HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Hundreds filled a room in Hartford Monday tonight as Former President Bill Clinton rallied voters in support of Governor Dannel Malloy.
It’s a tight race once again between Governor Malloy and Tom Foley and both are taking advantage of the final weeks before Election Day. A very enthusiastic Bill Clinton’s message was about leadership. He spoke about how Governor Dannel Malloy had to make some tough decisions that have upset people, but if Connecticut re-elects Governor Malloy, this state will stand out from the rest.
“I’m telling you, you’re going to send a big loud message to the country about leadership when you re-elect him,” said Clinton.
Former President Clinton painted a picture for voters about the challenges he feels Governor Dannel Malloy has faced since taking office in 2011, raising taxes, cutting spending and negotiating state employee concessions to address a multi-billion dollar deficit.
“You can’t just snap your fingers and make everything right. When Dan Malloy was elected Governor, Connecticut had the highest debt per capita and that’s in relation to your population of any state in America,” said Clinton.
Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra, Senator Richard Blumenthal and a very passionate representative John Larson, also applauded Malloy’s decision making.
“Are you gonna stand with him? Are you gonna stand by this Governor? We need you there,” said Clinton.
The hundreds of Democrats who packed the Hartford school gymnasium say they will do just that.
“Now we are improving and I think it’s right for us to give him an extra four years and see what he can do,” said Clinton.
Some of the younger people impressed by President Clinton’s message.
When asked what he will go home and tell his parents, Daztar Pagdiwala said, “the democrats have a good chance of winning and Bill Clinton gives a good speech.”
This is President Clinton’s second visit to Connecticut rallying for Governor Malloy. He says the people of Connecticut should keep this in mind when it comes to Governor Malloy.
“He did the necessary things to move you forward and get you through a rough time,” said Clinton.
President Clinton also spoke about the country’s recovery from a financial crisis saying it normally takes ten years to get jobs back and we did it in six.
As for more rallying, President Obama is scheduled to be in Bridgeport supporting Governor Malloy Wednesday, and Tuesday New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is expected to be in the state supporting Tom Foley.