Former President Bill Clinton to headline Grimes GOTV events in western Kentucky next week

10/17/2014 02:03 PM

Less than a week after his wife rallied thousands of Democrats in Louisville, former President Bill Clinton will campaign for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes in western Kentucky.

Clinton is scheduled to appear at get-out-the-vote events in Owensboro and Paducah Tuesday, Grimes’ campaign announced Friday. The Associated Press first reported Clinton’s stops next week.

“The Clintons’ commitment to Alison’s candidacy is a testament to what a strong, independent leader she will be in the U.S. Senate,” Grimes campaign manager Jonathan Hurst said in a statement. “Kentucky is Clinton country, and we are honored to have both Hillary and President Clinton here in the Commonwealth to campaign with Alison in the final days of an election that will significantly impact the future of our state and our nation.”

Tuesday will mark Clinton’s third visit to Kentucky on Grimes’ behalf. The former president stumped for Grimes in Lexington and Hazard in August, helping the candidate raise some $250,000 at a fundraiser in Lexington.

Grimes’ campaign recently used clips of Clinton’s speech in Hazard in a television ad.

Clinton’s wife, former U.S. Secretary of State and U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, spoke to about 4,500 at a rally in Louisville on Wednesday, hoping to boost Grimes’ appeal to voters with more than two weeks until the Nov. 4 midterm election against Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a reporter for Pure Politics. He joined cn|2 in September 2014 after five years at The State Journal in Frankfort, where he covered Kentucky government and politics. You can reach him at kevin.wheatley@charter.com or 502-792-1135 and follow him on Twitter at @KWheatley_cn2.

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