(CNN) -Former President Bill Clinton's heading to West Virginia Monday, to try and keep in party hands a seat that the Democrats have held for more than half a century.
Gov. Joe Manchin announced Friday that he would be joined by the former President Monday at a rally in Morgantown, West Virginia.
"I am truly pleased that President Bill Clinton will join me on the campaign trail," Manchin said in a release. "President Clinton understands West Virginians and this is a great opportunity for me to continue to share my vision for West Virginia and how I will continue to stand up and fight for what is best for our state and nation. I encourage fellow West Virginians to come out and join us."
The popular two-term Democratic governor is his party's Senate nominee in a special election this November to fill the final two years of the term of Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd, who died earlier this year. Byrd was first elected to the Senate in 1958.
Manchin faces off against businessman John Raese, the Republican nominee. Raese lost to Byrd in the state's 2006 Senate race. Top non-partisan political handicappers consider the race a toss-up.
Soon after the Manchin announced Clinton's Monday visit, the Raese campaign responded, putting out a release accusing the governor for being a flip-flopper, pointing to comments Manchin made on MSNBC. When asked in an interview whether he would want President Barack Obama to come and campaign for him, Manchin said "I've never had people come and campaign for me. I've always done my own campaigns."
"The Governor considers President Clinton to be a long-time friend, not a current elected official, and it's a shame that John Raese doesn't understand the difference," responded Manchin campaign spokeswoman Lara Ramsburg.
Jesse Johnson of the Mountain Party is also on the ballot in the general election.
West Virginia is the second campaign stop for Clinton on Monday. He starts the day in Kentucky, teaming up with state Attorney General Jack Conway, the party's Senate nominee. Conway faces off in November against GOP nominee Rand Paul in the battle to succeed retiring Republican Sen. Jim Bunning. Clinton's been very active on the campaign trail this election cycle, helping fellow Democrats, often in states where moderate to conservative voters dominate, and where Obama may not be so popular, such as Kentucky and West Virginia.
(Updated 2:27 p.m. ET with Manchin campaign response)
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Go get 'em, Bill! Remind them how good the policies Obama is using now worked in the 90's. Surplus & record high employment are what they got us!
If the seat is in jeopardy, why isn't Obama going in to help? Or Biden?
I hope he can get it through the peoples heads to please do not vote for any republicans. The country will be stuck in the ditch again.
"When asked in an interview whether he would want President Barack Obama to come and campaign for him, Manchin said "I've never had people come and campaign for me. I've always done my own campaigns."
The RepubliCAN'Ts are so pathetic – they're calling this a FLIP FLOP!!! He never had people come in the PAST and at the current time he was speaking, maybe he thought he can do it on his own. But now that his supporters SUPPORT him in WV but not in WH, he needs BACKUP!!
On another note – Now that the RepubliCAN'Ts use actors in their ADS, I'm beginning to believe that those voters who were asked why they support Manchin for WV and not for the WH, are actors too!! They do not make SENSE!!
President Clinton – do what you do best and GET THE VOTE out for Manchin!!
T'is T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!
Maybe he could get the "hillbillies" the Republican's hired to go with him.
Wonder if he'll bring up the "hick" commercial.
Stop trying we're not going to let Democrats go to Washington to vote against our will. We probably can't win in the nanny states but at least we try.
WHAT??!! No Obozo to drag him down? Let me guess. He's also not mentioning he's a DemocRAT in his ads and is saying he would have voted against everything the DC DemocRATS dumped on American citizens.
And he thinks West Virginians are dumb enough to fall for it....
We here in la are worm up by obama lately campaign we love him we continue to support
thanks to this slickster, the country is in ruins. he let big companies cannibalize others, he let the american airwaves come under almost complete ownership by right-wing lunatics, his morals led to born again W, and we are all suffering for those choices.
maybe if you give away your hundreds of millions you can redeem yourself. if not, you're another waste of political space.
Former President Clinton left office with a surplus, George W. Bush sure screwed that up and Republicans refuse to admit it because they are liars.
Why do republicans cry when democrats help each other? The republicans have all the money they need from foreign sources, Fox, and billionaires. Talk about flip floppers, the pubes are against the debt unless it is made larger by tax cuts for the wealthy, are pro-life except in killing people in unnecessary wars, are against big government unless the government will monitor women's rights, monitor gays and lesbians, they are for freedom of religion unless it is not a protestant religion, and are against social security and medicare once they get elected.
God bless you, we love you.....pres. clinton...give support to Obama...It is an inherited headache for obama...from GOP thugs...work for our nation...we love you....clintons...