President Clinton tours Indiana – to support Joe Donnelly for Senate. Making friends, explaining things, standing by his colleagues, building a better future.
Clinton boosts Senate candidate Donnelly of Indiana
INDIANAPOLIS — The crowd of 3,000 mostly loyal Democrats was freshly energized off of Vice President Joe Biden’s feisty debate performance Thursday night, but it wasn’t the presidential race that drew former President Clinton to an Indianapolis rally Friday.
(..) Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly and Republican state treasurer Richard Mourdock are in a close battle for the seat currently held by Sen. Richard Lugar, who had been considered a shoo-in for reelection before he was defeated by Mourdock in the GOP primary earlier this year.
Clinton headlined the rally with a dual mission: Fire up loyal Democrats and appeal to independents who might be swayed to vote for Donnelly. While he was joined on stage by Donnelly, former Sen. Evan Bayh, and Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg, the signs distributed to supporters read “Hoosier Common Sense,” and made no mention of the Democratic Party or the presidential ticket. Clinton, too, avoided casting the November choice as Democrats vs. Republicans.
“When you know you have more yesterdays than tomorrows, it sort of simplifies and clarifies life,” Clinton said. “And I think about all that matters is whether people are better off than when you started, whether children have a brighter future, and whether things are coming together or being torn apart. The rest of it’s all background noise.”
Like he did during his speech to the Democratic National Convention, Clinton scolded Republicans for failing to understand budgetary “arithmetic.” And he insisted that the bailout of the auto industry was the “best thing” the Obama administration has done.
“Constructive cooperation works better than constant conflict,” he said. “Shared prosperity works better than trickle down. We’re all in it together works better than you’re on your own. It’s what works.”