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President Clinton rallies support for Grimes in Louisville

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Part of the 1,200 people that turned out for the event, along with the media members covering it. Part of the 1,200 people that turned out for the event, along with the media members covering it.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Former President Bill Clinton campaigned Tuesday in downtown Louisville for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.

The event raised $604,000 from more than 1,200 donors, a spokeswoman for the Grimes campaign said.

Grimes and Clinton walked onto the Galt House stage together, posing for photos. The former president endorsed Grimes' jobs plan, saying it shows she "believes in" Kentuckians.

"That's really what Alison's telling you. Send me to Washington, I'll do something that makes sense, and if there's a problem with something, I'll fix it," Clinton said.

Clinton, who won Kentucky in back-to-back presidential campaigns, spent part of his 20-minute speech attacking Grimes' opponent, Republican Mitch McConnell, for creating conflict in Congress.

Multiple times, he credited Gov. Steve Beshear's implementation of the federal health care law.

During her 30-minute speech, Grimes made comparisons between her race against McConnell and Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign.

"The country was ready for a new, fresh southern face," she said, "versus the old Washington - been there too long, part-of-the-problem institution."

Grimes received applause for vowing to make raising the minimum wage "first and foremost" on her list of priorities for improving the middle class. She drew her loudest cheers when she referenced Clinton.

"I think it goes without saying, Kentucky is Clinton country," Grimes said.

Clinton's speech also included support for a $10.10 minimum wage. Clinton said he advised Grimes early on to "give the people something" instead of running a negative campaign against McConnell.

Supporters said Clinton's appearance provided Grimes momentum.

"I think her message is strong in that she's for all the people," said Dora Oxendine-Farmer of Knox County, who attended the event. 'She represents us all."

Republicans said it's McConnell who's offering fresh ideas. Jesse Burton, McConnell's campaign manager, said the senator supports repealing the federal health care law, passing "right to work" legislation, and cutting taxes.

"Alison Grimes is trying to run as a fresh new face, yet she's running on a bunch of old re-tread ideas," Burton said. "By contrast, it's senator McConnell that's running on fresh, new ideas that are going to bring Kentucky forward."

Numerous Democratic state officials, including Beshear, Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson and state lawmakers, attended the fundraiser.

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