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Published March 17, 2012, 10:36 PM

Former President Clinton Gives Keynote Address at ND Dem Convention

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - After his appearance in downtown Grand Forks on Saturday morning, Clinton made a stop at the Alerus Center. The former president gave the keynote speech at the Democratic State Convention.

By: Stacie Van Dyke, WDAZ

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - After his appearance in downtown Grand Forks on Saturday morning, Clinton made a stop at the Alerus Center.

The former president gave the keynote speech at the Democratic State Convention.

"Ladies and gentleman, please welcome President Bill Clinton back to North Dakota," U.S. Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp said..

"I really wanted to see Grand Forks again, to see if it had really come back better than I had ever imagined, and it has," Clinton said.

President Bill Clinton says he was profoundly moved by the 1997 flood in Grand Forks and it shaped the way he responds to natural disasters

"That experience proved that we could always build back better if we did it together and there was a vision for the future," Clinton said.

While President Clinton spent a considerable amount of time praising the progress of Grand Forks in the last fifteen years, he also made sure to throw his political weight behind Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp.

"This November, with your help, North Dakota will go big and elect me as your next United States Senator," Heitkamp said.

"Not just for North Dakota, but for America. You should elect Heidi Heitkamp, Pam Gulleson, and Ryan Taylor. Your country needs them, along with your state," Clinton said.

North Dakota Democrats hope the speech will energize the party for this year's races. President Clinton's endorsements did just that, as he praised the state for its progress.

"North Dakota in the middle of the country, a small state with today the lowest unemployment and highest growth rate in the country. This is a dream what you have done here for literally hundreds of millions of people around the world," Clinton said.

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