Clinton Campaigns For Denish

New Mexico – Former President Bill Clinton used the specter of water disputes with Texas to rally New Mexico voters Thursday for Democratic gubernatorial nominee Diane Denish.

At an outdoor rally that drew several thousand people, Clinton reminded the cheering partisans of the Texas roots of the Republican candidate for governor, Susana Martinez. She was born in El Paso but has lived in New Mexico for nearly 25 years, serving as a district attorney in Las Cruces since 1997.

Clinton said Denish would protect New Mexico's natural resources, and he suggested that some of Martinez's political contributors from Texas were interested in water from New Mexico.

With the general election slightly more than two weeks away, the Denish campaign used Clinton's appearance to try to generate enthusiasm among Hispanics and the Democratic base.

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