Former US President Bill Clinton said Monday night that people should vote for Hillary Clinton if they want to put “the awful legacy of the last 8 years behind us.”

Speaking at a campaign rally on behalf of his wife, Hillary Clinton, in Spokane, Washington the former president was critical of the past two presidential administrations and said that Hillary Clinton is “the only person who, basically, has good ideas, will tell you how she’s gonna pay for them, can be commander in chief and is a proven change maker with Republicans and Democrats and independents alike.”

Clinton said many Americans didn’t feel the optimism and hope that current President Barack Obama touts and highlighted during his annual State of the Union speech.

“Here is the one minute version of the state of union- look I know we still got a lot of problems but you should be optimistic because we’re outperforming every other big country because we’re the best positioned country for the 21st century,” he said.

Clinton said the picture Obama painted was “entirely accurate” but “the problem with that beautiful picture of the future is that today most Americans can stare at that picture and they cannot find themselves in it to save their lives. Why? Because at the time of the crash eight years ago most Americans were living on less than they were the last day I was in office. Now since the crash 80 percent of the American people has still not gotten a raise.”

Republicans were quick to criticize Bill Clinton’s comments regarding Obama’s “awful legacy of the last 8 years” in an email to media from the Republican National Committee, reports said.

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