History of Politicians Visiting Cooperstown

By Mary Wilson | marwilson@wutr.tv

Published 05/19 2014 07:37PM

Updated 05/20 2014 10:58AM

President Obama's visit will mark the first time in history that a sitting president has visited the Cooperstown Hall of Fame. But other note-worthy politicians have made a point to spend time in Cooperstown, too.
In 1999 President George W. Bush, spoke at the Hall of Fame for Nolan Ryan's induction. Bush was a Texas governor at the time. He steered away from discussing politics, saying he was there to focus on baseball. That same year Hillary Clinton spoke at Basset Healthcare Center in Cooperstown. She was running for senate at the time - and spoke on the need for universal healthcare. She also signed baseballs for a crowd gathered at the Baseball Hall of Fame. Clinton was making a bid to take over Democrat Daniel Patrick Moynihan's senate seat, as he was soon to retire. Moynihan owned a 900-acre farm near Oneonta. He died in 2003.

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