BOISE - Two-time Olympic skating medalist Michelle Kwan came out to campaign for Hillary Clinton at Boise State on Thursday night.
The university is a destination for important events this election year and, at times, campus leaders have only had a few days to put them together. With Idaho looking to play a bigger role in the national political landscape, candidates are choosing to spread their message to voters at Boise State.
Kwan started off the night by thanking the room full of diverse Idahoans - from minorities to the elderly - for supporting Clinton. After hanging up her skates, the Olympian says she knew she had to continue representing our country.
"When the opportunity came about to join the campaign, I said, 'Where do I begin? How do I help?'"
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Kwan worked under the former secretary of state after getting her masters, and traveled all over the world for international diplomacy. Now, the Hillary aide is traveling all over America, speaking on behalf of the campaign and rallying support.
"I was able to see firsthand her leadership and her vision for our country," Kwan said to the audience.
She was eager to spread Clinton's message in Boise - for personal reasons, too. During her figure skating days, Kwan says she spent a lot of time in Idaho.
"I just love Boise. I have so many fond memories here."
It was just announced last week that the Clinton campaign would be making a stop at Boise State, so we found out what all goes into putting on events like this.
"We've pulled off some major things on this campus," Boise State Campus Planning and Facilities Director Nicole Nimmons told KTVB. "We have it all right here."
She says the university only had a five-hour notice to flip the room around when Ted Cuz came to town earlier this month.
"It does take a huge team effort campus-wide for us," Nimmons added.
With these important presidential candidates and campaigns choosing Boise State as their host, the university is thrilled students are getting the opportunity to get involved politically.
"They're coming here to the university. Students, younger folks: You have a voice. They're coming here so they can speak to this age group," Nimmons said.
Idaho's Democratic caucuses are coming up on Tuesday, March 22, so it is boiling down to the last few days for candidates to make their mark on Idahoans.