Former President Bill Clinton spoke in War Memorial gym tonight on behalf of his wife, democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.
After privately meeting with the families and victims of April 16, Clinton spoke on health care, education, energy and the economy.
"Hillary's vision of America, you're looking right at it," Clinton said.
Bill Clinton claimed that Sen. Hillary Clinton had the most aggressive policy on global warming. He said that Hillary wanted to make every building as energy efficient as possible and the way to achieve that would be to pay off the global warming loan with all of the money saved using her proposed methods.
"A fundamental problem in this economy is that it's not producing jobs, and energy-efficient countries are the ones who are prospering," said Clinton.
The rally, sponsored by Tech's Young Democrats chapter, was one of a series of "Solutions for America" events. Young Democrats president Jessi Schmale said that the Young Democrats are a non-endorsement organization.
Clinton provoked approving laughs from the crowd when he said that there is one thing that Hillary is more conservative on than Bush -- the budget.
Clinton said another one of the items on Hillary's agenda is to withdraw troops from Iraq, citing three primary reasons: The first reason is that the longer the country stays, the longer the Iraqi people will delay to build up their own government. He also said that the U.S. simply does not have enough troops to keep operations going. His last reason was that the U.S. have almost broken the American military.
When Clinton spoke on Hillary's health care policy, he said that the U.S. has to "get the politics out and the research money into science again."
Speaking on rising tuition costs of higher education, Clinton said Hillary "strongly favors making college affordable to everyone." He said one of Hillary's proposals would be to not charge more than a percentage of your income for higher education.
He also spoke about equal education concerning the No Child Left Behind Act.
Clinton said Hillary "has the right vision, she has the right plans; she is a world-class change maker ... ."
Some students enjoyed Clinton's speech.
"I wish it was four more years for Bill Clinton," said Rohan Mathur, senior industrial systems engineering major. "In a way, if she's in office (his policies) will come back in."
Other students appreciated his honesty.
"I thought he was very honest about the amount of money going into certain things," said Candice Coates, senior psychology major.
Clinton's visit comes just three days before the Virginia state primary. She and her chief rival, Barack Obama, are still in a close fight for the Democratic presidential nomination after Super Tuesday failed to establish a dominant front-runner in the Democratic race.
Hillary's campaign trail will take her to Roanoke tomorrow, where she is scheduled to speak at Patrick Henry High School at 4:30 p.m. Barack Obama will be in Roanoke on Monday to speak in a town meeting at 7:30 a.m. in the Jefferson Center.