By Carey Codd


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MIRAMAR (CBSMiami) — Bill Clinton made a whirlwind tour through South Florida Wednesday, concluding with a fundraiser at the Fillmore on Miami Beach.

CBS4 News spoke with the former president as he stumped for his wife, Hillary, and weighed in on the controversy swirling around Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

Clinton greeted police officers, posed for selfies and waved to city workers following his speech to about 150 faith and community leaders in Miramar on Wednesday.

Clinton urged attendees to get out the vote in Broward County, stressing the importance of importance of Broward and Florida in the presidential race.

He said he believes that his wife Hillary will help the United States continue growing.

“We should embrace our diversity not divide and conquer,” Clinton said. “Our relative youth and our diversity are the biggest advantages the United States has in the economy that we’re living in in the world.”

Clinton also spoke in Orlando on Wednesday where he took a swipe at Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump.

“Saying you’re gonna ‘Make America Great Again’ is like me saying I’d like to be 20 again,” Clinton said. “Actually, I would but I wouldn’t vote for anybody who promised to make me 20 again.”

Back in Miramar, we asked Clinton about the recent controversy involving Trump and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

Trump paid a fine to the IRS after giving Bondi a $25,000 donation from Trump’s charitable foundation.

The donation came, according to published reports, as Bondi’s office was weighing whether to investigate Trump University over fraud claims. Bondi decided not to pursue the case.

“He needs to answer for that,” Clinton said. “If you put money in a foundation it means that’s not taxable and you can’t get political contribution for that. I think the facts are there.”

Clinton defended his Clinton Foundation after he said Trump attacked it. The former president said the Clinton Foundation has saved many lives and created many jobs.

“He developed a kind of a pattern of attacking Hillary and me for something he had done that he knew he was about to be outed on and maybe that’s what happened,” he said.

Clinton was joined at the fundraiser on Miami Beach by former Miami Heat star Alonzo Mourning and Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine. Tickets ranged from $45 to $10,000.

Carey Codd

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