Bill Clinton leads off parade of politicians to back Murray

EVERETT - Former President Bill Clinton on Monday urged Washington voters to overcome a perceived gap in enthusiasm this election and turn out to support Democratic Sen. Patty Murray.

Clinton fired up a standing-room crowd of about 2,000 supporters Monday afternoon at the Flying Heritage Collection museum in Everett.

“Don’t be fooled, don’t be played, and don’t stay home,” Clinton said in a speech that lasted more than 30 minutes, telling voters to put aside Republican rhetoric.

Clinton told supporters that if they want to create jobs, hold Wall Street accountable, make it easier to afford college, pursue clean energy and get things done, they must vote for Murray.

“There’s always a gap when you vote for change and when you start implementing it and when you feel it,” Clinton said.

Clinton’s visit begins a week of high-profile appearances for the Democratic incumbent. Vice President Joe Biden campaigns for Murray today in Vancouver. President Barack Obama returns to Washington to campaign for her Thursday in Seattle. He also made a campaign visit for her in August. And next Monday, first lady Michelle Obama plans to campaign for Murray.