Former President Bill Clinton urged both actress Ashley Judd and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes in mounting a bid to challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in 2014, ABC News reported Thursday:
ABC News has learned that Clinton encouraged Judd to enter the race and promised he would help her, according to several Kentucky political sources. That conversation happened sometime between the November election and President Barack Obama’s second inauguration.
Earlier this month Clinton met with Grimes, who is also weighing a bid, after he spoke at an event for former Kentucky Sen. Wendell Ford in Owensboro, Ky., according to multiple political sources in the state. Clinton encouraged Grimes to consider taking on McConnell, adding as he did with Judd that he would support her.
Rather than favoring one or the other, Clinton appeared to be covering his bases, according to ABC News, believing it unlikely that both would decide to the enter the race.
“President Clinton fully intends to support the Democratic nominee in this race,” a spokesman said.
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