Former president Bill Clinton brought his Democratic star power to Arizona State University Thursday, telling an estimated 5,000 students that their future depends on running Republicans out of office next Tuesday.
Clinton stopped in Tempe to stump for congressional candidates Jim Pederson and Harry Mitchell, stoking the momentum that has seen Democrats move dead even or ahead of longtime GOP incumbents in polls across the country.
At one point Clinton moved the often rowdy crowd to silence.
“Listen to how quiet it is. The sound of silnce can be found everywhere in America,” he said, “because we know there is something fundamentally amiss in the rhythm of our shared life as Americans.”
Pederson, running to unseat longtime Sen. Jon Kyl and Mitchell, who hopes to take Rep. J.D. Hayworth’s job, took the stage with Clinton to the strains of Clinton’s 1992 theme song, Fleetwod Mac’s “Don’t Stop Thinkin’ About Tomorrow.”
The crowd of mostly twentysomethings, packed into the Hayden Lawn and balnced on walls and planters, went crazy. Mitchell and Pederson kept their remarks short.
“This election is about the future of this country and you all have an important role to play,” said Mitchell, a former state senator, Tempe mayor and longtime high school civics teacher.
Clinton stopped in Tempe en route to Tucson, part of a 29-state tour in the final days before next week’s election.