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Former President Bill Clinton attends a campaign rally with Gov. John Lynch and his wife, Dr. Susan Lynch, at Nashua Community College in 2010. Clinton will be in Nashua Wednesday to endorse Democrat Maggie Hassan, who is running to fill Lynch's seat. As of Monday, free tickets were still available for the event, Hassan campaign officials said.

The rally in the Nashua Ballroom of the Radisson Hotel is set for 5:30 p.m. Those seeking tickets can still RSVP at www.maggiehassan.com/billclinton.
Sunday, July 22, 2012

Former President Clinton to endorse Hassan on Wednesday in Nashua

CONCORD – Former President Bill Clinton will come to Nashua on Wednesday to endorse Maggie Hassan’s Democratic bid for governor, The Telegraph has learned.

The rally is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in the Nashua Ballroom of the Radisson Hotel Nashua.

Those seeking tickets can RSVP at www.maggiehassan.com/billclinton. Campaign officials stressed that space is limited.

“President Clinton’s record of advocating for the middle class and creating millions of new jobs and opportunity for Americans is second to none,” Hassan said in a statement.

“I’m looking forward to campaigning with him and talking about how we keep New Hampshire moving forward and build a strong, innovative economy with the best workforce in the country.”

Hassan, a former majority leader in the state Senate, is locked in a primary battle with Jackie Cilley of Barrington, a former senator.

In September 2007, Hassan endorsed Hillary Clinton’s Democratic presidential primary campaign over then-Sen. Barack Obama.

“Hillary Clinton has the experience that is very deep, experience in making change for 35 years,” Hassan said at the time.

Hassan had said Hillary Clinton’s national health care plan was clearly better than those of Obama or primary rival John Edwards, but she praised the entire field as top shelf.

“It became, for me, a very easy choice,” she said.

Hassan holds a significant fundraising lead over Cilley in the race and has attracted many establishment Democrats and allies of retiring Gov. John Lynch to her campaign.

Cilley is coming off big union endorsements from the Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire, State Employees Association and the New England Police Benevolent Association.

Hassan has more than a half-dozen union groups backing her.

“I am honored to receive President Clinton’s endorsement and share his commitment to providing every Granite Stater the opportunity to succeed by focusing on constructive and practical solution,” she said.

Kevin Landrigan can reached at 321-7040 or klandrigan@nashua telegraph.com. Also, follow Landrigan on Twitter (@Klandrigan).