WDAY: The News Leader

Published March 17, 2012, 09:02 PM

President Bill Clinton Speaks at North Dakota Democratic State Convention

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- After two days of political speeches, the North Dakota Democratic State Convention has ended. But not before a big appearance from a president.

By: Stacie Van Dyke, WDAZ, WDAY

After two days of political speeches, the North Dakota Democratic State Convention ends, but not before a big appearance. President Bill Clinton urged supporters to rally around the state's minority party.

Heidi Heitkamp – U.S Senate Candidate: “Ladies and Gentleman, please welcome President Bill Clinton back to North Dakota.”

President Bill Clinton: “I really wanted to see Grand Forks again, to see if it had really come back better than I had ever imagined, and it has.”

President Bill Clinton says he was profoundly moved by the 1997 flood in Grand Forks and it shaped the way he responds to natural disasters

President Bill Clinton: “That experience proved that we could always build back better if we did it together and there was a vision for the future.”

While President Clinton spent a considerable amount of time praising the progress of Grand Forks in the last fifteen years, he also made sure to throw his political weight behind Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp.

Heidi Heitkamp – U.S Senate Candidate: “This November, with your help, North Dakota will go big and elect me as your next United States Senator.”

President Bill Clinton: “Not just for North Dakota, but for America. You should elect Heidi Heitkamp, Pam Gulleson, and Ryan Taylor. Your country needs them, along with your state.”

North Dakota Democrats hope the speech will energize the party for this year's races. President Clinton's endorsements did just that, as he praised the state for its progress.

President Bill Clinton: “North Dakota in the middle of the country, a small state with today the lowest unemployment and highest growth rate in the country. This is a dream what you have done here for literally hundreds of millions of people around the world.”