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Chelsea Clinton campaigns for mother in La Crosse

Chelsea Clinton held a rally at UWL

Chelsea Clinton campaigns for mother in La Crosse

LA CROSSE, Wis. - Hillary Clinton's daughter, Chelsea Clinton, made a stop at UW-La Crosse Tuesday during a final push to rally people to vote for her mother.

Chelsea Clinton spoke on behalf of her mother, contrasting Hillary with her opponent Donald Trump and speaking about why this election is so crucial.

Clinton and other Democrats also hit on importance of early voting before Election Day.

"We have two weeks left, which depending on your perspective, either seems as if it's just around the corner, or still quite a ways away," Chelsea Clinton said.

"It's very exciting to have such a prominent figure in the campaign come to the campus, I think it gets people focused on the election and voting," UW-La Crosse chancellor Joe Gow said.

With just 14 days of campaigning left, Chelsea Clinton said there's still plenty to be done in preparation for a presidential election that has a lot at stake.

"I don't think it's only the policies that are at risk, or the progress we've made at risk," she said. "I think it really is our core values as a country."

Clinton brought up what she refers to as the "Trump effect." She said that she's heard more reports of bullying in schools.

"We know kids are listening, and the bigoted hateful rhetoric from Donald Trump and (his) campaign," she said. "It's having horrifying consequences for kids."

Clinton also spoke about her mother's plans on addressing high student debt, fighting the opioid epidemic and improving health care.

"My mom has fleshed out detailed plans to invest more in mental health research and do more to support community efforts to treat mental health challenges, so each one of us can live full, healthy lives," she said.

One Wisconsin voter said Chelsea has a quality that polls show both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have struggled with: favorability.

"Chelsea Clinton is a very articulate, poised young lady, and a very good spokesperson for her parents.  I think of all the Clintons, she's the most likable," Steven Gores of La Crosse said. "She's their secret weapon."

After such a divisive campaign year, Clinton said her mother has the ability to pull the country back together.

"I think she'll be able to take that pragmatic leadership and mindset of being a president for all Americans and really just make such a profound difference for our country," Chelsea Clinton said.

After the speech, Clinton opened up the floor to questions from the audience.

Early voting is underway in Wisconsin. Regardless of who you plan to vote for, for more information on early voting, you can visit the city of La Crosse's website, or your city's website for more information. Those in the city of La Crosse can vote at city hall from 8:30 a.m. through 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, up to the Friday before Election Day.


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