Former President Bill Clinton stopped in Philadelphia today to campaign for former U.S. Rep. Marjorie Margolies. Margolies is seeking the to regain the seat she lost after casting a tough vote for President Clinton’s 1993 budget.
Clinton’s daughter Chelsea has since married Margolies’ son, Marc Mezvinsky. Clinton said he would still support her even if they didn’t have that connection.
“This is a profoundly important election for people who think, like most of us, that the country is still in the grip of a relatively stagnant economy as it affects ordinary people,” Clinton said.
Clinton said Margolies will make good decisions even on the toughest issues.
Margolies said she believes a single politician can make a difference: “On any one given day, one person, one member of Congress, can make a difference. I know, I lived that day.”
Margolies faces State Sen. Daylin Leach, State Rep. Brendan Boyle and Dr. Valerie Arkoosh in the Democratic primary on May 20. Leach recently released a video in which his daughter criticizes the heavy presence of Margolies’ decisions, made decades ago, in her current campaign.
She said if she wins she would fight for those she’d represent. She said the 13th Congressional District represents all that’s great in America and all that continues to challenge the country — “rich ethnic and racial diversity,” she said. “But also diversity of economic opportunity and beautiful open space, but neighborhoods confronting the challenges of crime and blight.”