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For second time in 6 months, former Pres. Clinton stumps for Grimes

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDRB) -- For the second time in six months, Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes brought in an old family friend - former President Bill Clinton - to boost her campaign for U.S. Senate.

This time, she adopted one of Clinton's old campaign slogans - "It's the economy, stupid."

Grimes used this event to drive home one point - that she is a Bill Clinton Democrat, whose focus is creating jobs.

"He is the jobs President who is here to endorse the jobs candidate," Grimes told a crowd of about 400 who gathered at the Carrick House in Lexington.

Bill Clinton was the last Democratic presidential candidate to win Kentucky. He did it twice. That's one reason Grimes is anxious to attach herself with the Clinton label.

"Being a Clinton Democrat, it means remembering what Pres. Clinton said back in 1992 to his campaign staff, 'It's the economy, stupid.' When we actually improve the economy, we change the lives of millions of Kentuckians, and Americans all across the nation for the better," she said.

The campaign of Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell has been trying to tie Grimes to the unpopular Pres. Obama and his so-called War on Coal.

But Clinton says Kentuckians should not be fooled.

"Because the White House changes every four years. It will change in two years, and this is a 6-year job. He's actually hoping everybody will just check their brain at the door and forget you're hiring somebody to do something for the next six years that he has not done for the last 30," said Clinton to applause and laughter.

The former President touted Grimes as one who would reach across the aisle to help break the Washington gridlock that, he says, McConnell promotes.

"If you want more jobs and higher incomes, you got one choice. If you like all that fighting in Washington, and you prefer watching it to reality TV and Duck Dynasty, you got another choice. I choose Alison, and I think you will, too," he said.

As Clinton greeted supporters on his way out, WDRB News asked him what he thought about Grimes' chances of winning.

He answered simply, "Good," and gave the thumbs-up sign.

From Lexington, Grimes and Clinton staged a rally in Hazard - eastern Kentucky coal country - the day before McConnell begins a 10-county coal bus tour.

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