Former President Bill Clinton speaks at Balboa Park campaign rally


Bill Clinton speaks in San Diego

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SAN DIEGO -- Bill Clinton today urged San Diego supporters of his wife, Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, to stay the course through the June 7 primary election no matter her large delegate lead over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

"We've got to run this race to the end,'' said the former president, who spoke for about 45 minutes before an audience estimated at 850 at the Balboa Park Club.

"She's got the best ideas to restore the middle class and restore upward mobility, both from poverty and working class into the middle class, and up,'' the 42nd president said. "She's got the best ideas to reduce inequality and increase investment in America.''

He went through what he called "a laundry list'' of topics, including healthcare, college costs, job training, immigration reform and the frustrations exhibited by voters during the presidential campaign so far.

Clinton also spoke about his wife's focus on securing the future for younger generations.

"We have the best system of higher education and training in the world, we just have to make it affordable and debt manageable," said Clinton.

He said part of the affordability was in the ability of refinancing college loans.

“If we allowed refinancing overnight 25 million Americans would save an average of more than $2000 a piece, overnight," said Clinton.

Clinton's speech came one day after Hillary Clinton lost the Indiana primary to Sanders, but lost only a small amount of her commanding delegate lead.

Tuesday's result was far more meaningful on the Republican side, where Donald Trump's victory prompted Texas Sen. Ted Cruz to suspend his campaign. Trump's only other opponent, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, is also reportedly preparing to drop out of the race.

Bill Clinton will visit Los Angeles this afternoon to rally support for his wife's presidential campaign. He'll speak at the Garden Suite Hotel in Koreatown and is also scheduled to deliver the commencement address at Loyola Marymount University on Saturday.

"She always finishes what she starts and you need to help her finish strong and win in November and put this country on the right path God Bless you!," Clinton told supporters.

It is not yet clear when, of if, Hillary Clinton will campaign in San Diego, where Sanders held a rally in March. She is scheduled to be in East Los Angeles tomorrow, and in Oakland on Friday.

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