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Published March 01, 2012, 10:47 PM

Young voters excited by Clinton visit

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - College students are proud a president is making an unusual stump in the state. Some, though are not surprised the sudden announcement comes on the day of a rival's visit.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

College students are proud a president is making an unusual stump in the state. Some, though are not surprised the sudden announcement comes on the day of a rival's visit.

The youth vote became pivotal in the 2008 elections. Now, again it's being targeted. Some students will be state delegates, actually on the floor, during President Clinton's visit.

In a small room at NDSU, three students sit together, all with different views on politics. These young voters agree on this: the political importance surrounding President Bill Clinton's visit.

Michael Paolin – NDSU College Democrats President: “That's where the Clintons have more focused on is reaching out to the young folks and you can see throughout all our democratic candidates are young and they are excited to get involved.”

Cassie Hillen – NDSU College Independents: “I know a lot of people in the state are republican but I mean Clinton just did a really good job in office and more presidents should follow in his path. Kind of more an independent view.”

Robbie Lauf – NDSU College Republicans President: “A great deal of it is Heidi Heitkamp and trying to build up some support in the democratic base which hasn't been as excited as of late.”

Clinton's rare stop in North Dakota comes at a time when the political landscape is changing. It's never bad to have good input. Democrats are hoping the influential leader will re-energize the party.

Michael Paolin: “Maybe we can actually have a few minutes with the president and actually shake his hand and maybe get a picture with him.”

All agree the stop is great for the state; a state that hasn't always been acknowledged by candidates on the national level. However, republicans see it a sign of weakness.

Robbie Lauf: “They're obviously feeling some pressure to try to keep the seat democratic, where the republicans could pick this up for another senate seat and possibly take over the senate and the U.S. House and possibly the presidency.”

Michael Paolin: “What it's going to do is send a big message that the democrats do care about the state and really do want to make a difference in this country and I think that they're going to make a huge impact when he does come.”

Again, President Clinton will be at the Alerus Center, Saturday March 17th. A time has not been announced. You have to register to get a ticket. To do that or for more information, go to the state democratic party's website.

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