02/25/2014 03:23 pm ET Updated Feb 25, 2014

Mitch McConnell Welcomes Bill Clinton To Kentucky

Former President Bill Clinton is making something of a splash in Kentucky, campaigning on Tuesday against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. And McConnell, the state's longtime Republican senator, says that's a good thing for his contest against Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D).

"I welcome him back. The last time he ran in 1996, he eked out a narrow victory in Kentucky while I beat the current governor by 160,000 votes -- 10 points," McConnell told reporters on Capitol Hill. "In 2008, both Bill and Hillary Clinton came to town, including the day before the election, and I won by 100,000 votes. So I welcome President Clinton back to Kentucky. Every time he's come, it's been really good for me."

Of course, times are a bit different now. McConnell is sporting record-low approval numbers and running neck-and-neck with Grimes in most polls.



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