LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- Weeks away from Kentucky’s primary, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination opens a campaign office in Lexington.
Chelsea Clinton celebrated the Winchester Road opening in her mother’s stead, Friday. The daughter of Hillary and Bill who spent nearly two full terms in the White House has plenty of experience on the campaign trail and proved as much speaking to Clinton faithful at the event.
Touching on recent cuts to education budgets in Kentucky, Clinton says, “as I understand it, in Kentucky, your state government has been going in the opposite direction in terms of investing in higher education. It’s been dis-investing in higher education.”
She then spoke about Hillary’s hope for higher education across the country saying, “She believes everyone in college should be able to graduate debt-free.”
Clinton supporters also spoke about their thoughts on the upcoming primary and why they’re supporting her.
“I just feel really passionate about what she stands for and the issues and she has great experience and should be the president.” Another chimed in, “she’ll pull both the Democrats and Republicans along to get that plan done and really be the champion for the American people that we need.”
No mention was made of Clinton’s comments on the coal industry at a Town Hall event hosted by CNN. The candidate promised coal miners and companies would be about of business, also mentioning she’d take care of those who’d be unemployed.
A statement from the Republican Party of Kentucky attacked Clinton’s quote stating they hope, “Chelsea Clinton enjoys her stay in the Commonwealth and takes time to speak with some of the thousands of coal miners President Obama has sent to the unemployment lines and the thousands more her mother Hillary has promised to put out of work.”
Political experts though don’t think Clinton’s coal remarks will hurt her in a Kentucky primary which has wavering relevance.
“If Clinton gets the nomination as it appears she will, those coal statements are going to be very harmful in a general election where she’s running against a Republican. I really don’t see in the short-term Clinton’s coal comments doing her much harm in the Democratic primary,” says University of Kentucky Political Science professor, Stephen Voss. “It’s not clear that by the time we vote there will really be a lot of drama in the democratic nomination ballot.”
Kentucky’s primary will be held May 17th. It’s only preceded by voting in Indiana, Guam, Nebraska and West Virginia. Clinton is expected to make a campaign stop in Ashland on Monday.