Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
The Phoenix New Times reports President Bill Clinton Rocks Packed Rally for Senate Candidate Rich Carmona:
President Bill Clinton was on his game Wednesday night in Tempe as he stumped for Arizona's Senate candidate Rich Carmona. More than 5,500 people turned out to Arizona State University's Sun Devil Performance Lawn for a Get Out The Vote rally for Carmona -- and more would've packed in but the fire marshall eventually shut down admissions and campaign workers were forced to turn people away.
* * *
It was quite a show that included Jimmy Eat World, a local band from Mesa, appearances by Arizona Cardinals players, elected officials from across the state and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, former Phoenix Suns player.
Johnson introduced Carmona, rousing the crowd by going through the candidate's impressive résumé, noting that he went from being a high school dropout to a decorated veteran to a surgeon and also a Pima County Sheriff's Deputy and leader of the department's SWAT team.
Carmona spoke about his commitment to the DREAMers, those young
adults brought by their parents into the country as children, and
touched on his support for education before introducing a real "rock
star" -- President Clinton.
And just as Clinton did a better job than President Barack Obama during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte of explaining why voters should elect the Dem president, he also strategically laid out alll the reasons why Carmona was the best guy for the Arizona's open Senate seat.
With Carmona standing by his side, Clinton touched on veteran's issues, education, national security, the DREAM Act and healthcare, and said that Carmona's supportive stance and knowledge on those were all reasons to elect him to office.
* * *
Clinton drew excited cheers from the crowd when he declared that the DREAM Act was "the right thing to do." He also said that he was "proud" that Carmona, a lifelong Independent, decided to run for Senate as a Democrat.
Clinton also poked fun at Carmona for being both a life-saving doctor and a SWAT team leader.
He said he wouldn't be surprised if Carmona's opponents accused him in a campaign ad of becoming a SWAT team member just to rough people up and drum up business for himself as a surgeon.
It got a good belly-laugh from Carmona and chuckles from the crowd.
More on the Horizon Eight (PBS) debate when the video replay is posted.