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October 1, 2012

Clinton aiding Critz

Ex-president to attend Beaver County rally

— U.S. Rep. Mark Critz, D-Johnstown, clearly has a strong ally in President Bill Clinton.

On Thursday, the former commander in chief will speak during a Critz rally at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 712 union hall in Beaver. It is the third time he has given the local congressman a public display of support.

In 2010, Clinton visited Johnstown when Critz was running in a special election to replace Rep. John Murtha, who died in office. Then, earlier this year, Clinton endorsed Critz when he campaigned against fellow Democrat Rep. Jason Altmire, D-McCandless, in an incumbent-versus-incumbent primary.

“President Clinton’s record of creating jobs while balancing the budget is something that I try to emulate in Congress and I am honored to have him campaign for me,” said Critz. “There is no public figure as popular and respected in western Pennsylvania as President Clinton. Having him in to campaign with me is a major boost for my campaign.”

Critz is currently running against Republican Keith Rothfus in the general election.

The Rothfus campaign called Clinton’s visit a “Hail Mary” attempt by Critz.

“Unfortunately, Bill Clinton is no longer the president we remember,” said Rothfus.

“How do we know this? Because the man who passed four surplus budgets in a row is now working to re-elect a president that has brought us four straight trillion dollar deficits. The Bill Clinton we remember would never have personally nominated President (Barack) Obama for a second term, leaving Americans with a future of continued high unemployment and skyrocketing national debt.”

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