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Bill Clinton visits Lexington to campaign for Alison Lundergan Grimes

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Former US President Bill Clinton made an appearance with senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes as she campaigned at the Carrick House in Lexington Wednesday. Campaign officials estimated the ticketed crowd at 450 people or more. It was the second time Grimes and Clinton appeared together during the campaign. The last time was at a fundraiser in Louisville in February.

"Since you visited us last, Mr. President, a lot has happened," Grimes said.

One thing that's happened is a change in polling results. Grimes held a four-point lead in the February WKYT-Herald Leader Bluegrass Poll. The latest one shows Senator Mitch McConnell with a two-point lead over Grimes. During Grimes' speech, she hit hard on topics that we've heard a lot about during this campaign. McConnell has said Grimes would be a political puppet for President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

"Let me just set the record straight. I am not an empty dress; I am not a cheerleader; and I am not a rubber stamp," Grimes told the crowd.

Grimes also continued to paint McConnell as an obstructionist.

"I believe that Kentucky is ready for a United States senator whose vocabulary goes beyond the word 'no'," she said.

Clinton stepped up to the microphone after Grimes. He also hit hard on the importance of cooperation.

"If your goal is just make the other side look bad you don't get anything done. Cooperation works and constant conflict is a dead-bang loser," Clinton told the crowd.

Clinton also supported Grimes' platform of raising the minimum wage.

"These people are going to spend that money it's going to circulate in their communities all the local merchants are going to be better off," he said.

The McConnell campaign released a statement shortly after the luncheon, pointing out that Clinton applauded EPA regulations on power plants. They say Grimes will go to Washington to further anti-coal policies. Senator Mitch McConnell will campaign with Representative Hal Rogers in Eastern Kentucky on Thursday.

A Grimes campaign official didn't have an official attendance number, but said they expect the luncheon to raise money into the six-figures.


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