Bill Clinton to Hit Stump for House, Senate Democrats

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Posted October 8, 2012 at 4:08pm

President Barack Obama isn’t the only Democrat running this year that’s benefiting from appearances by Bill Clinton.

For the past month, since his well-received speech at the Democratic National Convention, the former president has hit the campaign trail for Obama. He has said his top goal is returning Obama to the White House, but he’s also finding time in the final push before Election Day for some downballot Democrats who also find themselves in close races and could use the boost Clinton can provide.

On Tuesday morning, Clinton will endorse four Sacramento-area Congressional candidates on the campus of the University of California, Davis. The candidates include Reps. John Garamendi and Jerry McNerney, as well as physician Ami Bera and astronaut Jose Hernandez, who are challenging Republican incumbents.

“Middle class Americans need champions in Congress who will fight for good American jobs, and who will put people before politics. I’m proud to endorse four people who will do just that,” Clinton said in a statement.

That afternoon Clinton will be in Las Vegas for an Obama rally. Appearing on stage with him will be Rep. Shelley Berkley (D), who is challenging Sen. Dean Heller (R) in one of the closest Senate races in the country. Clinton will head next door Wednesday evening for a rally at Arizona State University in Tempe with Senate candidate Richard Carmona (D). He’s running against Rep. Jeff Flake (R) for the seat of retiring Sen. Jon Kyl (R).

He will end the week on Friday in Sioux City, Iowa, for a rally with former Iowa first lady Christie Vilsack (D), who is challenging Rep. Steve King (R).

“His common-sense approach is why he was able to balance the budget and create jobs, without telling future generations that they should forget the promise of Medicare or access to education,” Vilsack said in a statement. “This is the same kind of leadership I’ll bring to Congress as I fight for the 4th District.”