Vilsack stumps for Clinton in city
Tom Vilsack
Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack speaks with Portsmouth Mayor Steve Marchand at the new Portsmouth Public Library on Thursday, May 24, 2007 in New Hampshire.
Deb Cram photo / SMG
Tom Vilsack (D)
Former Gov., IA
Born: 12/13/1950
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, PA
Religion: Catholic
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PORTSMOUTH — Former presidential contender Tom Vilsack toured the Portsmouth Public Library Thursday afternoon as part of his effort to highlight Democratic candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton’s proposed plan for sustainability.

The library was recognized by the former Iowa governor as a model of energy efficiency, and Vilsack’s tour was followed by a brief question-and-answer session that ranged from Clinton’s health care plan to what all Americans can do to encourage environmental sustainability.

"We have to change the minds of all Americans on climate change and sustainability," he said. "We need to put America back in a position where we can hold the moral ground on climate change around the world."

Vilsack outlined Clinton’s plan, including the need for Americans to find "creative new ways to produce energy" and for the government to "set significant goals so that every building in the federal system will be carbon free."

Vilsack also touched on the New York senator’s proposed health care plan, citing that "Hillary’s health care plan hopes to make it so every family will see their health care costs reduced by $2,000 a year."

The new library now boasts optimized energy performance, above 32.5 percent, and low-emissions materials such as composite wood.

"We placed the library in the middle of the city so that it is easy to bike to and walk to, and we encourage everyone to be energy efficient," said Library Director Mary Ann List.