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Bill Clinton campaigns for McAuliffe in Blacksburg

By Joe Dashiell, jdashiell@wdbj7.com
Web Staff, WDBJ7, news@wdbj7.com
Published On: Oct 22 2013 12:45:49 PM EDT
Updated On: Oct 28 2013 05:28:43 PM EDT

More than a dozen years after Bill Clinton left office, the former President is back on the campaign trail with Terry McAuliffe, his longtime friend and fundraiser.

BLACKSBURG, Va. -

More than a dozen years after Bill Clinton left office, the former President was back on the campaign trail Monday with Terry McAuliffe, his longtime friend and fundraiser.

Appearing Monday afternoon at Virginia Tech, Clinton went to bat for McAuliffe, urging Democrats to get out the vote for their statewide ticket.

Most of the undergraduates at Virginia Tech were in elementary school when Bill Clinton left office, but there is no question he can still draw a crowd. Students and other local Democrats lined up hours in advance for a spot at the rally.

The former President told the audience he came for personal reasons to support a friend, but also because of what he said is at stake in the election.

“The decision you will make in Virginia in eight days is profoundly important to you and your future and the future of this state,” Clinton said. “It is also important to America. We have to send a signal that we have chosen creative cooperation over constant conflict. We have to send a signal.”

Republicans say Clinton's visit reinforces McAuliffe's connection to Washington-style politics, but Virginia Tech professor and WDBJ7 political analyst Dr. Bob Denton says there's not much of a downside for the Democrat.

Clinton is making nine appearances with McAuliffe over four days. They will return to Southwestern Virginia on Wednesday when they wrap up the tour in Roanoke.

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WDBJ7 will live stream Bill Clinton's appearance with Terry McAuliffe on Monday in Blacksburg.

To watch the event live, click in the player above or click here: http://www.wdbj7.com/news/local/-/20128466/20727964/-/72fh5b/-/index.html

Clinton will also appear with McAuliffe on Wednesday in Roanoke.

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Former president Bill Clinton will campaign on behalf of Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe in Blacksburg and Roanoke next week.

The Blacksburg event is at 2 p.m. Oct. 28 at Virginia Tech. The title of the Blacksburg event is "Putting Jobs First." It will be held in Virginia Tech's Owens Hall.

Tickets will be available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Democratic Party of Virginia Office at 1100A South Main Street in Blacksburg.

The Roanoke event is at 2:15 p.m. Oct. 30 at the City Market Building. Tickets are available at the Democratic Party of Virginia Office at 813 Franklin Road in Roanoke. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

The appearances are part of a four-day, several-stop series of events in Virginia with Clinton. Clinton and McAuliffe also have stops scheduled Sunday in Dale City, Richmond, and Hampton. Prior to the Blacksburg event, Clinton and McAuliffe will appear together in Norfolk at 10:15 a.m. Monday. And before the Roanoke stop Wednesday, McAuliffe and Clinton will appear together in Charlottesville.

McAuliffe, a Democrat, will debate Republican Ken Cuccinelli on Thursday at Virginia Tech. WDBJ7 will broadcast and live stream the debate from 7-8 p.m. Thursday.