As an uncertain Nov. 8 nears, Bill Clinton charms in south St. Pete

Don't worry, everyone; it's almost over.

In seven long days, assuming there's not a recount, the election will be over. This one, anyway.

But first, the Tampa Bay area is due for about a dozen or more visits from the major presidential candidates or their surrogates.

You know what they say. We're a bellwether and we're the biggest media market in the biggest swing state in the country. Yay.

Just hours after Democratic contender Hillary Clinton campaigned in Dade City, her husband, former President Bill Clinton, went to bat for her in south St. Petersburg.

As he did during his speech in Safety Harbor a few weeks ago, he promoted her economic fixes, like refinancing student loans and investing in infrastructure.

But he had another message for those gathered at the Thomas "Jet" Jackson Recreation Center at Wildwood Park, which is in the middle of a predominantly African-American neighborhood: should Republican Donald Trump be victorious in one week, Civil Rights and attitudes about race in this country could be set back 50 years.

“I am a 70-year-old white southerner. I know what 'Make America Great Again' means,” he said, referencing Trump's campaign slogan.

In addition to the many attacks on Clinton that come from the opposition, however baseless, the campaign has also had to contend with a quieter problem: lack of voter enthusiasm. As Trump's candidacy electrifies a part of the population that probably sat out prior elections, Clinton has apparently not been able to inspire that kind of passion on the left.

Clinton, who, like President Obama, is known as a gifted speaker, urged attendees to get out and vote.

“It's as simple as this: if the people who are for Hillary vote for Hillary, she'll win Florida and she'll be the next president of the United States,” Clinton said “We should be able to convince people to change forward instead of change backwards.”

Elections like this one are rare, he told his audience.

“This is one of those once in a generation elections where we have to decide all over again who we are as a country," he said.

On Wednesday, Vice President Joe Biden will rally for Clinton at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa.

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