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Bill Clinton hits campaign trail for Hillary for the first time in 2016 race

“The Republicans will have to decide who they are nominating,” Bill Clinton said Monday, when asked about criticisms made recently by Republican front-runner Donald Trump.
By Doug G. Ware   |   Updated Jan. 4, 2016 at 7:28 PM
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NASHUA, N.H., Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Former President Bill Clinton hit the campaign trail in New Hampshire 28 days before the Iowa caucuses and 36 days before the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primary, campaigning for his wife, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Clinton made an appearance at a rally in Nashua, N.H., on Monday, speaking for about a half-hour and applauding the achievements of his wife, the former Secretary of State and U.S. senator from New York.

"When we fell in love, I thought she was the most amazing person because, unlike now, when more than half the law students in America are women, then they were a distinct minority," he said. "And there she was, at Yale Law School. She could have written her ticket to go anywhere she wanted. All she was really interested in was providing legal services to poor people."

Monday's appearance marked the first time Clinton hit the campaign trail by himself in the new year to promote Hillary's White House bid.

At the rally, Clinton was mostly dismissive of the Republican candidates and didn't address recent criticisms leveled by GOP front-runner Donald J. Trump.

"The Republicans will have to decide who they are nominating," Clinton said when asked about Trump. "We're trying to win a primary. We're trying to do that first." He added that his opinion "is only relevant once they pick a nominee."

Trump has been public in recent weeks about his criticism of Bill and Hillary Clinton -- slamming the former president on the issue of sexual misconduct/assault and called him "one of the great woman abusers of all time." He also denounced Hillary Clinton as former President Clinton's "enabler."

Bill Clinton was scheduled to attend another rally Monday night in Exeter, N.H. The Democratic primary in New Hampshire is Feb. 9.

The state has been favorable ground for the Clintons in the past. It's where Bill Clinton declared himself the "Comeback Kid" in 1992 after a surprise second-place finish in the Democratic vote there and it's where Hillary Clinton received a much-needed boost in 2008 to pull within eight points of eventual nominee and president-elect Barack Obama.

Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, continued campaigning in Iowa on Monday ahead of the Feb. 1 caucuses. On Sunday, she shot down a Republican heckler who kept interrupting her speech to ask about Juanita Broaddrick, who claimed that she was raped by Bill Clinton in 1978 when he was first running for governor of Arkansas.

"You are very rude and I'm not ever gonna call on you," she Clinton told the woman.

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