Bill Clinton to hit the Virginia campaign trail for McAuliffe
October 20th, 2013
11:59 AM ET
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Bill Clinton to hit the Virginia campaign trail for McAuliffe

Washington (CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton will campaign for Virginia gubernatorial hopeful and longtime friend Terry McAuliffe next week, just days before the November 5 election.

McAuliffe's team announced Sunday that the 42nd president will kick off a three-day tour with the Democratic nominee in Virginia on October 27.

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In the heated governor's race, McAuliffe has an advantage over Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. According to an NBC4/NBC News/Marist poll released last week, 46% of Virginia's likely voters support the Democrat, while 38% back Cuccinelli.

Clinton has already headlined fundraisers for McAuliffe this cycle and also turned out for his friend in 2009 when McAuliffe last ran for the Democratic nomination for governor.

Sunday's announcement came one day after former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton re-emerged on the political scene and appeared at a public campaign event for McAuliffe in Falls Church, Virginia.

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McAuliffe served as chairman of Bill Clinton's 1996 campaign for re-election and as co-chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2008 bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

He was also the chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2001-05.

Anna Nix, press secretary for Cuccinelli, said it's "not surprising" that McAuliffe "needs folks like President Clinton to speak for him."

"Virginians will not be fooled. There's only one candidate in this race with a credible plan to create 58,000 jobs and ensure our children have access to a quality education: Ken Cuccinelli," she said in a statement.

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Filed under: 2013 • Bill Clinton • Terry McAuliffe • Virginia
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. vic , nashville ,tn

    Virginia is changing from purple to blue that is true. Clintons are starting 2016 campaign from Virginia.
    With out Virginia GOP can’t win White House in 2016. So time for GOP establishment to stands against Ted Cruz

    October 20, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    Clinton would sell his soul to the devil to keep the Dems in power.

    October 20, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. MaryM

    Go get them Bill. It will be good practice for 2016 campaign for Hillary.
    Speaking of 2016 , who will the republicans run against Hillary and President Bill Clinton

    October 20, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |