Posted at: 10/31/2012 5:49 PM
Updated at: 10/31/2012 6:36 PM
By: Dan Conradt
Former President Bill Clinton In Mason City
(ABC 6 News) - He's been out of office for more than a decade, but former President Bill Clinton remains one of the most influential figures in American politics. Today, Clinton's goal was to influence Mason City.
With pomp and circumstance they came by the hundreds... everyone from political die-hards to the merely curious. All of them hoping to see and hear America's 42nd president.
The crowd gathered at the NIACC auditorium in Mason City, waited for an hour, and roared when the former president was introduced. Then, they got what they came for.
"I'm for President Obama because he's got a better economic plan," said Mr. Clinton. "A better budget, a better health care plan."
But politics is a two sided coin.
"Governor Romney has a plan to create 12 million new jobs to make small business the backbone of our economy once again," said Bill Schickel, co-chair of the Iowa Republican Party.
And with the election less than a week away...
"The only thing that matters when it's all said and done is this," said Mr. Clinton. "Are people better off when you quit than when you started? Do the children have a brighter future? Are things coming together rather than falling apart?"
Mr. Clinton's appearance in Mason City was also a campaign stop for Christie Vilsack, who is challenging incumbent Congressman Steve King.