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Published October 29, 2012, 09:36 PM

Thousands pack the Fargo Civic to hear former President Bill Clinton speak

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- With perfect timing, just 8 days before election day, Senate Candidate Heidi Heitkamp got a major boost from one of our country's most powerful politicians.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- With perfect timing, just 8 days before election day, Senate Candidate Heidi Heitkamp got a major boost from one of our country's most powerful politicians.

Thousands packed into the Fargo Civic auditorium for former president Bill Clinton, who was passionate as he told the crowd why they should support Heitkamp over republican Rick Berg.

Atmosphere. Turn people away. What does this say about the national impact of this race? A surprise visit from arguably the most popular politician in the country right now.

"President Bill Clinton, (cheers)"

He's known for that classic charisma, charming personality and being able to charge a crowd.

President Bill Clinton: "Fargo the film was the cult film of Air Force One."

Mr. Clinton went through the budget, medicare, clean energy, fracking without ever looking down. He sounds studied like he wants to win a third term. One person yelled and asked him to do that.

President Bill Clinton: "I'm just telling you I'm not running - but we can't repeal it."

Mr. Clinton is talking about Obamacare. He says it's not perfect but repealing it is worse.

President Bill Clinton: "The worst thing we could do is go back to the status quo."

This local Senate race is filled with national implications. Political experts say Republicans have an outside shot at taking over the senate,

but for it to happen North Dakota is a must win. You know Mr. Clinton would love to help our state play spoiler.

President Bill Clinton: "I know she won't be a doormat because she sued me when I was in office and won."

Aside from the political jargon, this unexpected visit did give people here a chance of a lifetime. Tonights speech was free and open to the public, and they packed this place to the rafters.

Heitkamp said today Clinton's surprise visit is because Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast, freeing up his schedule. As far as its importance to the election, we'll know in 8 days if it may have made an impact.

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