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Democrats rally to get out the mid-term vote – with a little help from their big-name friends

Oct 22, 2014

Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint)
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Midterm elections tend not to draw out many Democrat voters, so as Election Day draws closer, the Democratic Party is pulling out all the stops to encourage voters to turn out. 

Democratic Congressman Dan Kildee of Michigan’s 5th District, hosted Bill Clinton in Flint today. Kildee joined us on Stateside to talk about the importance of midterm elections.  

“Many people mistakenly believe that we choose the course the country will take once every four years when we elect a president. Here in Michigan, we make those decisions in the midterms,” Kildee says, including decisions about congressional seats and who sits in the governor’s chair.  

Top Democrats who've visited Michigan include Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, and Bill Clinton. Kildee says President Obama may visit the state within the next week.  

While Kildee acknowledges President Obama’s low poll numbers, he stresses that his presence drives home the fact that there is an election.  “People have pretty much made up their minds what side they’re on. There are some undecided votes, but the bigger number are the people who are undecided as to whether or not they’re going to vote,” Kildee says.    

*Listen to Congressman Kildee discuss the importance of voting above.