Bill Clinton Appears in Ad for Alison Lundergan Grimes

Posted: Oct 02, 2014 10:00 AM

A new campaign ad for Kentucky Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes featuring former President Bill Clinton is set to begin airing today, reports WHAS11. This is the first Senate campaign ad to feature Clinton in 2014.

The advertisement touts, among other things, Grimes' commitment to the middle class and jobs, while subtly bashing incumbent Senator Mitch McConnell.

While Grimes' use of Clinton may on the surface appear odd, the former president is viewed much more favorably among Kentucky residents than President Obama. Obama currently has a minus 28 approval rating in the state, whereas 53 percent of Kentuckians have a favorable view of Clinton. Clinton and Grimes are longtime family friends.

"I am a Clinton Democrat!" Grimes shouted at Clinton's appearance with her in Lexington in August.

Last month, Grimes released an ad distancing herself from Obama.

Polls show McConnell with a four-point lead.