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Bill Clinton visiting

Former president to campaign in Marietta for Hillary

February 15, 2008
By Evan Bevins,
As Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama vie for Ohio’s delegates in the March 4 primary, the former first lady will get some campaign help in Marietta from the would-be first gentleman.

Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to visit the city Sunday to campaign for his wife.

A release from Sen. Clinton’s campaign press office Thursday afternoon said Marietta is one of four Buckeye State stops on the 42nd president’s schedule Sunday. He will also visit Toledo, Canton and Steubenville.

Many details — including the time and place of the event — had not been announced Thursday night.

“There’s a lot about it that is not settled yet,” said Washington County Democratic Party Chairwoman Molly Varner. “My understanding is that former President Bill Clinton will be in Marietta Sunday evening.”

Clinton and Obama are locked in a tight race for their party’s nomination, with Obama holding a slim lead in committed delegates, 1,276-1,220. Clinton is aiming for primary victories in Ohio and Texas, the states with the largest number of delegates up for grabs on March 4, to bolster her bid following eight straight losses to Obama since the Super Tuesday contests.

Clinton was in Dayton Thursday to have a round-table discussion with three families facing the threat of foreclosure. She then spoke at Ohio State University in Columbus before a crowd of about 2,500 people.

Clinton or Obama will almost certainly face Arizona Sen. John McCain, who received a boost Thursday with the endorsement of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Romney was McCain’s chief rival for the Republican nomination before he dropped out of the race last week.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Texas Rep. Ron Paul remain in the race, though neither has a chance to catch McCain in terms of national convention delegates, The Associated Press reported.

Although he’s remaining neutral for now in the race between Clinton and Obama, Marietta Mayor Michael Mullen said he was excited to hear the former president was coming to the city.

“I think anytime we can shine the national spotlight on our fair city, it’s a good thing,” he said.


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