Bill Clinton Asks N.C. Churchgoers to Pray for Hillary

By MichaelJames

May 4, 2008 2:28pm

ABC News’ Sarah Amos reports: Former President Bill Clinton spent time in two western North Carolina churches this morning, speaking more from his heart than any sort of political handbook.

"I didn’t come here to ask you to vote for my wife," said Clinton, addressing the congregation at Church of the Pentacostal in Asheville, N.C. "I came here to ask you to pray for her. And to vote. Do whatever you want. Show up. Our country is in dire distress.

"I just want you to pray for her and to make your voices heard," he added. "Do whatever you think is right. But don’t sit this out, because we are being called upon to return to our true purpose."

Clinton spoke of his long relationship with the Pentacostal church, thanking them for all the support they have given him over the years.

The small but enthusiastic congregation, whose church is nestled between the mountains of Asheville, listened attentively as Clinton told stories of his relationship with the church over the years. Clinton even spoke about how Barbara Streisand was inspired to record her first spirtual album after listening to a Pentacostal singer who performed at Clinton’s mother’s funeral.

As Clinton wrapped up his remarks, he came back to Tuesday’s election and the emotions that come with it.

"You know, we get close to these elections, the tensions are up, the temperature is up," he said. "We’re all liable to say something we shouldn’t say. We’re all feeling things we shouldn’t feel. So it is a very good thing for be here."

Clinton also visted Biltmore Baptist Church in Arden, N.C., but did not address the congregation. 

While Clinton’s morning was leisurely, the rest of his time in North Carolina will be anything but. The former president has 15 campaign events planned for the next two days, crossing the state in the process. By Tuesday, Clinton will have held over 50 events in the state — many of them on the front porches, train stations and baseball diamonds that pepper the small towns of North Carolina.   

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