7th Congressional District race has drawn nationwide attention
Former Democratic president Bill Clinton was in Denver on Wednesday campaigning alongside Ed Perlmutter, the Democratic 7th Congressional District candidate.
Clinton said he has “never seen an election like this before,” and that even Republicans are ready to move away from the Bush administration and into a “reality based” nation and mindset.
“(Voters) are just waiting for somebody to grab their hand and lead them to do what they need to do for their children’s future and their grandchildren’s future,” Clinton said.
Clinton addressed issues such as healthcare, stem cell research and the war in Iraq. He said that the Republicans in Congress and government are politicians who “favor special interest politics over common good.”
Clinton predicted that unaffiliated and Republican voters will lean towards the Democrats this year. But for America to move in the right direction, Clinton said, both Democrats and Republicans need to work together.
“We are not perfect. We can always do better if we go forward together,” Clinton said.
Other speakers at the fundraiser included Democrats Ken Salazar, Mark Udall, and Ed Perlmutter.
“Change is coming to America Nov. 7 this year,” Perlmutter said.
Victory in a race like the 7th Congressional District will be difficult this year because voters seem to be evenly split.
According to 9 News, the Secretary of State’s office reports 113,346 Republicans, 121,779 Democrats and 123,403 unaffiliated voters live in the 7th district, which includes the cities of Aurora, Lakewood, Golden and Westminster.
The outcome of this race is also important to people all around the nation. Perlmutter informed attendees that even The New York Times took the time to write a story specifically about the 7th Congressional District race.
Perlmutter is up against Republican Rick O’Donnell. O’Donnell has openly opposed such issues like stem cell research.
Perlmutter, whose daughter Alexis suffers from epilepsy, said he supports the stem cell research bill because of the promise it shows in curing diseases like diabetes, Parkinson’s and epilepsy.
If elected, Perlmutter will take the seat left open by Bob Beauprez, the 2006 Republican candidate for governor. Currently, Perlmutter is ahead in the polls.
“If we do what I know we can do we will bring change to America,” Perlmutter said.