Posted at: 10/30/2012 6:17 PM
Updated at: 11/20/2012 4:01 PM
By: Laurie Stribling
Presidential visits are few and far between for the Northland, but Bill Clinton was at UMD Tuesday afternoon campaigning for President Obama.
People packed into the Kirby Ballroom as the Democratic heavyweight rallied for President Obama and other democrats, addressing topics from student loans to the economy. Mr. Clinton started his speech by addressing that superstorm on the east coast...and the similar disaster we had here in the Northland.
"I can sympathize more than ever with what Duluth went through in that terrible flood a few months ago because we're going through it in New York now," Clinton said.
Enthusiastic students, local politicians, and other community members filled the crowd and listened closely as the former president made the case for President Obama's re-election.
"There are three great questions that are the line here," he said. "Who's more likely to restore middle class prosperity and give poor people an honorable way to work their way into it? Who's more likely to build a 21st century economy with the jobs of tomorrow that bring back the American dream? Who's more likely in this terrible, divisive time to form a more perfect union?"
The crowd answered each question by yelling Obama's name. The Former President also accused Republican challenger Mitt Romney of changing his views in recent months.
"Despite his 11th hour conversion in the debates to the rhetoric of moderation, Governor Romney has not changed any of his specific positions," Clinton said.
The former president says Obama needs another four years to complete what he started, a plan he said will save this country.
"What does he want to do? Make more investments in innovation, in infrastructure, in manufacturing," Clinton said. "In new sources of clean energy, in education and training and in reducing the debt by four trillion dollars the old fashioned way by making the numbers add up. So, he has a simple plan." he said.