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Clinton returns to Indianapolis to make an impact

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Former President Bill Clinton at the Democratic National Convention last month. Former President Bill Clinton at the Democratic National Convention last month.
Senate candidate Joe Donnelly Senate candidate Joe Donnelly
Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg
INDIANAPOLIS -

Former President Bill Clinton is coming back to Indianapolis to try to make an impact in an Indiana race.

Clinton left Democrats clamoring for more at the Democratic National Convention, now Indiana Democrats are hoping he will have a similar effect in Indianapolis.

Hoosiers are taking notice.

"Definitely people who like him will show up. My girlfriend is talking about wanting to go. When you have the chance to see the President of the United States, a lot of people are interested and would like to go," said Eric Gumino.

"I like his political views and I like him as a person. I think he was for the American people," said Marcia Miller.

"Isn't it a little too late for the state of Indiana? Barring the last election, Indiana has generally gone Republican for president. I don't know whether Bill Clinton coming will have any effect for Obama," said Richard Maether.

But what about Democratic senatorial candidate Joe Donnelly?

"Bill Clinton worked with Dick Lugar, knew him well and worked well with him. He is coming in to campaign because either extreme is not good for our country," said Indiana Democratic Chairman Dan Parker.

Certainly, the amount of time the Clintons campaigned in Indiana four years ago, when Hillary captured the primary election, can only help the former president, but Republicans are more than a little skeptical.

"I feel it a little ironic he is coming to Indiana, seeking common sense, going to a Democratic rally in support of Congressman Joe Donnelly. I think common sense is lacking there," said Indiana Republican Chairman Eric Holcomb.

Holcomb says Republican Richard Mourdock is best equipped to stand up to the president and Senator Harry Reid.

But does Clinton help?

"I think he will. I think if you are Joe Donnelly, you are glad to see him in the state on Friday and you hope that he comes back," said Brian Howey, Howey Politics Indiana.

So Former President Clinton comes back to Indiana to campaign for Joe Donnelly and Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg. He brings energy, publicity, an amazing capability to raise money, but most importantly and most surprisingly, he also brings less controversy than the president.

Eyewitness News learned late Tuesday all tickets for Clinton's appearance in Indianapolis have been distributed.

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