COSTA MESA, Calif. -- Democratic nominee Bill Clinton, buoyed by his lead in the state, brought his presidential campaign to California, saying he offers the country a new Democratic Party that believes in job growth.
"It's high time you got your money's worth," Mr. Clinton told a standing, cheering crowd at the Pacific Amphitheatre yesterday in suburban Orange County.
"I do not seek a victory of party. I seek a victory for people. We are at a unique time in history . . . with the end of the Cold War. Once every generation, [the nation] stands at a moment of change. We can make that change."
In an appeal aimed directly at Southern California's thousands of unemployed defense and aerospace industry workers, Mr. Clinton said his presidency would promise "a new day and a new way."
"Four years ago Mr. Bush got on television and said we were better off," Mr. Clinton said. "Let me ask you a question in Orange County, 'How ya doin'?' Do you want four more years of Bush and Quayle, four more years of people working harder for lower wages?"
The Orange County rally, expected to be Mr. Clinton's last campaign appearance in the state, drew more than 18,000 enthusiastic supporters to the amphitheater.
Mr. Clinton warned of over-confidence, saying he would not make an announcement on the outcome of the election until after California polls close Nov. 3.
There has been concern among some Californians that an early network prediction of victory in the presidential race would keep voters in the state at home.
Whoopi Goldberg, Linda Ronstadt, Jack Lemmon, Paula Poundstone and Bruce Hornsby entertained the crowd and urged those in attendance to vote Nov. 3.
Mr. Clinton came on stage as Ms. Goldberg was singing the song "Shout" with a group dressed as nuns from her recent movie "Sister Act." Mr. Clinton joined her to sing a few words of the song.
The Orange County appearance was part of a final campaign push by Mr. Clinton in areas that traditionally have voted Republican.
President Bush has been forced to concentrate his efforts on solidifying his support in the South and Midwest.
California, with its 54 electoral votes, would be a key prize for Mr. Clinton. The last time the state went Democratic was in 1964.
Earlier yesterday, Mr. Clinton campaigned in Oregon and Washington state.
At a huge rally in Seattle, where supporters hung off balconies to get a glimpse of the candidate, Mr. Clinton said the election was "between the courage to change and being stuck in the status quo, between the things-can-be-better crowd and the things-could-be-worse crowd."