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.