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Clinton campaigns in Rhode Island for Magaziner

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By: Samantha Lavien
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Former President Bill Clinton threw his full support behind Democratic Treasurer candidate Seth Magaziner during a rally at the Rhode Island Convention Center on Wednesday.

"You've been through a really rough time since this financial crash, you deserve as many good jobs as quickly as you can get them and Seth Magaziner will help you get them,” said Clinton.

Clinton addressed the crowd of over 200 for just about 10 minutes saying that Magaziner is ready for the job.

"Today I am asking the voters of Rhode Island to elect me treasurer, so that I can bring my plan for using the treasurers office as an engine for economic growth to the state house,” said Magaziner.

Clinton has close ties to the political newcomer's family. Magaziner's father, Ira, was an adviser during the Clinton administration.

"It is true that I have known Seth Magaziner since before he was,” said Clinton.

What makes this endorsement a little surprising is that the last time the former president came to Rhode Island to campaign for a candidate was 4 years ago. At that time, he came to support Magaziner's Democratic opponent, Frank Caprio, who was then running for Governor.

During Wednesday's speech he never directly addressed Caprio, but did say this...

"I want to urge you not to be against anybody but to be for Seth Magaziner,” said Clinton.

ABC 6 News did reach out to Frank Caprio, who said he's not surprised by Clinton's endorsement.

“We're talking about two families who have been very close for forty years and I'm someone who values loyalty so I'll let that stand, but I respectfully disagree with his choice in this race,” said Caprio.

Magaziner says he's very grateful to have the former president's support. When asked whether he thinks having Clinton campaign for him will make a difference at the polls, this is what he had to say.

"He's the best communicator that I've ever seen so if he can help get the message out about how I'm going to use the treasurers office as an engine for economic growth then of course I'm very excited to have him here," said Magaziner.

The Democratic primary is scheduled for September 9th.

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