NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– Former President Bill Clinton held a fundraiser at the Omni Hotel in New Haven for incumbent Governor Dannel Malloy.
Clinton started his rally speech remembering how he met his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at Yale University 43 years ago.
“I love Connecticut. You’ve been good to me,” said Pres. Clinton. He was joined by Democrats; New Haven Mayor Tony Harp, Sen. Chris Murphy, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman.
Each gave their best pitch for his reelection talking about how he cut the budget, raised minimum wage, tightened gun laws, and implemented the federal health care law.
“Are people better off when you quit than when you started? Do children have a better future? Are things coming together or being torn apart? By those tests this man has more than earned the chance to finish the job he started four years ago,” said Clinton.
Back in 2010, Malloy won the gubernatorial race by just 6,400 votes and currently he’s trailing in recent polls.
“It’s about who votes quite frankly. The assumptions that certain people make about lower turnouts in certain places will prove not to be the reality,” said Malloy.
Both candidates are bringing in their party muscle to the state for campaigning and fundraising. Vice President Joe Biden spoke at Goodwin College about two weeks ago and back in July, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie held a fundraiser for Republican nominee Tom Foley.
Malloy had some questions for his opponent.
“What are you going to do to take the money out of the taxes like you’re saying you’re going to do? If you’re running against my record tell me how you would have done it differently?” asked Malloy.
President Clinton ended his speech with a message to supporters. He told them to get to work.
“We have no one to blame but ourselves if they (Wyman and Malloy) don’t win,” said Clinton.
The rally charged $50 for a ticket to hear everyone speak.