Donnelly and Mourdock are scheduled to face each other in debate Monday, as well as Oct. 23, the latter to take place at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany.
Hoosier Democrats began assembling with free tickets for the 10:30 a.m. start to welcome their fiery former president and state candidates. Also speaking were Indianapolis City-County Councilor Maggie Lewis, Lt. Gov. candidate Vi Simpson and Congressman Andre Carson. Fifth district congressional candidate Scott Reske led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Bill Clinton’s presence in Indiana is a sign that much may still be undecided here. In a state where splitting tickets in a vote is nothing out of the ordinary and solid red turned blue in 2008, the home stretch to election day has begun and Democrats called for common sense and working to get folks out voting.
Clinton stole the show at the Democratic Party's national convention and his presence Friday in Indiana was a notable encore. A new Pew Research Center poll found that 29 percent of those surveyed said Clinton's convention speech was the highlight. A Gallup poll released in early September showed Clinton was viewed favorably by 69 percent of Americans, including 43 percent of Republicans and 68 percent of independents.
Speaker Friday challenged those attending to reach out to their neighbors, friends co-workers and others and to take the time to talk with them about how crucial this election and each vote is.
Clinton hammered on Donnelly’s opponent for criticism of Senator Lugar about working with the president on national security calling it more partisanship. “Do you really think it’s a Republican or Democratic issue whether Osama bin Laden and all the leadership of Al Qaeda is gone now or not?” Clinton said. “I thought it was an American issue.”
“What is this idea that it’s my way or the highway? I was raised to believe that nobody’s right all the time,” said Clinton.