Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Hundreds of eager Northlanders had to be turned away at the door of the Kirby Ballroom, which holds 750 people, and some waited for as long as 8 hours in hopes of hearing President Clinton rally voters to cast a ballot this November.
"I don't know if he'll be able to convert a lot of people at this point; I don't think that's the goal—just to get likely voters, and people who do have an opinion and care about the issues out there, voting," said Georgetown Law graduate, and Duluth native, Sara Baldwin.
"We know that every vote matters, and that's what our job is over the next week—your job is to get your friends out, and get them to the polls," said U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, just before President Clinton took the podium.
And that's what President Clinton set out to do, on UMD campus, as he argued his points to a frenzied crowd. Topics ranged from everything to renewable energy, tax breaks, the struggling middle class, and every point Clinton made was an effort to sway voters to support Obama.
"You [have to] vote for Obama. If you want a modern economy, with the jobs of tomorrow and the investments in creating them, you [have to] vote for Obama. If you want a country where 'you're all in this together' trumps 'you're on your own,' you [have to] vote for Obama," said the former President, as he wrapped up his speech.
Clinton also spoke out about statewide issues, like the controversial marriage amendment, and gay rights: "Every country in the world that has given into culture wars has suffered. Every country in the world that has practiced creative cooperation has prospered."
Attendees were also hopeful that Clinton's speech would help boost statewide Democratic campaigns, like the highly contended 8th Congressional District race between Democratic Candidate Rick Nolan and Republican Chip Cravaack, and the U.S. Senate Race between Amy Klobuchar and Kurt Bills.
"Reminding [people] of both Nolan and Klobuchar's records, and what they've done—how they've represented the people of this state," said Baldwin.
"I want to urge you to get out and vote for them, and every argument I will give for President Obama applies to Rick Nolan—it applies to Amy Klobuchar," said Clinton.
A recent poll from the Star Tribune showed President Obama with only a slight lead over Governor Romney... about 3 points to be exact, with a margin of error at about 3.5.
This is a major factor that, for Obama supporters, couldn't have made his visit more timely.