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Helmut Schmidt, Published October 29 2012

Bill Clinton to rally support for Heitkamp at Fargo Civic Center at 7

FARGO – Former President Bill Clinton is coming to the Fargo Civic Center today to rally support for U.S. Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp.

The event in support of the North Dakota Democrat will begin at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center, 207 4th St. N.

The event will be free and open to the public.

“President Clinton knows how important it is to elect individuals who put partisanship aside and fight for the middle class. I am proud to have his support,” Heitkamp said in the news release.

Heitkamp served as North Dakota’s attorney general while Clinton was president.

“When President Clinton was in office, we had a budget surplus and were on track to pay off our federal debt. I am running for the Senate to help get our fiscal house back in order,” Heitkamp said in the release.

Clinton’s visit comes at a critical time in the race for the open U.S. Senate seat.

A recent Rasmussen poll showed Republican U.S. Rep. Rick Berg leading Heitkamp 50 percent to 45 percent in the Senate race.

The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.

Heitkamp campaign spokesman Brandon Lorenz said that Clinton’s appearance is a sign of the importance of the race.

“Heidi is running a very aggressive and competitive campaign,” Lorenz said.

Clinton last visited North Dakota in the spring, when he went to Grand Forks to give the keynote address at the Democratic-NPL state convention.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Helmut Schmidt at (701) 241-5583

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