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Bill Clinton bringing star power to N.H. for Obama

Ex-president aiming to sway undecided voters

When Bill Clinton speaks Wednesday at the University of New Hampshire, President Obama’s surrogate-in-chief is likely to receive the kind of raucous welcome that often is lavished on the incumbent.

More than Vice President Joe Biden, who has a reputation as an attack dog who resonates with blue-collar voters, Clinton is regarded by Democrats as the stand-in star — the folksy, high-intellect charmer who can connect with people who do not warm to Obama. Even Obama conceded, only half-jokingly after the Democratic National Convention, that Clinton has become his “Secretary of Explaining Things.”

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