Former President Clinton campaigns for Alison Lundergan Grimes
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes enlisted an old family friend to try and boost her campaign against Republican U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell -- former President Bill Clinton.
It's been 14 years since Bill Clinton left office, but there's no doubt he's still the Democrats' biggest rock star.
A crowd of more than 1,000 at the Galt House stood to its feet as Clinton and Grimes took the stage together.
They had paid more than $100 a seat to hear the former president call Grimes a "problem-solver" and her opponent an "obstructionist."
"In the end, that's what Alison's telling you: 'Send me to Washington, and I'll do something that makes sense, and if there's a problem with it, I'll fix it.' The other choice is to just pout," said Clinton.
Clinton never called McConnell by name as he warned the crowd of the political attacks to come.
"You will not get anywhere calling somebody a name," said Clinton. "You will not get anywhere putting these people to work, training anybody, giving them access to broadband, or capital, or inducing people to invest in their neighborhoods by running an ad saying whatever the heck these crazy groups are going to say about Alison between now and election day."
While Clinton did not throw out much red meat, Grimes did. She blasted McConnell for his opposition to an increase in the minimum wage.
"I'm not going to let any Washington politician whose net worth is over $25-million tell me, tell us, that increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour is going to hurt our economy," she said.
When it was over, supporters say they got their money's worth.
"I'm excited to be here today. I think it's wonderful, and I'm proud of Alison. And I know we're going to beat Mitch McConnell in the fall. I know it," said Elaine White of Lexington.
But as Clinton was working the crowd, the McConnell campaign was ready to pounce. His campaign manager was waiting for reporters in the lobby.
"Grimes is trying to run as the fresh new candidate with the new ideas when she's really running on old, re-tread ideas from past administrations," said McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton.
The Grimes camp says Clinton will return as the campaign wears on. But the McConnell campaign jabbed that Grimes would take any help she could get since she doesn't have much of a resume.
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