Bill Clinton to Campaign For Obama in Va.
Former President Bill Clinton will campaign for Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) Sunday in Roanoke and Richmond.
Clinton will hold rallies in both cities. The time and locations have yet to be determined.
The fact Obama feels comfortable enough to bring Clinton into Virginia is a testament of how dramatically the state's political climate has changed in recent years. During statewide elections in the 1990s and earlier this decade, Democratic candidates largely kept their distance from Clinton, although Sen. James Webb (D-Va.) brought him in for an election-eve rally in liberal-leaning Alexandria in 2006.
But Virginia Democrats now believe the former president can help Obama win over working class voters who live in rural areas of the state. In the Feb. 12 primary, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-Ill.) ran very strong in Southwestern Virginia and parts of the Shenandoah Valley. Obama is still trying to win over those Clinton voters.
And with the ongoing economic crisis, a visit by Clinton may remind some voters about the relative prosperity of the 1990s.
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