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President Clinton Campaigns For His Wife In Front Of Pa. State Education Association

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- Following a win in the New York primary Tuesday, the Clinton campaign wasted little time turning their attention to Pennsylvania ahead of next week's vote.

President Bill Clinton was in Pittsburgh Wednesday where he spoke to the teachers' union. His motorcade made its way from Johnstown to Pittsburgh Wednesday night, campaigning for his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Speaking to the Pennsylvania State Education Association, he talked about quality education for all children.

"We need to do what you're trying to do, which is to give every child in the country a quality of education without regard to the zip code they live in or the circumstances of their birth," the former president said.

Clinton was joined by the top Democratic politicians in Allegheny County, including Mayor Bill Peduto, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Senate leader Sen. Jay Costa.

For President Clinton, the teachers' union is a friendly audience. They've already endorsed Hillary Clinton.

"She's been a strong supporter of children, working families, public education," said Jerry Oleksiak, the president of the Pennsylvania State Education Association. "We've supported her from the very beginning of this process."

Mr. Clinton says Hillary will far surpass expectations, if she wins the White House.

"She will show up and take her hand off the Bible and go to work, and try to make something good happen," said President Clinton. "And if the past is prologue, she will exceed beyond anybody's expectation. That's why I'm grateful for your support."

President Clinton gave an hour-long speech, and then worked the room, shaking hands and taking pictures. Outside of the hall, he greeted even more supporters. But reporters were kept away.

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Pennsylvania has been good to the Clintons.

Bill Clinton carried the state twice. And Hillary won a big victory against President Barack Obama here in the 2008 primary. Currently, the polls show her with a double digit lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Hillary Clinton herself will be back in Pennsylvania later this week. She'll be making campaign stops in Philadelphia, Scranton and Pittsburgh on Friday.

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