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Oct 17, 2016 6:00 PM

In NH, Bill Clinton makes pitch for his wife; answers question from NH1 News

NH1 News Political Director

HANOVER – Former President Bill Clinton made his first visit to New Hampshire during the general election Monday.

The former president campaigned for his wife Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee remained off the trail, preparing for Wednesday’s third and final presidential debate.

Bill Clinton told an audience at a rally at Dartmouth College that “if you give Hillary the keys to the truck she’ll do what she’s done all her life, she’ll make something good happen.”

And he said that Donald Trump would run that truck off the road. He also said that the GOP nominee is “a guy running for president who says the military’s a disaster and he knows more about ISIS than the military.”

Clinton added that Trump thinks that “everything’s a disaster expect his campaign.”

Later, along the rope line, NH1 News asked Clinton what he would say to Trump if the Republican nominee was standing right next to him. The former president hesitated for a moment, then grinning, said he would tell Trump “that Hillary should be president.”

During his speech, Clinton told the Dartmouth College students in the audience that “this is not the mud fight that you see on television,” adding that this presidential election “will actually change your life.”

And he told the crowd that “you’ve got a chance to be part of something truly wonderful.”

Near the end of his remarks, Clinton praised New Hampshire. A politically wounded Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton finished a strong second in the 1992 Democratic primary in the Granite State, earning him the title of “comeback kid” and propelling him towards his party’s presidential nomination and an eventual White House victory.

“New Hampshire is a special place for me and my family,” he said. “It’s a special place where people are expected to know one another and argue face to face and have a difference of opinion without demonizing one another.”

Clinton was introduced at the event by Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern, the Democratic nominee for governor. Later on Monday Clinton headlined another rally in Keene. He was introduced by Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan, who’s challenging Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte in one of the most high profile U.S. Senate showdowns in the nation.

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