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President Clinton visits St. Augustine

Former president discusses the work of his global foundation

Bill Clinton speaks at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre.

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Former President Bill Clinton was welcomed to the stage of the St. Augustine Amphitheater Monday night.
The former president spoke about his foundation that centers on global outreach. His appearance was not open to the media.

"I think this'll be an interesting night. This is a largely Republican area and it's interesting to see the president come to this area," said Clinton supporter Jamie Beck.

Clinton also spoke about his love of St. Augustine and admitted to sending his wife home early so he could just tour the city.

"I've been like a kid with a new toy in anticipation of visiting St. Augustine," said President Clinton.

Natacha McLeod, the amphitheatre's marketing manager, said she feels honored to have the former president in St. Augustine.

"I think it's wonderful. Hopefully there'll be a lot of people from both parties to listen and do some good, " said McLeod.

The event also gave some lucky students a chance to meet the former president.

St. Johns County schools held an essay writing contest, and the winners got to meet Clinton.

Ana Guarino organized the essay contest and she said the winning kids couldn't have been happier with their prize.

"I called them personally and they were just ecstatic... It's a once in a life opportunity. Sounds cliché to say, but it really is," said Guarino.