By Kristen Johnson, Multimedia Journalist/ Weekend Anchor - bio | email
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
Campaigning in Iowa, Indiana, and Michigan, Former President Bill Clinton's schedule is about as busy as the candidates' these days.
He has been criss-crossing the country, stumping in support of Democrats in key races. The close contest between Christie Vilsack and Congressman Steve King brought him to Sioux City.
"I've got somebody here with me who knows about strong-minded women," Vilsack introduced Clinton to a roar of applause on a stage set-up in the center of Historic 4th Street.
Clinton said the race wasn't about voting Democrat or Republican.
"What her opponent said is he wants to take this country to the right, what Christie wants to do is take us forward," said Clinton.
He encouraged the crowd of 1,500 to ignore ideology and look at the evidence. Vilsack took shots at her opponent's record in Washington.
"He is considered one of the most ineffective members of our delegation in the most ineffective Congress in my lifetime," said Vilsack.
Never calling King by name only as "Christie's opponent, " Clinton drew comparisons between King and the top of the Republican ticket.
"They cut taxes, fought new wars, put in the Medicare drug benefit, sent a bill to China, borrowed the money, doubled the debt," said Clinton. "Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan, they promise to get rid of all these wasteful investments in energy," he added, trumpeting Vilsack's renewable energy plan to create jobs in rural America.
Clinton also defended the current president's efforts on the economy, rallying voters not just for Vilsack but for the race for the White House.
Polls show the race between King and Vilsack tightening up, with the incumbent leading by just three points. The Vilsack campaign hopes Clinton's visit will tie-up this toss-up and help Vilsack surge to a win in November.
Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:24 PM EDT2014-07-24 03:24:13 GMT
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