It was shades of his speech at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. During a two-hour long rally at U.C. Davis Tuesday, President Bill Clinton was the headline speaker.
Clinton was at UCD to offer his support to four Northern California Democratic Congressional candidates locked in tight races. Ami Bera, Jose Hernandez, Jerry McNerney and John Garamendi were on the receiving end of a ringing endorsement from the former President.
“We don’t need any lectures on self-reliance, what we need is a roadmap to a brighter future and these guys will give it to you,” Clinton told thousands packed into the quad.
For his part, Bera, in another close race versus Republican incumbent Dan Lungren after narrowly losing to him in 2010, says the endorsement means a lot.
“I think the Clinton endorsement reminds people of how we move forward and yes, I think the Clinton endorsement along with everything we represent, a strong middle class, is enough to move independent voters toward us,” Bera told FOX40.
The 30 minute long speech from the 42nd U.S. President was tailor made to the crowd of students, “That you would never have to drop out of college because of the cost and you would never have to drop out of college because you were afraid you couldn’t pay your loan,” and soon to be job seekers, “66 million jobs have been created. What’s the jobs score? Democrats 42, Republicans 24,” Clinton said.
And, it wouldn’t be a Democratic get out the vote speech in October without a jab or ten at the Republican Presidential candidate, Mitt Romney.
“His state has one of the finest technology bases in America – it ranked 47 in job creation…and 48th in new business creation, somehow that sort of escaped into the ether, it was a fact,” Clinton said.