Bill Clinton Campaigns for Grimes in Lexington

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WBKO) -- For the second time in about six months, former President Bill Clinton is trying to help Alison Lundergan Grimes take Sen. Mitch McConnell's seat in the United States Senate.

"If you want more jobs and higher incomes, you've got one choice. If you like all that fighting in Washington and you prefer watching it to reality TV and duck dynasty, you've got another choice. I choose Alison and I think you will too," said former President Bill Clinton.

One of Clinton's major themes centered around republicans and democrats working together.

He said based on McConnell's record he won't be able to do that, but Grimes would.

The democratic Secretary of State was glad to have Clinton there and says she models herself after him.

"One label though that I will proudly wear is that of a Clinton democrat. I am a Clinton democrat," said democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Grimes and Clinton both said you have to raise minimum wage, because they say it will help local economies.

"It's going to circulate in their communities. All the local merchants are going to be better off, incomes will go up, more people will get hired. More people will get a pay raise, many of them for the first time in a decade," said Clinton.

Both discussed coal as well, and Grimes says she is fighting for it in this race.

"Let me set it straight for you Mitch McConnell, I am the pro-coal candidate in this race," said Grimes.

The Republican Party of Kentucky was quick to comment today about Clinton's trip to Lexington saying "She continues to succeed in reminding Kentuckians that she's Barack Obama's Kentucky candidate and would surely be a vote for the anti-coal Obama agenda. The McConnell campaign also provided a similar statement saying Clinton applauded EPA regulations and that the EPA building is named after Clinton.

Tickets for Wednesday's event went for at least $200 a piece, but attendees could pay much more for them if they chose to do so.

Clinton and Grimes also visited Hazard.


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