Inslee Calls in the Big Dog

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Rep. Jay Inslee at the University of Washington in Seattle.

President Barack Obama isn’t the only Democrat hoping to benefit from the residual popularity of former President Bill Clinton in the Nov. 6 election.

Jay Inslee, a former Democratic congressman running for governor of Washington state, prominently features Clinton in a television commercial.

Inslee’s ad, which began running today in Seattle, is composed entirely of excerpts from Clinton’s remarks at an Inslee campaign event on Sept. 15, according to a copy of the ad provided by Kantar Media’s CMAG.

“Don’t let anybody tell you that governors cannot have a big impact on the economy,” says Clinton, who was governor of Arkansas for 12 years before winning the White House in 1992.

“Jay Inslee has an economic strategy based on clean energy, agriculture, aerospace,” Clinton says.

Clinton, who had a 69 percent favorability rating in August, carried Washington state by 11 percentage points in 1992 and by 12.5 percentage points in 1996. The state has voted Democratic for president in six consecutive elections and for governor in seven straight elections.

Inslee is running against Republican Rob McKenna, the state attorney general. Democrat Christine Gregoire isn’t seeking re-election.


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