Clinton Visit: People were Pumped
Posted at: 10/30/2012 8:33 PM
They started lining up at 6am on Tuesday. Over 1000 people wanted to see President Bill Clinton speak at a campaign rally at UMD.
But only about 700 were able to go inside the Kirby Ballroom.
Those who waited in line for hours, told us why they were so excited.
"He was my favorite president. Our economy was the best under him. I'm really excited to see him," said Danielle Bladholm, at sophomore at UMD. Her two friends were equally excited about the visit.
Further up the line, Ron Harris stood ready to get inside the doors.
"We're not used to a big name like that. We've had senators. But a former president, that means a lot to us," said Ron Harris, a poli-sci senior at UMD.
Ron was one of the few who got to shake President Clinton's hand after his crowd-revving speech.
"He comes and shakes my hand, and says thank you. And I said, no, thank you sir. It made my day!" exclaimed Harris.
A professor at UMD, Judith Kritzmire, said that the president was, "He just makes everything so clear and precise. In a common sense way, he's just brilliant, he just is."
UMD had about a day's notice before Clinton came to town.
Many local and state elected leadership were in the front rows.
Clinton also mentioned meeting Duluth Mayor Don Ness, the last time he was here.