Former President Bill Clinton Rallies Voters at UMD: Live Blog

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Former President Bill Clinton Rallies Voters at UMD: Live Blog

October 30, 2012 Updated Oct 30, 2012 at 3:01 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- Former President Bill Clinton is in Duluth and rallying voters at UMD.

2:03 p.m. "The people of Minnesota respond to common sense and they will respond to common sense whether they are democrats, republicans or independents." - Amy Klobuchar speaking

2:08 p.m. 8th District Congressional Candidate Rick Nolan takes the stage.

2:10 p.m. "We are on the way forward and it started when the President ended the war in Iraq and put forth a plan to end the war in Afghanistan." - Nolan

2:13 p.m. Former President Bill Clinton takes the stage.

2:15 p.m. "Do we believe in policies built on ideology or evidence?" - Fmr. President Clinton

2:18 p.m. "I've worked my heart out in this election and I've never expected to have another election where I've been this active." - Fmr. President Clinton

2:22 p.m. "If you had to fill a hole would you start by digging it deeper?" - Fmr. President Clinton on Romney's five-point economic plan

2:25 p.m. "What Governor Romney is saying is we're going to get 12 million jobs in the next four years, so elect me so I can get the credit for everything President Obama has done." - Fmr. President Clinton

2:30 p.m. "The President has showed you the numbers because he isn't ashamed of what he's done." - Fmr. President Clinton

2:35 p.m. "The investment in preschools, 100,000 new science and math teachers; the race to the top, all these things are really beginning to make a real difference." - Fmr. President Clinton

2:36 p.m. "If every college student in America knew the real facts in this election, this election would be over, done, cooked, over with." - Fmr. President Clinton

2:40 p.m. "Your student loan obligations will be determined by your salary, not the other way around." - Fmr. President Clinton

2:41 p.m. "In this general election, every college student should vote and should vote for President Barack Obama." - Fmr. President Clinton

2:43 p.m. "There are women in this nation that pay 50% more than men do for the same health coverage plan." - Fmr. President Clinton

2:45 p.m. "The most shameless thing that President Obama's opponents have done is saying Obama would allegedly cut medicare." - Fmr. President Clinton

2:48 p.m. "You want to decide which one of your aunts gets kicked out of a nursing home? That's what were looking at here." - Fmr. President Clinton

2:50 p.m. "He is the one who is committed to protecting women's rights." - Fmr. President Clinton

2:51 p.m. "Everybody should be proud of who they are, but nobody in this country should be defined by looking down on themselves." - Fmr. President Clinton

2:52: Former President Clinton ends his speech. Senator Amy Klobuchar and Rick Nolan join Clinton on stage and waves to the crowd. Clinton steps off the stage into the crowd, shakes hands and signs autographs to those who attended.

We will have extended coverage of the event in our newscasts.

Earlier today, Clinton made a stop in Minneapolis this morning where he held a rally and made his way north to stump for President Obama in Duluth.

Recent polling shows Minnesota could be one of those states in play for either President Barack Obama, or Governor Mitt Romney.

It's a free rally, and people are being granted entrance on a first come, first served basis... and seeing as how the ballroom has capacity for 750 people, it's expected to get crowded.

This is a strategic visit for President Clinton.

The last time Minnesota voted for a Republican President was in 1972.

Now, a Star Tribune poll is showing President Obama with only a three point lead over Governor Romney in Minnesota... and that margin of error is three point five percent, so it's really anybody's game.

UMD's College Democrats are hoping the visit will give a major boost to a political season that, for young voters, has been less energetic than the last presidential race.

During the primaries, one poll judge said it's the student body that really helps bring in the large numbers to Northland polls... especially during a Presidential race.

So, Obama supporters are hopeful that President Clinton's visit will not only excite young voters to get out and vote this November... but sway them to help secure Obama's slim lead.

Posted to the web by Jenna Vogt