Bill Clinton said it was important for young voters to remain engaged in the political process.
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN)– Before a crowd of young college democrats Friday, former President Bill Clinton encouraged young people to continue their engagement in the political process.
"That ought to be our mission. Your generation has more to expect in this than anyone else," Clinton said to a crowd of 20 some-things. "Because the 21st century is either going to be the most prosperous, peaceful, interesting time in human history– or one long set of nightmares. And it depends on what we do."
While Clinton spoke affectionately about his wife and presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, he also told the crowd the New York Senator would be his top choice despite their relation.
"If we were not married, and she asked me to be here tonight, I would be here for her." Clinton continued by referencing CNN's Democratic debate "because I think as you saw last night, she has the strength, the experience, the ideas and the determination to change this country and to lead us together to reclaim the 21st century for you."
The former President also humorously discussed how outreach to young voters, a key voting block in his 1992 presidential bid, had changed dramatically since his time in the White House.
"When I took office there were only 50 sites on the World Wide Web," Clinton told a crowd of laughing twenty year olds who have grown up online-savvy.
"When I took office, the average weight of the cell phone was five pounds, now I can't even get my big hands on one. So we had to do really rudimentary things like go on MTV. It was unbelievable, young people gave the energy, the drive, the thrust to our campaign."
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–CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla