Clinton makes closing case to overflow crowd in St. Cloud

From MPR’s Conrad Wilson:

More than 4,000 people turned out to hear former President Bill Clinton speak at St. Cloud State University Sunday night.

The hall where Clinton spoke held about 1,000 people and 3,000 more overflowed outside.

In the closing weekend of the campaign, Clinton was in St. Cloud campaigning for President Obama as well as 6th district DFL congressional candidate Jim Graves.

Clinton criticized Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, saying Romney’s policies were a return to old ideas.

“The first thing I want to say is, I’m for Barack Obama more enthusiastically than I was four years ago because I have seen him work and make change. And that is even better than talking about change” Clinton said.

Before the event Graves — who is challenging Congresswoman Michele Bachmann — said in an interview that Clinton wouldn’t have come to St. Cloud if former president didn’t believe Graves could win.

Clinton thanked Graves for running against Bachmann, calling it a “a heavy, important, wonderful battle to replace Michele Bachmann in the United States Congress.”

“He understands real economics,” Clinton said of Graves. “That we’re all in this together works a lot better than you’re on your own.”

GOP Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan held a campaign event at the Minneapolis-St Paul Airport earlier in the day.

You can listen to Clinton’s speech here:

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