Round 2: Former President Bill Clinton coming back to Ky. to campaign for Grimes

07/27/2014 01:15 PM

Former President Bill Clinton will return to Kentucky on Wednesday, August 6, for a campaign rally with Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes in Eastern Kentucky.

This is Clinton’s second planned trip to campaign for Grimes in the 2014 U.S. Senate race against Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell. Clinton’s first trip for Grimes came in February at a Louisville fundraiser at the Galt House which drew nearly 1,200 people.

“We are humbled by President Clinton’s continued commitment to our campaign and the hardworking people of Kentucky,” Grimes campaign manager Jonathan Hurst said Saturday. “The President shares Alison’s vision for a strong middle class, and his support in electing Alison, a champion for working families, to the U.S. Senate is invaluable.”

CNHI’s Ronnie Ellis first broke the story of Clinton’s planned visit on Saturday.

McConnell continues to try and paint Grimes as a national Democrat and supporter of President Barack Obama and U.S. Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, who has not been friendly to the coal lobby.

Grimes maintains that she is pro-coal, and she is seeking to describe McConnell as “gone Washington.”

President Clinton will likely not be the only member of the Clinton family to visit the bluegrass this election year — former Secretary of State and potential 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is also expected to campaign for Grimes in the final months of the contest.

Jerry Lundergan, Grimes’ father and former Democratic party chairman, has close ties to both Hillary and Bill Clinton.

The Grimes campaign is remaining mum on the details for the August 6 event.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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