Clinton To Campaign With McAuliffe
After considerable speculation about what role former president Bill Clinton would play in campaigning for his best friend, Terry McAuliffe, the answer should become considerably more clear Monday.
Clinton will campaign with the Democratic gubernatorial candidate in Richmond and Roanoke.
For years, Clinton has made a powerful case for Democratic candidates around the country. But this time it's personal. The two were thick as thieves during Clinton's two presidential bids, and McAuliffe was chairman of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign last year.
Clinton made a surprise appearance at a New York City fundraiser for McAuliffe, and served as the keynote speaker at the Jefferson Jackson dinner. But this will be his first trip to Virginia specifically to campaign for McAuliffe.
"We're thrilled to have President Clinton join Terry on the campaign trail," McAuliffe campaign manager Mike Henry said. "As a former governor and close friend of Terry's, he'll talk with Virginians about why Terry is best suited to turn Virginia's economy around. And as America's last great job-creating president, he'll help make the case as to why Terry will be Virginia's next great job-creating governor."
So how will the former president play with a Virginia audience?
Democratic strategists say Clinton could be a strong tool in helping McAuliffe win over the same working-class white votes that proved to be a major engine for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. The former president was also once a powerful motivator in the black community, which is up for grabs in the governor's race, though its unclear how the much-publicized friction with the Obama campaign during the 2008 presidential primaries has resonated.
April 22, 2009; 10:01 AM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Terry McAuliffe
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