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Bill Clinton to Campaign For Obama in Va.

Tim Craig

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.

By Tim Craig  |  October 8, 2008; 2:16 PM ET
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Bill Clinton going to more conservative parts of a state with a 40 year GOP-voting record . . . another sign that the Dems are on the offensive, the GOP on the defensive!

Posted by: Chris | October 8, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

It is over, McSame. All of the misleading attacks and distractions that worked so well for Republicans in the last decade are useless. Useless, now that Bush has finally plowed the economy into the ground.

Posted by: Mr. Insight | October 9, 2008 3:34 AM | Report abuse

I'm cautiously optimistic.

I volunteer in Africa and Asia, and I look forward to days ahead when being American will no longer be a liability.

It looks like this is going to be a great time to be an American!

If this recent trend towards blue continues, it looks like it will be a proud time to be a Virginian, too!!

Posted by: LadyMonarch | October 9, 2008 5:40 AM | Report abuse

>I see the average McCain voter as falling under 1 or more of the following types:

1. Deniers of reality.
2. Truly uninformed single-issue voters (right-to-lifers, for example).
>3. Racists.

4. Uncultured, uneducated.

just saying.

Posted by: laura | October 9, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

response to mr. insight....Keep blaming Bush for the economic problems completely. Its easy to blame him, but in fact a huge problem is the Democratic Senate ignoring Fannie and Freddie's issues. And the other huge problem is Americans just buying things they can't afford. Buy within your means, and stop blaming the president.

Posted by: Jack | October 10, 2008 2:52 AM | Report abuse

me want macaine win him smart pick hottie with big hair swimsuit contest winner and build bridge to nohow. need hottie in white house to bring back honor lost by bush cause no wmds under his couch. hottie make people forget how bad repudilcans screwed up.

Posted by: D Miner | October 11, 2008 11:13 PM | Report abuse

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