BLAINE, Minnesota (CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton told a Minnesota crowd Sunday night that Republican and Tea Party favorite Rep. Michele Bachmann and the party she belongs to is so extreme that even prominent Republicans in history, if they were around today, would be voting for her opponent in this election cycle.
"Every Republican leader from Theodore Roosevelt to Dwight Eisenhower would be voting for [Democrat Tarryl Clark] in this election," Clinton said to cheers from a crowd at a local labor union. "Her opponent and that crowd in Washington make Richard Nixon look like a member of Students for a Democratic Society. They make Newt Gingrich and George Bush look like garden variety liberals."
During his remarks, which ran roughly 30 minutes, the former president also repeatedly emphasized the youth vote by making direct appeals to college students and tuiition costs. He encouraged students to use social media to spread the word on issues that matter.
"I am telling you there are any number of voters you can still turn," he said. "You have to be her advocate. You have to carry the facts. And the young people have to get on the viral networks and light them up."
Clinton was speaking at a tailgate watch party during the MInnesota Vikings-Green Bay Packers game, which was hosted by Clark's campaign. Also in attendance were Minnesota Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Rep. Keith Ellison.
Bachmann is being challenged by Democratic state senator Tarryl Clark. The Sixth Congressional District house race is the most expensive in the nation, with Bachmann raising over $10 million so far, and Clark more than $4 million.