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Clinton Lays Down the 'Facts'

Saying he is mostly out of politics, President Clinton energized a Democratic crowd Sunday night with talk of a "fact-free election" on behalf of a man "younger and better looking" than he is, U.S. Rep. Jim Himes .

The get-out-the-vote Rally drew 300 to 400 people to the Sono Field House , which had room for more. Tennis star James Blake emceed the program and a series of local performers – from the Bethel Mass Choir of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church to the cast of the Bridgeport Theatre Company's Production of "Rent" – warmed the crowd up for the politicians to follow: gubernatorial candidate Dan Malloy , candidate for Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman , Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal , Himes and Clinton.

Clinton was the main event. "It's a 'fact-free election,'" he said over and over again. As the leader of a foundation he deals with facts with the same intensity that Americans save for the facts of sporting events, he said. "The world I live in now, we keep score," he said. "You've got to know the facts, fact matter."

"Facts" included the numbers since Himes began his service in Congress. "We have recovered 70 percent of our lost GDP," Clinton said. He likened it to a sporting event. "How's the competition doing? Germany 60 percent, Japan 50 percent, Great Britain 30 percent. Now, that is not cause for applause because we don't feel better. But it should give you pause before you throw out the crowd that's in and bring back the crowd that dug us in the hole."

He said voters need to give Democrats four years to solve the problems that Republicans took eight years to create. "I'm telling you this because it's not too late," he said, urging attendees to get young people to vote.

Walking away, Enid Lutz of Norwalk marveled that Clinton, who spoke without notes, had never said "um." "How does someone stuff all that information in his head?" she said. Stephen Lutz agreed, saying, "That was one hell of a speech, and the tag line of the day, or of the election, is a 'fact-free election.'"

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