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Speaking of former President Clinton: A Republican friend notes with interest this passage in a NY Times article yesterday about the adviser-in-chief to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign:

For example, two friends said Mr. Clinton had told them a victory for Mrs. Clinton in Arkansas in the general election was a personal mission of his. (Mr. Gore lost Arkansas in 2000, as Senator John Kerry did in 2004.) And he is cashing in chits for her that Mr. Gore, post-impeachment, never asked him to do. In March, for instance, Mr. Lundergan opened his home in Kentucky to Mr. Clinton for a fund-raiser as a favor after the couple helped raise money for the state party in 2005 and 2006. (Mr. Clinton carried Kentucky in 1992 and 1996, while Mr. Gore and Mr. Kerry did not.)

Mrs. Clinton’s campaign is not a do-over of Gore 2000 for Mr. Clinton, their advisers say, but the couple did decide early on that Mrs. Clinton would treat her husband and his administration’s record as assets, rather than distance herself from him in the interest of standing in her own light.

Run from the Clinton record? After eight years of Bush? Not likely. Arkansas for Hillary? Interesting question. I'd guess that depends more on the Republican nominee than Bill Clinton's effort here, though he'd be important.

 

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