Bill Clinton tries to boost McConnell challenger

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Associated Press

Posted on February 25, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 25 at 9:05 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton says Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's opposition to raising the minimum wage is reason enough for Kentuckians to replace him with Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, a longtime Clinton family friend.

The former president is lending political muscle to Grimes' bid against the 30-year Senate veteran, known as a fundraising powerhouse and fierce competitor. The speech in Louisville, Ky., Tuesday was Clinton's debut on the 2014 midterm election campaign trail. Clinton said that Grimes' support for raising the minimum wage is evidence that she cares about the middle class. McConnell's opposition, he said, is part of the GOP's strategy to "just pout" when Republicans are not in the White House.

For his part, McConnell pointed out that he's handily defeated other rivals when Clinton has visited Kentucky.

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