,” Clinton repeatedly called for people to reject the politics of constant conflict in favor of what he calls constructive cooperation. He heaped praise on outgoing Senator Richard Lugar and says Lugar is a true conservative who would work with a member of any party when it was best for the country.

“The idea that Indiana, a state that sent Evan Bayh and Dick Lugar to the United States Senate, would send somebody up there to say, ‘It’s my way or the highway,’ to say that there’s no constitutional basis for Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid is unbelievable to me,” Clinton said.

Sharing the stage with Senate candidate Joe Donnelly and gubernatorial candidate John Gregg, Clinton criticized their opponents, Richard Mourdock and Mike Pence, for opposing the auto bailout.

“You’ve got to give them credit,” Clinton said. “They didn’t just speak out against it. I mean, they took a real stand. They said, ‘Let’s put those suckers out of work as quick as we can.’”

Indiana Republicans will bring in their own national political figures next week as Arizona Senator John McCain and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie are scheduled to campaign in the state.

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