Former President Bill Clinton is making the pitch for Democratic President Barack Obama at two campaign stops in Minnesota Tuesday.
Clinton told 1,800 people at the University of Minnesota Tuesday morning that Obama is the best fit to improve the economy and lift the middle class. Clinton said Obama has helped turn the country's economy around and is better suited to improve the economy over the next four years.
"Obama is far more likely to lift the middle class and give the poor a chance to work their way into it," Clinton said. "Obama is far more likely to build a modern economy. Obama is far more likely to keep us moving toward a more perfect union instead of being divided by ideology and economics and politics."
Clinton also spoke in Duluth on Tuesday afternoon.
Clinton's visit comes as a recent poll shows the race for president tightening in Minnesota. Republicans say Clinton's visit is a signal that Romney can be the first Republican presidential candidate to win Minnesota in 40 years.
Rep. Paul Ryan, R-WI, is scheduled to fly into the Twin Cities this afternoon and make a brief campaign appearance in Hudson later in the day. The GOP vice presidential candidate is planning to thank volunteers who are delivering or collecting items for storm relief efforts.
(Reporter Mark Zdechlik contributed to this report.)