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Ex-President Bill Clinton gives boost to Foster congressional bid

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Former President Bill Clinton addresses a crowd at Patrick Henry High School on Saturday in Roanoke, Va. (AP Photo/The Roanoke Times, Jeanna Duerscherl)

It's the White House full-court press.

Just days after securing an endorsement from President Barack Obama, Democratic congressional candidate Bill Foster is getting a lift from someone else who knows 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. pretty well.

Former President Bill Clinton has recorded a robocall that will begin going out Monday to voters in the west-suburban 11th Congressional District, where Foster is facing U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert (R-Ill.).

Here's the script of the call:

  • "Hello, this is President Bill Clinton.

  • I'm calling because I support Bill Foster, and I hope that you will do so as well on Tuesday, November 6th. Bill Foster is a scientist and a businessman. That's the kind of common sense experience and leadership we need in Washington. Bill won't back down until we make sure that Medicare is protected and we have a strong middle class again. And Bill will be a partner with President Obama to move our country forward, together. I hope you will join me in supporting Bill Foster on Tuesday. Thanks."

  • Foster spokeswoman Aviva Bowen said Clinton's support gives the ex-congressman's campaign an important boost going into Tuesday's election.

  • "We're proud to have President Clinton echoing President Obama's support for Bill Foster. Their voices help fuel our strong momentum, and we're looking forward to a great turnout on Tuesday," she said.

  • The Biggert campaign, which has its own endorsements from U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, said Clinton's emergence at the last moment in the 11th Congressional District race is a sign of desperation by Democrats.

  • "This is just another sign that Congressman Foster is nervous, and a reminder to the voters that his vile smear campaign failed to win the endorsement of a single 11th District newspaper," Biggert spokesman Gill Stevens said.

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