Bill Clinton rallies early votes for Mary Landrieu
BATON ROUGE - Former President Bill Clinton described U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu as one of the most bipartisan and effective lawmakers in the Senate, offering a high-profile campaign boost ahead of the start of Louisiana's early voting period.
Clinton sought to combat GOP claims that Landrieu was too closely tied to Democratic leadership in Washington and didn't represent her home state's values.
The Democratic three-term senator faces a tough re-election bid, targeted for ouster by Republicans nationally in their effort to regain Senate control. Landrieu's main GOP opponent is U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy.
Landrieu's campaign hopes Clinton's star power at the Monday rally in Baton Rouge can sway undecided voters, bolster minority turnout and encourage Landrieu's existing supporters to vote in the Nov. 4 election.
Early voting begins Tuesday around the state.