Bad weather prevents former president Clinton’s KC visit

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Bill Clinton was set to rally for his wife's presidential bid in Kansas City on Tuesday, but inclement weather prevented his plane from landing.

Excited Clinton supporters were disappointed when Rep. Emanuel Cleaver took the stage to tell them that the former president wouldn't be able to make it.

That news was met with a collective groan from the audience of over 150 people, some of whom had been waiting for more than five hours to see Mr. Clinton speak.

Rep. Cleaver, Mayor Sly James, Jackson County Executive Frank White, and City Councilwoman Jolie Justus did their best to put on a mini-rally for Hillary Clinton.

"If you believe that women have the right and should always have the right to control their own bodies and make equal pay, let me hear you," James said to the crowd.

One Hillary Clinton supporter, Dustin Bernard, said he was a bit let down but seeing the energy in the room was a good sign.

"I was a little disappointed. I was really pumped up to see President Bill Clinton, but seeing the excitement in the room for Hillary, I am really hopeful," Bernard said.

Before the weather derailed his plans, Clinton was running over an hour late for the visit in Kansas City. The former president went on to his next stop in St. Louis.

Rep. Cleaver addressed what he perceives as a lack of enthusiasm in the Democratic voting base.

"At the republican turnout versus the Democratic turnout, I don't think that had anything to do with the crowd today, but I do think that between the time of the convention and November, we are going to have to figure out a way to inspire Democrats to get out and vote," Cleaver said.

The Clinton campaign did not say whether the former president will return to Kansas City.

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