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President Clinton shares his stories of working with Senator Ford

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OWENSBORO, KY (WFIE) -

Former President Bill Clinton shared stories Wednesday night about working alongside former Kentucky Senator Wendell Ford.

"He actually was the first people I got to shake hands with after I became president," Clinton said.

Clinton spoke at the Riverpark Center to raise money for the Wendell Ford Government Education Center in Owensboro.

Clinton is on his way back to New York after he spoke for about 30 minutes, sharing stories about what he calls "the good old days."

After an introduction from former Senator Wendell Ford, Clinton took the stage to a standing ovation and immediately embraced his old friend and colleague.

"Most of what Wendell just told you was true. That's about as good as it gets from a politician," Clinton said.

Clinton thanked Senator Ford for overseeing both of his inauguration ceremonies, but couldn't keep from joking about Ford's seating arrangement at the inaugural lunch.

"Strom Thurman was 96-years-old. My daughter was almost 17. They were seated next to each other, " Clinton shared.

There were lots of laughs, but Clinton says in all honesty, he owes a great deal to Senator Ford for helping pass some of his most controversial plans.

"My economic plan which passed by one vote in the Senate and one vote in the House back in 1993. The members of the other party said it was a sure fire recipe for recession. It wouldn't have passed had it not been for Wendell Ford," Clinton said.

Clinton says that's because Ford was a determined leader and fought for what he believed in.  He says that's why he wanted to be in Owensboro on Wednesday night, to make sure the Ford Education Center, a center devoted to cultivating new leaders in government, has a solid future or what he calls a solid investment in the future of America.

"Because it honors the life and legacy and the endless possibilities of people who believe in politics. Thank you and God Bless you," Clinton said.

Clinton did not stop at the Ford Education Center Wednesday night, but organizers say that's okay.  He helped raise a lot of money for the center.

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