Monday, November 01, 2010
By Larry Untermeyer
Former President Bill Clinton in Norwalk Sunday night. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Former President Bill Clinton was the featured speaker Sunday evening at a get out the vote rally at Norwalk’s Sono Field House in support of Democratic candidates Jim Himes, Richard Blumenthal, Dan Malloy and Nancy Wyman.
Westport Democrats joined other area supporters for the rally that did not see Clinton arrive until about 10 p.m. following another rally in Hartford.
The emcee for the evening was professional tennis player, Jim Blake, who was raised in Fairfield County. Blake welcomed the attentive audience and urged everyone to be sure to vote.
He praised Jim Himes, who like Blake, attended Harvard University and said that Himes, a Rhodes Scholar, really stood out even in the impressive group of Harvard students.
Candidate for governor Dan Malloy and his running mate Nancy Wyman spoke briefly. Malloy stressed the importance of public service as an opportunity to make the world a better place.
He praised the work that Jim Himes has already done in Congress and said that “we must do everything in our power to keep Jim Himes in Congress.”
Malloy introduced Dick Blumenthal as Connecticut’s next U. S. Senator. Blumenthal stressed the importance of voting for the Democratic candidates to keep America moving forward and standing up against special interests while putting the needs of people first, just as President Clinton had done.
He said we face “a magic historic moment” when voters have a clear choice for a better future.”
Himes excited the crowd by pointing out that Connecticut had been visited by two presidents within 48 hours. He said what is at stake in this election is an extremely consequential decision—“Do we go backwards or keep moving forward? “
Himes introduced Clinton who electrified the crowd with his explanation of all that has already been accomplished with the stimulus program under President Obama’s leadership.
Clinton praised his law school classmate, Dick Blumenthal and had laudatory words about Malloy and Himes.
Since it was Halloween night, Clinton compared the election to a trick or ttreat situation and noted that “if you want to get the treat, you have to avoid the trick.” He said the opposing candidates did not deal in facts.
Clinton described his current activities away from politics but explained that he found it necessary to point out the facts that characterize the Democratic positions. In these difficult times, Clinton said, “two things matter, Where are we as a country and where are we going?”
He stated his fear that the Republicans will take America back to the 19th century and noted that progress has been made in “getting out of the hole and the Democrats intend to “build broad based prosperity.”
He cited facts and figures to support his contentions and said that in his work throughout the world he observed that “intelligence is evenly distributed, but opportunity is not.” He pleaded for every child to have the same educational opportunities that he had been able to provide for his daughter.
He cited his record and noted that the Democrats believe in a “pay as you go” policy and said that when we grow the economy, we will be able to work towards a balanced budget.
Entertainment was provided by the Bethel Mass Choir, Park City Jazz Trio, Steppin’ Up Drill Team, the cast of Bridgeport Theatre Company’s Production of “Rent,” the Unified Steppers Drill Team and Reid Genauer of Assembly of Dust.
A link to a video of Clinton’s appearance is here.
Posted 11/01/10 at 05:19 AM Permalink
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Today we can begin to restore the fiscal prudence that has been lacking during the past two years of an unchecked and unbalanced congress. Incumbent congressmen such as Jim Himes are responsible for profligate spending and bureaucratic overreach that fetters our economy, leaving us with low growth and high unemployment. We can tell Washington, D.C. that we have had enough by electing reformers such as challenger Dan Debicella.
Try counting the profligate spending that has occurred over the prior 8 years. The amount of unchecked spending on wars that haven’t brought us any safety is immoral in the volume of debt that it will pass on to our children.
You are 100% right.