Monday, August 31, 2015

Bill Clinton cuts robocall for Boockvar

Bucks County's 8th district Congressional race is awash in political star power as it enters its final days.

Bill Clinton cuts robocall for Boockvar

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Bucks County's 8th district Congressional race is awash in political star power as it enters its final days.

Former President Bill Clinton cut a robocall for Democratic challenger Kathy Boockvar, and the calls will begin going out Saturday.

"I'm endorsing Kathy Boockvar for Congress and I urge you to vote for her," Clinton says, according to a script of the call. "Kathy will work to rebuild our economy and strengthen the middle class."

Bucks will also host Mitt Romney on Sunday as he makes a late play for Pennsylvania. Incumbent Bucks Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick, a Republican, said Friday Romney is "coming to the right place."

While Romney is hoping to boost his own chances of pulling off an upset in Pennsylvania, his rally will surely give Fitzpatrick a last-minute energy boost as he tries to withstand a tough Democratic challenge.

Boockvar will be part of a Democratic counter-rally that day featuring prominent Democratic women, including local Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz and Sandra Fluke.

Clinton, meanwhile, is making a trip to PA Monday, with stops in Scranton, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

The Bucks-based 8th is one of the most variable swing districts in America, where moderate voters regularly swing between sending Republicans and Democrats to Congress. That makes it a key target in House races, but also for presidential candidates trying to win over the all-important independent voters who can decide elections.

While the district, and Pennsylvania, have largely been ignored nationally, some of the biggest names in politics are making plays there as the long campaigns conclude.

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Jonathan Tamari is the Inquirer’s Washington correspondent. He writes about the lawmakers, politics and policy that affect Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Tamari previously covered the Philadelphia Eagles and the NFL. Before that he worked in Trenton, reporting on the characters and color of New Jersey state government. He lives in Washington.

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