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Bill Clinton fills in for Hillary Clinton at NLV rally

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Former President Bill Clinton spoke at the College of Southern Nevada's North Las Vegas campus on Sept. 14, 2016. (Source: FOX5) Former President Bill Clinton spoke at the College of Southern Nevada's North Las Vegas campus on Sept. 14, 2016. (Source: FOX5)
NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV (FOX5) -

Hillary Clinton was scheduled to speak at the College of Southern Nevada's North Las Vegas campus on Wednesday, but her husband, former President Bill Clinton, took her place as the presidential candidate recovers from pneumonia, the campaign said. 

"I'm glad to have a chance to stand in for Hillary today," Bill Clinton said. "She did it for me for a long time. It's about time I showed up and do it for her."

Clinton started his 45-minute-long speech by addressing concerns about Hillary Clinton's health. But during those remarks, he flubbed the presidential hopeful's illness, saying she was fighting the flu rather than pneumonia. A Clinton aide said the former president "misspoke," but the remark already began fueling conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton's health. On Wednesday, Hillary Clinton's doctor said again she was recovering from pneumonia and she was "fit to serve" as president. 

"I just talked to her, she's feeling great and I think she'll be back out there tomorrow," Bill Clinton said. 

After Bill Clinton's remarks on his wife's health, he spoke about many other issues, including immigration and Hillary Clinton's economic plan.

"The next big thing we gotta do is to pass an immigration reform bill. This is not just an issue for a place like Nevada," Bill Clinton said, noting the state's large Latino and Asian populations. 

On Hillary Clinton's economic plan, Bill Clinton said: "If her plan is implemented, it will create at least 10.4 million more jobs than the economy would otherwise produce," citing Mark Zandi, an economic adviser who worked with John McCain during the 2008 election. 

Bill Clinton also noted Nevada's status as a battleground state before ending his speech. 

"As you walk out of the door this is what I want to say: This is one state that everybody predicts to be close because it always has been," Bill Clinton said. Recent polls have Donald Trump leading Hillary Clinton by one point.

After the speech some supporters said they wished they had seen Hillary Clinton, like they originally hoped. 

"Definitely disappointed I didn't get to see Hillary because we're backing Hillary of course - definitely disappointed - but I hope she's getting better," one supporter said.

Many attendees, however, said they were very impressed by the former president's speech. 

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