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Bill Clinton Skips Kansas City Stop Due To Weather

Elle Moxley
KCUR 89.3
U.S. Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, along with Kansas City Councilwoman Jolie Justus and Jackson County Executive Frank White, announce Bill Clinton would not be coming to Kansas City after all. Bad weather forced the former president's plane to divert.

A long wait to see Bill Clinton ended in disappointment for many Hillary Clinton supporters after weather prevented the former president’s plane from landing in Kansas City Tuesday.

Hundreds of people showed up at the Carpenters Training facility near the Truman Sports Complex to see Clinton stump for his wife.

Liz Rider, who brought her two daughters to the political rally, says she thinks Hillary Clinton is more electable than her Democratic rival Bernie Sanders.

“She has the most experience, so when it comes to foreign policy she knows what she’s doing,” Rider said.

Bessie Webb said while she understands why Clinton had to cancel, it was still a letdown.

“I’m from Arkansas. I’ve seen President Clinton. He wasn’t president then. But it is disappointing because we waited for a very long time,” Webb said. 

It’s unclear if either of the Clintons will make it back to Kansas City before the Missouri primary next Tuesday. Aides said Hillary Clinton’s top priority this week would be attending the funeral of former First Lady Nancy Reagan, set for Friday.

U.S. Congressman Emanuel Cleaver thought barbecue might be an incentive for Bill Clinton to reschedule. As the crowd began to disperse, Cleaver told a story about how Clinton once made Air Force One wait for a to-go order.

“We had to call Gates down on 47th Street,” Cleaver said. “They fixed a presidential platter and had to drive it all the way out to the airport. If you can just imagine the Secret Service just furious, absolutely furious.”

Hillary Clinton continues to lead Sanders in delegates, although he bested her in the Kansas caucus last weekend.

Elle Moxley is a reporter for KCUR. You can reach her on Twitter @ellemoxley.

Elle Moxley covered education for KCUR.
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