- Associated Press - Friday, February 12, 2016

CINCINNATI (AP) - Former President Bill Clinton said Friday that his wife is the “best change-maker” to move Americans forward together beyond labeling and blaming.

After agreeing with cheering supporters in Cincinnati that she won the Democratic debate Thursday night with Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Clinton offered his wife’s response to the Flint, Michigan, lead-contaminated water crisis as a contrast between the Democratic contenders. He said Hillary Clinton, who went to the city, reached out and spoke out to help, instead of just criticizing the Republican governor.

He said she can bring change to help Americans “go forward together,” and that it’s important to be able to get things done.

“Because when you’re president, you can label and blame for about 15 seconds after you take your hand off the Bible, and then it’s all yours, baby,” he said. “And you either show up and make it better, or you don’t.”

Among the warm-up speakers at a cultural arts center was former Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory, who is a Democratic Party superdelegate. He said he remained committed steadfastly to Hillary Clinton, calling her the most qualified to be president.

“I’ve got nothing against Bernie Sanders,” Mallory said. “I’ve got everything for Hillary Clinton.”

Current Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley praised her for having “common-sense solutions” for gun violence, which has been on the rise in the city.

Ohio begins early voting next week for its March 15 primary. Daughter Chelsea will be in the state Monday.

Hillary Clinton won the 2008 Ohio primary over Barack Obama.

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