By Mark Abrams

By Mark Abrams

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Former President Bill Clinton made a plea to African Methodist Episcopal Church leaders meeting in Center City to come together and support the presidential bid of his wife, former first lady Hillary Clinton.

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The former president spoke to a few hundred AME delegates gathered Thursday at the Pennsylvania Convention Center for planning sessions for the group’s Bicentennial celebration set for the July 4th holiday weekend in Philadelphia.

Clinton spoke of the role faith has played in his life and how it has guided Hillary as well.

The former president says his wife represents strong leadership, something she has demonstrated time and again throughout her life of public service.

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“She’s got a good jobs plan, she’s got a good education plan, she’s got a great health plan. But the most important thing all these groups that have endorsed her – endorsed her because she’s always been a leader, because always been a change-maker.”

Clinton urged the AME leaders to stand with Hillary to unify the country and help her bring prosperity to a nation that he says has been so divided by the current presidential campaigns of both parties.

And, recognizing his audience, the former president quoted from the book of Isiah, the sixth chapter:

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“The Lord said whom shall I send and who will go for me. And the prophet answered: ‘Here am I, Lord. Send me.’ For her entire life, she has said, ‘Send me.”