Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 25, 2010

Clinton stumps for Bernero, Dingell


---- — ANN ARBOR (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton tied his Sunday pitch for Democratic candidates in Michigan to football, warning those in the audience that Democratic voters have to prepare for the Nov. 2 election as much as the unbeaten Michigan State Spartans have to prepare for their next opponent.

"If I were in Lansing, I bet half the town, men and women, could go through the fourth quarter against Northwestern play by play," he said referring to the Spartans' 35-27 come-from-behind victory Saturday. "In football, the facts are important and we know them." When it comes to the economy, however, Clinton said too often people are forgetting about how deep a hole the country was in and how far it has come under President Barack Obama, relying instead on anger to direct their votes.

He was joined on the stage at the University of Michigan's Rackham Auditorium by U.S. Rep. John Dingell, who's facing a tea party-backed Republican in his 27th run for office.

Clinton campaigned earlier at Detroit's Renaissance Center to rally voters on behalf of gubernatorial candidate Virg Bernero. He left Ann Arbor to boost U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer in Battle Creek, then traveled to Minnesota.