Former President Bill Clinton takes part in Labor Day parade

Posted at 7:30 AM, Sep 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-06 07:42:09-04

As thousands of people flooded downtown Detroit, Lori Gilbo and her husband just sat and waited.

"It's just everybody coming together and saying we're working to make everybody's life better," Gilbo said about the Labor Day Parade.

The two waited at corner of Trumbull and Michigan hoping to catch a glimpse of former President Bill Clinton.

"I think it's exciting to see any president, isn't it?" Gilbo said. "Whether you voted for that person or you didn't vote."

This year's Labor Day Parade slogan was "Your voice is your vote" and Clinton was hoping every union worker would use their vote to support his wife, Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton.

"Elections matter and you can see with the high negatives of both candidates that people feel kind of depressed about voting," said Ingham County Prosecutor, Gretchen Whitmer

While Clinton wasn't scheduled to speak after shaking hands and joining the parade, he did.

At the UAW picnic, he used that time to talk about Donald Trump's Mexico visit.

"You cannot be the leader of a country, go down and be nice to people and then come home and dump on them for your own political benefit," Clinton said.

He said that move by Trump left him "dumbfounded."

"I'm gonna tell you something folks," Clinton said. "I've had that job and that damaged american and every serious country in the world."

As someone who's closely followed this election, "I'm always watching, reading the paper, watching the news, listening," Gilbo said.

She wants everyone to make sure their voices are heard come November for whoever they chose to support.

"I think more than ever people have to begin to take an active interest in our political system," Gilbo said.
Even though you say you don't like politics."