Clinton puts some focus on issues affecting South Coast

Clinton puts some focus on issues affecting South Coast
NORTH BEND - It was a historic night in North Bend as former President Bill Clinton made a stop on his wife's campaign trail to talk about the issues important to her and issues affecting the South Coast.

Eager spectators began lining up early this afternoon, hoping to get a good spot inside the North Bend Middle School gymnasium.

The 42nd President was welcomed by an overwhelming crowd.

He began the night by discussing the current recession and Hillary's economic plan to create eight million new jobs and focus on green and environmental issues as well as a universal health care system.

But what many people in the audience were concerned with, were issues closer to home, including salmon, county timber payments and LNG.

Clinton pointed out Hillary voted against part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 that transferred state authority for licensing LNG terminals to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, supporting a repeal of that decision.

"Under this federal bill, you can't consider the impact on property rights, you can't consider the impact on your environment, you can't consider alternate sites. You have no say. And she(Hillary) feels very strongly about this, and I can tell you we lived through this when we were living in Arkansas," said Clinton.

He says Hillary strongly supports restoring timber payments and hopes to hire on more law enforcement officers that were let go because of that loss.

He also touched on the closure of the salmon season, pointing out it's a global problem not just affecting the northwest.

Clinton ended the night by talking to the younger voters and speaking on education.

"We need America to identify 20 elementary, 20 middle and 20 high schools that are today, performing at world class standards, figure out what they're doing right and help pay other school districts to replicate, in their own roots, those same practices," said Clinton.

Clinton continues his Oregon tour Saturday, with stops in Junction City, McMinnville, Albany, Oregon City and Portland.